Richest Cities In Georgia For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. 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 ten richest cities in Georgia for 2020 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. Now, it's not lost on us that there are multiple cities on our ten best cities to live in Georgia for 2020 that are also on our richest list. (It's worth a google.) Wealthy cities tend to have it all.

To see which cities are the wealthiest in Georgia for 2020, take a look at the list below.

How does one get their hand on one of these Georgia cities where living your best life is very expensive? 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 as the richest city? The richest city in Georgia would be Braselton according to the most recent census data.

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 2020

Braselton, GA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 10,509
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $98,375
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.7%
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 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.

Milton, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 38,171
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $125,096
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
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.

Suwanee, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 19,215
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $86,980
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 5.3%
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.

Flowery Branch, GA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 7,151
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 5)
Median Income: $70,192
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 7.2%
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.

Peachtree City, GA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 35,165
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $96,577
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.3%
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.

Dunwoody, GA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 49,016
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $95,875
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
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.

Roswell, GA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 94,257
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $93,006
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 7.4%
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

Woodstock, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 30,362
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Income: $70,997
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 7.3%
More on Woodstock: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Woodstock is a city in Cherokee County, Georgia, United States. The population was 23,896 at the 2010 census. Originally a stop on the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, Woodstock is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. In 2007 it was the tenth fastest-growing suburb in the United States.

Alpharetta, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 64,672
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $105,908
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
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.

Bremen, GA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 6,311
Rank Last Year: 31 (Up 21)
Median Income: $60,142
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
More on Bremen: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bremen is a city in Haralson and Carroll counties, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 6,227, up from 4,579 at the 2000 census. Most of the city is in Haralson County, with a small portion in Carroll County.

How We Determined The Richest Places In Georgia For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 127 places with more than 5,000 people in Georgia, we ranked each place from 1 to 127 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 2020". You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 127 places.

There You Have It - The Wealthiest Places In Georgia For 2020

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

For more Georgia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Georgia

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Braselton 5.33 $98,375
2 Milton 5.67 $125,096
3 Suwanee 9.67 $86,980
4 Flowery Branch 11.33 $70,192
5 Peachtree City 12.0 $96,577
6 Dunwoody 12.33 $95,875
7 Roswell 12.33 $93,006
8 Woodstock 14.0 $70,997
9 Alpharetta 15.0 $105,908
10 Bremen 15.33 $60,142
11 Johns Creek 16.0 $116,070
12 Sandy Springs 19.0 $74,093
13 Brookhaven 20.0 $87,252
14 Snellville 21.33 $72,943
15 Tyrone 22.33 $92,065
16 Port Wentworth 23.0 $77,216
17 Sugar Hill 23.33 $82,946
18 Smyrna 24.33 $73,788
19 Jefferson 24.5 $56,960
20 Peachtree Corners 25.67 $67,949
21 Pooler 26.0 $78,102
22 Decatur 26.33 $93,039
23 Rincon 28.0 $54,681
24 Holly Springs 29.33 $90,827
25 Lilburn 30.33 $55,808
26 Kennesaw 31.33 $69,529
27 Duluth 32.0 $64,354
28 Fayetteville 33.33 $69,353
29 Hampton 33.67 $54,893
30 Buford 34.67 $52,141
31 Acworth 36.33 $62,682
32 Fort Oglethorpe 38.67 $45,524
33 Dallas 39.0 $46,041
34 Doraville 39.5 $56,960
35 Hapeville 40.33 $46,875
36 Powder Springs 40.67 $62,645
37 Byron 42.0 $41,901
38 Newnan 42.0 $60,975
39 Centerville 42.0 $52,373
40 Loganville 44.0 $65,789
41 Chamblee 44.33 $57,408
42 Mcdonough 45.67 $56,966
43 Marietta 46.67 $54,983
44 Kingsland 48.0 $51,104
45 St. Marys 49.0 $61,957
46 Richmond Hill 49.33 $68,471
47 Gainesville 50.33 $45,708
48 Auburn 51.0 $53,683
49 Norcross 51.33 $48,175
50 Winder 51.33 $46,745
51 Commerce 53.67 $48,836
52 Villa Rica 53.67 $55,958
53 Cartersville 54.33 $51,364
54 Austell 55.67 $49,833
55 Dacula 55.67 $64,759
56 Grovetown 57.67 $61,152
57 Stockbridge 57.67 $59,055
58 Canton 59.0 $56,196
59 Warner Robins 60.33 $50,954
60 Morrow 60.67 $54,769
61 Locust Grove 61.33 $50,330
62 Douglasville 62.0 $53,276
63 Atlanta 62.67 $55,279
64 Lawrenceville 62.67 $47,169
65 Garden City 64.33 $43,194
66 Fairburn 66.0 $43,152
67 Stone Mountain 67.33 $41,319
68 Calhoun 69.33 $35,890
69 Glennville 71.0 $43,804
70 Cumming 71.0 $43,790
71 Cusseta-Chattahoochee County Unified Government 71.0 $46,453
72 Dalton 71.0 $42,062
73 Eatonton 71.67 $36,594
74 Adel 72.33 $32,481
75 Tifton 72.67 $35,349
76 Hinesville 74.33 $46,177
77 Union City 76.33 $38,668
78 Columbus 76.33 $45,389
79 Lovejoy 76.33 $44,190
80 Douglas 78.33 $29,519
81 Lafayette 79.33 $28,333
82 Rome 80.67 $38,148
83 East Point 82.0 $40,882
84 Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (Balance) 84.0 $36,637
85 Jesup 84.33 $36,088
86 Waynesboro 84.67 $30,536
87 Perry 84.67 $43,421
88 Savannah 84.67 $41,093
89 Waycross 86.0 $29,465
90 Riverdale 86.33 $40,850
91 Dublin 88.0 $31,583
92 Augusta-Richmond County Consolidated Government (Balance) 88.67 $40,545
93 Thomasville 89.67 $32,236
94 Hawkinsville 89.67 $29,919
95 Lagrange 90.33 $34,468
96 Sylvester 90.67 $34,342
97 Toccoa 92.0 $35,465
98 Dahlonega 92.67 $35,000
99 Carrollton 92.67 $40,996
100 Bainbridge 93.33 $33,633

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About Chris Kolmar

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2 thoughts on “Richest Cities In Georgia, 2020

  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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