The 10 Best Places To Buy A House In Georgia For 2021


Using science and data, we can tell you which places in Georgia have seen home prices rising and people flocking over the past year.

Editor’s note: This is not investment advice and we are not financial advisers. Article updated for 2021.

There's a the age old question everyone thinks about when they decide to move to a city in Georgia:

Should I buy a place or rent? Well, we aren't here today to solve that problem for you exactly. We are just assuming you'll do the right thing and a buy a place. And while we are happy to tell you the best place to live in Georgia, this analysis is going to tackle the question of the best place to buy a house as an investor. That is we are going to try and determine the up and coming cities in the Peach State.

To do that we are going to look at places in Georgia that are growing faster than average, but where home prices are below average. In every day terms, the "deals". The best deal in Georgia at the moment? That would be Jackson according to our analysis.

Here's a look at the top ten places to buy a home in Georgia for 2021.

The 10 Best Places To Buy A Home In Georgia For 2021

  1. Jackson
  2. Glennville
  3. Palmetto
  4. Camilla
  5. Eastman
  6. Byron
  7. Adel
  8. Hawkinsville
  9. Waynesboro
  10. Sandersville

What's the best place to buy a home in Georgia for 2021? According to our analysis, would the the ideal place to buy a home looking into the future.

The methodology that wen't into this can be a bit complicated, so we'll break it down for you in as much detail as we can below. If you're not worried about finding a deal on good places to live, check out the most expensive places to live in Georgia and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in Georgia.

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The 10 Best Cities To Buy A House In Georgia For 2021

Jackson, GA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,061
Median Home Price: $119,700
Population Change: 1.2%
Home Price Change: 31.4%
More on Jackson: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Glennville, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,066
Median Home Price: $122,000
Population Change: -0.2%
Home Price Change: -12.9%
More on Glennville: Homes For Sale | Data

Palmetto, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,095
Median Home Price: $129,200
Population Change: 0.1%
Home Price Change: 31.4%
More on Palmetto: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Camilla, GA

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 5,126
Median Home Price: $76,200
Population Change: 2.5%
Home Price Change: -11.8%
More on Camilla: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Eastman, GA

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 5,135
Median Home Price: $85,600
Population Change: -1.4%
Home Price Change: -14.9%
More on Eastman: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Byron, GA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,149
Median Home Price: $164,100
Population Change: 0.8%
Home Price Change: 1.6%
More on Byron: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Adel, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,289
Median Home Price: $89,000
Population Change: -0.0%
Home Price Change: 2.9%
More on Adel: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,294
Median Home Price: $139,200
Population Change: -0.3%
Home Price Change: 1.0%
More on Hawkinsville: Homes For Sale | Data

Waynesboro, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,487
Median Home Price: $100,200
Population Change: -1.3%
Home Price Change: -5.2%
More on Waynesboro: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 5,546
Median Home Price: $92,700
Population Change: -1.2%
Home Price Change: 6.3%
More on Sandersville: Homes For Sale | Data

How do you determine the best places to buy a home in Georgia for 2021?

We were in real estate for almost five years and have been working on this site for another three. Suffice is to say, we've put a lot of thought into what goes into finding a good place to buy a home.

So all that thinking has come to this moment where we get to spell out how we'd approach finding an up-and-coming place to live in Georgia. Put differently, the analysis will try to find places in Georgia with undervalued homes relative to pent up demand.

To do that we looked at the most recent American Community Survey Census data for 2015-2019 and compared it to the previous vintage (2012-2016). Specifically, we used the following criteria:

  • Y-o-Y Change In Population (People want to live here)
  • Y-o-Y Change In Median Home Prices (People are willing to pay for it)
  • Home Prices Relative To The State Average (It's still kinda cheap)

We want places that are growing, have seen home prices increase in recent years, and are still "cheap" for Georgia with the following caveats:

So of the 0 cities and towns in Georgia, only 129 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.

We then ranked each place from 1 to 129 for the criteria mentioned above with 1 being the best for that criteria. We averaged the rankings to create a "best place to buy" index with the place having the lowest index being the best. You can download the data here.

Turns out that Jackson is the best potential gem in the not-so-rough in the Peach State.

Read on for more on these places.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Purchase A House In Georgia for 2021

There's our analysis of the best places to buy a house in Georgia. And, to be clear, we aren't necessarily saying these places are the best places to live, just that it looks like they might be in a couple of years based on the data.

In fact, every place in the following table meets our criteria, so even though it may not look super long, remember we started off with all 0 places in the state.

So if we'd could rent or buy in these cities, we'd definitely buy.

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Buy A Home In Georgia

City Rank Median Home Price Population Change Home Price Increase
Jackson 1 $119,700 1.2% 31.4%
Glennville 2 $122,000 -0.2% -12.9%
Palmetto 3 $129,200 0.1% 31.4%
Camilla 4 $76,200 2.5% -11.8%
Eastman 5 $85,600 -1.4% -14.9%
Byron 6 $164,100 0.8% 1.6%
Adel 7 $89,000 -0.0% 2.9%
Hawkinsville 8 $139,200 -0.3% 1.0%
Waynesboro 9 $100,200 -1.3% -5.2%
Sandersville 10 $92,700 -1.2% 6.3%
Sylvester 11 $106,400 -1.0% 10.5%
Dacula 12 $174,700 4.9% 22.2%
Lovejoy 13 $107,500 -4.7% 10.6%
Stone Mountain 14 $125,000 0.5% 19.2%
Cumming 15 $237,600 4.7% 10.8%
Bremen 16 $177,300 1.3% 5.3%
Hapeville 17 $97,900 -0.1% -13.4%
Thomson 18 $91,300 -0.2% 3.4%
Eatonton 19 $76,200 1.1% 8.4%
Barnesville 20 $151,800 0.6% 30.0%
Dahlonega 21 $285,700 3.3% -15.3%
Commerce 22 $116,400 1.7% 4.4%
Locust Grove 23 $155,200 6.3% 15.0%
Morrow 24 $112,100 -3.8% 5.9%
Austell 25 $133,200 -1.0% 8.3%
Lafayette 26 $93,500 0.6% 16.0%
Tyrone 27 $286,500 1.0% 8.2%
Swainsboro 28 $71,900 0.7% 3.8%
Auburn 29 $142,000 2.4% 7.9%
Flowery Branch 30 $240,100 4.8% 4.4%
Hampton 31 $146,900 1.7% 4.9%
Centerville 32 $144,300 1.0% -2.3%
Toccoa 33 $86,500 0.4% 0.1%
Port Wentworth 34 $160,700 6.5% -0.4%
Fort Valley 35 $80,500 0.0% 2.3%
Thomaston 36 $88,900 -0.3% 5.6%
Fitzgerald 37 $81,700 -0.6% -1.6%
Garden City 38 $121,700 -0.6% -2.3%
Cairo 39 $116,200 -0.9% 9.2%
Jesup 40 $99,700 -0.6% -11.9%
Fort Oglethorpe 41 $128,100 1.0% 0.4%
Cedartown 42 $85,200 0.7% 6.5%
Rincon 43 $164,500 1.7% 2.4%
Doraville 44 $177,600 -2.3% 10.8%
Vidalia 45 $118,600 -0.6% 0.5%
Cusseta-Chattahoochee County Unified Government 46 $71,300 -1.9% 3.3%
Cordele 47 $75,100 -0.4% -9.1%
Jefferson 48 $201,300 3.9% 7.1%
Braselton 49 $318,700 9.0% 7.2%
Douglas 50 $103,900 0.0% 6.2%
Loganville 51 $202,300 3.0% 19.8%
Bainbridge 52 $99,900 0.4% -11.8%
Holly Springs 53 $268,900 9.1% 9.2%
Lilburn 54 $175,300 0.7% 3.7%
Richmond Hill 55 $210,700 4.2% 6.1%
Clarkston 56 $122,900 -0.1% 3.6%
Dallas 57 $154,300 2.4% 3.9%
Monroe 58 $127,400 0.4% 3.0%
Waycross 59 $70,100 -1.0% -3.6%
Covington 60 $171,600 0.9% 15.9%
Grovetown 61 $158,900 2.9% 7.7%
Moultrie 62 $94,400 -0.3% 9.9%
College Park 63 $183,700 -2.1% 9.4%
Powder Springs 64 $167,500 1.5% 8.3%
Riverdale 65 $101,300 -6.1% 12.4%
Fairburn 66 $140,600 4.0% 5.6%
Villa Rica 67 $162,800 1.8% 3.1%
Americus 68 $86,200 -1.0% 0.8%
Dublin 69 $102,400 -0.3% 4.9%
Conyers 70 $140,400 0.7% 14.9%
Brunswick 71 $108,600 0.5% 15.3%
Buford 72 $239,100 6.3% 15.1%
Winder 73 $162,700 3.7% 12.4%
Norcross 74 $177,400 0.5% 2.2%
Perry 75 $150,500 3.5% 3.2%
Tifton 76 $119,200 0.2% -4.8%
Calhoun 77 $150,800 1.4% 5.3%
Kingsland 78 $156,700 1.8% 6.2%
Fayetteville 79 $224,100 1.4% 4.1%
St. Marys 80 $182,400 0.9% 1.3%
Thomasville 81 $163,500 -0.0% 12.1%
Milledgeville 82 $121,900 -0.4% 3.4%
Forest Park 83 $67,100 1.2% 6.2%
Suwanee 84 $308,900 2.7% 5.5%
Snellville 85 $169,600 0.7% 4.0%
Cartersville 86 $188,900 2.0% 10.8%
Union City 87 $132,300 2.1% 17.7%
Acworth 88 $182,900 0.9% 5.3%
Griffin 89 $102,800 0.1% -7.1%
Sugar Hill 90 $232,500 3.6% 9.9%
Pooler 91 $214,500 3.3% -0.5%
Decatur 92 $521,900 4.1% 11.8%
Mcdonough 93 $164,100 3.1% 7.4%
Carrollton 94 $155,300 0.7% 4.1%
Canton 95 $215,600 3.8% 11.8%
Stockbridge 96 $180,700 1.5% 5.5%
Chamblee 97 $283,300 1.7% 15.4%
Duluth 98 $229,600 0.4% 8.3%
Lawrenceville 99 $171,600 1.1% 5.8%
Lagrange 100 $127,100 -0.0% -1.0%

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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.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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