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 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

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Georgia
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.

Blakely, GA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,012
Services: 87
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 84
Housing: 47
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 87
More on Blakely: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,806
Services: 98
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 93
Housing: 46
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 90
More on Waynesboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,750
Services: 98
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 93
Housing: 54
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 90
More on Thomson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, GA

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 9,801
Services: 94
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 80
Housing: 64
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 96
More on Cedartown: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, GA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,264
Services: 98
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 93
Housing: 84
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 90
More on Grovetown: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, GA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 28,527
Services: 100
Groceries: 99
Health Care: 83
Housing: 70
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 81
More on Statesboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Statesboro is the largest city and county seat of Bulloch County, Georgia, United States, located in the southeastern part of the state.

Bremen, GA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,184
Services: 94
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 80
Housing: 75
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 96
More on Bremen: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, GA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,280
Services: 96
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 85
Housing: 46
Transportation: 90
Utilities: 101
More on Eastman: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, GA

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 9,744
Services: 96
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 85
Housing: 49
Transportation: 90
Utilities: 101
More on Fort Valley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, GA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,070
Services: 96
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 85
Housing: 51
Transportation: 90
Utilities: 101
More on Cochran: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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:

  1. Milton
  2. Sandy Springs
  3. Dunwoody

For more Georgia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Georgia

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Blakely 12.42 5,012 87 101 84
2 Waynesboro 12.75 5,806 98 91 93
3 Thomson 15.25 6,750 98 91 93
4 Cedartown 23.58 9,801 94 94 80
5 Grovetown 23.75 11,264 98 91 93
6 Statesboro 25.92 28,527 100 99 83
7 Bremen 27.0 6,184 94 94 80
8 Eastman 27.83 5,280 96 97 85
9 Fort Valley 28.58 9,744 96 97 85
10 Cochran 28.92 5,070 96 97 85
11 Swainsboro 29.33 7,331 96 97 85
12 Eatonton 29.33 6,510 96 97 85
13 Sandersville 30.33 5,914 96 97 85
14 Toccoa 30.5 8,507 94 103 95
15 Hawkinsville 30.92 5,204 96 97 85
16 Macon 31.33 91,604 96 97 85
17 Dublin 31.58 16,276 96 97 85
18 Cordele 31.67 11,228 96 106 98
19 Vidalia 32.5 10,628 96 97 85
20 Camilla 32.58 5,233 96 106 98
21 Fitzgerald 32.58 9,070 96 106 98
22 Americus 33.08 16,835 96 106 98
23 Commerce 33.42 6,550 94 103 95
24 Sylvester 33.58 6,230 96 106 98
25 Milledgeville 33.83 18,879 96 97 85
26 Warner Robins 34.5 67,313 96 97 85
27 Albany 35.08 77,435 96 106 98
28 Bainbridge 35.75 12,669 96 106 98
29 Moultrie 36.08 14,384 96 106 98
30 Tifton 37.75 16,469 96 106 98
31 Perry 37.75 13,914 96 97 85
32 Cairo 38.75 9,657 96 106 98
33 Rome 39.67 36,277 92 98 95
34 Centerville 40.58 7,178 96 97 85
35 Dalton 41.33 33,049 92 98 95
36 Waycross 42.33 14,576 86 107 97
37 Columbus 42.92 191,278 110 101 87
38 Calhoun 43.25 15,562 92 98 95
39 Douglas 44.5 11,669 86 107 97
40 Adel 46.33 5,339 86 107 97
41 Fort Oglethorpe 48.25 9,212 97 95 103
42 Jesup 49.58 10,262 101 99 100
43 Thomasville 50.42 18,516 86 107 97
44 Valdosta 51.08 54,944 86 107 97
45 Garden City 52.92 8,868 101 99 100
46 Hinesville 56.67 33,904 101 99 100
47 Port Wentworth 59.08 5,484 101 99 100
48 Savannah 59.5 137,690 101 99 100
49 Brunswick 59.67 15,533 104 102 90
50 Rincon 62.5 8,786 101 99 100
51 Richmond Hill 64.0 9,549 101 99 100
52 Pooler 64.67 18,921 101 99 100
53 Thomaston 65.67 9,168 102 107 103
54 Forest Park 67.83 18,856 102 107 103
55 Barnesville 68.75 6,684 102 107 103
56 Kingsland 68.92 15,803 104 102 90
57 Jackson 69.08 5,030 102 107 103
58 Monroe 70.08 13,330 102 107 103
59 Riverdale 70.75 15,256 102 107 103
60 Griffin 71.42 23,610 102 107 103
61 Dallas 71.83 11,564 102 107 103
62 Morrow 72.0 6,595 102 107 103
63 Clarkston 72.42 7,612 102 107 103
64 Auburn 72.42 7,256 102 107 103
65 Covington 72.83 13,264 102 107 103
66 Union City 73.17 19,356 102 107 103
67 Locust Grove 73.83 5,366 102 107 103
68 East Point 73.83 34,515 102 107 103
69 Hapeville 73.83 6,437 102 107 103
70 Stone Mountain 74.67 5,905 102 107 103
71 Austell 75.08 6,676 102 107 103
72 Winder 75.08 14,123 102 107 103
73 Conyers 75.42 15,102 102 107 103
74 Lovejoy 75.42 6,285 102 107 103
75 Lawrenceville 75.75 28,595 102 107 103
76 Jefferson 76.0 9,296 102 107 103
77 Cartersville 76.25 19,714 102 107 103
78 Norcross 76.67 12,869 102 107 103
79 Carrollton 76.67 24,483 102 107 103
80 Fairburn 77.08 12,831 102 107 103
81 College Park 77.08 13,781 102 107 103
82 Villa Rica 77.5 13,692 102 107 103
83 Hampton 77.83 6,915 102 107 103
84 Loganville 78.0 10,395 102 107 103
85 Douglasville 78.17 30,748 102 107 103
86 Gainesville 78.5 33,969 102 107 103
87 Acworth 78.5 20,367 102 107 103
88 Doraville 78.5 8,380 102 107 103
89 Buford 79.0 12,575 102 107 103
90 Canton 79.0 22,680 102 107 103
91 Stockbridge 79.0 25,378 102 107 103
92 Powder Springs 79.33 14,027 102 107 103
93 Lilburn 79.5 11,909 102 107 103
94 Kennesaw 79.92 29,826 102 107 103
95 Snellville 79.92 18,540 102 107 103
96 Newnan 80.25 32,724 102 107 103
97 Cumming 80.25 5,428 102 107 103
98 Duluth 80.5 26,995 102 107 103
99 Sugar Hill 80.67 18,674 102 107 103
100 Holly Springs 80.83 9,145 102 107 103

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