The 10 Cheapest Atlanta, GA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Atlanta are the cheapest of the cheap.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Atlanta.
Cheapest Neighborhoods In Atlanta

Everything else equal, I think we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.

I’d much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I’d rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.

And while every neighbhorhood in Atlanta might be more expensive than living in rural Georgia, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.

So what exactly are those Atlanta neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further — you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Atlanta are the cheapest.

What’s the cheapest neighborhood to live in Atlanta for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Center Hill looks to be the cheaptest Atlanta neighborhood to live in.

At this point we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for — some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Atlanta. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates in return for more space and cheaper groceries.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Atlanta that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Atlanta.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from cheapest to most expensive.

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How We Determined The Cheapest Atlanta Hoods In 2019

In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Atlanta, we had to determine what criteria defines ‘cheap’.

Using census and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • Overall Cost Of Living
  • Rent To Income Ratio
  • Median Home Value To Income Ratio

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 32 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a cheap neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index the ‘Cheapest City Neighborhood In Atlanta.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Center Hill.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the cheapest places Atlanta. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from cheapest to most expensive.

The 10 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Atlanta For 2019

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Population: 9,838
Cost Of Living Index: 83 (2nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.5 (1st cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.028 (26th cheapest)
More on Center Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

Center Hill is a neighborhood located in northwest Atlanta, Georgia. Center Hill is centered on Donald L. Hollowell Highway, Hamilton E. Holmes Drive, and Simpson Road.

The median income in Center Hill comes in at $29,047 and the median home value is $44,455 for 2019.

Grove Park Atlanta, GA

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Population: 15,307
Cost Of Living Index: 83 (2nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.7 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.029 (27th cheapest)
More on Grove Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Grove Park is a northwest Atlanta, inside-the-perimeter neighborhood bounded by:

Center Hill on the west
Dixie Hills, West Lake, and Hunter Hills on the south
Bankhead on the east
Almond Park, West Highlands and Rockdale to the north

The median income in Grove Park comes in at $28,202 and the median home value is $46,616 for 2019.

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Population: 16,487
Cost Of Living Index: 94 (13th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.5 (7th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.017 (11th cheapest)
More on Rockdale: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Rockdale comes in at $53,245 and the median home value is $134,443 for 2019.

Cascade Heights Atlanta, GA

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Population: 22,613
Cost Of Living Index: 88 (10th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.2 (5th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.024 (19th cheapest)
More on Cascade Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

Cascade Heights is an affluent neighborhood in southwest Atlanta. It is bisected by Cascade Road, which was known as the Sandtown Road in the nineteenth century. The road follows the path of the ancient Sandtown Trail which ran from Stone Mountain to the Creek village of Sandtown on the Chattahoochee and from there on into Alabama. Ironically, the name lived on even after the Indians were expelled in the 1830s.

The median income in Cascade Heights comes in at $36,682 and the median home value is $82,126 for 2019.

Lakewood Heights-Southeastern Atlanta Atlanta, GA

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Population: 23,547
Cost Of Living Index: 84 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.9 (4th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.03 (29th cheapest)
More on Lakewood Heights-Southeastern Atlanta: Homes For Sale | Data

Lakewood Heights is a neighborhood in southeast Atlanta. It is bounded by:

the Betmar LaVilla, the Villages at Carver, and South Atlanta neighborhoods on the north,
the Chosewood Park neighborhood on the northeast,
the Norwood Manor neighborhood on the southeast,
the Polar Rock, Swallow Circle/Baywood and Lakewood neighborhoods on the south
the Downtown Connector on the west, across which lie the Sylvan Hills and Capitol View Homes neighborhoods
Lakewood Heights contains the Lakewood Heights Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The median income in Lakewood Heights-Southeastern Atlanta comes in at $27,867 and the median home value is $53,753 for 2019.

Sandtown-Southeastern Atlanta Atlanta, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 15,981
Cost Of Living Index: 89 (11th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.5 (8th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.023 (18th cheapest)
More on Sandtown-Southeastern Atlanta: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Sandtown-Southeastern Atlanta comes in at $36,018 and the median home value is $91,214 for 2019.

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Population: 21,513
Cost Of Living Index: 86 (6th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.7 (11th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.026 (21st cheapest)
More on West End: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in West End comes in at $29,204 and the median home value is $78,620 for 2019.

Adair Park Atlanta, GA

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Population: 5,299
Cost Of Living Index: 85 (5th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.7 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.036 (31st cheapest)
More on Adair Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Adair Park is a residential neighborhood located southwest of downtown Atlanta. It has the form of a left curly bracket, bordered by the MARTA north-south rail line on the northwest, the BeltLine trail on the southwest and Metropolitan Parkway on the east. Historically Adair Park also included the area from Metropolitan Parkway to McDaniel Street on the east, but the city now considers that area part of the Pittsburgh neighborhood.

The median income in Adair Park comes in at $27,752 and the median home value is $47,760 for 2019.

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Population: 11,352
Cost Of Living Index: 86 (6th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.3 (6th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.03 (28th cheapest)
More on Adams Park: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Adams Park comes in at $28,578 and the median home value is $66,500 for 2019.

Adamsville Atlanta, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 11,775
Cost Of Living Index: 87 (8th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.7 (10th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.027 (22nd cheapest)
More on Adamsville: Homes For Sale | Data

Adamsville is a predominantly African-American neighborhood on the west side of Atlanta, Georgia. It is located where Interstate 20 and Interstate 285 meet on the west side.

The entertainers Killer Mike, Bone Crusher, and Stevie-the-Steve-Man Corby came from Adamsville.

The skating rink ‘Cascades’ in the movie ATL is located in Adamsville.

In the year 2000, the city of Atlanta parks and recreation department started construction on a new recreation center. It was finished in 2003 at the price of $13.1 million. The recreation center is known as the C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center. The 103,000-square-foot building features an indoor 50-meter pool and a gymnasium and is 10 times larger than the existing Adamsville Recreation Center.

The median income in Adamsville comes in at $29,150 and the median home value is $78,167 for 2019.

Summing Up The Cheapest Places In Atlanta

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Atlanta where prices are low and it’s cheap to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Atlanta aren’t all cheap. Sweet Auburn takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Atlanta.

We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Atlanta For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 Center Hill 83
2 Grove Park 83
3 Rockdale 94
4 Cascade Heights 88
5 Lakewood Heights-Southeastern Atlanta 84
6 Sandtown-Southeastern Atlanta 89
7 West End 86
8 Adair Park 85
9 Adams Park 86
10 Adamsville 87
11 Thomasville 91
12 Ben Hill 95
13 Edgewood-Kirkwood 103
14 Mechanicsville 83
15 Ormewood Park-East Atlanta 107
16 Oakland City 87
17 Downtown 95
18 Poncey-Highland 108
19 Grant Park 103
20 Midtown 118
21 Buckhead 134
22 Cabbage Town 109
23 Old Fourth Ward 104
24 Morningside-Lenox Park 136
25 Oakdale 135
26 Atlanta-Inman Park 118
27 Candler Park 130
28 Five Points 97
29 Virginia-Highland 137
30 Vine City 95
31 Home Park 114
32 Sweet Auburn 98

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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