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.
- Blakely (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Waynesboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Thomson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Cedartown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Grovetown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Statesboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bremen (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Eastman (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Fort Valley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- 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 some more reading about Georgia and the cheapest places in the country:
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:
- Health Insurance
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Statesboro is the largest city and county seat of Bulloch County, Georgia, United States, located in the southeastern part of the state.
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.
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.
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.
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. Georgia 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.
Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Georgia according to the data:
- Sandy Springs
For more Georgia reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Georgia
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Georgia
- 10 Safest Places In Georgia
Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Georgia