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When you think of Georgia, what usually comes to mind?
Well, this Peach State is famous for more than a massive metropolis of a city and a bunch of ripe, delicious fruit. They also have some of the world's sweetest onions.
OK, OK, OK. Outside of fruit and vegetables, Georgia actually has a lot to offer and is one of the best places to live in the South.
For one, Georgia is incredibly cheap. In a recent article, we ranked the Top ten Cheapest Places to Live in Georgia. If you are wanting your money to go far, just move to Blakely, Georgia. But that may be all that you get there.
So what makes a city a great place to live? If you are in love with Southern sunshine, BBQ, and walks along Savannah's riverfront, Georgia may be the place to you but the real question is, where? Luckily, HomeSnacks has got the method of answering these questions down to a science. We have ranked the top ten best places to live in Georgia and took into account all the aspects of a good place to live: safety, cost of living, commute time, and even population density.
If you want to be where the action is, you have to be around where the people are. You also need to be able to afford it and not feel like you are endangering your life.
What is the best place to live in georgia? Alpharetta ranked #1 on our top ten best places to live in Georgia for 2020. If you haven't heard of Alpharetta, Georgia, yet, then maybe you should.
Alpharetta continues to hold #1 since last year and we are not surprised. Nothing like an average salary of $93k a year to put a smile on your face.
Read on to learn more about the 122 cities we evaluated for this article and to learn more about how the best becomes the best.
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The 10 Best Places To Live In Georgia For 2020
The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of Georgia, as there were only 42 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 32nd lowest in Georgia (4.6%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.
Additionally, homes are the 6th most expensive in Alpharetta ($392,200), meaning a lot of people want to live there.
Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $105,908 a year.
Alpharetta is an Atlanta suburb. We'll be seeing a lot more of those on this list.
The crime is the 2nd lowest in the state in Johns Creek, and there were only 34 violent crimes in the entire city last year. We think it's even safer here than the numbers indicate.
The schools are some of the best in Georgia, and residents live in very expensive homes. They also earn more than most every other city in the state. Residents in Johns Creek earn $116,070 a year.
Sandy Springs has several great, well-defined neighborhoods, and the community puts on many events and festivals each year.
Who wouldn't want to live in a place where there's low crime and everyone is rich? That's the case with Sandy Springs.
Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 2lowest in Georgia and the median income comes in at $74,093.
There's two types of people who live in Milton. Either the old hold outs who have lived there forever and are watching their home values skyrocket, or those d who can afford to buy a $534,400 home there.
Either way, you're set. Your kids go to great schools, there's a ton of things to do, and you earn a great salary. Milton is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.
The city motto in Decatur is "Everything is greater in Decatur," and that seems to be pretty close to the truth.
Decatur, a small city in the Atlanta metro area, has some of the highest home values in Georgia, and they're going up fast. Additionally, Decatur students see the 2nd-highest spending, which means they are getting lots of personal attention. Crime is also well below the state average, making Decatur a solid option for people who want to commute into Atlanta.
At least those who can afford it.
Dunwoody is by far one of the best places to live in Georgia: the math proves it! This city has the 16th lowest unemployment rate and the 5th highest median income in all of Georgia.
And if all of that isn't enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 69th lowest in the state, making Dunwoody a safe and great place to live.
Roswell ranks 7th on our list of best places to live in Georgia thanks to its low unemployment and high adjusted median income.
Additionally, its crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in Georgia that we examined.
People have been flocking to Roswell over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.
With the unemployment rate being the 10th lowest in Georgia and very stable household median incomes, it's easy to see why someone would want to live in Woodstock.
Plus, the crime rate is the 15th lowest in the state!
With the unemployment rate being the 12th lowest in Georgia and very stable household median incomes, it's easy to see why someone would want to live in Suwanee.
The crime rate is the 32nd lowest in the state.
Plus, the city has numerous parks, lakes and playgrounds that are large and well-maintained. Several were built by members of the community.
Who wouldn't want to live in a place like that?
Who doesn't want to live in Braselton? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.
Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 1.5%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.
Expect to see more of Braselton in the news in the coming months.
Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Georgia
The Pressing Question: Size
Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Atlanta with a population of 479,655 against places with a population of 18?
We firmly decided no, that just isn't fair.
So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:
- Cities -- Populations over 5,000
- Towns -- Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
- Small Towns -- Populations below 1,000
This left us with 122 cities, 198 towns, and 226 small towns.
We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best cities to live in Georgia have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be 'the best'.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In Georgia
Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.
We ranked each place in Georgia across a number of criteria from one to 122, with one being the best.
We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title "Best Place To Live In Georgia".
The criteria we looked at were:
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Population Density (Higher better)
- Unemployment Rate
- Commute Time
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Georgia? That would be Alpharetta.
If your city or town isn't among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Georgia.
Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Alpharetta at the end of the cul-de-sac.
Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Georgia
If you're looking at areas in Georgia with the best economic situations, where there's lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
Alpharetta made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Georgia for 2020.
Best Towns To Live In Georgia
- Isle of Hope (Pop. 2,564)
- Talahi Island (Pop. 1,454)
- Lookout Mountain (Pop. 1,754)
- Avondale Estates (Pop. 3,095)
- Watkinsville (Pop. 2,872)
- Berkeley Lake (Pop. 1,924)
- Grayson (Pop. 3,008)
- Cleveland (Pop. 3,750)
- Thunderbolt (Pop. 2,606)
- Gray (Pop. 3,281)
Best Small Towns To Live In Georgia
- Dutch Island (Pop. 943)
- Vernonburg (Pop. 120)
- Moreland (Pop. 463)
- Calvary (Pop. 106)
- Sky Valley (Pop. 310)
- Bishop (Pop. 271)
- Woolsey (Pop. 178)
- Franklin Springs (Pop. 889)
- North High Shoals (Pop. 848)
- Hiawassee (Pop. 887)
If you're curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Georgia according to the data:
- Cedartown (Pop. 9,930)
- Moultrie (Pop. 14,109)
- Swainsboro (Pop. 7,347)
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