These Are The 10 Best Atlanta Suburbs For 2018


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

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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 2018:

  1. Avondale Estates (Photos | Homes)
  2. Dunwoody (Photos | Homes)
  3. Alpharetta (Photos | Homes)
  4. Johns Creek (Photos | Homes)
  5. Milton (Photos | Homes)
  6. Decatur (Photos | Homes)
  7. Sandy Springs (Photos | Homes)
  8. Grayson (Homes)
  9. Woodstock (Photos | Homes)
  10. Roswell (Photos | Homes)

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 2018

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 (2012-2016) 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 51 suburbs to evaluate around Atlanta.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 51 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.

1. Avondale Estates

Avondale Estates, Georgia

Population: 3,095
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Median Home Price: $300,200
Median Income: $100,871
More on Avondale Estates: Real Estate | Data

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 $100,871 a year, which is the 3rd highest in the Atlanta region. And only 3.8% are out of work. Homes average more than $300,200 each.

2. Dunwoody

Dunwoody, Georgia

Population: 48,128
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Median Home Price: $381,500
Median Income: $83,538
More on Dunwoody: Real Estate | Data

Dunwoody is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Atlanta for 2018.

It ranks 8th for incomes in the area and only 9.0% of residents lack insurance, good for 7th best.

3. Alpharetta

Alpharetta, Georgia

Source: Public domain

Population: 63,013
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Median Home Price: $344,100
Median Income: $93,613
More on Alpharetta: Real Estate | Data

Here in Alpharetta, 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 Alpharetta.

4. Johns Creek

Johns Creek, Georgia

Source: Public domain

Population: 82,930
Unemployment Rate: 7.1%
Median Home Price: $348,600
Median Income: $107,176
More on Johns Creek: Real Estate | Data

Johns Creek ranks as the 4th best suburb of Atlanta for 2018.

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

5. Milton

Milton, Georgia

Source: Public domain

Population: 36,755
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Median Home Price: $475,300
Median Income: $109,784
More on Milton: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Milton.

Milton gets kudos for having the 1st most expensive homes in the Atlanta area, where houses sell for an average of $475,300. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Decatur

Decatur, Georgia

Population: 21,210
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Median Home Price: $384,300
Median Income: $81,598
More on Decatur: Real Estate | Data

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 5.5% which is 15th 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.

7. Sandy Springs

Sandy Springs, Georgia

Population: 102,212
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Median Home Price: $421,600
Median Income: $68,629
More on Sandy Springs: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Sandy Springs.

Sandy Springs 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 12.0 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Grayson

Grayson, Georgia

Source: Public domain

Population: 3,008
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Median Home Price: $265,500
Median Income: $84,514
More on Grayson: Real Estate | Data

Grayson 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 10.1% of people lack insurance, good for 9th in the area.

9. Woodstock

Woodstock, Georgia

Source: Public domain

Population: 27,964
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Median Home Price: $192,700
Median Income: $68,286
More on Woodstock: Real Estate | Data

Is ‘Everything Better In Woodstock?’

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.

10. Roswell

Roswell, Georgia

Population: 93,968
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Median Home Price: $315,100
Median Income: $84,959
More on Roswell: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Roswell.

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 2018

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 Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Avondale Estates 3,095 3.8% $300,200 $100,871
2 Dunwoody 48,128 5.1% $381,500 $83,538
3 Alpharetta 63,013 5.1% $344,100 $93,613
4 Johns Creek 82,930 7.1% $348,600 $107,176
5 Milton 36,755 4.0% $475,300 $109,784
6 Decatur 21,210 5.5% $384,300 $81,598
7 Sandy Springs 102,212 4.9% $421,600 $68,629
8 Grayson 3,008 2.8% $265,500 $84,514
9 Woodstock 27,964 5.3% $192,700 $68,286
10 Roswell 93,968 4.5% $315,100 $84,959
11 Suwanee 18,001 4.3% $251,300 $82,465
12 Peachtree Corners 41,268 6.9% $291,900 $66,553
13 Kennesaw 32,669 5.0% $152,800 $63,756
14 Smyrna 54,788 5.8% $225,200 $64,889
15 Fayetteville 16,780 7.4% $183,400 $66,793
16 Tyrone 7,121 8.6% $238,700 $87,665
17 Brookhaven 51,567 3.2% $385,600 $71,743
18 Holly Springs 10,351 7.4% $204,400 $77,307
19 Duluth 28,681 7.0% $183,800 $61,472
20 Chattahoochee Hills 2,655 4.3% $172,300 $61,454
21 Acworth 21,824 9.1% $158,000 $55,226
22 Snellville 19,395 9.5% $150,000 $58,044
23 Powder Springs 14,596 10.0% $139,800 $60,621
24 Hapeville 6,658 3.7% $100,800 $43,326
25 Hiram 3,751 7.2% $115,900 $49,645
26 Stockbridge 27,692 11.2% $129,700 $54,769
27 Chamblee 27,862 6.1% $216,000 $50,707
28 Marietta 59,714 8.5% $223,700 $48,154
29 Mcdonough 23,086 9.6% $132,300 $45,517
30 Douglasville 32,317 11.4% $149,200 $48,036
31 Dallas 12,622 5.5% $129,400 $50,795
32 Lilburn 12,481 7.6% $163,400 $51,079
33 Norcross 16,293 5.3% $169,700 $40,788
34 Lovejoy 6,252 11.3% $90,500 $40,000
35 Fairburn 13,860 7.2% $119,600 $40,954
36 Doraville 10,348 6.5% $143,800 $47,122
37 Morrow 7,069 9.6% $89,400 $47,785
38 Villa Rica 14,755 11.5% $127,700 $48,519
39 Stone Mountain 6,102 11.4% $84,000 $35,964
40 Austell 7,056 13.8% $108,900 $49,850
41 Lawrenceville 30,127 9.6% $141,900 $41,578
42 Riverdale 15,812 16.9% $80,300 $34,713
43 Hampton 7,281 12.0% $116,700 $50,197
44 East Point 35,477 15.6% $87,900 $36,863
45 Lithonia 2,093 12.1% $81,400 $27,404
46 Clarkston 12,594 13.2% $96,600 $33,486
47 College Park 14,434 14.2% $155,500 $28,191
48 Jonesboro 4,671 14.6% $79,600 $32,169
49 Conyers 15,682 12.7% $102,900 $38,403
50 Palmetto 5,087 19.0% $88,900 $48,590
51 Forest Park 19,156 13.6% $55,200 $30,835

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