These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Georgia For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Georgia have the most for people looking to make the move to Georgia.

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Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Georgia a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Georgia.

Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Peach State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of Georgia, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 132 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Peach State for 2018:

  1. Oconee County (Photos)
  2. Columbia County (Photos)
  3. Fayette County (Photos)
  4. Forsyth County (Photos)
  5. Cherokee County (Photos)
  6. Effingham County
  7. Coweta County (Photos)
  8. Cobb County (Photos)
  9. Bryan County
  10. Jones County

Oconee County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Georgia. And you might want to avoid Clinch County if you can — at least according to the data.

So if you’re thinking of making the move Georgia, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Georgia and the best places to raise a family in Georgia.

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How do you determine which Georgia county is the best?

To give you the best county in Georgia, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in Georgia across each of the criteria from one to 132, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In Georgia’.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Peach State.

Read on to see why Oconee County is the best county, while Clinch County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Georgia.

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1. Oconee County

Watkinsville, GA

Biggest Place: Watkinsville
Population: 35,071
Median Income: $75,946 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $242,000 (63rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (1st best)
More on Oconee County: PhotosData

2. Columbia County

Grovetown, GA

Biggest Place: Martinez
Population: 139,904
Median Income: $71,962 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $176,400 (75th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.9% (28th best)
More on Columbia County: PhotosData

3. Fayette County

Fayetteville, GA

Biggest Place: Peachtree City
Population: 109,495
Median Income: $81,689 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $240,200 (64th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.3% (17th best)
More on Fayette County: PhotosData

4. Forsyth County

Cumming, GA

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Cumming
Population: 203,841
Median Income: $91,842 (1st best)
Median Home Price: $281,400 (61st best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.8% (2nd best)
More on Forsyth County: PhotosData

5. Cherokee County

Canton, GA

Biggest Place: Woodstock
Population: 230,629
Median Income: $72,586 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $204,400 (66th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (9th best)
More on Cherokee County: PhotosData

6. Effingham County

Guyton, GA

Biggest Place: Rincon
Population: 55,852
Median Income: $62,820 (10th best)
Median Home Price: $152,300 (89th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (16th best)
More on Effingham County: Data

7. Coweta County

Grantville, GA

Biggest Place: Newnan
Population: 135,625
Median Income: $65,244 (9th best)
Median Home Price: $182,300 (73rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.6% (19th best)
More on Coweta County: PhotosData

8. Cobb County

Acworth, GA

Biggest Place: Roswell
Population: 728,388
Median Income: $68,818 (6th best)
Median Home Price: $205,600 (65th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (24th best)
More on Cobb County: PhotosData

9. Bryan County

Pembroke, GA

Biggest Place: Richmond Hill
Population: 34,104
Median Income: $65,862 (7th best)
Median Home Price: $202,000 (67th best)
Unemployment Rate: 9.3% (81st best)
More on Bryan County: Data

10. Jones County

Gray, GA

Biggest Place: Gray
Population: 28,701
Median Income: $54,020 (21st best)
Median Home Price: $129,700 (102nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.0% (53rd best)
More on Jones County: Data

There You Have It – The Best Counties In Georgia To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in Georgia can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here’s a look at the worst counties in Georgia according to the data:

  1. Clinch County
  2. Dougherty County
  3. Macon County

For more Georgia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Georgia

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Oconee County 1 35,071 $75,946 $242,000
Columbia County 2 139,904 $71,962 $176,400
Fayette County 3 109,495 $81,689 $240,200
Forsyth County 4 203,841 $91,842 $281,400
Cherokee County 5 230,629 $72,586 $204,400
Effingham County 6 55,852 $62,820 $152,300
Coweta County 7 135,625 $65,244 $182,300
Cobb County 8 728,388 $68,818 $205,600
Bryan County 9 34,104 $65,862 $202,000
Jones County 10 28,701 $54,020 $129,700
Long County 11 17,243 $50,848 $99,800
Morgan County 12 17,943 $54,506 $190,100
Pickens County 13 29,992 $56,769 $181,100
Wilkinson County 14 9,312 $38,827 $69,600
Camden County 15 52,092 $53,327 $151,700
Pike County 16 17,843 $50,819 $154,200
Union County 17 22,033 $41,686 $185,400
Paulding County 18 149,830 $60,971 $140,600
Towns County 19 10,976 $39,321 $189,400
Gwinnett County 20 874,242 $61,865 $173,000
Dade County 21 16,356 $43,463 $119,200
Henry County 22 214,171 $62,561 $146,100
Monroe County 23 27,044 $50,625 $157,900
Madison County 24 28,362 $45,063 $122,800
Jackson County 25 62,131 $54,246 $155,900
Harris County 26 32,992 $65,336 $200,200
Chatham County 27 282,613 $49,596 $174,500
Bleckley County 28 12,835 $37,060 $99,800
Talbot County 29 6,373 $36,957 $75,000
Walker County 30 68,143 $41,539 $107,500
Putnam County 31 21,259 $45,762 $156,000
Heard County 32 11,571 $44,185 $94,200
Fannin County 33 24,017 $39,011 $169,800
Walton County 34 87,436 $54,459 $157,400
Catoosa County 35 65,645 $52,265 $135,300
Houston County 36 149,137 $55,480 $136,000
Miller County 37 5,911 $36,463 $89,400
Mcintosh County 38 13,941 $45,248 $110,200
Fulton County 39 996,757 $58,851 $252,700
Tattnall County 40 25,260 $35,578 $85,600
Murray County 41 39,358 $38,136 $93,700
Schley County 42 5,089 $41,227 $99,300
Banks County 43 18,336 $40,721 $120,800
Liberty County 44 63,949 $42,484 $122,500
Clarke County 45 122,037 $33,116 $152,300
Glynn County 46 82,623 $46,475 $161,800
Montgomery County 47 9,005 $38,111 $75,600
Greene County 48 16,535 $44,299 $182,800
Seminole County 49 8,696 $35,410 $76,800
Charlton County 50 12,968 $43,871 $80,400
Brantley County 51 18,403 $36,837 $65,600
Douglas County 52 138,283 $57,384 $127,400
Butts County 53 23,479 $40,753 $117,000
Twiggs County 54 8,363 $31,625 $58,600
Bartow County 55 101,942 $50,565 $128,200
Irwin County 56 9,365 $29,846 $81,800
White County 57 28,140 $42,264 $155,200
Rabun County 58 16,312 $38,277 $158,800
Barrow County 59 73,340 $53,133 $123,200
Newton County 60 103,901 $51,068 $117,900
Rockdale County 61 87,569 $51,072 $143,100
Laurens County 62 47,802 $33,632 $85,300
Stephens County 63 25,584 $37,088 $95,900
Pierce County 64 19,030 $42,730 $98,100
Chattooga County 65 25,046 $35,245 $67,300
Evans County 66 10,733 $40,594 $86,700
Habersham County 67 43,724 $41,600 $130,600
Jeff Davis County 68 14,953 $36,566 $73,900
Muscogee County 69 200,303 $42,661 $138,600
Wilcox County 70 8,884 $34,071 $67,300
Dekalb County 71 723,902 $52,623 $168,100
Bacon County 72 11,251 $37,303 $64,100
Wheeler County 73 7,932 $27,779 $48,300
Bulloch County 74 73,141 $37,125 $131,600
Floyd County 75 96,199 $42,955 $119,600
Troup County 76 69,314 $42,545 $120,300
Hart County 77 25,518 $37,983 $122,200
Richmond County 78 201,418 $38,595 $100,600
Carroll County 79 113,756 $45,486 $113,700
Elbert County 80 19,394 $35,739 $83,700
Gordon County 81 56,079 $41,390 $112,300
Washington County 82 20,680 $37,417 $79,400
Worth County 83 20,988 $38,684 $77,800
Thomas County 84 44,977 $38,241 $126,500
Polk County 85 41,263 $39,356 $98,000
Wayne County 86 30,006 $39,908 $98,600
Dooly County 87 14,089 $33,319 $83,600
Hall County 88 190,482 $51,902 $164,500
Randolph County 89 7,224 $30,358 $71,600
Early County 90 10,480 $28,599 $82,100
Screven County 91 14,114 $35,047 $77,800
Lamar County 92 18,195 $40,364 $121,000
Peach County 93 26,907 $41,128 $124,500
Gilmer County 94 28,956 $43,775 $152,200
Baldwin County 95 45,808 $34,595 $103,700
Atkinson County 96 8,268 $31,296 $62,900
Lowndes County 97 113,898 $38,915 $133,700
Haralson County 98 28,667 $42,281 $106,600
Franklin County 99 22,188 $37,298 $99,100
Whitfield County 100 103,653 $41,764 $120,200

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