These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Atlanta


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:

  1. Virginia-Highland
  2. Midtown
  3. Candler Park
  4. Buckhead
  5. Poncey-Highland
  6. Home Park
  7. Atlanta-Inman Park
  8. Morningside-Lenox Park
  9. Old Fourth Ward
  10. Oakdale

Read on to see how we determined the places around Atlanta that deserve a little bragging rights. Would you rahter live outside of the city? Check out the best suburbs around Atlanta.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Atlanta?

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.

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1. Virginia-Highland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,705
Median Home Price: $499,894
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,790
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%

2. Midtown

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,162
Median Home Price: $359,188
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,790
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%

3. Candler Park

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,728
Median Home Price: $422,838
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,790
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%

4. Buckhead

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 74,003
Median Home Price: $497,468
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,790
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%

5. Poncey-Highland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,105
Median Home Price: $319,767
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,790
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%

6. Home Park

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,054
Median Home Price: $314,267
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,176
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%

7. Atlanta-Inman Park

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,606
Median Home Price: $321,617
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,790
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%

8. Morningside-Lenox Park

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,649
Median Home Price: $491,562
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,790
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%

9. Old Fourth Ward

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,422
Median Home Price: $246,264
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,753
Unemployment Rate: 8.4%

10. Oakdale

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,816
Median Home Price: $444,518
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,790
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%

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. Adair Park
  2. Center Hill
  3. Grove Park

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Atlanta

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Virginia-Highland 1 12,705 $499,894 2,790 4.2%
Midtown 2 19,162 $359,188 2,790 5.6%
Candler Park 3 7,728 $422,838 2,790 4.5%
Buckhead 4 74,003 $497,468 2,790 4.2%
Poncey-Highland 5 2,105 $319,767 2,790 3.0%
Home Park 6 10,054 $314,267 3,176 4.0%
Atlanta-Inman Park 7 3,606 $321,617 2,790 3.1%
Morningside-Lenox Park 8 8,649 $491,562 2,790 6.9%
Old Fourth Ward 9 9,422 $246,264 4,753 8.4%
Oakdale 10 11,816 $444,518 2,790 5.7%
Ormewood Park-East Atlanta 11 11,685 $222,960 5,506 6.6%
Edgewood-Kirkwood 12 13,962 $230,321 5,873 6.8%
Cabbage Town 13 4,124 $218,960 5,669 6.8%
Downtown 14 15,961 $204,209 6,955 9.6%
Grant Park 15 10,590 $204,931 6,556 9.4%
Sweet Auburn 16 3,335 $163,500 7,977 5.3%
Rockdale 17 17,872 $185,762 7,281 8.8%
Five Points 18 2,367 $184,700 7,427 8.6%
Ben Hill 19 7,007 $164,400 7,791 9.2%
Thomasville 20 10,556 $147,671 9,117 9.8%
West End 21 17,999 $149,109 9,112 10.5%
Sandtown-Southeastern Atlanta 22 14,468 $126,814 8,971 9.2%
Adams Park 23 10,819 $159,900 8,644 10.7%
Vine City 24 4,027 $179,867 8,452 13.9%
Mechanicsville 25 2,042 $230,300 7,156 17.8%
Cascade Heights 26 20,829 $124,248 9,400 11.5%
Oakland City 27 24,764 $97,652 10,316 12.2%
Adamsville 28 10,552 $113,622 9,953 12.2%
Lakewood Heights-Southeastern Atlanta 29 21,691 $100,981 10,326 11.7%
Grove Park 30 19,077 $94,721 10,507 13.7%
Center Hill 31 10,785 $119,189 9,987 12.8%
Adair Park 32 4,262 $94,480 10,627 14.3%

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