These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Atlanta, GA For 2018

We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Atlanta are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Atlanta, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Atlanta neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Atlanta are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Atlanta for 2018:

  1. Virginia-Highland (Homes)
  2. Candler Park (Homes)
  3. Midtown (Homes)
  4. Buckhead (Homes)
  5. Poncey-Highland (Homes)
  6. Home Park (Homes)
  7. Atlanta-Inman Park (Homes)
  8. Morningside-Lenox Park (Homes)
  9. Grant Park (Homes)
  10. Oakdale (Homes)

Read on to see how we determined the places around Atlanta that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Atlanta.

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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Atlanta for 2018?

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In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Atlanta, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 32 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Atlanta.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Virginia-Highland.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Atlanta has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

1. Virginia-Highland

Virginia-Highland Atlanta, GA

Population: 13,132
Median Income: $98,438
Median Home Value: $446,938

VirginiaHighland is an affluent neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia, founded in the early 20th century as a streetcar suburb. It is named after the intersection of Virginia Avenue and North Highland Avenue, the heart of a busy commercial district at the center of the neighborhood. The neighborhood is famous for its bungalows and other historic houses from the 1910s to the 1930s. It has become a destination for people across Atlanta with its eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, and shops and for the Summerfest festival, annual Tour of Homes and other events.
More on Virginia-Highland: Real Estate | Data

2. Candler Park

Candler Park Atlanta, GA

Population: 7,678
Median Income: $89,688
Median Home Value: $390,562

Candler Park is a 55-acre city park located at 585 Candler Park Drive NE, in Atlanta, Georgia. It is named after Coca-Cola magnate Asa Griggs Candler, who donated this land to the city in 1922. The park features a nine-hole golf course, a swimming pool, a football/soccer field, a basketball court, tennis courts, and a playground.
More on Candler Park: Real Estate | Data

3. Midtown

Population: 20,507
Median Income: $76,263
Median Home Value: $318,682

Midtown is the second largest business district in the city of Atlanta, situated between the commercial and financial districts of Downtown to the south and Buckhead to the north. In 2011, Greater Midtown has a 2011 resident population of 41,681, a workplace population of 81,418, and a student population of 26,500. The district attracts about six million visitors annually.
More on Midtown: Real Estate | Data

4. Buckhead

Buckhead Atlanta, GA

Source: Public domain

Population: 77,190
Median Income: $108,567
Median Home Value: $466,536

Buckhead is the uptown district of Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, comprising approximately the northern fifth of the city. Buckhead is a major commercial and financial center of the Southeast, and it is the third-largest business district in Atlanta, behind Downtown and Midtown. The district’s highrise office buildings, hotels, and condominiums form an urbanized core along Peachtree Road. Surrounding this dense core are Buckhead’s residential neighborhoods, which feature large single-family homes situated among dense forests and rolling hills.
More on Buckhead: Real Estate | Data

5. Poncey-Highland

Poncey-Highland Atlanta, GA

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,219
Median Income: $63,064
Median Home Value: $262,033

PonceyHighland is a neighborhood on the east side of Atlanta, Georgia, located south of VirginiaHighland. It is so named because it is near the intersection of eastsouthwest North Highland Avenue. This Atlanta neighborhood was established between 1905 and 1930, and is bordered by Druid Hills and Candler Park across Moreland Avenue to the east, the Old Fourth Ward across the BeltLine Eastside Trail to the west, Inman Park across the eastern branch of Freedom Parkway to the south, and Virginia Highland to the north across Ponce de Leon Avenue. The Little Five Points area sits on the border of PonceyHighland, Inman Park, and Candler Park.
More on Poncey-Highland: Real Estate | Data

6. Home Park

Home Park Atlanta, GA

Population: 10,893
Median Income: $50,961
Median Home Value: $279,400

Home Park is a neighborhood of Atlanta in Georgia, USA. It is bordered on the south by Georgia Tech, on the west by the railroad yards adjacent to Marietta Street and Brady Avenue, on the north by 16th Street at Atlantic Station, and on the east by Techwood Drive at I-75/85.
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7. Atlanta-Inman Park

Atlanta-Inman Park Atlanta, GA

Population: 4,082
Median Income: $72,717
Median Home Value: $312,817

Inman Park is a neighborhood on the east side of Atlanta, Georgia, and its first planned suburb. It was named for Samuel M. Inman.
More on Atlanta-Inman Park: Real Estate | Data

8. Morningside-Lenox Park

Morningside-Lenox Park Atlanta, GA

Population: 9,760
Median Income: $95,552
Median Home Value: $438,225

Morningside/Lenox Park is a neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia founded in 1923. It is located north of Virginia-Highland, east of Ansley Park and west of Druid Hills. Approximately 3,500 households comprise the neighborhood that includes the original subdivisions of Morningside, Lenox Park, University Park, Noble Park, Johnson Estates and Hylan Park.
More on Morningside-Lenox Park: Real Estate | Data

9. Grant Park

Grant Park Atlanta, GA

Population: 11,222
Median Income: $48,393
Median Home Value: $165,600

Grant Park, the intown neighborhood surrounding the park, is one of Atlanta’s oldest and most important historic districts, listed on the NRHP. It is bordered by the Cabbagetown neighborhood on the north, Ormewood Park on the east, Boulevard Heights on the southeast, Chosewood Park on the south, and Summerhill and Peoplestown on the west.
More on Grant Park: Real Estate | Data

10. Oakdale

Population: 11,394
Median Income: $95,815
Median Home Value: $449,464

More on Oakdale: Real Estate | Data

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Atlanta

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Atlanta where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Atlanta:

  1. Grove Park
  2. Lakewood Heights-Southeastern Atlanta
  3. Thomasville

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Atlanta

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
1 Virginia-Highland 13,132 $446,938 2,533 4.4%
2 Candler Park 7,678 $390,562 2,533 4.1%
3 Midtown 20,507 $318,682 2,533 5.1%
4 Buckhead 77,190 $466,536 2,533 3.9%
5 Poncey-Highland 2,219 $262,033 2,533 2.8%
6 Home Park 10,893 $279,400 3,399 4.8%
7 Atlanta-Inman Park 4,082 $312,817 2,533 3.2%
8 Morningside-Lenox Park 9,760 $438,225 2,533 5.8%
9 Grant Park 11,222 $165,600 6,558 10.6%
10 Oakdale 11,394 $449,464 2,533 5.5%
11 Ormewood Park-East Atlanta 11,846 $212,760 5,035 6.9%
12 Edgewood-Kirkwood 15,135 $202,353 5,462 6.5%
13 Old Fourth Ward 10,945 $195,245 5,317 8.2%
14 Cabbage Town 4,441 $211,560 4,772 6.1%
15 Ben Hill 7,585 $140,133 7,432 11.7%
16 West End 18,921 $109,572 8,989 10.9%
17 Mechanicsville 2,390 $215,200 6,746 11.8%
18 Sandtown-Southeastern Atlanta 15,644 $114,843 8,145 11.2%
19 Sweet Auburn 4,567 $120,580 8,175 5.4%
20 Downtown 15,503 $136,308 7,699 8.9%
21 Adamsville 10,449 $74,100 9,716 15.9%
22 Adams Park 11,161 $112,744 8,810 11.4%
23 Cascade Heights 21,434 $99,774 8,968 11.6%
24 Rockdale 16,461 $154,414 6,751 8.1%
25 Vine City 3,673 $117,733 8,597 13.2%
26 Five Points 3,362 $113,725 8,480 8.1%
27 Oakland City 25,535 $77,803 9,770 12.6%
28 Adair Park 5,049 $79,300 9,794 15.4%
29 Center Hill 10,221 $74,691 9,759 10.9%
30 Thomasville 10,299 $103,512 9,189 9.6%
31 Lakewood Heights-Southeastern Atlanta 23,563 $79,694 9,623 13.0%
32 Grove Park 17,343 $71,868 9,847 15.2%

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