Best Places To Buy A House In Georgia For 2020


Using science and data, we can tell you which places in Georgia have seen home prices rising and people flocking over the past year.

Editor’s note: This is not investment advice and we are not financial advisers. Article updated for 2020.

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There's a the age old question everyone thinks about when they decide to move to a city in Georgia:

Should I buy a place or rent? Well, we aren't here today to solve that problem for you exactly. We are just assuming you'll do the right thing and a buy a place. And while we are happy to tell you the best place to live in Georgia, this analysis is going to tackle the question of the best place to buy a house as an investor. That is we are going to try and determine the up and coming cities in the Peach State.

To do that we are going to look at places in Georgia that are growing faster than average, but where home prices are below average. In every day terms, the "deals". The best deal in Georgia at the moment? That would be Glennville according to our analysis.

Here's a look at the top ten places to buy a home in georgia for 2020:

  1. Glennville (Homes For Sale)
  2. Palmetto (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Byron (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Eastman (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Adel (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Hawkinsville (Homes For Sale)
  7. Waynesboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Sandersville (Homes For Sale)
  9. Dacula (Homes For Sale)
  10. Sylvester (Photos | Homes For Sale)

What's the best place to buy a home in Georgia for 2020? According to our analysis, would the the ideal place to buy a home looking into the future.

The methodology that wen't into this can be a bit complicated, so we'll break it down for you in as much detail as we can below. If you're not worried about finding a deal on good places to live, check out the most expensive places to live in georgia and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in georgia.

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The 10 Best Cities To Buy A House In Georgia For 2020

Glennville, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,078
Median Home Price: $140,100
Population Change: -0.4%
Home Price Change: 5.3%
More on Glennville: Homes For Sale | Data

Palmetto, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,089
Median Home Price: $98,300
Population Change: -3.2%
Home Price Change: 21.8%
More on Palmetto: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Byron, GA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,108
Median Home Price: $161,500
Population Change: 0.8%
Home Price Change: -0.9%
More on Byron: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Eastman, GA

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 5,209
Median Home Price: $100,600
Population Change: -1.1%
Home Price Change: 18.4%
More on Eastman: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Eastman was founded in 1871 as the seat of the newly formed Dodge County. It was incorporated as a town in 1873 and as a city in 1905. Eastman is named for W. P. Eastman, who, with W. E. Dodge, presented the county with a courthouse.

Adel, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,290
Median Home Price: $86,500
Population Change: -0.0%
Home Price Change: -6.7%
More on Adel: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

The original name of the city was Puddleville. The city's first postmaster, Joel "Uncle Jack" Parrish, wanted to change the name of the city. It is believed that he saw the name "Philadelphia" on a croaker sack and struck out the first and last four letters to create the present name of Adel.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,310
Median Home Price: $137,800
Population Change: 0.3%
Home Price Change: 0.0%
More on Hawkinsville: Homes For Sale | Data

Hawkinsville was founded by European Americans in 1830. That same year, the seat of Pulaski County was transferred to Hawkinsville from Hartford. The community was named for Benjamin Hawkins, delegate to the Continental Congress, and the United States Indian Agent in the Southeast, appointed by President George Washington.

Waynesboro, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,558
Median Home Price: $105,700
Population Change: -0.8%
Home Price Change: 25.4%
More on Waynesboro: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Waynesboro is located in Burke County, one of the eight original counties of Georgia. The city was named after General Anthony Wayne, whose daring efforts during the Revolutionary War earned him the nickname "Mad Anthony Wayne".

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 5,616
Median Home Price: $87,200
Population Change: -1.0%
Home Price Change: 0.5%
More on Sandersville: Homes For Sale | Data

The city's original name was Saundersville, after M. Saunders, a local store owner. The settlement was located at an intersection of Indian trails, and later the site of Saunders' general store. In 1796, the town was made the county seat of Washington County.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,644
Median Home Price: $143,000
Population Change: 5.2%
Home Price Change: 7.1%
More on Dacula: Homes For Sale | Data

The vicinity of Dacula was one of the first areas in present-day metropolitan Atlanta to be settled by whites, but the area remained mostly undeveloped until the late 20th century. The Dacula area is home to some of the oldest buildings in greater Atlanta, such as the Elisha Winn House, which originally acted as the courthouse for Gwinnett County. Dacula itself began in the late 1800s near the community of Chinquapin Grove, where Dacula Elementary now stands. The town was originally named "Hoke", after a Seaboard Air Line Railroad executive, but that name was changed due to the Post Office Department's protest.. Dacula's name was formed from letters in Decatur and Atlanta, two cities to the west that were already prospering at the time of Dacula's founding. The city was once home to a train station on a CSX line through northeast Georgia, although the station closed in the mid-1950s.

Sylvester, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,926
Median Home Price: $96,300
Population Change: -1.0%
Home Price Change: 5.6%
More on Sylvester: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Sylvester started as a "beautiful nowhere" in 1893 and was first called "Isabella Station". When the Brunswick and Albany Railroad came through southwest Georgia, the county seat was Isabella, which is located three miles north of the railroad. Slowly, however, the center of trade and commerce shifted south along the railroad. Two other towns, Poulan and Sumner, sprang up along the railroad in Worth County, but it was Isabella Station that grew and prospered the fastest. In 1894, the citizens voted to change the name to "Sylvester". In 1898, Sylvester voted to incorporate and on December 21 of that year the Georgia Legislature agreed to incorporate it as a city.

How do you determine the best places to buy a home in georgia for 2020?

We were in real estate for almost five years and have been working on this site for another three. Suffice is to say, we've put a lot of thought into what goes into finding a good place to buy a home.

So all that thinking has come to this moment where we get to spell out how we'd approach finding an up-and-coming place to live in Georgia. Put differently, the analysis will try to find places in Georgia with undervalued homes relative to pent up demand.

To do that we looked at the most recent American Community Survey Census data for 2014-2018 and compared it to the previous vintage (2012-2016). Specifically, we used the following criteria:

  • Y-o-Y Change In Population (People want to live here)
  • Y-o-Y Change In Median Home Prices (People are willing to pay for it)
  • Home Prices Relative To The State Average (It's still kinda cheap)

We want places that are growing, have seen home prices increase in recent years, and are still "cheap" for Georgia with the following caveats:

So of the 0 cities and towns in Georgia, only 123 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.

We then ranked each place from 1 to 123 for the criteria mentioned above with 1 being the best for that criteria. We averaged the rankings to create a "best place to buy" index with the place having the lowest index being the best. You can download the data here.

Turns out that Glennville is the best potential gem in the not-so-rough in the Peach State.

Read on for more on these places.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Purchase A House In georgia for 2020

There's our analysis of the best places to buy a house in Georgia. And, to be clear, we aren't necessarily saying these places are the best places to live, just that it looks like they might be in a couple of years based on the data.

In fact, every place in the following table meets our criteria, so even though it may not look super long, remember we started off with all 0 places in the state.

So if we'd could rent or buy in these cities, we'd definitely buy.

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Buy A Home In Georgia

City Rank Median Home Price Population Change Home Price Increase
Glennville 1 $140,100 -0.4% 5.3%
Palmetto 2 $98,300 -3.2% 21.8%
Byron 3 $161,500 0.8% -0.9%
Eastman 4 $100,600 -1.1% 18.4%
Adel 5 $86,500 -0.0% -6.7%
Hawkinsville 6 $137,800 0.3% 0.0%
Waynesboro 7 $105,700 -0.8% 25.4%
Sandersville 8 $87,200 -1.0% 0.5%
Dacula 9 $143,000 5.2% 7.1%
Sylvester 10 $96,300 -1.0% 5.6%
Cumming 11 $214,400 2.9% 1.7%
Stone Mountain 12 $104,900 0.7% 16.7%
Bremen 13 $168,400 1.3% 1.6%
Lovejoy 14 $97,200 -1.7% 6.5%
Eatonton 15 $70,300 0.3% -14.2%
Locust Grove 16 $134,900 3.2% 17.6%
Dahlonega 17 $337,200 2.5% -14.6%
Hapeville 18 $113,100 -0.6% 6.2%
Thomson 19 $88,300 0.1% -3.6%
Barnesville 20 $116,800 0.8% 4.2%
Commerce 21 $111,500 1.0% 6.4%
Flowery Branch 22 $230,000 5.1% 14.0%
Lafayette 23 $80,600 0.8% -2.8%
Tyrone 24 $264,700 0.3% 7.3%
Morrow 25 $105,900 2.3% 0.6%
Austell 26 $123,000 0.7% 8.0%
Auburn 27 $131,600 -0.2% 13.1%
Swainsboro 28 $69,300 -0.3% -10.2%
Hampton 29 $140,100 1.9% 5.5%
Centerville 30 $147,700 0.3% 1.2%
Port Wentworth 31 $161,400 5.0% -1.5%
Toccoa 32 $86,400 -0.4% -1.3%
Fort Valley 33 $78,700 -0.6% 3.0%
Thomaston 34 $84,200 -0.5% 6.6%
Fitzgerald 35 $83,000 -0.2% -3.7%
Garden City 36 $124,600 -0.3% 3.7%
Cairo 37 $106,400 -0.4% 4.1%
Jesup 38 $113,200 -0.9% -3.7%
Fort Oglethorpe 39 $127,600 1.7% 3.7%
Cedartown 40 $80,000 1.5% -1.7%
Doraville 41 $160,300 0.3% 5.6%
Vidalia 42 $118,000 -1.2% 0.9%
Braselton 43 $297,200 12.8% 3.2%
Jefferson 44 $187,900 4.2% 11.4%
Cordele 45 $82,600 -1.0% 2.9%
Holly Springs 46 $246,200 6.1% 10.6%
Douglas 47 $97,800 -0.1% -0.3%
Loganville 48 $168,800 2.7% 3.6%
Bainbridge 49 $113,300 -1.0% -2.4%
Richmond Hill 50 $198,600 3.7% 5.4%
Lilburn 51 $169,000 0.0% 0.1%
Clarkston 52 $118,600 0.5% 7.6%
Dallas 53 $148,500 2.0% 10.5%
Monroe 54 $123,700 0.5% 2.7%
Grovetown 55 $147,500 2.3% 0.5%
Waycross 56 $72,700 -1.2% 7.4%
Covington 57 $148,100 0.8% 15.4%
Moultrie 58 $85,900 -0.8% 7.8%
Fairburn 59 $133,200 3.2% 11.7%
College Park 60 $167,900 3.2% 8.5%
Powder Springs 61 $154,600 1.2% 6.5%
Villa Rica 62 $157,900 1.5% 13.0%
Buford 63 $207,800 3.6% 13.9%
Americus 64 $85,500 -1.1% 6.5%
Winder 65 $144,700 2.8% 10.0%
Dublin 66 $97,600 -0.1% 3.7%
Conyers 67 $122,200 0.5% 8.8%
Perry 68 $145,900 2.5% 7.7%
Brunswick 69 $94,200 0.7% 2.6%
Riverdale 70 $90,100 2.2% 7.8%
Norcross 71 $173,600 -0.6% -6.0%
Tifton 72 $125,200 0.2% 15.9%
Calhoun 73 $143,200 3.6% 8.3%
Kingsland 74 $147,500 1.3% 2.9%
Fayetteville 75 $215,200 1.6% 4.5%
St. Marys 76 $180,100 0.8% 3.1%
Thomasville 77 $145,900 0.2% 8.8%
Milledgeville 78 $117,900 -0.4% 5.3%
Suwanee 79 $292,900 3.0% 7.3%
Forest Park 80 $63,200 1.1% 8.4%
Snellville 81 $163,000 0.6% 4.5%
Cartersville 82 $170,500 1.1% 9.3%
Union City 83 $112,400 0.8% 37.2%
Sugar Hill 84 $211,600 3.1% 11.6%
Acworth 85 $173,700 0.8% 5.9%
Griffin 86 $110,700 0.1% 11.9%
Decatur 87 $466,800 4.7% 11.5%
Pooler 88 $215,500 2.8% 4.5%
Mcdonough 89 $152,800 2.5% 8.1%
Carrollton 90 $149,200 1.3% 8.2%
Canton 91 $192,800 5.1% 3.8%
Stockbridge 92 $171,300 1.9% 13.7%
Chamblee 93 $245,500 1.1% 5.9%
Duluth 94 $212,100 0.9% 6.4%
Lawrenceville 95 $162,200 0.4% 5.1%
Woodstock 96 $222,500 3.9% 8.1%
Lagrange 97 $128,400 -0.1% 1.4%
Statesboro 98 $113,500 1.1% -3.0%
Douglasville 99 $165,400 1.3% 7.8%
Hinesville 100 $121,400 -0.8% 0.5%

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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