These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Georgia For 2018


We used data and science to determine which places in Georgia go easy on your wallet.

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A wise sage once said:

“She works hard for the money…”

And these places in Georgia definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in Georgia where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Peach State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 120 largest places in Georgia, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in Georgia for 2018:

  1. Blakely (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Waynesboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Thomson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Cedartown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Grovetown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Statesboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Bremen (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Eastman (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Fort Valley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Cochran (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So listen up Milton (the most expensive place in Georgia) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out the best places to live in Georgia or the most expensive.

How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Peach State For 2018

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Georgia to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 120 places in Georgia that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

1. Blakely

Blakely, Georgia

Population: 5,012
Services: 87
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 84
Housing: 47
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 87
More on Blakely: Homes For Sale | Data
The town of Blakely is the county seat of Early County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 5,068.

Blakely was platted in 1825 as the county seat for Early County. It was named for Johnston Blakeley, an officer in the War of 1812.

2. Waynesboro

Waynesboro, Georgia

Population: 5,806
Services: 98
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 93
Housing: 46
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 90
More on Waynesboro: Homes For Sale | Data
Waynesboro is a city in Burke County, Georgia, United States. The population was 5,766 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Burke County. It is part of the Augusta, Georgia metropolitan area.

3. Thomson

Thomson, Georgia

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,750
Services: 98
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 93
Housing: 54
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 90
More on Thomson: Homes For Sale | Data
Thomson, originally called Slashes is a city in McDuffie County, Georgia, United States. The population was 6,778 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of McDuffie County. Thomson’s nickname is “The Camellia City of the South”, in honor of the thousands of camellia plants throughout the city. Thomson was founded in 1837 as a depot on the Georgia Railroad. It was renamed in 1853 for railroad official John Edgar Thomson and incorporated February 15, 1854 as a town and in 1870 as a city. It is part of the Augusta – Richmond County Metropolitan Statistical Area.

4. Cedartown

Cedartown, Georgia

Population: 9,801
Services: 94
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 80
Housing: 64
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 96
More on Cedartown: Homes For Sale | Data
Cedartown is a city in Polk County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 9,750. The city is the county seat of Polk County. Cedartown is the principal city of and is included in the Cedartown, Georgia Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, Georgia-Alabama Combined Statistical Area.

5. Grovetown

Grovetown, Georgia

Population: 11,264
Services: 98
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 93
Housing: 84
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 90
More on Grovetown: Homes For Sale | Data
Grovetown is a city in Columbia County, Georgia, United States. It is part of the Augusta metropolitan area and the Central Savannah River Area. In the 2013 United States Census estimates, it had a population of 12,389. The mayor is Gary Jones.

6. Statesboro

Statesboro, Georgia

Population: 28,527
Services: 100
Groceries: 99
Health Care: 83
Housing: 70
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 81
More on Statesboro: Homes For Sale | Data
Statesboro is the largest city and county seat of Bulloch County, Georgia, United States, located in the southeastern part of the state.

7. Bremen

Bremen, Georgia

Population: 6,184
Services: 94
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 80
Housing: 75
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 96
More on Bremen: Homes For Sale | Data
Bremen is a city in Haralson and Carroll counties, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 6,227, up from 4,579 at the 2000 census. Most of the city is in Haralson County, with a small portion in Carroll County.

8. Eastman

Eastman, Georgia

Population: 5,280
Services: 96
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 85
Housing: 46
Transportation: 90
Utilities: 101
More on Eastman: Homes For Sale | Data
Eastman is a city in Dodge County, Georgia, United States. The population was 4,962 at the 2010 census. Named after one of the founders who contributed a site and paid for the county courthouse, the city was established in 1871, and is the county seat of Dodge County.

9. Fort Valley

Fort Valley, Georgia

Population: 9,744
Services: 96
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 85
Housing: 49
Transportation: 90
Utilities: 101
More on Fort Valley: Homes For Sale | Data
Fort Valley is a city in and the county seat of Peach County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 9,815.

10. Cochran

Cochran, Georgia

Population: 5,070
Services: 96
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 85
Housing: 51
Transportation: 90
Utilities: 101
More on Cochran: Homes For Sale | Data
Cochran is a city in Bleckley County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 5,150. The city is the county seat of Bleckley County.

Cochran is named for Judge Arthur E. Cochran and was incorporated on March 19, 1869. Judge Cochran was largely instrumental in developing this section of Georgia through his work as president of the Macon and Brunswick Railroad, now the Southern Railway. Once known as Dykesboro, Cochran was settled by B. B. Dykes, who owned the site on which the town is built. The earliest settlers located here to work in the turpentine industry.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Georgia, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Georgia

City Rank Population Services Groceries Health Care
Blakely 1 5,012 87 101 84
Waynesboro 2 5,806 98 91 93
Thomson 3 6,750 98 91 93
Cedartown 4 9,801 94 94 80
Grovetown 5 11,264 98 91 93
Statesboro 6 28,527 100 99 83
Bremen 7 6,184 94 94 80
Eastman 8 5,280 96 97 85
Fort Valley 9 9,744 96 97 85
Cochran 10 5,070 96 97 85
Swainsboro 11 7,331 96 97 85
Eatonton 12 6,510 96 97 85
Sandersville 13 5,914 96 97 85
Toccoa 14 8,507 94 103 95
Hawkinsville 15 5,204 96 97 85
Macon 16 91,604 96 97 85
Dublin 17 16,276 96 97 85
Cordele 18 11,228 96 106 98
Vidalia 19 10,628 96 97 85
Camilla 20 5,233 96 106 98
Fitzgerald 21 9,070 96 106 98
Americus 22 16,835 96 106 98
Commerce 23 6,550 94 103 95
Sylvester 24 6,230 96 106 98
Milledgeville 25 18,879 96 97 85
Warner Robins 26 67,313 96 97 85
Albany 27 77,435 96 106 98
Bainbridge 28 12,669 96 106 98
Moultrie 29 14,384 96 106 98
Tifton 30 16,469 96 106 98
Perry 31 13,914 96 97 85
Cairo 32 9,657 96 106 98
Rome 33 36,277 92 98 95
Centerville 34 7,178 96 97 85
Dalton 35 33,049 92 98 95
Waycross 36 14,576 86 107 97
Columbus 37 191,278 110 101 87
Calhoun 38 15,562 92 98 95
Douglas 39 11,669 86 107 97
Adel 40 5,339 86 107 97
Fort Oglethorpe 41 9,212 97 95 103
Jesup 42 10,262 101 99 100
Thomasville 43 18,516 86 107 97
Valdosta 44 54,944 86 107 97
Garden City 45 8,868 101 99 100
Hinesville 46 33,904 101 99 100
Port Wentworth 47 5,484 101 99 100
Savannah 48 137,690 101 99 100
Brunswick 49 15,533 104 102 90
Rincon 50 8,786 101 99 100
Richmond Hill 51 9,549 101 99 100
Pooler 52 18,921 101 99 100
Thomaston 53 9,168 102 107 103
Forest Park 54 18,856 102 107 103
Barnesville 55 6,684 102 107 103
Kingsland 56 15,803 104 102 90
Jackson 57 5,030 102 107 103
Monroe 58 13,330 102 107 103
Riverdale 59 15,256 102 107 103
Griffin 60 23,610 102 107 103
Dallas 61 11,564 102 107 103
Morrow 62 6,595 102 107 103
Clarkston 63 7,612 102 107 103
Auburn 64 7,256 102 107 103
Covington 65 13,264 102 107 103
Union City 66 19,356 102 107 103
Locust Grove 67 5,366 102 107 103
East Point 68 34,515 102 107 103
Hapeville 69 6,437 102 107 103
Stone Mountain 70 5,905 102 107 103
Austell 71 6,676 102 107 103
Winder 72 14,123 102 107 103
Conyers 73 15,102 102 107 103
Lovejoy 74 6,285 102 107 103
Lawrenceville 75 28,595 102 107 103
Jefferson 76 9,296 102 107 103
Cartersville 77 19,714 102 107 103
Norcross 78 12,869 102 107 103
Carrollton 79 24,483 102 107 103
Fairburn 80 12,831 102 107 103
College Park 81 13,781 102 107 103
Villa Rica 82 13,692 102 107 103
Hampton 83 6,915 102 107 103
Loganville 84 10,395 102 107 103
Douglasville 85 30,748 102 107 103
Gainesville 86 33,969 102 107 103
Acworth 87 20,367 102 107 103
Doraville 88 8,380 102 107 103
Buford 89 12,575 102 107 103
Canton 90 22,680 102 107 103
Stockbridge 91 25,378 102 107 103
Powder Springs 92 14,027 102 107 103
Lilburn 93 11,909 102 107 103
Kennesaw 94 29,826 102 107 103
Snellville 95 18,540 102 107 103
Newnan 96 32,724 102 107 103
Cumming 97 5,428 102 107 103
Duluth 98 26,995 102 107 103
Sugar Hill 99 18,674 102 107 103
Holly Springs 100 9,145 102 107 103
Woodstock 101 23,849 102 107 103
Mountain Park 102 12,946 102 107 103
Fayetteville 103 15,881 102 107 103
Flowery Branch 104 5,635 102 107 103
Smyrna 105 51,466 102 107 103
Marietta 106 57,451 102 107 103
Atlanta 107 425,931 102 107 103
Dahlonega 108 5,481 102 107 103
Braselton 109 7,667 102 107 103
Chamblee 110 13,297 102 107 103
Suwanee 111 15,442 102 107 103
Tyrone 112 6,789 102 107 103
Peachtree City 113 34,437 102 107 103
Roswell 114 89,294 102 107 103
Decatur 115 19,443 102 107 103
Alpharetta 116 58,075 102 107 103
Johns Creek 117 77,338 102 107 103
Dunwoody 118 46,133 102 107 103
Sandy Springs 119 94,816 102 107 103
Milton 120 32,428 102 107 103

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