The 10 Best Atlanta, GA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Atlanta.
Best Neighborhoods In Atlanta

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 2019:

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

So what’s the best neighborhood to live in Atlanta for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Virginia-Highland looks to be the best Atlanta neighborhood to live in.

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.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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How we determined the best Atlanta hoods in 2019

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 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, Georgia has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Virginia-Highland Atlanta, GA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 13,359
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $486,675 (2nd best)
Median Income: $103,493 (4th best)
More on Virginia-Highland: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Candler Park Atlanta, GA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 8,095
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $433,750 (5th best)
Median Income: $89,914 (5th best)
More on Candler Park: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Buckhead Atlanta, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 78,972
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $491,544 (1st best)
Median Income: $113,902 (1st best)
More on Buckhead: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Poncey-Highland Atlanta, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,726
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $234,967 (10th best)
Median Income: $67,836 (9th best)
More on Poncey-Highland: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 21,550
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $317,147 (7th best)
Median Income: $84,987 (6th best)
More on Midtown: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 4,789
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $244,040 (9th best)
Median Income: $62,341 (10th best)
More on Cabbage Town: Homes For Sale | Data

Morningside-Lenox Park Atlanta, GA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 9,822
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $463,688 (4th best)
Median Income: $110,670 (2nd best)
More on Morningside-Lenox Park: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 10,957
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $480,364 (3rd best)
Median Income: $106,373 (3rd best)
More on Oakdale: Homes For Sale | Data

Home Park Atlanta, GA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,414
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $279,167 (8th best)
Median Income: $61,830 (11th best)
More on Home Park: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,918
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $229,270 (11th best)
Median Income: $73,545 (7th best)
More on Ormewood Park-East Atlanta: Homes For Sale | Data

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Atlanta

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

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Atlanta aren’t all good. Grove Park takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Atlanta.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Atlanta For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Virginia-Highland 13,359 $486,675 $103,493
2 Candler Park 8,095 $433,750 $89,914
3 Buckhead 78,972 $491,544 $113,902
4 Poncey-Highland 2,726 $234,967 $67,836
5 Midtown 21,550 $317,147 $84,987
6 Cabbage Town 4,789 $244,040 $62,341
7 Morningside-Lenox Park 9,822 $463,688 $110,670
8 Oakdale 10,957 $480,364 $106,373
9 Home Park 11,414 $279,167 $61,830
10 Ormewood Park-East Atlanta 11,918 $229,270 $73,545
11 Edgewood-Kirkwood 16,229 $218,460 $59,141
12 Old Fourth Ward 12,054 $211,300 $50,519
13 Atlanta-Inman Park 4,329 $325,533 $72,215
14 Grant Park 11,073 $193,831 $55,894
15 Thomasville 10,964 $114,838 $39,069
16 Sweet Auburn 5,350 $169,760 $31,948
17 Downtown 17,252 $126,777 $40,852
18 Ben Hill 8,744 $135,433 $47,408
19 Five Points 3,362 $149,350 $38,626
20 Cascade Heights 22,613 $82,126 $36,682
21 Rockdale 16,487 $134,443 $53,245
22 West End 21,513 $78,620 $29,204
23 Sandtown-Southeastern Atlanta 15,981 $91,214 $36,018
24 Vine City 3,318 $140,133 $32,397
25 Adams Park 11,352 $66,500 $28,578
26 Adamsville 11,775 $78,167 $29,150
27 Oakland City 26,146 $67,128 $26,100
28 Center Hill 9,838 $44,455 $29,047
29 Lakewood Heights-Southeastern Atlanta 23,547 $53,753 $27,867
30 Adair Park 5,299 $47,760 $27,752
31 Mechanicsville 3,231 $49,750 $18,460
32 Grove Park 15,307 $46,616 $28,202

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