These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Georgia For 2018


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Georgia are the best of the best.

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You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Georgia, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Peach State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Georgia based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Georgia ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Georgia for 2018:

  1. Isle of Hope (Homes For Sale)
  2. Lookout Mountain (Homes For Sale)
  3. Talahi Island (Homes For Sale)
  4. Avondale Estates (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Watkinsville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Berkeley Lake (Homes For Sale)
  7. Grayson (Homes For Sale)
  8. Thunderbolt (Homes For Sale)
  9. Cleveland (Homes For Sale)
  10. Gray (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you live in one of these small towns like Isle Of Hope, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

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How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Georgia

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 198 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 198, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Georgia. Top of that list — Isle Of Hope.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Georgia.

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1. Isle Of Hope


Population: 2,564
Median Income: $85,707 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $313,100 (5th Best)
More on Isle Of Hope: Data| Homes For Sale

2. Lookout Mountain


Population: 1,754
Median Income: $105,296 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $352,100 (3rd Best)
More on Lookout Mountain: Data| Homes For Sale

3. Talahi Island


Population: 1,454
Median Income: $87,096 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $315,200 (4th Best)
More on Talahi Island: Data| Homes For Sale

4. Avondale Estates

Avondale Estates, GA

Population: 3,095
Median Income: $100,871 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $300,200 (6th Best)
More on Avondale Estates: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

5. Watkinsville

Watkinsville, GA

Population: 2,872
Median Income: $61,339 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $177,900 (15th Best)
More on Watkinsville: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

6. Berkeley Lake


Population: 1,924
Median Income: $120,795 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $362,300 (2nd Best)
More on Berkeley Lake: Data| Homes For Sale

7. Grayson


Population: 3,008
Median Income: $84,514 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $265,500 (7th Best)
More on Grayson: Data| Homes For Sale

8. Thunderbolt


Population: 2,606
Median Income: $54,564 (24th Best)
Median Home Value: $166,400 (21st Best)
More on Thunderbolt: Data| Homes For Sale

9. Cleveland


Population: 3,750
Median Income: $40,281 (72nd Best)
Median Home Value: $138,600 (33rd Best)
More on Cleveland: Data| Homes For Sale

10. Gray

Gray, GA

Population: 3,281
Median Income: $59,722 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $140,000 (32nd Best)
More on Gray: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

11. Winterville


Population: 1,050
Median Income: $58,864 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $138,400 (34th Best)
More on Winterville: Data| Homes For Sale

12. Tybee Island

Tybee Island, GA

Population: 3,068
Median Income: $71,007 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $434,300 (1st Best)
More on Tybee Island: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

13. Heron Bay


Population: 4,042
Median Income: $77,039 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $195,800 (10th Best)
More on Heron Bay: Data| Homes For Sale

14. Henderson


Population: 1,681
Median Income: $70,000 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $195,800 (10th Best)
More on Henderson: Data| Homes For Sale

15. Nelson


Population: 1,470
Median Income: $65,147 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $164,300 (22nd Best)
More on Nelson: Data| Homes For Sale

16. Senoia

Senoia, GA

Population: 3,889
Median Income: $82,485 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $212,300 (8th Best)
More on Senoia: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

17. Ball Ground


Population: 1,831
Median Income: $72,232 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $175,000 (17th Best)
More on Ball Ground: Data| Homes For Sale

18. Euharlee

Euharlee, GA

Source: Public domain

Population: 4,214
Median Income: $58,038 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $137,500 (35th Best)
More on Euharlee: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

19. Tunnel Hill


Population: 1,056
Median Income: $51,250 (34th Best)
Median Home Value: $107,100 (81st Best)
More on Tunnel Hill: Data| Homes For Sale

20. Varnell


Population: 1,816
Median Income: $55,242 (23rd Best)
Median Home Value: $130,300 (44th Best)
More on Varnell: Data| Homes For Sale

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 20 small towns in Georgia are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Georgia:

  1. Talbotton
  2. Arlington
  3. Broxton

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Georgia

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Isle Of Hope 2,564 $85,707 $313,100
2 Lookout Mountain 1,754 $105,296 $352,100
3 Talahi Island 1,454 $87,096 $315,200
4 Avondale Estates 3,095 $100,871 $300,200
5 Watkinsville 2,872 $61,339 $177,900
6 Berkeley Lake 1,924 $120,795 $362,300
7 Grayson 3,008 $84,514 $265,500
8 Thunderbolt 2,606 $54,564 $166,400
9 Cleveland 3,750 $40,281 $138,600
10 Gray 3,281 $59,722 $140,000
11 Winterville 1,050 $58,864 $138,400
12 Tybee Island 3,068 $71,007 $434,300
13 Heron Bay 4,042 $77,039 $195,800
14 Henderson 1,681 $70,000 $195,800
15 Nelson 1,470 $65,147 $164,300
16 Senoia 3,889 $82,485 $212,300
17 Ball Ground 1,831 $72,232 $175,000
18 Euharlee 4,214 $58,038 $137,500
19 Tunnel Hill 1,056 $51,250 $107,100
20 Varnell 1,816 $55,242 $130,300
21 Ringgold 4,344 $41,098 $160,500
22 Hahira 2,877 $41,310 $111,400
23 Byron 4,956 $53,206 $160,000
24 Madison 4,010 $53,226 $192,800
25 Eton 1,175 $55,707 $111,000
26 Brooklet 1,726 $54,355 $148,800
27 Harlem 2,914 $50,208 $111,000
28 Hagan 1,094 $41,513 $131,300
29 Demorest 1,902 $44,732 $114,900
30 Hoschton 1,782 $59,931 $184,200
31 Clermont 1,030 $56,250 $146,400
32 Leesburg 2,989 $53,200 $108,500
33 Montgomery 4,222 $53,497 $177,000
34 Deenwood 2,195 $36,645 $85,800
35 Young Harris 1,027 $24,583 $200,000
36 Hiram 3,751 $49,645 $115,900
37 Chattahoochee Hills 2,655 $61,454 $172,300
38 Indian Springs 3,104 $69,886 $133,300
39 Bloomingdale 2,703 $55,911 $125,800
40 Reed Creek 2,653 $50,214 $172,700
41 Chickamauga 3,122 $45,461 $126,100
42 Mount Airy 1,231 $41,125 $115,000
43 Guyton 1,800 $52,232 $131,700
44 Clarkesville 1,796 $41,125 $121,300
45 Claxton 2,289 $31,591 $93,400
46 Rochelle 1,064 $31,641 $82,600
47 Bogart 1,127 $46,923 $137,300
48 Jasper 3,732 $43,700 $163,300
49 Oakwood 4,098 $41,733 $112,200
50 Comer 1,284 $41,974 $118,100
51 Social Circle 4,350 $50,248 $108,900
52 Springfield 3,062 $40,106 $101,400
53 Chatsworth 4,298 $28,792 $143,400
54 Hartwell 4,499 $30,821 $110,200
55 Emerson 1,649 $49,583 $122,400
56 Ludowici 2,684 $44,396 $147,800
57 Lula 2,831 $47,297 $111,700
58 Homer 1,226 $43,625 $114,700
59 Walthourville 4,091 $39,792 $116,700
60 Cochran 4,901 $32,263 $81,000
61 Oxford 2,100 $45,395 $86,400
62 Trenton 2,091 $32,333 $115,400
63 Blackshear 3,546 $33,896 $98,400
64 West Point 3,498 $31,489 $134,200
65 Vienna 3,791 $31,667 $85,500
66 Elberton 4,456 $29,088 $83,200
67 Sylvania 2,535 $31,995 $81,200
68 Midway 2,002 $54,344 $149,700
69 Remerton 1,245 $23,587 $98,300
70 Chattanooga Valley 3,942 $44,671 $110,200
71 Baldwin 3,523 $37,000 $131,000
72 Lindale 4,415 $42,321 $82,900
73 Dawsonville 2,478 $45,500 $166,800
74 Jackson 4,950 $35,507 $108,700
75 Grantville 3,151 $47,413 $107,800
76 Lake City 2,712 $35,882 $67,400
77 Cave Spring 1,319 $38,281 $108,900
78 Temple 4,287 $46,680 $102,600
79 Maysville 2,309 $37,714 $117,600
80 Hamilton 1,092 $44,750 $191,100
81 Blue Ridge 1,485 $37,656 $135,400
82 Lavonia 2,038 $29,231 $117,400
83 Baxley 4,737 $35,896 $70,700
84 Gumlog 2,264 $49,205 $130,400
85 Adairsville 4,740 $44,314 $115,800
86 Bonanza 3,361 $53,710 $75,400
87 Hazlehurst 4,211 $27,463 $80,300
88 Resaca 1,157 $38,984 $90,300
89 Alamo 3,376 $28,929 $47,200
90 Putney 2,350 $46,904 $87,500
91 Raoul 3,205 $31,935 $67,900
92 Milner 1,258 $47,695 $108,900
93 Trion 2,273 $39,219 $67,500
94 East Newnan 1,099 $26,473 $84,400
95 Rossville 4,020 $30,727 $79,800
96 Alto 1,043 $37,600 $99,400
97 Mount Vernon 2,311 $34,291 $67,300
98 Clayton 1,872 $27,764 $117,200
99 Statham 2,589 $44,239 $98,800
100 Ray City 1,095 $25,068 $90,900

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