These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Georgia For 2019


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 2019:

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

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.

For more reading on the Peach State check out:

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.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,412
Median Income: $86,406 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $319,400 (5th Best)
More on Isle Of Hope: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,535
Median Income: $96,010 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $335,500 (4th Best)
More on Talahi Island: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,646
Median Income: $106,908 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $342,100 (3rd Best)
More on Lookout Mountain: Data | Homes For Sale

Watkinsville, GA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,866
Median Income: $62,625 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $185,300 (17th Best)
More on Watkinsville: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Avondale Estates, GA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,117
Median Income: $102,708 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $318,200 (6th Best)
More on Avondale Estates: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,005
Median Income: $125,592 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $376,800 (2nd Best)
More on Berkeley Lake: Data | Homes For Sale

Grayson, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,303
Median Income: $91,964 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $273,100 (8th Best)
More on Grayson: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,404
Median Income: $93,318 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $191,300 (11th Best)
More on Heron Bay: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,037
Median Income: $62,647 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $141,000 (34th Best)
More on Winterville: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,637
Median Income: $55,227 (30th Best)
Median Home Value: $179,800 (18th Best)
More on Thunderbolt: Data | Homes For Sale

Tybee Island, GA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,079
Median Income: $74,919 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $493,800 (1st Best)
More on Tybee Island: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Gray, GA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,234
Median Income: $53,466 (34th Best)
Median Home Value: $140,400 (35th Best)
More on Gray: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,088
Median Income: $49,583 (45th Best)
Median Home Value: $137,500 (37th Best)
More on Hagan: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,085
Median Income: $74,485 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $190,000 (12th Best)
More on Ball Ground: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,604
Median Income: $55,652 (26th Best)
Median Home Value: $189,400 (13th Best)
More on Montgomery: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,993
Median Income: $56,846 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $261,200 (9th Best)
More on Madison: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,598
Median Income: $59,679 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $163,700 (25th Best)
More on Henderson: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,567
Median Income: $71,310 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $167,400 (23rd Best)
More on Nelson: Data | Homes For Sale

Senoia, GA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 4,027
Median Income: $83,947 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $222,900 (10th Best)
More on Senoia: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,168
Median Income: $46,583 (55th Best)
Median Home Value: $116,200 (65th Best)
More on Tunnel Hill: 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. Greenville
  3. Twin City

For more Georgia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Georgia

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Isle Of Hope 2,412 $86,406.0 $319,400.0
2 Talahi Island 1,535 $96,010.0 $335,500.0
3 Lookout Mountain 1,646 $106,908.0 $342,100.0
4 Watkinsville 2,866 $62,625.0 $185,300.0
5 Avondale Estates 3,117 $102,708.0 $318,200.0
6 Berkeley Lake 2,005 $125,592.0 $376,800.0
7 Grayson 3,303 $91,964.0 $273,100.0
8 Heron Bay 3,404 $93,318.0 $191,300.0
9 Winterville 1,037 $62,647.0 $141,000.0
10 Thunderbolt 2,637 $55,227.0 $179,800.0
11 Tybee Island 3,079 $74,919.0 $493,800.0
12 Gray 3,234 $53,466.0 $140,400.0
13 Hagan 1,088 $49,583.0 $137,500.0
14 Ball Ground 2,085 $74,485.0 $190,000.0
15 Montgomery 4,604 $55,652.0 $189,400.0
16 Madison 3,993 $56,846.0 $261,200.0
17 Henderson 1,598 $59,679.0 $163,700.0
18 Nelson 1,567 $71,310.0 $167,400.0
19 Senoia 4,027 $83,947.0 $222,900.0
20 Tunnel Hill 1,168 $46,583.0 $116,200.0
21 Euharlee 4,225 $62,179.0 $161,000.0
22 Varnell 1,780 $53,977.0 $132,100.0
23 Demorest 2,130 $45,132.0 $108,600.0
24 Indian Springs 2,750 $69,643.0 $136,200.0
25 Cleveland 3,779 $38,228.0 $139,500.0
26 Hiram 3,813 $53,839.0 $121,700.0
27 Chickamauga 3,139 $48,469.0 $128,000.0
28 Young Harris 1,009 $25,417.0 $187,500.0
29 Brooklet 1,767 $55,231.0 $150,200.0
30 Eton 1,089 $56,488.0 $118,300.0
31 Jasper 3,745 $46,970.0 $173,900.0
32 Hahira 2,894 $39,797.0 $109,600.0
33 Leesburg 2,975 $55,357.0 $110,700.0
34 Chatsworth 4,252 $34,453.0 $142,000.0
35 Temple 4,338 $65,375.0 $108,600.0
36 Clarkesville 1,735 $43,711.0 $130,200.0
37 Deenwood 2,068 $39,496.0 $84,100.0
38 Reed Creek 2,638 $46,957.0 $306,800.0
39 Harlem 2,971 $46,618.0 $111,000.0
40 Claxton 2,398 $33,843.0 $95,000.0
41 Chattahoochee Hills 2,727 $60,913.0 $179,100.0
42 Guyton 1,929 $56,442.0 $133,300.0
43 Bogart 1,261 $49,063.0 $156,500.0
44 West Point 3,599 $34,989.0 $134,800.0
45 Hoschton 1,646 $59,911.0 $189,100.0
46 Oakwood 4,116 $44,152.0 $118,600.0
47 Ringgold 3,565 $41,500.0 $131,200.0
48 Comer 1,379 $44,722.0 $123,300.0
49 Lula 2,857 $53,095.0 $110,200.0
50 Hamilton 1,110 $58,036.0 $186,300.0
51 Mount Airy 1,214 $39,211.0 $122,100.0
52 Springfield 3,278 $43,750.0 $106,400.0
53 Ludowici 2,339 $46,032.0 $152,900.0
54 Oxford 2,088 $41,083.0 $90,100.0
55 Hartwell 4,456 $33,255.0 $100,700.0
56 Social Circle 4,389 $51,609.0 $117,700.0
57 Pine Mountain 1,475 $35,250.0 $135,500.0
58 Bloomingdale 2,739 $55,485.0 $137,500.0
59 Sunnyside 1,208 $60,403.0 $80,300.0
60 Trenton 2,090 $28,750.0 $120,100.0
61 Remerton 1,167 $23,722.0 $98,800.0
62 Ellijay 2,542 $42,333.0 $167,700.0
63 Midway 2,023 $56,213.0 $151,500.0
64 Homer 1,257 $44,044.0 $144,700.0
65 Cave Spring 1,161 $36,400.0 $112,100.0
66 Dawsonville 2,610 $51,576.0 $172,200.0
67 Maysville 2,284 $40,833.0 $123,000.0
68 Emerson 1,768 $48,810.0 $121,400.0
69 Blackshear 3,526 $28,555.0 $96,700.0
70 Walthourville 3,974 $33,720.0 $116,500.0
71 Baldwin 3,397 $38,750.0 $113,400.0
72 Chattanooga Valley 3,804 $45,017.0 $108,400.0
73 Elberton 4,392 $28,333.0 $83,100.0
74 Hephzibah 4,066 $53,679.0 $123,400.0
75 Monticello 2,612 $25,114.0 $100,400.0
76 Adairsville 4,756 $44,087.0 $123,600.0
77 Resaca 1,042 $50,893.0 $87,000.0
78 Hazlehurst 4,171 $31,860.0 $83,300.0
79 Rochelle 1,066 $33,164.0 $82,700.0
80 Jackson 4,951 $35,820.0 $102,300.0
81 Blue Ridge 1,376 $36,563.0 $151,200.0
82 Cochran 4,875 $27,731.0 $78,500.0
83 Lavonia 1,963 $29,107.0 $108,000.0
84 Statham 2,611 $51,250.0 $106,600.0
85 Sylvania 2,716 $30,258.0 $81,400.0
86 Clayton 1,989 $30,617.0 $112,100.0
87 Morgan 2,046 $34,107.0 $64,400.0
88 Alamo 3,376 $28,977.0 $47,100.0
89 Alma 3,484 $30,150.0 $84,300.0
90 Reidsville 2,652 $24,500.0 $95,600.0
91 Ray City 1,108 $26,724.0 $102,300.0
92 Raoul 2,934 $31,967.0 $64,900.0
93 Bonanza 3,811 $45,169.0 $82,100.0
94 Mount Vernon 2,404 $34,100.0 $66,500.0
95 Tallapoosa 3,130 $34,662.0 $125,300.0
96 Lake City 2,715 $37,240.0 $81,600.0
97 Trion 2,325 $40,541.0 $70,800.0
98 Manchester 4,018 $29,449.0 $76,500.0
99 Milner 1,242 $50,231.0 $109,100.0
100 Gumlog 2,256 $47,703.0 $137,000.0

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