These Are The 10 Best Atlanta Suburbs For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth 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…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Atlanta for 2019:

  1. Avondale Estates (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Dunwoody (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Johns Creek (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Berkeley Lake (Homes For Sale)
  5. Decatur (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Milton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Alpharetta (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Suwanee (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Sandy Springs (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Grayson (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Atlanta for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs 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 (2013-2017) 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 53 suburbs to evaluate around Atlanta.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 53 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.

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.

Avondale Estates, GA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,117
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $102,708
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
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 $102,708 a year, which is the 4th highest in the Atlanta region. And only 410.0% are out of work. Homes average more than $318,200 each.

Dunwoody, GA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 48,857
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $87,252
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 7.9%
More on Dunwoody: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Dunwoody is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Atlanta for 2019.

It ranks 9th for incomes in the area and only 7.4% of residents lack insurance, good for 7th best.

Johns Creek, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 83,397
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $113,609
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
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.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,005
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $125,592
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on Berkeley Lake: Real Estate | Data

Berkeley Lake ranks as the 4th best suburb of Atlanta for 2019.

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

Decatur, GA

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7.5
/10

Population: 22,022
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $92,263
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 15.6%
More on Decatur: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Decatur.

Decatur gets kudos for having the 4th most expensive homes in the Atlanta area, where houses sell for an average of $418,700. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Milton, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 37,556
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $120,595
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
More on Milton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Milton 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 440.0% which is 8th best in the area.

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

Alpharetta, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 63,929
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Income: $98,489
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.0%
More on Alpharetta: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Alpharetta 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 22.9 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Suwanee, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 18,655
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Income: $85,306
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
More on Suwanee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Suwanee 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 8.3% of people lack insurance, good for 9th in the area.

Sandy Springs, GA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 103,703
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $70,920
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 11.2%
More on Sandy Springs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is ‘Everything Better In Sandy Springs?’

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.

Grayson, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,303
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $91,964
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
More on Grayson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Grayson.

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.

Welcome to the Best Atlanta ‘Burbs of 2019

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.

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Detailed List Of The Best Atlanta Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Avondale Estates 3,117 $102,708
2 Dunwoody 48,857 $87,252
3 Johns Creek 83,397 $113,609
4 Berkeley Lake 2,005 $125,592
5 Decatur 22,022 $92,263
6 Milton 37,556 $120,595
7 Alpharetta 63,929 $98,489
8 Suwanee 18,655 $85,306
9 Sandy Springs 103,703 $70,920
10 Grayson 3,303 $91,964
11 Roswell 94,239 $87,911
12 Woodstock 29,227 $69,247
13 Peachtree Corners 41,907 $66,905
14 Smyrna 55,467 $70,547
15 Brookhaven 52,382 $78,863
16 Tyrone 7,199 $82,880
17 Fayetteville 17,069 $71,350
18 Kennesaw 33,433 $62,657
19 Snellville 19,521 $67,705
20 Holly Springs 10,809 $79,713
21 Chattahoochee Hills 2,727 $60,913
22 Duluth 28,988 $62,520
23 Acworth 22,163 $59,574
24 Powder Springs 14,765 $62,995
25 Mcdonough 23,504 $50,993
26 Chamblee 28,433 $54,142
27 Stockbridge 28,117 $54,414
28 Hiram 3,813 $53,839
29 Marietta 60,203 $50,963
30 Dallas 12,760 $48,920
31 Lilburn 12,559 $54,276
32 Hampton 7,463 $55,411
33 Douglasville 32,768 $51,039
34 Hapeville 6,622 $44,828
35 Norcross 16,474 $43,101
36 Doraville 10,442 $50,076
37 Morrow 7,076 $50,961
38 Fairburn 14,257 $43,886
39 Stone Mountain 6,209 $38,670
40 Villa Rica 14,900 $50,222
41 Lovejoy 6,594 $41,511
42 Lawrenceville 29,287 $43,339
43 Austell 7,227 $49,384
44 East Point 35,380 $39,131
45 Riverdale 15,931 $37,431
46 Lithonia 2,379 $30,673
47 Union City 20,793 $35,627
48 Clarkston 12,702 $35,934
49 College Park 14,360 $29,087
50 Conyers 15,803 $39,885
51 Jonesboro 4,676 $31,343
52 Forest Park 19,271 $33,208
53 Palmetto 5,257 $47,530

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