These Are The 10 Best Small Towns In Georgia


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. Here are the 10 Best Small Towns in Georgia (in which to live):

  1. Vernonburg
  2. Manassas
  3. Mountain Park
  4. Mountain Park
  5. Sky Valley
  6. Bishop
  7. Turin
  8. North High Shoals
  9. Crooked Creek
  10. Hamilton

If you live in one of these small towns like Vernonburg, 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. Or feel free to check out the worst small towns in Georgia.

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How We Determined The Best Small Towns In Georgia

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 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)
  • High School Dropouts (Lower is better)
  • Crime Rates (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 212 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 212, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Georgia. Top of that list — Vernonburg.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 10 best small towns in Georgia. Or feel free to check out the best places overall to live in Georgia.

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1. Vernonburg


Population 2014: 144
Median Income: $139,583
Median Home Price: $859,400
Crime Per 100k: 1,723

2. Manassas


Population 2014: 181
Median Income: $75,417
Median Home Price: $200,000
Crime Per 100k: 3,543

3. Mountain Park


Population 2014: 12,946
Median Income: $73,972
Median Home Price: $183,900
Crime Per 100k: 3,244

4. Mountain Park

Source: Google Maps

Population: 12,946
Median Income: $73,972
Median Home Price: $183,900
Crime Per 100k: 3,244

5. Sky Valley


Population 2014: 454
Median Income: $80,552
Median Home Price: $315,900
Crime Per 100k: 1,493

6. Bishop


Population 2014: 260
Median Income: $73,045
Median Home Price: $123,800
Crime Per 100k: 4,474

7. Turin


Population 2014: 339
Median Income: $50,625
Median Home Price: $234,400
Crime Per 100k: 3,352

8. North High Shoals


Population 2014: 791
Median Income: $87,500
Median Home Price: $257,400
Crime Per 100k: 2,943

9. Crooked Creek


Population 2014: 876
Median Income: $72,625
Median Home Price: $255,000
Crime Per 100k: 3,077

10. Hamilton


Population 2014: 1,068
Median Income: $48,452
Median Home Price: $208,300
Crime Per 100k: 1,491

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 10 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. Argyle
  2. Dooling
  3. Ambrose

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Georgia

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price Crime Per 100k
Vernonburg 1 144 $139,583 $859,400 1,723
Manassas 2 181 $75,417 $200,000 3,543
Mountain Park 3 12,946 $73,972 $183,900 3,244
Mountain Park 4 12,946 $73,972 $183,900 3,244
Sky Valley 5 454 $80,552 $315,900 1,493
Bishop 6 260 $73,045 $123,800 4,474
Turin 7 339 $50,625 $234,400 3,352
North High Shoals 8 791 $87,500 $257,400 2,943
Crooked Creek 9 876 $72,625 $255,000 3,077
Hamilton 10 1,068 $48,452 $208,300 1,491
Arnoldsville 11 506 $53,750 $116,900 4,858
Concord 12 386 $50,313 $125,700 4,557
Deepstep 13 177 $81,250 $127,800 4,878
Tunnel Hill 14 782 $54,250 $109,900 1,858
Pine Lake 15 615 $53,466 $160,300 3,524
Franklin Springs 16 998 $31,328 $169,200 1,165
Bostwick 17 559 $53,750 $202,100 2,525
Hiawassee 18 1,079 $33,333 $187,500 3,136
Bellville 19 190 $91,250 $112,500 4,297
Woolsey 20 142 $73,750 $266,700 2,270
Allenhurst 21 577 $44,412 $140,600 4,777
Danielsville 22 542 $48,000 $133,000 4,196
Resaca 23 1,029 $45,313 $116,200 1,936
Flemington 24 939 $93,656 $185,700 3,125
Morganton 25 470 $49,926 $158,600 4,499
Dasher 26 1,134 $43,417 $135,200 1,732
Waleska 27 604 $43,750 $150,000 5,669
Haralson 28 179 $55,417 $155,000 4,912
Jersey 29 157 $57,500 $310,000 2,047
Between 30 362 $66,250 $165,000 4,220
Tallulah Falls 31 151 $42,250 $259,400 1,796
Maxeys 32 176 $59,286 $151,000 4,232
Brooks 33 655 $56,250 $257,900 2,601
Dudley 34 578 $48,603 $104,500 4,461
Lexington 35 313 $30,625 $174,200 3,902
Yatesville 36 354 $51,875 $80,000 5,217
Moreland 37 340 $53,393 $121,200 4,811
Dillard 38 254 $37,917 $226,300 1,183
Hagan 39 877 $38,167 $123,400 5,352
Eton 40 904 $45,750 $109,700 1,780
Ailey 41 578 $33,750 $106,800 5,871
Good Hope 42 440 $76,458 $136,200 4,769
Lake Park 43 807 $45,938 $164,300 4,905
Odum 44 412 $51,042 $87,500 5,578
Shady Dale 45 279 $55,909 $125,600 4,940
Blairsville 46 697 $28,661 $121,600 3,423
Talmo 47 163 $40,625 $201,900 2,976
Taylorsville 48 282 $51,364 $128,700 4,990
Colbert 49 801 $33,750 $117,400 5,558
Ila 50 494 $41,250 $109,000 5,846
Gumbranch 51 269 $46,875 $106,600 5,127
Funston 52 771 $41,080 $93,500 6,111
Iron City 53 403 $29,375 $80,500 5,882
Camak 54 144 $48,750 $57,500 5,788
Lyerly 55 499 $37,656 $74,700 6,267
Nunez 56 103 $49,643 $83,300 5,171
Rockingham 57 146 $20,227 $138,800 5,086
Warm Springs 58 461 $22,009 $127,500 1,946
Sharpsburg 59 398 $43,750 $139,700 4,435
Crawford 60 1,150 $21,176 $114,700 2,027
Santa Claus 61 166 $29,531 $77,300 6,020
Fairmount 62 888 $33,125 $107,300 2,628
Shiloh 63 481 $35,313 $118,800 450
Pulaski 64 264 $48,611 $84,000 6,112
Rentz 65 301 $31,250 $70,000 5,811
Rutledge 66 808 $34,211 $164,400 4,748
Doerun 67 968 $32,422 $85,700 3,308
Alston 68 128 $46,875 $75,000 5,641
Centralhatchee 69 378 $50,139 $102,500 5,167
Carnesville 70 658 $26,429 $98,300 5,621
Sunset Village 71 917 $48,594 $119,600 5,037
Ivey 72 939 $40,714 $66,800 6,106
Phillipsburg 73 1,147 $21,550 $43,700 2,395
Plains 74 565 $28,661 $78,200 5,224
Lone Oak 75 297 $22,417 $104,200 6,132
Allentown 76 253 $43,750 $78,800 6,022
Hoboken 77 608 $33,750 $80,000 954
Daisy 78 84 $34,375 $81,400 5,838
Parrott 79 154 $58,750 $101,100 5,346
Montrose 80 143 $58,438 $101,600 5,112
Rebecca 81 261 $31,125 $51,300 6,270
Mitchell 82 183 $53,750 $50,000 5,655
Pinehurst 83 478 $32,250 $73,800 6,206
Mansfield 84 341 $41,964 $103,100 5,555
Attapulgus 85 533 $30,313 $82,000 6,278
Blythe 86 657 $44,306 $82,100 1,986
Uvalda 87 580 $32,500 $43,300 168
Whigham 88 524 $19,028 $67,900 3,368
Helen 89 285 $32,083 $425,000 16,257
White 90 909 $37,578 $104,900 5,957
Avera 91 282 $35,000 $68,900 6,068
Empire 92 664 $50,083 $67,500 5,802
Gillsville 93 197 $38,125 $97,500 5,491
Hull 94 247 $31,250 $112,500 5,956
Lumber City 95 1,103 $15,363 $53,800 478
Bethlehem 96 732 $42,688 $115,400 5,559
Braswell 97 312 $58,194 $104,900 5,786
Bowersville 98 478 $33,095 $85,300 6,171
Pendergrass 99 559 $42,957 $208,500 4,267
Newborn 100 667 $41,667 $102,300 5,737

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