The 10 Best Counties To Live In Georgia For 2022


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Georgia have the most for people looking to make the move to Georgia.

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Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Georgia a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Georgia.

Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Peach State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best part of Georgia, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 159 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Peach State for 2022.

Oconee County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Georgia. And you might want to avoid Wheeler County if you can — at least according to the data.

So if you’re thinking of making the move Georgia, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Georgia and the cheapest places to live in Georgia.

The Best Counties To Live In Georgia For 2022

1. Oconee County

Watkinsville, GA

Biggest Place: Watkinsville

Population: 39,194
Median Income: $95,064.0 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $304,400.0 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (8th best)
More on Oconee County: PhotosData

2. Forsyth County

Cumming, GA

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Cumming

Population: 236,605
Median Income: $112,834.0 (best)
Median Home Price: $362,300.0 (best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (12th best)
More on Forsyth County: PhotosData

3. Cherokee County

Canton, GA

Biggest Place: Woodstock

Population: 253,780
Median Income: $84,817.0 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $271,300.0 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (2best)
More on Cherokee County: PhotosData

4. Fayette County

Fayetteville, GA

Biggest Place: Peachtree City

Population: 113,544
Median Income: $93,777.0 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $293,400.0 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (34th best)
More on Fayette County: PhotosData

5. Columbia County

Grovetown, GA

Biggest Place: Evans

Population: 154,257
Median Income: $82,251.0 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $215,200.0 (16th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.8% (55th best)
More on Columbia County: PhotosData

6. Morgan County

Biggest Place: Madison

Population: 18,832
Median Income: $68,669.0 (15th best)
Median Home Price: $230,400.0 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.0% (9th best)
More on Morgan County: Data

7. Jones County

Gray, GA

Biggest Place: Gray

Population: 28,622
Median Income: $63,046.0 (26th best)
Median Home Price: $149,700.0 (50th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (27th best)
More on Jones County: PhotosData

8. Harris County

West Point, GA

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: West Point

Population: 34,676
Median Income: $79,860.0 (7th best)
Median Home Price: $230,400.0 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.3% (97th best)
More on Harris County: PhotosData

9. Lee County

Leesburg, GA

Biggest Place: Leesburg

Population: 29,735
Median Income: $68,338.0 (17th best)
Median Home Price: $166,900.0 (40th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (50th best)
More on Lee County: PhotosData

10. Fulton County

Alpharetta, GA

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Atlanta

Population: 1,051,550
Median Income: $72,741.0 (12th best)
Median Home Price: $326,700.0 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.8% (84th best)
More on Fulton County: PhotosData

Methodology: How do you determine which Georgia county is the best?

To give you the best county in Georgia, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a “best county” and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in Georgia across each of the criteria from one to 159, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the “Best County To Live In Georgia”.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Peach State.

Read on to see why Oconee County is the best county, while Wheeler County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Georgia.

Summary: The Best Counties In Georgia To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in Georgia can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here’s a look at the worst counties in Georgia according to the data:

  1. Wheeler County
  2. Treutlen County
  3. Atkinson County

For more Georgia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Georgia

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Oconee County 1 39,194 $95,064.0 $304,400.0
Forsyth County 2 236,605 $112,834.0 $362,300.0
Cherokee County 3 253,780 $84,817.0 $271,300.0
Fayette County 4 113,544 $93,777.0 $293,400.0
Columbia County 5 154,257 $82,251.0 $215,200.0
Morgan County 6 18,832 $68,669.0 $230,400.0
Jones County 7 28,622 $63,046.0 $149,700.0
Harris County 8 34,676 $79,860.0 $230,400.0
Lee County 9 29,735 $68,338.0 $166,900.0
Fulton County 10 1,051,550 $72,741.0 $326,700.0
Catoosa County 11 67,181 $58,932.0 $151,300.0
Jackson County 12 70,467 $68,307.0 $210,100.0
Pike County 13 18,565 $68,138.0 $181,700.0
Coweta County 14 145,839 $79,795.0 $225,000.0
Bryan County 15 38,321 $76,121.0 $227,400.0
Effingham County 16 62,241 $67,050.0 $170,600.0
Towns County 17 11,815 $51,257.0 $241,900.0
Cobb County 18 756,653 $80,830.0 $273,900.0
Henry County 19 229,994 $71,110.0 $189,600.0
Monroe County 20 27,455 $60,491.0 $175,000.0
Dawson County 21 25,277 $72,260.0 $241,900.0
Pickens County 22 32,002 $68,365.0 $196,400.0
Paulding County 23 164,440 $74,154.0 $184,000.0
Lumpkin County 24 33,009 $52,872.0 $199,100.0
Gwinnett County 25 926,414 $72,787.0 $235,700.0
Camden County 26 53,960 $60,594.0 $171,400.0
Houston County 27 155,317 $65,870.0 $157,200.0
Barrow County 28 81,294 $62,990.0 $169,900.0
Mcintosh County 29 14,217 $56,262.0 $152,700.0
Gilmer County 30 30,986 $57,376.0 $205,800.0
Walton County 31 93,284 $65,491.0 $210,500.0
Fannin County 32 25,797 $46,028.0 $206,900.0
Union County 33 23,999 $49,703.0 $199,000.0
Putnam County 34 21,906 $52,910.0 $165,800.0
Dekalb County 35 755,287 $65,116.0 $235,300.0
Glynn County 36 85,008 $56,952.0 $194,300.0
Greene County 37 17,808 $57,880.0 $241,300.0
White County 38 29,962 $55,788.0 $182,700.0
Chatham County 39 289,649 $57,739.0 $209,200.0
Bartow County 40 106,456 $61,226.0 $178,500.0
Carroll County 41 118,692 $59,197.0 $147,400.0
Haralson County 42 29,608 $52,021.0 $144,200.0
Oglethorpe County 43 15,040 $52,816.0 $133,200.0
Rockdale County 44 90,155 $62,505.0 $170,100.0
Douglas County 45 145,063 $67,651.0 $171,300.0
Liberty County 46 62,039 $50,411.0 $133,700.0
Habersham County 47 45,204 $54,147.0 $155,200.0
Bleckley County 48 12,870 $46,992.0 $101,900.0
Hall County 49 201,434 $63,651.0 $212,700.0
Rabun County 50 16,859 $44,871.0 $185,500.0
Newton County 51 109,835 $59,178.0 $159,200.0
Schley County 52 5,215 $49,105.0 $134,800.0
Jasper County 53 14,074 $52,409.0 $145,000.0
Floyd County 54 97,805 $50,657.0 $137,600.0
Madison County 55 29,624 $51,142.0 $143,200.0
Thomas County 56 44,545 $47,133.0 $150,300.0
Banks County 57 18,900 $50,912.0 $164,500.0
Lincoln County 58 7,929 $42,036.0 $132,300.0
Lamar County 59 18,834 $50,088.0 $145,800.0
Butts County 60 24,463 $48,282.0 $156,700.0
Gordon County 61 57,756 $48,662.0 $148,300.0
Murray County 62 39,789 $51,133.0 $122,100.0
Troup County 63 70,095 $46,796.0 $138,300.0
Heard County 64 11,785 $50,583.0 $114,500.0
Franklin County 65 23,015 $47,821.0 $120,500.0
Burke County 66 22,567 $45,699.0 $89,900.0
Washington County 67 20,316 $36,402.0 $92,500.0
Grady County 68 24,693 $48,047.0 $121,700.0
Dade County 69 16,183 $40,384.0 $128,500.0
Glascock County 70 2,984 $46,500.0 $82,600.0
Hart County 71 25,981 $45,874.0 $149,100.0
Lowndes County 72 116,436 $46,113.0 $145,900.0
Clarke County 73 126,952 $40,363.0 $186,800.0
Coffee County 74 43,070 $42,526.0 $106,400.0
Muscogee County 75 195,418 $47,418.0 $142,900.0
Dodge County 76 20,725 $42,211.0 $86,600.0
Worth County 77 20,346 $50,913.0 $93,400.0
Chattahoochee County 78 10,470 $45,700.0 $82,000.0
Bulloch County 79 77,719 $48,786.0 $147,100.0
Spalding County 80 66,043 $48,970.0 $134,800.0
Peach County 81 27,502 $50,267.0 $140,100.0
Twiggs County 82 8,195 $43,477.0 $71,800.0
Stephens County 83 25,934 $46,766.0 $123,800.0
Marion County 84 8,450 $52,450.0 $109,400.0
Baldwin County 85 45,072 $46,250.0 $128,800.0
Appling County 86 18,428 $37,924.0 $87,100.0
Upson County 87 26,329 $39,221.0 $102,800.0
Polk County 88 42,251 $46,846.0 $121,900.0
Walker County 89 69,398 $46,601.0 $121,600.0
Meriwether County 90 21,080 $40,769.0 $112,500.0
Mcduffie County 91 21,404 $47,327.0 $115,100.0
Tift County 92 40,590 $44,827.0 $123,000.0
Pierce County 93 19,336 $48,969.0 $101,700.0
Crawford County 94 12,267 $47,917.0 $121,500.0
Tattnall County 95 25,392 $44,053.0 $89,800.0
Screven County 96 13,977 $39,852.0 $85,700.0
Clayton County 97 287,560 $49,460.0 $122,100.0
Wayne County 98 29,959 $45,773.0 $116,000.0
Montgomery County 99 9,069 $45,230.0 $92,200.0
Long County 100 19,236 $52,099.0 $129,800.0
Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best counties to live in Georgia.

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