The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Atlanta For 2022


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Atlanta are the best of the best.

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Atlanta has its fingers in global commerce, finance, research, and education to name a few; and now, the ATL is taking center stage for being a great place to live. But, don't waste your time looking for a hot deal in Hot-lanta on your own; instead, take a look at HomeSnacks' list of Atlanta's best neighborhoods for 2022 so you don't get stuck in one of Atlanta's worst.

Atlanta has one of the richest inventories of great neighborhoods; and surprisingly, getting your hands on of these Georgia peaches is actually a lot easier than you probably think. To put this in perspective, after looking at the latest census data for median income levels and median home prices for Atlanta's 32 neighborhoods, we determined that there are many great neighborhoods that you won't have to win the Georgia Lottery to score a good deal on a home, but you are going to need a pretty good job--one that pays close to $53,539/year.

Incidentally, if low crime, affordability, jobs, and amenities are important to you, then you've definitely come to the right place. Matter of fact, after running each neighborhood through our SnackAbility algorithm, not one of Atlanta's top ten neighborhoods scored less than an 8/10. So, if you're looking for a neighborhood that is walkable, bikeable, and great for families, no other Atlanta neighborhood holds a candle to Candler Park. If you're thinking about renting before you take the full Atlanta plunge, Buckhead is a great place to get your bearings. And if you have a dog, the Cabbage Town neighborhood has one of the best dog parks inside the city limits.

To see the list of Atlanta's best neighborhoods does not require any special credentials, but it does require a couple of clicks of that down arrow.

It's not often that a city has great neighborhoods spread evenly around its metropolitan area; but, folks, Atlanta does. Actually, if you need to live close to downtown Atlanta, you'll be fine with any area inside I-285. And, if you get to live in Atlanta's number one best neighborhood, consider yourself extra lucky.

So, what's the best neighborhood in Atlanta? Well, according to the latest census report and our SnackAbility data, that would be Virginia-Highland.

If you want to see the Atlanta neighborhoods that have more going for them than the Atlanta Falcons do, keep reading. And if you don't see your favorite in the list of top ten, head to the bottom.

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Best Neighborhoods In Atlanta

The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Atlanta

Population: 13,359
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $486,675 (Second best)
Median Income: $103,493 (Fourth best)
More on Virginia-Highland: Homes For Sale | Data

Virginia-Highland Atlanta, GA

Population: 21,550
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $317,147 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $84,987 (Sixth best)
More on Midtown: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 78,972
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $491,544 (best)
Median Income: $113,902 (best)
More on Buckhead: Homes For Sale | Data

Buckhead Atlanta, GA

Source: Public domain

Population: 8,095
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $433,750 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $89,914 (Fifth best)
More on Candler Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Candler Park Atlanta, GA

Population: 2,726
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $234,967 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $67,836 (Ninth best)
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Poncey-Highland Atlanta, GA

Source: Public domain

Population: 9,822
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $463,688 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $110,670 (Second best)
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Morningside-Lenox Park Atlanta, GA

Population: 4,329
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $325,533 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $72,215 (Eighth best)
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Atlanta-Inman Park Atlanta, GA

Population: 11,414
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $279,167 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $61,830 (11th best)
More on Home Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Home Park Atlanta, GA

Population: 10,957
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $480,364 (Third best)
Median Income: $106,373 (Third best)
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Population: 11,918
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $229,270 (11th best)
Median Income: $73,545 (Seventh best)
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Methodology: How We Determined The Best Atlanta, GA Neighborhoods In 2022

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Atlanta, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 32 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Atlanta." We're lookin' at you, Virginia-Highland.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Atlanta, Georgia has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Summary: Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Atlanta

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Atlanta where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Atlanta aren't all good. Grove Park takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Atlanta.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Best Neighborhoods To Live In Atlanta For 2022 Detailed Data

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Virginia-Highland 13,359 $486,675 $103,493
2 Midtown 21,550 $317,147 $84,987
3 Buckhead 78,972 $491,544 $113,902
4 Candler Park 8,095 $433,750 $89,914
5 Poncey-Highland 2,726 $234,967 $67,836
6 Morningside-Lenox Park 9,822 $463,688 $110,670
7 Atlanta-Inman Park 4,329 $325,533 $72,215
8 Home Park 11,414 $279,167 $61,830
9 Oakdale 10,957 $480,364 $106,373
10 Ormewood Park-East Atlanta 11,918 $229,270 $73,545
11 Cabbage Town 4,789 $244,040 $62,341
12 Old Fourth Ward 12,054 $211,300 $50,519
13 Edgewood-Kirkwood 16,229 $218,460 $59,141
14 Sweet Auburn 5,350 $169,760 $31,948
15 Grant Park 11,073 $193,831 $55,894
16 Downtown 17,252 $126,777 $40,852
17 Five Points 3,362 $149,350 $38,626
18 Rockdale 16,487 $134,443 $53,245
19 Thomasville 10,964 $114,838 $39,069
20 Vine City 3,318 $140,133 $32,397
21 Ben Hill 8,744 $135,433 $47,408
22 West End 21,513 $78,620 $29,204
23 Cascade Heights 22,613 $82,126 $36,682
24 Sandtown-Southeastern Atlanta 15,981 $91,214 $36,018
25 Oakland City 26,146 $67,128 $26,100
26 Mechanicsville 3,231 $49,750 $18,460
27 Center Hill 9,838 $44,455 $29,047
28 Adams Park 11,352 $66,500 $28,578
29 Lakewood Heights-Southeastern Atlanta 23,547 $53,753 $27,867
30 Adair Park 5,299 $47,760 $27,752
31 Adamsville 11,775 $78,167 $29,150
32 Grove Park 15,307 $46,616 $28,202

Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Atlanta.

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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