These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In Georgia


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 124 largest places in Georgia, we were left with this set of the best value for your money:

  1. Blakely
  2. Waynesboro
  3. Mcrae
  4. Eastman
  5. Thomson
  6. Fort Valley
  7. Cochran
  8. Eatonton
  9. Swainsboro
  10. Cedartown

So listen up Milton as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Peach State

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 124 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.

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1. Blakely

Blakely, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,012
Services: 87
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 84
Housing: 47
Transportation: 93
Utiltiies: 87

2. Waynesboro

Waynesboro, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,806
Services: 98
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 93
Housing: 46
Transportation: 89
Utiltiies: 90

3. Mcrae


Population: 5,619
Services: 96
Groceries: 97
Healthcare: 85
Housing: 45
Transportation: 90
Utiltiies: 101

4. Eastman

Eastman, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,280
Services: 96
Groceries: 97
Healthcare: 85
Housing: 46
Transportation: 90
Utiltiies: 101

5. Thomson

Thomson, Georgia

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,750
Services: 98
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 93
Housing: 54
Transportation: 89
Utiltiies: 90

6. Fort Valley

Fort Valley, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,744
Services: 96
Groceries: 97
Healthcare: 85
Housing: 49
Transportation: 90
Utiltiies: 101

7. Cochran

Cochran, Georgia

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,070
Services: 96
Groceries: 97
Healthcare: 85
Housing: 51
Transportation: 90
Utiltiies: 101

8. Eatonton

Eatonton, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,510
Services: 96
Groceries: 97
Healthcare: 85
Housing: 52
Transportation: 90
Utiltiies: 101

9. Swainsboro

Swainsboro, Georgia

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,331
Services: 96
Groceries: 97
Healthcare: 85
Housing: 52
Transportation: 90
Utiltiies: 101

10. Cedartown

Cedartown, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,801
Services: 94
Groceries: 94
Healthcare: 80
Housing: 64
Transportation: 89
Utiltiies: 96

Detailed List Of Affordable Places In Georgia

City Rank Population Services Grociers Healthcare
Blakely 1 5,012 87 101 84
Waynesboro 2 5,806 98 91 93
Mcrae 3 5,619 96 97 85
Eastman 4 5,280 96 97 85
Thomson 5 6,750 98 91 93
Fort Valley 6 9,744 96 97 85
Cochran 7 5,070 96 97 85
Eatonton 8 6,510 96 97 85
Swainsboro 9 7,331 96 97 85
Cedartown 10 9,801 94 94 80
Sandersville 11 5,914 96 97 85
Hawkinsville 12 5,204 96 97 85
Macon 13 91,604 96 97 85
Dublin 14 16,276 96 97 85
Waycross 15 14,576 86 107 97
Cordele 16 11,228 96 106 98
Toccoa 17 8,507 94 103 95
Vidalia 18 10,628 96 97 85
Bremen 19 6,184 94 94 80
Lafayette 20 7,111 92 98 95
Fitzgerald 21 9,070 96 106 98
Camilla 22 5,233 96 106 98
Statesboro 23 28,527 100 99 83
Americus 24 16,835 96 106 98
Milledgeville 25 18,879 96 97 85
Sylvester 26 6,230 96 106 98
Douglas 27 11,669 86 107 97
Warner Robins 28 67,313 96 97 85
Commerce 29 6,550 94 103 95
Albany 30 77,435 96 106 98
Lagrange 31 29,751 110 101 87
Bainbridge 32 12,669 96 106 98
Adel 33 5,339 86 107 97
Moultrie 34 14,384 96 106 98
Fort Oglethorpe 35 9,212 97 95 103
Thomaston 36 9,168 102 107 103
Rome 37 36,277 92 98 95
Grovetown 38 11,264 98 91 93
Perry 39 13,914 96 97 85
Jesup 40 10,262 101 99 100
Tifton 41 16,469 96 106 98
Brunswick 42 15,533 104 102 90
Dalton 43 33,049 92 98 95
Columbus 44 191,278 110 101 87
Forest Park 45 18,856 102 107 103
Cairo 46 9,657 96 106 98
Calhoun 47 15,562 92 98 95
Barnesville 48 6,684 102 107 103
Thomasville 49 18,516 86 107 97
Jackson 50 5,030 102 107 103
Valdosta 51 54,944 86 107 97
Centerville 52 7,178 96 97 85
Garden City 53 8,868 101 99 100
Monroe 54 13,330 102 107 103
Riverdale 55 15,256 102 107 103
Griffin 56 23,610 102 107 103
Dallas 57 11,564 102 107 103
Morrow 58 6,595 102 107 103
Clarkston 59 7,612 102 107 103
Auburn 60 7,256 102 107 103
Hinesville 61 33,904 101 99 100
Covington 62 13,264 102 107 103
Union City 63 19,356 102 107 103
Hapeville 64 6,437 102 107 103
East Point 65 34,515 102 107 103
Locust Grove 66 5,366 102 107 103
Stone Mountain 67 5,905 102 107 103
Winder 68 14,123 102 107 103
Austell 69 6,676 102 107 103
Conyers 70 15,102 102 107 103
Lovejoy 71 6,285 102 107 103
Port Wentworth 72 5,484 101 99 100
Lawrenceville 73 28,595 102 107 103
Savannah 74 137,690 101 99 100
Jefferson 75 9,296 102 107 103
Kingsland 76 15,803 104 102 90
Cartersville 77 19,714 102 107 103
Carrollton 78 24,483 102 107 103
Norcross 79 12,869 102 107 103
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
Mcdonough 86 21,839 102 107 103
Gainesville 87 33,969 102 107 103
Doraville 88 8,380 102 107 103
Acworth 89 20,367 102 107 103
Buford 90 12,575 102 107 103
Canton 91 22,680 102 107 103
Stockbridge 92 25,378 102 107 103
Rincon 93 8,786 101 99 100
Powder Springs 94 14,027 102 107 103
Lilburn 95 11,909 102 107 103
Kennesaw 96 29,826 102 107 103
Snellville 97 18,540 102 107 103
Cumming 98 5,428 102 107 103
Newnan 99 32,724 102 107 103
Duluth 100 26,995 102 107 103
Richmond Hill 101 9,549 101 99 100
Sugar Hill 102 18,674 102 107 103
Holly Springs 103 9,145 102 107 103
Pooler 104 18,921 101 99 100
Woodstock 105 23,849 102 107 103
Mountain Park 106 12,946 102 107 103
Flowery Branch 107 5,635 102 107 103
Fayetteville 108 15,881 102 107 103
Smyrna 109 51,466 102 107 103
Marietta 110 57,451 102 107 103
Atlanta 111 425,931 102 107 103
Dahlonega 112 5,481 102 107 103
Braselton 113 7,667 102 107 103
Chamblee 114 13,297 102 107 103
Suwanee 115 15,442 102 107 103
Tyrone 116 6,789 102 107 103
Peachtree City 117 34,437 102 107 103
Roswell 118 89,294 102 107 103
Decatur 119 19,443 102 107 103
Alpharetta 120 58,075 102 107 103
Johns Creek 121 77,338 102 107 103
Dunwoody 122 46,133 102 107 103
Sandy Springs 123 94,816 102 107 103
Milton 124 32,428 102 107 103

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