These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Georgia


We used science and data to determine which cities in Georgia that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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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:

  1. Milton (Photos)
  2. Sandy Springs (Photos)
  3. Dunwoody (Photos)
  4. Johns Creek (Photos)
  5. Alpharetta (Photos)
  6. Decatur (Photos)
  7. Roswell (Photos)
  8. Peachtree City (Photos)
  9. Tyrone
  10. Suwanee (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Waynesboro is the most affordable city in Georgia.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in Georgia.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities 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 most expensive.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 119 places in Georgia that have more than 5,000 people.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Milton, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Milton

Milton, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,874
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 217
Healthcare Index: 103
Transportation Index: 109
Utilities Index: 91

2. Sandy Springs

Sandy Springs, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 98,480
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 198
Healthcare Index: 103
Transportation Index: 109
Utilities Index: 91

3. Dunwoody

Dunwoody, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,182
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 181
Healthcare Index: 103
Transportation Index: 109
Utilities Index: 91

4. Johns Creek

Johns Creek, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 80,979
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 171
Healthcare Index: 103
Transportation Index: 109
Utilities Index: 91

5. Alpharetta

Alpharetta, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,903
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 162
Healthcare Index: 103
Transportation Index: 109
Utilities Index: 91

6. Decatur

Decatur, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,888
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 159
Healthcare Index: 103
Transportation Index: 109
Utilities Index: 91

7. Roswell

Roswell, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 92,364
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 147
Healthcare Index: 103
Transportation Index: 109
Utilities Index: 91

8. Peachtree City

Peachtree City, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,701
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 146
Healthcare Index: 103
Transportation Index: 109
Utilities Index: 91

9. Tyrone

Source: Google Maps

Population: 7,028
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 137
Healthcare Index: 103
Transportation Index: 109
Utilities Index: 91

10. Suwanee

Suwanee, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,648
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 134
Healthcare Index: 103
Transportation Index: 109
Utilities Index: 91

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Georgia that have the highest cost of living, with Milton ranking as the most exensive city in the Peach State.

If you’re curious, here are the most least expensive cities in Georgia:

  1. Waynesboro
  2. McRae
  3. Eastman

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Georgia

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Milton 1 34,874 102 107 103 217 109 91
Sandy Springs 2 98,480 102 107 103 198 109 91
Dunwoody 3 47,182 102 107 103 181 109 91
Johns Creek 4 80,979 102 107 103 171 109 91
Alpharetta 5 60,903 102 107 103 162 109 91
Decatur 6 19,888 102 107 103 159 109 91
Roswell 7 92,364 102 107 103 147 109 91
Peachtree City 8 34,701 102 107 103 146 109 91
Tyrone 9 7,028 102 107 103 137 109 91
Suwanee 10 16,648 102 107 103 134 109 91
Chamblee 11 15,835 102 107 103 130 109 91
Braselton 12 8,212 102 107 103 126 109 91
Dahlonega 13 5,884 102 107 103 118 109 91
Atlanta 14 440,641 102 107 103 116 109 91
Marietta 15 58,436 102 107 103 113 109 91
Smyrna 16 52,922 102 107 103 113 109 91
Flowery Branch 17 6,012 102 107 103 109 109 91
Fayetteville 18 16,323 102 107 103 109 109 91
Pooler 19 20,646 101 99 100 110 100 108
Woodstock 20 25,672 102 107 103 108 109 91
Holly Springs 21 9,678 102 107 103 106 109 91
Richmond Hill 22 10,334 101 99 100 108 100 108
Sugar Hill 23 19,688 102 107 103 104 109 91
Duluth 24 27,821 102 107 103 103 109 91
Newnan 25 34,457 102 107 103 102 109 91
Cumming 26 5,538 102 107 103 102 109 91
Kennesaw 27 31,358 102 107 103 101 109 91
Snellville 28 18,939 102 107 103 101 109 91
Lilburn 29 12,162 102 107 103 96 109 91
Powder Springs 30 14,271 102 107 103 95 109 91
Rincon 31 9,273 101 99 100 97 100 108
Buford 32 12,864 102 107 103 94 109 91
Stockbridge 33 26,992 102 107 103 94 109 91
Canton 34 23,841 102 107 103 94 109 91
Gainesville 35 34,938 102 107 103 93 109 91
Acworth 36 21,169 102 107 103 93 109 91
Doraville 37 10,513 102 107 103 93 109 91
Douglasville 38 31,573 102 107 103 92 109 91
Mcdonough 39 22,560 102 107 103 92 109 91
Loganville 40 10,711 102 107 103 91 109 91
Hampton 41 7,092 102 107 103 90 109 91
Villa Rica 42 14,266 102 107 103 89 109 91
Fairburn 43 13,520 102 107 103 88 109 91
College Park 44 14,019 102 107 103 88 109 91
Carrollton 45 25,138 102 107 103 87 109 91
Norcross 46 15,799 102 107 103 87 109 91
Kingsland 47 16,147 104 102 90 89 104 106
Cartersville 48 19,858 102 107 103 86 109 91
Jefferson 49 9,630 102 107 103 85 109 91
Savannah 50 141,298 101 99 100 87 100 108
Lawrenceville 51 29,364 102 107 103 84 109 91
Port Wentworth 52 6,189 101 99 100 86 100 108
Conyers 53 15,456 102 107 103 81 109 91
Lovejoy 54 6,433 102 107 103 81 109 91
Austell 55 6,944 102 107 103 80 109 91
Winder 56 14,495 102 107 103 80 109 91
Stone Mountain 57 5,924 102 107 103 78 109 91
Locust Grove 58 5,573 102 107 103 76 109 91
Hapeville 59 6,611 102 107 103 76 109 91
East Point 60 35,070 102 107 103 76 109 91
Union City 61 20,200 102 107 103 75 109 91
Hinesville 62 34,253 101 99 100 76 100 108
Covington 63 13,342 102 107 103 74 109 91
Clarkston 64 7,717 102 107 103 73 109 91
Auburn 65 7,388 102 107 103 73 109 91
Morrow 66 6,837 102 107 103 72 109 91
Dallas 67 12,129 102 107 103 71 109 91
Griffin 68 23,425 102 107 103 70 109 91
Riverdale 69 15,496 102 107 103 69 109 91
Monroe 70 13,427 102 107 103 66 109 91
Valdosta 71 56,324 86 107 97 76 97 100
Centerville 72 7,468 96 97 85 89 90 101
Garden City 73 8,924 101 99 100 66 100 108
Thomasville 74 18,558 86 107 97 75 97 100
Calhoun 75 15,837 92 98 95 77 93 109
Barnesville 76 6,617 102 107 103 61 109 91
Cairo 77 9,750 96 106 98 73 94 91
Columbus 78 198,247 110 101 87 78 92 86
Forest Park 79 18,783 102 107 103 57 109 91
Dalton 80 33,336 92 98 95 73 93 109
Brunswick 81 15,648 104 102 90 58 104 106
Tifton 82 16,589 96 106 98 70 94 91
Perry 83 14,714 96 97 85 78 90 101
Jesup 84 10,275 101 99 100 53 100 108
Thomaston 85 9,068 102 107 103 50 109 91
Rome 86 36,099 92 98 95 69 93 109
Grovetown 87 12,179 98 91 93 84 89 90
Moultrie 88 14,467 96 106 98 64 94 91
Fort Oglethorpe 89 9,368 97 95 103 67 97 92
Bainbridge 90 12,600 96 106 98 63 94 91
Adel 91 5,294 86 107 97 62 97 100
Lagrange 92 30,138 110 101 87 70 92 86
Albany 93 76,946 96 106 98 61 94 91
Commerce 94 6,535 94 103 95 69 81 95
Warner Robins 95 71,359 96 97 85 70 90 101
Douglas 96 11,738 86 107 97 54 97 100
Milledgeville 97 18,840 96 97 85 69 90 101
Sylvester 98 6,180 96 106 98 54 94 91
Americus 99 16,557 96 106 98 53 94 91
Statesboro 100 29,630 100 99 83 70 97 81

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