Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Georgia does this very well. Families love the Peach State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.
But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.
These are the places in Georgia that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state.
After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Georgia for 2019.
So where is the most expensive place to live in Georgia? That would be Dahlonega.
So hopefully Eastman (the cheapest place to live in Georgia) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.
And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out some more reading about Georgia and the most expensive cities in the country:
The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Georgia For 2019
The city of Dahlonega is the county seat of Lumpkin County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 5,242.
The median income in Dahlonega comes in at $33,007 and the median home value is $394,800 for 2019.
College Park is a city in the U.S. state of Georgia, adjacent to the southern boundary of the city of Atlanta. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,942. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is partially located in the city’s boundaries, and the Georgia International Convention Center, owned and operated by the City of College Park, is within the city limits.
The median income in College Park comes in at $29,087 and the median home value is $154,700 for 2019.
Norcross is a city in Gwinnett County, Georgia, United States. The population as of the 2010 census was 9,116, while in 2015 the estimated population was 16,634. It is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta metropolitan statistical area, which is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville combined statistical area.
The median income in Norcross comes in at $43,101 and the median home value is $184,600 for 2019.
Atlanta is the capital and most populous city of the State of Georgia in the United States. With an estimated 2016 population of 472,522, it is the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, home to 5.7 million people and the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the United States. Atlanta is the seat of Fulton County and a small portion of the city extends eastward into DeKalb County.
The median income in Atlanta comes in at $51,701 and the median home value is $238,700 for 2019.
Cumming is a city in Forsyth County, Georgia, United States, and the sole incorporated area in the county. It is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. Its population was 5,430 at the 2010 census, up from 4,220 in 2000. Surrounding unincorporated areas with a Cumming mailing address have a population of approximately 100,000. Cumming is the county seat of Forsyth County.
The median income in Cumming comes in at $47,125 and the median home value is $210,800 for 2019.
Marietta is located in central Cobb County, Georgia, United States, and is the county’s seat and largest city.
The median income in Marietta comes in at $50,963 and the median home value is $242,000 for 2019.
Statesboro is the largest city and county seat of Bulloch County, Georgia, United States, located in the southeastern part of the state.
The median income in Statesboro comes in at $24,869 and the median home value is $117,000 for 2019.
Chamblee is a city in northern DeKalb County, Georgia, United States, northeast of Atlanta. The population was 9,892 at the 2010 census.
The median income in Chamblee comes in at $54,142 and the median home value is $231,900 for 2019.
Milledgeville is a city in and the county seat of Baldwin County in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is northeast of Macon and bordered on the east by the Oconee River. The rapid current of the river here made this an attractive location to build a city. It was the capital of Georgia from 1804 to 1868, notably during the American Civil War. Milledgeville was preceded as the capital city by Louisville and was succeeded by Atlanta, the current capital. Today U.S. Highway 441 connects Milledgeville to Madison, Athens, and Dublin.
The median income in Milledgeville comes in at $20,846 and the median home value is $112,000 for 2019.
The city of Gainesville is the county seat of Hall County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 33,804. By 2015 the population had risen to an estimated 38,712. Because of its large number of poultry processing plants, it is often called the “Poultry Capital of the World”. Gainesville is the principal city of, and is included in, the Gainesville, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, Georgia Combined Statistical Area.
The median income in Gainesville comes in at $41,250 and the median home value is $172,300 for 2019.
How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Peach State For 2019
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:
- How much do money do I make?
- How much do I have spend to live there?
You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.
For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it’s actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.
With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2013-2017 around incomes and costs. They are:
- Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
- Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
- Median Home Price
We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).
You can then compare these metrics in each of the places in Georgia to figure out which is the most expensive.
What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.
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.
The place with the highest cost of living in Georgia according to the data is Dahlonega.
Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In Georgia For 2019
Well there you have it, the places in Georgia that have the highest cost of living, with Dahlonega ranking as the most expensive city in the Peach State.
Here’s a look at the most affordable cities in Georgia according to the data:
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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Georgia