These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities 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)
  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)

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.

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

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.

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1. Milton

Milton, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,428
Services: 102
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 103
Housing: 217
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 91
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 94,816
Services: 102
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 103
Housing: 198
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 91
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 46,133
Services: 102
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 103
Housing: 181
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 91
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 77,338
Services: 102
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 103
Housing: 171
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 91
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 58,075
Services: 102
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 103
Housing: 162
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 91
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,443
Services: 102
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 103
Housing: 159
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 91
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 89,294
Services: 102
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 103
Housing: 147
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 91
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,437
Services: 102
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 103
Housing: 146
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 91
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


Population: 6,789
Services: 102
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 103
Housing: 137
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 91

10. Suwanee

Suwanee, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,442
Services: 102
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 103
Housing: 134
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 91
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.

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

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Georgia

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

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