Most Expensive Places To Live In Georgia For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the most expensive places to live in Georgia.

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To live in Georgia'smost expensive places, you're going to need a couple things to fall into place: a heavy piggy bank, a job that pays the big bucks, and a list of the top ten most expensive places in Georgia for 2020.

Yes, since you can't pay for the Empire State of the South's crazy expensive cost of living in homegrown Georgia peaches and peanuts, you're going to need a job that pays $29,919/year. To get that heavy piggy bank, you're going to want to commit to one of Georgia's highest paying jobs: we recommend healthcare, law, or finance. And if that doesn't work, there are currently 17 Fortune 500 companies and 26 Fortune 1000 companies that include Home Depot, Coca-Cola, and Alfac. More importantly, to get a list of the top ten most expensive places in the Peach State, we recommend that you take a look at HomeSnacks' list below.

Incidentally, if you choose one of Georgia's most expensive places to live, you could find yourself living next to famous Georgia faces like the Cincinnati Bengals player Brandon Thompson who hails from one of the state's most expensive places, Thomasville and the Weather Channel's Mike Bettes who hails from Sandy Springs.

Want to know more? Grab a slice of peach pie from the in Pooler, find a sunny spot on the beach in Savannah and keep reading.

What's the most expensive place to live in Georgia? Well, HomeSnacks crunched the numbers and discovered that Dahlonega is the most expensive place to live in Georgia.

So hopefully Eatonton (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 2020

Dahlonega, GA

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 6,556
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 9.6x (1st most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 36.7x (4th 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 $35,000 and the median home value is $337,200 for 2020.

College Park, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 14,819
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.2x (3rd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 37.6x (7th 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 $32,039 and the median home value is $167,900 for 2020.

Cumming, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 6,027
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.9x (7th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 46.9x (44th 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 $43,790 and the median home value is $214,400 for 2020.

Atlanta, GA

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 479,655
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.7x (9th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 50.3x (56th 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 $55,279 and the median home value is $261,400 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 123,310
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.5x (13th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 43.4x (28th most expensive)
More on Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (Balance): Real Estate | Data

The median income in Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (Balance) comes in at $36,637 and the median home value is $164,100 for 2020.

Chamblee, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 28,748
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.3x (16th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 48.3x (51st 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 $57,408 and the median home value is $245,500 for 2020.

Marietta, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 60,410
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.0x (6th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 52.5x (70th 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 $54,983 and the median home value is $273,300 for 2020.

Thomasville, GA

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 18,546
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.5x (12th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 40.8x (16th most expensive)
More on Thomasville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Thomasville is the county seat of Thomas County, Georgia, United States. The city is the second largest in Southwest Georgia after Albany.

The median income in Thomasville comes in at $32,236 and the median home value is $145,900 for 2020.

Norcross, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 16,369
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 6)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.6x (35th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 44.2x (31st 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 $48,175 and the median home value is $173,600 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,310
Rank Last Year: 34 (Up 24)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.6x (10th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 41.9x (22nd most expensive)
More on Hawkinsville: Real Estate | Data

Hawkinsville is a city in and the county seat of Pulaski County, Georgia, United States. The population was 4,589 at the 2010 census.

The median income in Hawkinsville comes in at $29,919 and the median home value is $137,800 for 2020.

How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Peach State For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 127 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. You can download the data here.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In Georgia For 2020

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. Eatonton
  2. Morrow
  3. Commerce

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 4.67 6,556 9.6x 36.7x
2 College Park 17.33 14,819 5.2x 37.6x
3 Cumming 25.0 6,027 4.9x 46.9x
4 Atlanta 27.33 479,655 4.7x 50.3x
5 Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (Balance) 28.33 123,310 4.5x 43.4x
6 Chamblee 28.67 28,748 4.3x 48.3x
7 Marietta 30.0 60,410 5.0x 52.5x
8 Thomasville 30.17 18,546 4.5x 40.8x
9 Norcross 34.0 16,369 3.6x 44.2x
10 Hawkinsville 34.33 5,310 4.6x 41.9x
11 Sandy Springs 34.33 105,411 6.0x 60.2x
12 Milledgeville 34.67 18,813 4.6x 37.1x
13 Gainesville 36.0 38,624 4.1x 50.3x
14 Statesboro 36.0 31,001 4.2x 35.0x
15 Savannah 36.33 145,342 3.7x 42.1x
16 Covington 38.0 13,844 4.0x 44.3x
17 Monroe 38.33 13,370 3.9x 38.8x
18 Brookhaven 38.33 53,140 5.1x 64.6x
19 Peachtree Corners 39.0 42,463 4.8x 60.6x
20 Lagrange 42.33 30,412 3.7x 42.0x
21 Valdosta 43.67 56,074 3.8x 41.8x
22 Dunwoody 44.0 49,016 4.4x 66.0x
23 Duluth 44.33 29,239 3.3x 49.5x
24 Decatur 44.67 23,054 5.0x 100.4x
25 Thomson 45.0 6,603 4.0x 35.2x
26 Lawrenceville 45.0 29,401 3.4x 48.0x
27 Griffin 47.0 22,725 3.5x 37.8x
28 Buford 47.0 15,185 4.0x 57.4x
29 Barnesville 47.33 6,608 4.3x 45.6x
30 Carrollton 48.0 26,397 3.6x 49.7x
31 Milton 48.0 38,171 4.3x 93.7x
32 Brunswick 48.67 16,034 3.6x 35.7x
33 Canton 49.67 27,127 3.4x 53.8x
34 Smyrna 50.33 55,976 3.7x 64.0x
35 Suwanee 50.67 19,215 3.4x 59.5x
36 Fairburn 50.67 14,708 3.1x 38.8x
37 Roswell 52.0 94,257 3.8x 76.4x
38 Calhoun 52.0 16,708 4.0x 52.5x
39 Alpharetta 52.67 64,672 3.7x 77.0x
40 Dallas 53.33 13,014 3.2x 47.1x
41 Rome 53.33 36,185 3.9x 54.5x
42 Byron 53.67 5,108 3.9x 56.3x
43 Clarkston 54.67 12,762 3.1x 39.7x
44 Woodstock 55.0 30,362 3.1x 55.1x
45 Douglasville 55.33 33,210 3.1x 51.1x
46 Moultrie 56.33 14,109 3.4x 37.9x
47 Richmond Hill 57.0 12,203 2.9x 51.3x
48 Cordele 57.33 10,793 3.5x 39.9x
49 Perry 57.83 16,031 3.4x 51.7x
50 Conyers 59.0 15,882 3.1x 42.3x
51 East Point 60.0 34,977 2.9x 41.1x
52 Cartersville 60.0 20,467 3.3x 59.2x
53 Peachtree City 60.0 35,165 3.3x 69.7x
54 Flowery Branch 60.67 7,151 3.3x 64.5x
55 Johns Creek 60.67 83,637 3.3x 75.5x
56 Fort Valley 61.0 8,740 3.3x 39.8x
57 Stockbridge 61.33 28,648 2.9x 51.9x
58 Rincon 61.67 9,863 2.9x 51.2x
59 Newnan 62.0 37,818 3.3x 60.7x
60 Fitzgerald 63.0 8,865 3.3x 41.4x
61 Union City 63.0 20,960 2.9x 41.4x
62 Fayetteville 63.33 17,349 3.1x 63.4x
63 Acworth 63.67 22,336 2.8x 51.3x
64 Lilburn 63.67 12,561 3.0x 53.9x
65 Tifton 64.33 16,603 3.5x 54.3x
66 Winder 65.0 15,827 3.1x 51.7x
67 Columbus 65.33 196,670 3.1x 51.8x
68 Cairo 65.67 9,528 3.1x 44.2x
69 Douglas 65.67 11,556 3.3x 46.3x
70 Doraville 66.33 10,471 2.8x 51.2x
71 Jefferson 67.0 10,693 3.3x 74.8x
72 Bainbridge 68.67 12,152 3.4x 53.1x
73 Thomaston 69.33 8,802 3.1x 43.8x
74 Locust Grove 69.33 6,540 2.7x 45.5x
75 Braselton 70.0 10,509 3.0x 88.0x
76 Hampton 70.17 7,604 2.6x 44.9x
77 Kingsland 72.17 16,784 2.9x 53.2x
78 Dalton 72.33 33,458 3.3x 60.2x
79 Mcdonough 72.67 24,102 2.7x 52.4x
80 Garden City 73.0 8,936 2.9x 50.5x
81 St. Marys 73.0 17,921 2.9x 64.9x
82 Stone Mountain 73.33 6,251 2.5x 38.8x
83 Pooler 73.67 23,102 2.8x 64.2x
84 Tyrone 74.33 7,221 2.9x 77.5x
85 Kennesaw 74.67 33,700 2.6x 56.4x
86 Waynesboro 74.67 5,558 3.5x 55.5x
87 Vidalia 74.67 10,473 3.4x 59.5x
88 Hinesville 75.0 33,258 2.6x 46.1x
89 Villa Rica 75.0 15,124 2.8x 56.1x
90 Albany 75.33 74,631 2.9x 47.8x
91 Holly Springs 77.33 11,469 2.7x 74.9x
92 Powder Springs 79.0 14,945 2.5x 53.3x
93 Dacula 79.0 5,644 2.2x 48.5x
94 Lafayette 79.0 7,191 2.8x 44.3x
95 Loganville 79.0 11,665 2.6x 57.4x
96 Centerville 79.0 7,671 2.8x 56.6x
97 Austell 80.67 7,276 2.5x 49.4x
98 Sylvester 81.33 5,926 2.8x 47.2x
99 Glennville 81.5 5,078 3.2x 73.7x
100 Sugar Hill 81.67 22,314 2.6x 65.7x

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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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