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?

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

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

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2. Candler Park

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

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3. Midtown

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

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4. Buckhead

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

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5. Poncey-Highland

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

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6. Home Park

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

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7. Atlanta-Inman Park

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

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8. Morningside-Lenox Park

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

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9. Grant Park

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

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10. Oakdale

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

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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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