10 Richest Cities In Georgia For 2019


We analyzed 125 places in Georgia to determine where the 1% live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Georgia.

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We’re just going to leave this right here: if you’re the home to The Masters golf tournament, you better believe you house some crazy rich cities. And, yes, we’re talking about you Georgia.

Now, not every city on our Top 10 Richest Cities in Georgia for 2019 can compare to Augusta, there are a ton of wealthy Georgia peaches on this list that definitely know how to roll out the bourgeois southern charm.

To create this list, we asked ourselves, what is important to rich people? Besides the obvious: high paying jobs, safe cities and neighborhoods, gold star schools, and high-end amenities, we know that the ‘one percent’ like to be catered to on a different level.

There are Georgia cities on our richest cities list that do just that.

Cities on our list like Alpharetta and Milton are the playground of Georgia’s rich and famous with great parks, amazing golf courses, and posh shopping. And if you live in Suwanee, you can hop in your rover and head on over to the Atlanta Falcons training camp. #Score

Now, it’s not lost on us that there are multiple cities on our 10 Best Cities to Live in Georgia for 2019 that are also on our richest list. (It’s worth a google.) Wealthy cities tend to have it all.

To see which cities make the dolla’ holla’ on our top 10 Richest Cities in Georgia for 2019, take a look at the list below.

How does one get their hand on one of these Georgia cities where living your best life ‘ain’t no thing”? Well, a couple of things have to fall into place for you.

First off, you need to find a job that pays on average $100,000/year. Might we suggest a job in healthcare in our number one richest city? You’re going to have to find a high paying job in this city if you want to pull in $102,000/year. That’s a lot of Georgia cheddar, folks.

Secondly, you have to be a hard worker. Unemployment rates and poverty rates in these Georgia cities barely scratches 4.5%

So what city in Georgia crushed all categories, that would be Braselton.

So, if you care about living where there are great jobs and wealthy people, take a look the list below. The ‘Empire State of the South’ is calling.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Georgia:

The 10 Richest Cities In Georgia For 2019

Braselton, GA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 9,316
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $102,522
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
More on Braselton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Braselton is a town in Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall, and Jackson counties in the U.S. state of Georgia, approximately 53 miles (85 km) northeast of Atlanta. As of the 2010 census, the town had a population of 7,511, and in 2015 the estimated population was 9,476.

Suwanee, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 18,655
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Income: $85,306
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
More on Suwanee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Suwanee by HomeSnacks User

Although the area is growing quite quickly and the traffic rises to match, I’ve really come to enjoy living in this city. As a Korean-American I am surrounded by a plethora of asian supermarkets and Korean restaurants, which is really important considering I grew up in a very small town that had no ethnic diversity. The city offers plenty to do in form of recreation, to biking and walking paths, dog parks and playgrounds, a beautiful town center with many restaurants and opportunities to have fun, etc. If they could fix the traffic congestion around I-85 and Lawrenceville Suwanee road, I might give it 5 stars.

Best things are the restaurants and variety of bars you can visit. The bad is the traffic, which is prevalent through all of metro Atlanta and its surroundings. You can’t really escape it here unless you commute during off hours.

Milton, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 37,556
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Income: $120,595
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
More on Milton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Peachtree City, GA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 34,988
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Median Income: $94,106
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
More on Peachtree City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Roswell, GA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 94,239
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $87,911
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 8.9%
More on Roswell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Roswell by HomeSnacks User

Very low crime rate! Great restaurants in the historic district. Beautiful scenery and dog friendly! Lots of festivals on Canton Street. And, 20 minutes to the city of Atlanta! Not shabby at all! I love it here. Homes are quite expensive!

Canton Street scene.

The Mill Area

Friendly people

Centrally located

At least 4 malls within 5 miles

Close to the mountains

Dunwoody, GA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 48,857
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $87,252
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 7.9%
More on Dunwoody: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Alpharetta, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 63,929
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $98,489
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.0%
More on Alpharetta: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Alpharetta by HomeSnacks User

My Grandmother lived in Alpharetta when I was growing up and I still have family there. It would take a lot of money to get me to live there. All the transplants have ruined it.

Flowery Branch, GA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 6,801
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 9)
Median Income: $65,500
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 8.9%
More on Flowery Branch: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Flowery Branch is a city in Hall County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 5,679. It is part of the Gainesville, Georgia metropolitan area, and lies on the shores of Lake Lanier.

Johns Creek, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 83,397
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Income: $113,609
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Johns Creek: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.”

Brookhaven, GA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 52,382
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 5)
Median Income: $78,863
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 14.1%
More on Brookhaven: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Brookhaven is a city in the northeastern suburbs of Atlanta and is located in western DeKalb County, Georgia, United States, directly northeast of Atlanta. On July 31, 2012, Brookhaven was approved in a referendum to become DeKalb County’s 11th city. Incorporation officially took place on December 17, 2012, on which date municipal operations commenced. With a population of around 49,000, it is the largest city in DeKalb County. The new city stretches over 12 square miles.

How We Determined The Richest Places In Georgia For 2019

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Georgia
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2013-2017 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 125 places with more than 5,000 people in Georgia, we ranked each place from 1 to 125 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Braselton, crowned the “Richest City In Georgia For 2019”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 125 places.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Georgia For 2019

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Georgia, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Georgia.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Georgia, according to data:

Poorest: Cordele
2nd Poorest: Fort Valley
3rd Poorest: Milledgeville

For more Georgia reading, check out:

How Is The Area In ?

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Georgia

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Braselton 3.33 $102,522
2 Suwanee 4.67 $85,306
3 Milton 6.0 $120,595
4 Peachtree City 8.67 $94,106
5 Roswell 10.5 $87,911
6 Dunwoody 13.17 $87,252
7 Alpharetta 13.5 $98,489
8 Flowery Branch 14.83 $65,500
9 Johns Creek 15.5 $113,609
10 Brookhaven 17.83 $78,863
11 Sandy Springs 18.67 $70,920
12 Woodstock 18.83 $69,247
13 Smyrna 21.5 $70,547
14 Port Wentworth 22.83 $77,038
15 Sugar Hill 23.0 $78,429
16 Jefferson 23.17 $54,777
17 Peachtree Corners 23.17 $66,905
18 Pooler 23.17 $75,193
19 Decatur 24.17 $92,263
20 Centerville 24.67 $53,036
21 Byron 26.67 $48,482
22 Kennesaw 26.67 $62,657
23 Fayetteville 26.67 $71,350
24 Tyrone 29.17 $82,880
25 Holly Springs 29.5 $79,713
26 Dallas 32.5 $48,920
27 Snellville 32.67 $67,705
28 Duluth 33.83 $62,520
29 Lilburn 34.33 $54,276
30 Bremen 37.5 $50,574
31 Loganville 38.5 $63,125
32 Hampton 39.5 $55,411
33 Morrow 39.83 $50,961
34 Hapeville 40.0 $44,828
35 Buford 40.0 $48,772
36 Kingsland 40.33 $50,093
37 Fort Oglethorpe 41.17 $44,327
38 Doraville 41.83 $50,076
39 Acworth 42.0 $59,574
40 Richmond Hill 43.5 $61,555
41 Powder Springs 44.17 $62,995
42 Auburn 45.17 $54,300
43 Newnan 45.67 $53,657
44 Cartersville 46.83 $47,076
45 Mcdonough 47.33 $50,993
46 Chamblee 48.17 $54,142
47 St. Marys 48.33 $56,828
48 Dacula 48.67 $59,090
49 Fairburn 49.5 $43,886
50 Marietta 50.17 $50,963
51 Cumming 50.33 $47,125
52 Winder 51.5 $46,310
53 Norcross 52.83 $43,101
54 Canton 53.17 $54,470
55 Gainesville 54.83 $41,250
56 Stockbridge 55.0 $54,414
57 Grovetown 56.17 $59,575
58 Villa Rica 58.33 $50,222
59 Douglasville 59.33 $51,039
60 Locust Grove 59.67 $43,337
61 Austell 60.0 $49,384
62 Warner Robins 61.83 $48,307
63 Atlanta 62.33 $51,701
64 Douglas 64.0 $33,576
65 Garden City 64.17 $41,607
66 Stone Mountain 66.0 $38,670
67 Lawrenceville 67.83 $43,339
68 Lovejoy 68.67 $41,511
69 Calhoun 69.0 $35,621
70 Hinesville 71.0 $43,807
71 Commerce 72.0 $44,601
72 Columbus 72.33 $43,239
73 Lafayette 72.83 $29,379
74 Dalton 73.5 $39,408
75 Glennville 74.67 $42,531
76 Tifton 76.0 $31,114
77 Rome 76.83 $37,733
78 Covington 78.0 $39,959
79 Waynesboro 78.67 $28,038
80 Eatonton 78.83 $34,298
81 Adel 79.33 $29,601
82 Hawkinsville 79.83 $34,315
83 Savannah 81.67 $39,386
84 East Point 82.17 $39,131
85 Perry 82.5 $42,652
86 Palmetto 82.67 $47,530
87 Waycross 82.67 $28,729
88 Thomasville 83.0 $34,615
89 Union City 83.33 $35,627
90 Dahlonega 83.83 $33,007
91 Griffin 86.0 $31,587
92 Carrollton 87.5 $36,548
93 Dublin 87.83 $29,834
94 Conyers 88.33 $39,885
95 Riverdale 89.67 $37,431
96 Lagrange 90.0 $34,249
97 Vidalia 91.0 $35,756
98 Toccoa 92.33 $33,924
99 Fitzgerald 93.5 $25,688
100 Bainbridge 93.67 $28,834

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.

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2 thoughts on “10 Richest Cities In Georgia For 2019

  1. This article is not scientific. Median income is not a measure of wealth. A lot of retired millionaires make less than the working poor b/c they are on a fixed income. This also doesn’t include unincorporated areas like West Cobb (where I live). It also doesn’t consider “household income”

    To determine wealth in areas with high retiree population, you really need to look at age vs income. You can figure out retirees typically by income under a certain amount, then you can figure out their wealth by how much their investments make considering an avg return (dividends, etc) plus social security

  2. Example: My father is a millionaire living in Smyrna and makes less than the $150k I make because he’s retired 😀

    Again, West Cobb, so my “city” won’t be on this list and the $150k I make doesn’t contribute to anything here.

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