10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Georgia For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in Georgia have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for . This is our second time ranking the best cities for families in Georgia.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.

Promise.

According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Georgia? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities to raise a family in the Peach State for 2019:

  1. Decatur (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Jefferson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Marietta (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Lawrenceville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Canton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Johns Creek (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Milton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Alpharetta (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Holly Springs (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Dalton (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re thinking of making a move to Georgia, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out some more reading about Georgia and the best places for families in the country:

How do you determine which place is best for families in Georgia anyways?

To give you the places in Georgia which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Peach State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Georgia, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Georgia, that meant a total of 68 cities.

Read on to see why Decatur is where all the families are headed, while Dublin is probably a place made for singles.

Decatur, GA

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 22,022
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 91
Closest Major City: Atlanta
Households with kids: 38.8%
More on Decatur: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Decatur is a city in, and the county seat of, DeKalb County, Georgia, United States and is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. With a population of 20,148 in the 2013 census, the municipality is sometimes assumed to be larger since multiple zip codes in unincorporated DeKalb County bear the Decatur name. The city is served by three MARTA rail stations. The city is located approximately 5 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta and shares its western border with Atlanta.

Jefferson, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,259
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 70
Closest Major City: Atlanta
Households with kids: 39.0%
More on Jefferson: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Jefferson is a city in Jackson County, Georgia, United States. The population was 9,432 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Jackson County.

Marietta, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 60,203
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 74
Closest Major City: Atlanta
Households with kids: 27.8%
More on Marietta: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Marietta is located in central Cobb County, Georgia, United States, and is the county’s seat and largest city.

Lawrenceville, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 29,287
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Atlanta
Households with kids: 31.1%
More on Lawrenceville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lawrenceville is a city in and the county seat of Gwinnett County, Georgia, United States. It is a suburb of Atlanta, located approximately 30 miles northeast of downtown. As of the 2010 census, the population of Lawrenceville was 28,546. In 2015, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city population to be 30,493. Lawrenceville has six ZIP codes, and it is part of the 678404 telephone area code, which is used throughout metropolitan Atlanta.

Canton, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 25,806
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55
Closest Major City: Atlanta
Households with kids: 35.2%
More on Canton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Canton is a city in and the county seat of Cherokee County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 22,958, up from 7,709 in 2000.

Johns Creek, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 83,397
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 33
Closest Major City: Atlanta
Households with kids: 45.5%
More on Johns Creek: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Johns Creek is a city located in Fulton County in the U.S. state of Georgia. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 76,728. The city is a northeastern suburb of Atlanta. In 2017 Johns Creek ranked third on the USA TODAY list of “50 best cities to live in.”

Milton, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 37,556
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 57
Closest Major City: Atlanta
Households with kids: 45.6%
More on Milton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Milton is a city and suburb in Fulton County, Georgia, United States. Incorporated on December 1, 2006, it was created out of the entire unincorporated northernmost part of northern Fulton County. It is an affluent community, with an average household income within the ZIP code 30004 of $99,412. As of the 2010 census, Milton’s population was 32,661, with an estimated population of 36,662 in 2014.

Alpharetta, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 63,929
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 57
Closest Major City: Atlanta
Households with kids: 40.3%
More on Alpharetta: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Alpharetta is a city located in north Fulton County, Georgia, United States and is a suburb of Atlanta. As of the 2010 census, Alpharetta’s population was 57,551. The estimated population in 2014 was 63,038.

Holly Springs, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,809
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 39
Closest Major City: Atlanta
Households with kids: 43.3%
More on Holly Springs: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Holly Springs is a city in Cherokee County, Georgia, United States. Holly Springs is located south of the center of Cherokee County

Dalton, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 33,540
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 54
Closest Major City: Atlanta
Households with kids: 37.3%
More on Dalton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Dalton is a city in Whitfield County, Georgia, United States. It is the county seat of Whitfield County and the principal city of the Dalton, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Murray and Whitfield counties.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In Georgia

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Georgia ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Georgia according to the data:

  1. Dublin
  2. East Point
  3. Monroe

For more Georgia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Georgia

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Decatur, GA 22,022 92
2 Jefferson, GA 10,259 62
3 Marietta, GA 60,203 92
4 Lawrenceville, GA 29,287 79
5 Canton, GA 25,806 63
6 Johns Creek, GA 83,397 32
7 Milton, GA 37,556 55
8 Alpharetta, GA 63,929 41
9 Holly Springs, GA 10,809 56
10 Dalton, GA 33,540 46
11 Kennesaw, GA 33,433 44
12 Gainesville, GA 37,291 74
13 Clarkston, GA 12,702 48
14 Woodstock, GA 29,227 48
15 Dallas, GA 12,760 48
16 Bainbridge, GA 12,280 41
17 Roswell, GA 94,239 60
18 Thomasville, GA 18,503 54
19 Milledgeville, GA 18,892 69
20 Duluth, GA 28,988 39
21 Newnan, GA 36,792 56
22 Grovetown, GA 13,353 57
23 Powder Springs, GA 14,765 59
24 Carrollton, GA 26,054 78
25 Kingsland, GA 16,562 33
26 Suwanee, GA 18,655 43
27 Cartersville, GA 20,235 58
28 Loganville, GA 11,355 39
29 Rome, GA 36,029 53
30 Acworth, GA 22,163 49
31 Sandy Springs, GA 103,703 59
32 Lilburn, GA 12,559 35
33 Norcross, GA 16,474 60
34 Fayetteville, GA 17,069 39
35 Statesboro, GA 30,649 72
36 Moultrie, GA 14,221 49
37 Dunwoody, GA 48,857 46
38 Tifton, GA 16,568 53
39 Conyers, GA 15,803 59
40 Smyrna, GA 55,467 33
41 Mcdonough, GA 23,504 43
42 Griffin, GA 22,710 71
43 Atlanta, GA 465,230 100
44 Covington, GA 13,728 41
45 Vidalia, GA 10,603 68
46 Fairburn, GA 14,257 51
47 Brunswick, GA 15,919 60
48 Snellville, GA 19,521 48
49 Columbus, GA 198,647 95
50 Brookhaven, GA 52,382 52
51 Villa Rica, GA 14,900 58
52 Valdosta, GA 56,036 53
53 Chamblee, GA 28,433 30
54 Doraville, GA 10,442 34
55 Calhoun, GA 16,133 30
56 Pooler, GA 22,477 50
57 Albany, GA 74,892 73
58 Warner Robins, GA 74,123 57
59 Riverdale, GA 15,931 44
60 Cordele, GA 10,901 59
61 Forest Park, GA 19,271 32
62 Douglasville, GA 32,768 42
63 Lagrange, GA 30,442 52
64 Winder, GA 15,403 31
65 College Park, GA 14,360 47
66 Monroe, GA 13,298 31
67 East Point, GA 35,380 51
68 Dublin, GA 15,889 55

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