Best Atlanta Suburbs To Live For 2020


We analyzed over 51 places around Atlanta to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best Atlanta suburbs.

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Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Atlanta are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

What's the best suburb of Atlanta? Avondale Estates ranks as the best suburb of Atlanta for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Avondale Estates, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Atlanta 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about Georgia:

The 10 Best Atlanta Suburbs To Live For 2020

Avondale Estates, GA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,135
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $108,299
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on Avondale Estates: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Avondale Estates is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Atlanta area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Avondale Estates."

Everyone here is rich; families average $108,299 a year, which is the 3rd highest in the Atlanta region. And only 3.52% are out of work. Homes average more than $349,500 each.

Dunwoody, GA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 49,016
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $95,875
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
More on Dunwoody: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Dunwoody is the second best 'burb we looked at near Atlanta for 2020.

It ranks 6th for incomes in the area and only 6.37% of residents lack insurance, good for 5th best.

Johns Creek, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 83,637
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $116,070
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Johns Creek: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Johns Creek, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Atlanta metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Johns Creek.

Milton, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 38,171
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $125,096
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on Milton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Milton ranks as the 4th best suburb of Atlanta for 2020.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Milton and the schools are some of the best around.

Alpharetta, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 64,672
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $105,908
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
More on Alpharetta: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Alpharetta.

Alpharetta gets kudos for having the 6th most expensive homes in the Atlanta area, where houses sell for an average of $392,200. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

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.

Decatur, GA

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 23,054
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $93,039
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 12.3%
More on Decatur: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Decatur is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 4.65% which is 21st best in the area.

According to online reports, Decatur is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Atlanta area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Review Of Decatur by HomeSnacks User

If you can deal with the surrounding Atlanta traffic, Decatur is a very nice city. It is very up-and-coming, with lots of trendy restaurants, a few small art galleries, and a very walkable landscape, which is rare in the Atlanta area. There are many festivals throughout the year, including art festivals, beer festivals, and a book festival in September.

Everything at Leon's Full Service restaurant, especially the beef brisket, is great. Parking in Decatur can be a hassle, though, so be prepared to drive around looking for a spot.

Suwanee, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 19,215
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $86,980
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 5.3%
More on Suwanee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Suwanee.

Suwanee schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 28.5 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

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.

Sandy Springs, GA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 105,411
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $74,093
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 9.5%
More on Sandy Springs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sandy Springs is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 10.4% of people lack insurance, good for 14th in the area.

Roswell, GA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 94,257
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $93,006
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 7.4%
More on Roswell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Roswell?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

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

9
/10

Population: 30,362
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $70,997
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 7.3%
More on Woodstock: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Woodstock.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Atlanta for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs around Atlanta was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2014-2018 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Atlanta.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 52 suburbs to evaluate around Atlanta.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 52 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Atlanta." We're lookin' at you, Avondale Estates. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best Atlanta 'Burbs of 2020

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Atlanta, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Georgia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Atlanta Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Avondale Estates, GA 3,135 $108,299
2 Dunwoody, GA 49,016 $95,875
3 Johns Creek, GA 83,637 $116,070
4 Milton, GA 38,171 $125,096
5 Alpharetta, GA 64,672 $105,908
6 Decatur, GA 23,054 $93,039
7 Suwanee, GA 19,215 $86,980
8 Sandy Springs, GA 105,411 $74,093
9 Roswell, GA 94,257 $93,006
10 Woodstock, GA 30,362 $70,997
11 Grayson, GA 3,658 $100,329
12 Smyrna, GA 55,976 $73,788
13 Tyrone, GA 7,221 $92,065
14 Peachtree Corners, GA 42,463 $67,949
15 Snellville, GA 19,631 $72,943
16 Brookhaven, GA 53,140 $87,252
17 Kennesaw, GA 33,700 $69,529
18 Fayetteville, GA 17,349 $69,353
19 Acworth, GA 22,336 $62,682
20 Duluth, GA 29,239 $64,354
21 Holly Springs, GA 11,469 $90,827
22 Powder Springs, GA 14,945 $62,645
23 Mcdonough, GA 24,102 $56,966
24 Hiram, GA 3,897 $59,722
25 Stockbridge, GA 28,648 $59,055
26 Chattahoochee Hills, GA 2,867 $63,556
27 Marietta, GA 60,410 $54,983
28 Chamblee, GA 28,748 $57,408
29 Dallas, GA 13,014 $46,041
30 Villa Rica, GA 15,124 $55,958
31 Lilburn, GA 12,561 $55,808
32 Hampton, GA 7,604 $54,893
33 Douglasville, GA 33,210 $53,276
34 Hapeville, GA 6,581 $46,875
35 Lovejoy, GA 6,484 $44,190
36 Doraville, GA 10,471 $56,960
37 Stone Mountain, GA 6,251 $41,319
38 Lawrenceville, GA 29,401 $47,169
39 Norcross, GA 16,369 $48,175
40 East Point, GA 34,977 $40,882
41 Austell, GA 7,276 $49,833
42 Union City, GA 20,960 $38,668
43 Riverdale, GA 16,289 $40,850
44 Fairburn, GA 14,708 $43,152
45 Morrow, GA 7,238 $54,769
46 College Park, GA 14,819 $32,039
47 Lithonia, GA 2,445 $36,705
48 Clarkston, GA 12,762 $38,283
49 Conyers, GA 15,882 $39,720
50 Jonesboro, GA 4,737 $35,263
51 Palmetto, GA 5,089 $43,578
52 Forest Park, GA 19,483 $34,839

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About Nick Johnson

Nick has been working and writing about real estate for almost ten years. He's written about everything from the best places to live to the most boring places to live.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 140,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.

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