10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Georgia For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the most expensive places to live in Georgia.

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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 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

Dahlonega, GA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,399
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 12.0x (1st most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 35.6x (5th most expensive)
More on Dahlonega: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 14,360
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.3x (5th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 35.8x (6th most expensive)
More on College Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,474
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.3x (16th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 42.8x (26th most expensive)
More on Norcross: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, GA

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 465,230
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.6x (8th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 49.9x (55th most expensive)
More on Atlanta: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,856
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 9)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.5x (13th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 48.8x (51st most expensive)
More on Cumming: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 60,203
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.7x (6th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 51.8x (63rd most expensive)
More on Marietta: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, GA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 30,649
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.7x (7th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 32.3x (3rd most expensive)
More on Statesboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 28,433
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.3x (15th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 50.0x (56th most expensive)
More on Chamblee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 18,892
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.4x (3rd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 31.2x (1st most expensive)
More on Milledgeville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Gainesville, GA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 37,291
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 8)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.2x (17th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 47.5x (45th most expensive)
More on Gainesville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Georgia
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. 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:

  1. Eastman
  2. Morrow
  3. Eatonton

For more Georgia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Georgia

Rank City ExpensiveScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Dahlonega 4.0 6,399 12.0x 35.6x
2 College Park 18.33 14,360 5.3x 35.8x
3 Norcross 24.0 16,474 4.3x 42.8x
4 Atlanta 26.67 465,230 4.6x 49.9x
5 Cumming 28.0 5,856 4.5x 48.8x
6 Marietta 28.33 60,203 4.7x 51.8x
7 Statesboro 29.0 30,649 4.7x 32.3x
8 Chamblee 29.67 28,433 4.3x 50.0x
9 Milledgeville 30.0 18,892 5.4x 31.2x
10 Gainesville 31.67 37,291 4.2x 47.5x
11 Savannah 33.0 145,094 3.7x 41.8x
12 Sandy Springs 35.33 103,703 6.2x 61.5x
13 Thomasville 37.0 18,503 3.9x 42.8x
14 Brookhaven 37.67 52,382 5.3x 62.8x
15 Thomson 38.33 6,599 4.5x 32.1x
16 Lawrenceville 39.33 29,287 3.6x 46.5x
17 Monroe 39.67 13,298 3.7x 40.5x
18 Carrollton 41.33 26,054 3.8x 47.3x
19 Dunwoody 41.67 48,857 4.6x 63.9x
20 Peachtree Corners 42.0 41,907 4.6x 62.9x
21 Barnesville 42.67 6,553 4.3x 43.2x
22 Brunswick 42.67 15,919 3.8x 34.2x
23 Lagrange 44.0 30,442 3.7x 43.7x
24 Richmond Hill 46.67 11,766 3.1x 47.6x
25 Decatur 46.67 22,022 4.5x 106.5x
26 Valdosta 47.33 56,036 3.7x 43.0x
27 Milton 47.67 37,556 4.1x 94.0x
28 Duluth 48.33 28,988 3.2x 52.3x
29 Sylvester 48.67 5,983 3.5x 37.3x
30 Cairo 48.67 9,569 3.3x 38.5x
31 Buford 48.67 14,662 3.7x 56.3x
32 Bainbridge 48.67 12,280 4.0x 47.9x
33 Hawkinsville 49.33 5,296 4.0x 52.8x
34 Roswell 50.67 94,239 3.8x 76.3x
35 Canton 51.0 25,806 3.4x 55.6x
36 Newnan 51.67 36,792 3.5x 55.9x
37 Rome 52.0 36,029 3.8x 55.0x
38 Alpharetta 52.33 63,929 3.7x 74.4x
39 Smyrna 53.33 55,467 3.5x 65.7x
40 Columbus 54.67 198,647 3.2x 50.5x
41 Suwanee 54.67 18,655 3.2x 59.1x
42 Doraville 55.0 10,442 3.0x 48.6x
43 Griffin 55.33 22,710 3.1x 39.8x
44 Woodstock 56.67 29,227 3.0x 54.6x
45 Clarkston 56.67 12,702 3.1x 40.5x
46 Covington 56.67 13,728 3.2x 48.2x
47 Cartersville 56.83 20,235 3.3x 55.3x
48 Calhoun 57.0 16,133 3.7x 54.9x
49 Moultrie 58.0 14,221 3.3x 37.4x
50 Fitzgerald 58.0 8,884 3.4x 41.9x
51 Douglasville 58.33 32,768 3.0x 51.0x
52 Adel 59.67 5,291 3.1x 41.5x
53 Johns Creek 60.0 83,397 3.2x 77.3x
54 Peachtree City 60.33 34,988 3.2x 70.0x
55 Fort Valley 60.67 8,790 3.3x 39.2x
56 Perry 61.67 15,633 3.2x 52.7x
57 Cordele 61.83 10,901 3.3x 42.1x
58 Lilburn 62.0 12,559 3.1x 56.7x
59 Tifton 62.67 16,568 3.5x 51.4x
60 Albany 63.0 74,892 3.2x 45.8x
61 Jesup 63.33 9,899 3.7x 55.2x
62 Stockbridge 63.33 28,117 2.8x 49.7x
63 Dalton 64.0 33,540 3.5x 58.3x
64 St. Marys 64.0 17,787 3.1x 58.3x
65 Locust Grove 65.0 6,340 2.6x 40.3x
66 Mcdonough 65.0 23,504 2.8x 49.2x
67 Fairburn 65.33 14,257 2.7x 42.2x
68 Flowery Branch 65.33 6,801 3.1x 63.0x
69 Hinesville 65.67 33,540 2.8x 45.3x
70 Bremen 66.33 6,228 3.3x 72.8x
71 Conyers 66.67 15,803 2.8x 44.1x
72 Acworth 67.0 22,163 2.8x 54.1x
73 Villa Rica 67.0 14,900 2.8x 50.8x
74 Kingsland 67.67 16,562 2.9x 53.9x
75 Centerville 69.0 7,646 2.8x 52.1x
76 Americus 69.17 15,839 2.9x 40.1x
77 Kennesaw 69.67 33,433 2.6x 53.0x
78 Fayetteville 69.67 17,069 2.9x 66.0x
79 Tyrone 69.67 7,199 3.0x 93.6x
80 Braselton 70.67 9,316 2.8x 72.9x
81 Dacula 71.33 5,366 2.3x 43.7x
82 Dallas 71.67 12,760 2.7x 51.2x
83 Jefferson 72.0 10,259 3.1x 73.1x
84 Holly Springs 72.0 10,809 2.8x 68.4x
85 Dublin 73.33 15,889 3.2x 51.9x
86 Winder 73.33 15,403 2.8x 53.4x
87 East Point 73.33 35,380 2.5x 40.9x
88 Hampton 73.67 7,463 2.4x 48.0x
89 Sandersville 73.83 5,671 2.9x 45.3x
90 Pooler 74.33 22,477 2.7x 63.3x
91 Grovetown 75.0 13,353 2.5x 53.2x
92 Hapeville 76.33 6,622 2.4x 43.6x
93 Vidalia 76.33 10,603 3.3x 62.0x
94 Garden City 77.33 8,961 2.9x 55.5x
95 Loganville 77.67 11,355 2.6x 57.3x
96 Lovejoy 78.0 6,594 2.2x 39.9x
97 Stone Mountain 78.0 6,209 2.3x 40.8x
98 Lafayette 78.33 7,136 2.8x 47.1x
99 Snellville 78.5 19,521 2.3x 55.0x
100 Sugar Hill 79.0 21,644 2.4x 62.7x

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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