These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Georgia For 2018


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 for 2018:

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

So hopefully Blakely (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 the best places to live in Georgia or the cheapest.

1. Milton

Milton, Georgia

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Population: 32,428
Services: 102
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 103
Housing: 217
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 91
More on Milton: Homes For Sale | Data
Milton is a city and suburb in Fulton County, Georgia, United States. Incorporated on December 1, 2006, it was created out of the entire unincorporated northernmost part of northern Fulton County. It is an affluent community, with an average household income within the ZIP code 30004 of $99,412. As of the 2010 census, Milton’s population was 32,661, with an estimated population of 36,662 in 2014.

2. Sandy Springs

Sandy Springs, Georgia

Population: 94,816
Services: 102
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 103
Housing: 198
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 91
More on Sandy Springs: Homes For Sale | Data
Sandy Springs is a city in northern Fulton County, Georgia, United States, and part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, Sandy Springs had a population of 93,853, and as of 2014 the estimated population was 101,908.

3. Dunwoody

Dunwoody, Georgia

Population: 46,133
Services: 102
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 103
Housing: 181
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 91
More on Dunwoody: Homes For Sale | Data
Dunwoody is a city located in DeKalb County, Georgia, United States. It is a northern suburb of Atlanta. Dunwoody was incorporated as a city on December 1, 2008. As of 2015, the city has a population of 48,733, up from 46,267 in the 2010 Census.

4. Johns Creek

Johns Creek, Georgia

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Population: 77,338
Services: 102
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 103
Housing: 171
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 91
More on Johns Creek: Homes For Sale | Data
Johns Creek is a city located in Fulton County in the U.S. state of Georgia. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 76,728. The city is a northeastern suburb of Atlanta. In 2017 Johns Creek ranked third on the USA TODAY list of “50 best cities to live in.”

5. Alpharetta

Alpharetta, Georgia

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Population: 58,075
Services: 102
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 103
Housing: 162
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 91
More on Alpharetta: Homes For Sale | Data
Alpharetta is a city located in north Fulton County, Georgia, United States and is a suburb of Atlanta. As of the 2010 census, Alpharetta’s population was 57,551. The estimated population in 2014 was 63,038.

6. Decatur

Decatur, Georgia

Population: 19,443
Services: 102
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 103
Housing: 159
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 91
More on Decatur: Homes For Sale | Data
Decatur is a city in, and the county seat of, DeKalb County, Georgia, United States and is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. With a population of 20,148 in the 2013 census, the municipality is sometimes assumed to be larger since multiple zip codes in unincorporated DeKalb County bear the Decatur name. The city is served by three MARTA rail stations. The city is located approximately 5 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta and shares its western border with Atlanta.

7. Roswell

Roswell, Georgia

Population: 89,294
Services: 102
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 103
Housing: 147
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 91
More on Roswell: Homes For Sale | Data
Roswell is a city in north Fulton County, Georgia, United States. At the 2010 census it had a population of 88,346, and in 2014 the estimated population was 94,089, making it Georgia’s seventh largest city.

8. Peachtree City

Peachtree City, Georgia

Population: 34,437
Services: 102
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 103
Housing: 146
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 91
More on Peachtree City: Homes For Sale | Data
Peachtree City is the largest city in Fayette County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 34,364. Peachtree City is located in South Metro Atlanta.

9. Tyrone

Tyrone, Georgia

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Population: 6,789
Services: 102
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 103
Housing: 137
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 91
More on Tyrone: Homes For Sale | Data
Tyrone is a town in Fayette County, Georgia, United States. The population was 6,879 at the 2010 census, up from 3,916 in 2000.

It was named after County Tyrone in Ireland.

The U.S. headquarters for Operation Mobilisation is in Tyrone.

10. Suwanee

Suwanee, Georgia

Public domain

Population: 15,442
Services: 102
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 103
Housing: 134
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 91
More on Suwanee: Homes For Sale | Data
Suwanee is a city in Gwinnett County in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,355; this had grown to an estimated 18,694 as of 2015. Suwanee was the practicing home of the Atlanta Falcons football team from 1979 to 2001 and was voted among the Top 10 Best Places to Live by Money in 2007. In 2012, Suwanee was rated by Kiplinger as the third best place in America for raising families, and in 2013, Suwanee was identified as one of the nation’s 10 Best Towns for Families by Family Circle magazine.

How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Peach State For 2018

Cheapest And Most Expensive Places To Live In Georgia Map
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.

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.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

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 expensive city in the Peach State.

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

  1. Blakely
  2. Waynesboro
  3. Thomson

For more Georgia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Georgia

Rank City Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Milton 32,428 102 107 103
2 Sandy Springs 94,816 102 107 103
3 Dunwoody 46,133 102 107 103
4 Johns Creek 77,338 102 107 103
5 Alpharetta 58,075 102 107 103
6 Decatur 19,443 102 107 103
7 Roswell 89,294 102 107 103
8 Peachtree City 34,437 102 107 103
9 Tyrone 6,789 102 107 103
10 Suwanee 15,442 102 107 103
11 Chamblee 13,297 102 107 103
12 Braselton 7,667 102 107 103
13 Dahlonega 5,481 102 107 103
14 Atlanta 425,931 102 107 103
15 Marietta 57,451 102 107 103
16 Smyrna 51,466 102 107 103
17 Fayetteville 15,881 102 107 103
18 Flowery Branch 5,635 102 107 103
19 Woodstock 23,849 102 107 103
20 Mountain Park 12,946 102 107 103
21 Holly Springs 9,145 102 107 103
22 Sugar Hill 18,674 102 107 103
23 Duluth 26,995 102 107 103
24 Newnan 32,724 102 107 103
25 Cumming 5,428 102 107 103
26 Snellville 18,540 102 107 103
27 Kennesaw 29,826 102 107 103
28 Lilburn 11,909 102 107 103
29 Powder Springs 14,027 102 107 103
30 Buford 12,575 102 107 103
31 Canton 22,680 102 107 103
32 Stockbridge 25,378 102 107 103
33 Acworth 20,367 102 107 103
34 Doraville 8,380 102 107 103
35 Gainesville 33,969 102 107 103
36 Douglasville 30,748 102 107 103
37 Loganville 10,395 102 107 103
38 Hampton 6,915 102 107 103
39 Villa Rica 13,692 102 107 103
40 College Park 13,781 102 107 103
41 Fairburn 12,831 102 107 103
42 Carrollton 24,483 102 107 103
43 Norcross 12,869 102 107 103
44 Cartersville 19,714 102 107 103
45 Jefferson 9,296 102 107 103
46 Lawrenceville 28,595 102 107 103
47 Conyers 15,102 102 107 103
48 Lovejoy 6,285 102 107 103
49 Winder 14,123 102 107 103
50 Austell 6,676 102 107 103
51 Stone Mountain 5,905 102 107 103
52 East Point 34,515 102 107 103
53 Locust Grove 5,366 102 107 103
54 Hapeville 6,437 102 107 103
55 Union City 19,356 102 107 103
56 Covington 13,264 102 107 103
57 Clarkston 7,612 102 107 103
58 Auburn 7,256 102 107 103
59 Morrow 6,595 102 107 103
60 Dallas 11,564 102 107 103
61 Griffin 23,610 102 107 103
62 Riverdale 15,256 102 107 103
63 Monroe 13,330 102 107 103
64 Jackson 5,030 102 107 103
65 Kingsland 15,803 104 102 90
66 Barnesville 6,684 102 107 103
67 Forest Park 18,856 102 107 103
68 Thomaston 9,168 102 107 103
69 Pooler 18,921 101 99 100
70 Richmond Hill 9,549 101 99 100
71 Rincon 8,786 101 99 100
72 Brunswick 15,533 104 102 90
73 Savannah 137,690 101 99 100
74 Port Wentworth 5,484 101 99 100
75 Hinesville 33,904 101 99 100
76 Garden City 8,868 101 99 100
77 Valdosta 54,944 86 107 97
78 Thomasville 18,516 86 107 97
79 Jesup 10,262 101 99 100
80 Fort Oglethorpe 9,212 97 95 103
81 Adel 5,339 86 107 97
82 Douglas 11,669 86 107 97
83 Calhoun 15,562 92 98 95
84 Columbus 191,278 110 101 87
85 Waycross 14,576 86 107 97
86 Dalton 33,049 92 98 95
87 Centerville 7,178 96 97 85
88 Rome 36,277 92 98 95
89 Cairo 9,657 96 106 98
90 Tifton 16,469 96 106 98
91 Perry 13,914 96 97 85
92 Moultrie 14,384 96 106 98
93 Bainbridge 12,669 96 106 98
94 Albany 77,435 96 106 98
95 Warner Robins 67,313 96 97 85
96 Milledgeville 18,879 96 97 85
97 Sylvester 6,230 96 106 98
98 Commerce 6,550 94 103 95
99 Americus 16,835 96 106 98
100 Fitzgerald 9,070 96 106 98
101 Camilla 5,233 96 106 98
102 Vidalia 10,628 96 97 85
103 Cordele 11,228 96 106 98
104 Dublin 16,276 96 97 85
105 Macon 91,604 96 97 85
106 Hawkinsville 5,204 96 97 85
107 Toccoa 8,507 94 103 95
108 Sandersville 5,914 96 97 85
109 Swainsboro 7,331 96 97 85
110 Eatonton 6,510 96 97 85
111 Cochran 5,070 96 97 85
112 Fort Valley 9,744 96 97 85
113 Eastman 5,280 96 97 85
114 Bremen 6,184 94 94 80
115 Statesboro 28,527 100 99 83
116 Grovetown 11,264 98 91 93
117 Cedartown 9,801 94 94 80
118 Thomson 6,750 98 91 93
119 Waynesboro 5,806 98 91 93
120 Blakely 5,012 87 101 84

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