The 10 Best Places To Live In Georgia For 2021

We used science and data to determine which Peach State cities are the cream of the crop.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best places to live in Georgia.

When you think of Georgia, what usually comes to mind?

Atlanta, sometimes referred to as "Hotlanta?" Peaches? Savannah?

Well, this Peach State is famous for more than a massive metropolis of a city and a bunch of ripe, delicious fruit. They also have some of the world's sweetest onions.

OK, OK, OK. Outside of fruit and vegetables, Georgia actually has a lot to offer and is one of the best places to live in the South.

For one, Georgia is incredibly cheap. In a recent article, we ranked the Top ten Cheapest Places to Live in Georgia. If you are wanting your money to go far, just move to Blakely, Georgia. But that may be all that you get there.

So what makes a city a great place to live? If you are in love with Southern sunshine, BBQ, and walks along Savannah's riverfront, Georgia may be the place to you but the real question is, where? Luckily, HomeSnacks has got the method of answering these questions down to a science. We have ranked the top ten best places to live in Georgia and took into account all the aspects of a good place to live: safety, cost of living, commute time, and even population density.

If you want to be where the action is, you have to be around where the people are. You also need to be able to afford it and not feel like you are endangering your life.

The 10 Best Places To Live In Georgia For 2021

  1. Alpharetta
  2. Sandy Springs
  3. Milton
  4. Dunwoody
  5. Tyrone
  6. Decatur
  7. Woodstock
  8. Suwanee
  9. Braselton
  10. Fayetteville

What is the best place to live in Georgia? Alpharetta ranked #1 on our top ten best places to live in Georgia for 2021. If you haven't heard of Alpharetta, Georgia, yet, then maybe you should.

Alpharetta continues to hold #1 since last year and we are not surprised. Nothing like an average salary of $93k a year to put a smile on your face.

So why didn't Atlanta, Hilton Head, or Savannah rank first?

Read on to learn more about the 123 cities we evaluated for this article and to learn more about how the best becomes the best.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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The 10 Best Places To Live In Georgia For 2021

Alpharetta, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 65,590
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $422,800 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (36th best)
More on Alpharetta: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

There aren't many things as sweet as a Georgia peach, but Georgia's best place to live, Alpharetta is pretty close.

Alpharetta is for the people who want to live to live the Atlanta lifestyle without paying Atlanta prices. This city of 65,590 residents in Fulton County has focused on the important stuff like, keeping their crime rate well below the state and national level and making education a priority, so that you can focus your time on living the Alpharetta dream. And that Alpharetta dream list usually includes making time to bike and hike the Big Creek Greenway and/or taking your family to Tybee Island for an Atlantic Coast beach vacation.

But, you're going to have to make $113,802/year to afford the cost of living in this sweet peach of a place. And, plan on paying upwards of $422,800 for a casa here as Alpharetta has the 6th highest home price in the state.

Sandy Springs, GA

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Population: 107,072
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $471,800 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.0% (11th best)
More on Sandy Springs: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

LIfe is pretty peachy keen in Georgia's 2nd best place to live, Sandy Springs. Sandy Springs is one of the biggest cities in the state, the biggest city to make our top ten list, and a Georgia city with one of the biggest personalities. Besides Sandy Springs' strong sense of community and well-defined neighborhoods, the 107,072 residents here can't find enough reasons to get together every year. If you decide to buy your forever home in Sandy Springs you'll be front and center to some super fun amenities like the annual Sandy Springs Artsapalooza and/or the Slingin' Wings Festival every March.

Located just minutes from Atlanta, Sandy Springs has over 950 acres of nature--it's "A Place Where You [Can] Put Your Phone Down & Enjoy Life Again." And we suggest that you don't take this motto lightly, you wouldn't want to miss out on one of the most snack worthy cities in the state. More importantly, we wouldn't want you to miss out on a city whose crime rate is 23% below the national average or a city that takes education seriously. Not only do 75% of the residents here have a college degree, the city itself holds one of the state's 13 Blue Ribbon Schools (Heards Ferry Elementary School).

Milton, GA

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Overall SnackAbility


Population: 38,759
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $541,000 (best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.4% (16th best)
More on Milton: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Not only is Milton the 3rd best place to live in The Empire State of the South, it was "named best quality of life in Georgia." We were not surprised as Milton's job market is strong and the city's unemployment number (3.4%) is well below the national average. Milton's household income is $128,559 making it the highest in the state. In fact, this Atlanta suburb is one of the richest places in the state.

But, don't be afraid to look at rentals in Milton if dropping the median home price of $128,559 on a home right out of the gate is intimidating: rental property here is priced below the state's average at $1,359/month. Whatever you decide, just know that Milton takes your safety very seriously. The crime rate here is 70% below the national average making it one of the safest places in the state.

So, if quality of life, value, and a commitment to "expectations, promises, and community' are what you desire, then Milton is where you belong.

Dunwoody, GA

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 49,371
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $432,900 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (13th best)
More on Dunwoody: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Dunwoody is by far one of the best places in Georgia--the 4th best place in this southern charm--and the numbers prove it. In fact, this suburb of Atlanta in DeKalb County scored a 9/10 on our SnackAbility scale with an emphasis on jobs, education, and amenities to name a few.

Dunwoody is a vibrant, exciting place, and its locally owned restaurants and boutiques make living here a one-of-a-kind experience and a year-round mecca of fun. It also doesn't hurt that the famous Brook Run Park is inside the city's limits or that you're in close proximity to Georgia State Perimeter College. And, you're going to want that education to "keep up with the 'smart' Jones" here: virtually every one of Dunwoody's adults has a college degree. (If we had a "smartest places in the United States" list, Dunwoody would probably be number one.)

If living in Dunwoody is starting to sound like the dream, pay careful attention to this: the unemployment rate here is the 13th lowest in the state and 45% of Dunwoody's working class earn a household income above $100,000/year.

Tyrone, GA

Source: Town of Tyrone, GA
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 7,295
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $286,500 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.3% (4th best)
More on Tyrone: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

An Atlanta suburb, Tyrone is the 5th best place to call home in Georgia. What's great about Tyrone is that you don't have to always turn to the big city for your entertainment needs. Tyrone has the Legacy Theater for those who crave live shows, and Shamrock Park is equally attractive for solo joggers as it is for families.

55% of adults in Tyrone are highly educated, so brush up on your trivia before going to a pub quiz night here. Smart people don't usually go around committing crimes, and that's reflected in Tyrone's crime numbers -- the town has the 4th lowest violent crime rate in all of Georgia.

Besides intelligent neighbors and safe streets, Tyrone stands out for its rock-solid economy. Tyrone has the 2nd lowest poverty rate and 4th lowest unemployment rate statewide. And folks aren't just scraping by here, either. Tyrone's residents enjoy the 6th highest median household income in Georgia at $103,929. Homes in Tyrone sell for a median price of $286,500.

Decatur, GA

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Population: 24,002
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $521,900 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.4% (17th best)
More on Decatur: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

"Everything truly is greater in Decatur," and that is why this city is Georgia's 6th best place to live. But, a city's motto is just a motto if it doesn't have the numbers to back it. And, well, Decatur has the numbers.

This suburb of Atlanta has some of the highest home values in the state, and the median home price of $521,900 here is not slowing down the process. In fact, once a well priced home hits Decatur's hot real estate market, they are pending within days. This is because everyone wants a piece of Decatur's peach pie in the sky. Incidentally, this pie is attracting the largest numbers of youngsters (the median age in Decatur is 36) making it one of the best places for singles in the state.

A word to the wise in "[The] City of Homes, Schools, and Places of Worship," you're going to need a job that pays at least $106,088/year to offset Decatur's cost of living; and if you don't already have one, be prepared to battle Decatur's above average unemployment rate of 3.4%.

Woodstock, GA

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Overall SnackAbility


Population: 31,437
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $243,500 (19th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (8th best)
More on Woodstock: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

How do you get your hands on one of the fastest growing cities in Georgia? Well, you could start in the 7th best place to live in the Peach State, Woodstock.

You won't have to stop showering or live like a true hippie to be part of the "in crowd" in this Woodstock, but you will have get a job that pays at least $76,191/year if you want to settle into one of Woodstock's humble abodes at the median home price of $243,500. And lucky for you, Woodstock has the job market cornered with the 8th lowest unemployment rate in the state.

Incidentally, if you do find yourself wanting to camp now and again like a 1960s hippie, some of the best places in Woodstock are the Victoria Campground and the Camp Allatoona Aquatics Base. More importantly, whether it's camping or relaxing at home, you'll be able to rest easy knowing that Woodstock's crime rate is the 15th lowest in the state making this city one of the safest places in Georgia.

Suwanee, GA

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Overall SnackAbility


Population: 19,743
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $308,900 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.4% (15th best)
More on Suwanee: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Suwanee has been defined by many as the "Crossroads of Past & Future." Matter of fact, what was once the training camp for the Atlanta Falcons is now the 8th best place to live in Georgia as well as one of the safest.

Suwanee is the only place in Gwinnett County to make our top ten list and it more than deserves to be here. And, this is why: it has the 15th unemployment rate in Georgia at 3.4%. And while it might be the least populated on our list with only 19,743 residents, all able bodied individuals here seem to be working hard as the poverty rate is well below the national average.

You'll also get the most "bang for your buck" in Suwannee. Yes, it might be one of the wealthiest places in Georgia, but you can score a home here for $308,900, and you only have to make $90,436/year to get your hands on this city's hot real estate market.

Braselton, GA

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 11,452
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $318,700 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.3% (best)
More on Braselton: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

You'll be able to throw caution to the wind if you choose to live in Georgia's 9th best place to live, Braselton.

Located northeast of Atlanta, just after the I-985 and I-85 divide, Braselton is the smallest place on our top ten list. This city in Barrow County might only have 11,452 residents, but it put up some pretty big numbers this year: it's one of the safest places in the state, reporting a crime rate 77% below the national average. Folks, Braselton had the 11th number of crimes committed in the state and the majority of these offenses were property related. And that's not all, it also has the 1st unemployment rate in Georgia at 1.3%. Basically, if you don't have a job here, it's because you don't want one.

And when Braselton residents aren't making that big median income of $105,096/year to offset their cost of living, they can be found enjoying all things Braselton. Whether its enjoying a relaxing dinner at one of this small town's tastiest restaurants, sipping tea on Franklin Street, or meandering through the old Stone Mountain Grist Mill, this city is bursting with history and places to eat, sip, shop, and play.

Fayetteville, GA

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 17,586
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $224,100 (25th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.2% (85th best)
More on Fayetteville: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Fayetteville breaks into the top ten this year as the 10th best place to live in Georgia. And, honestly, it deserves a spot here every year.

For starters, the schools in Fayetteville score consistently 8 or higher on GreatSchools. Throw in a decent cost of living, low crime rates, and plenty to do in town (or a day trip to Atlanta) and it's easy to see the draw of moving to town.

Fayetteville has had strong population growth the last decade going from about 15,000 people ten years ago to the current population of 17,586. It's that kind of demand for a great place to live that solidifies Fayetteville's ranking this year.

Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Georgia

The Pressing Question: Size

Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Atlanta with a population of 488,800 against places with a population of 18?

We firmly decided no, that just isn't fair.

So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:

  • Cities -- Populations over 5,000
  • Towns -- Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
  • Small Towns -- Populations below 1,000

This left us with 123 cities, 198 towns, and 226 small towns.

We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best cities to live in Georgia have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be 'the best'.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.

How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In Georgia

Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.

We ranked each place in Georgia across a number of criteria from one to 123, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title "Best Place To Live In Georgia".

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher better)
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Commute Time
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data. You can download the data here.

After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Georgia? That would be Alpharetta.

If your city or town isn't among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Georgia.

Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Alpharetta at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Georgia

If you're looking at areas in Georgia with the best economic situations, where there's lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

Alpharetta made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Georgia for 2021.

Best Towns To Live In Georgia

  1. Isle of Hope (Pop. 2,564)
  2. Talahi Island (Pop. 1,454)
  3. Lookout Mountain (Pop. 1,754)
  4. Avondale Estates (Pop. 3,095)
  5. Watkinsville (Pop. 2,872)
  6. Berkeley Lake (Pop. 1,924)
  7. Grayson (Pop. 3,008)
  8. Cleveland (Pop. 3,750)
  9. Thunderbolt (Pop. 2,606)
  10. Gray (Pop. 3,281)

Best Small Towns To Live In Georgia

  1. Dutch Island (Pop. 943)
  2. Vernonburg (Pop. 120)
  3. Moreland (Pop. 463)
  4. Calvary (Pop. 106)
  5. Sky Valley (Pop. 310)
  6. Bishop (Pop. 271)
  7. Woolsey (Pop. 178)
  8. Franklin Springs (Pop. 889)
  9. North High Shoals (Pop. 848)
  10. Hiawassee (Pop. 887)

If you're curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Georgia according to the data:

  1. Clarkston (Pop. 12,750)
  2. Forest Park (Pop. 19,723)
  3. Camilla (Pop. 5,126)

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Where Are The Best Places To Live In Georgia?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Alpharetta 65,590 4.4% $422,800
2 Sandy Springs 107,072 3.0% $471,800
3 Milton 38,759 3.4% $541,000
4 Dunwoody 49,371 3.3% $432,900
5 Tyrone 7,295 2.3% $286,500
6 Decatur 24,002 3.4% $521,900
7 Woodstock 31,437 2.9% $243,500
8 Suwanee 19,743 3.4% $308,900
9 Braselton 11,452 1.3% $318,700
10 Fayetteville 17,586 7.2% $224,100

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33 thoughts on “The 10 Best Places To Live In Georgia For 2021

  1. What year was the data from the worst cities in Georgia collected? What was the source from the Internet of the information?

    1. Seems to me that the more affluent the neighborhood and the more expensive the house is what you are predominantly basing your choices on. Also, with the exception of Wilmington Island, which is by far the best of these particular 10, all of the picks are badically Atlanta suburbs. I would not choose a city based on THIS particular article and the criteria that was used. This seems to be for people who want a major city within arms reach. Not everyone likes the congestion associated with the Atlanta suburbs. Big homes and upscale neighborhoods aren’t on everyonesome list…… particularly retirement aged folks 60 and up.

  2. This was a nice read, but concerning city #3, Mountain Park, you’re using the stats of two different locations, that share the same name. There’s the City Of Mountain Park, incorporated in the late 1920s, with a population of about 550. It’s located in Fulton Co, northwest of Roswell. You have a photo of the Mountain Park Volunteer Fire Dept in your article. Then there’s Mountain Park, a census designated place in Gwinnett County, which has a population of 11,500. They’re protected by a paid fire department. You might want to correct you’re article. I vote the City Of Mountain Park as being the better of the two.

  3. Your use of both population density and housing values as criteria seem to skew your choices towards suburbs packed to the gills with subdivisions stuffed with houses.

    Did each of your criteria get equal weight? I would’ve thought factors like low crime and high education might be more valuable to new arrivals than how many people are packed into an area and how rich the neighbors are.

  4. the higher income cities get the most education and money for security and then the next generation can’t rise above it from the poverty. Education equals a higher standard of living and less crime and hopelessness.

    1. They go hand in hand. That would be poverty and crime.

      Eliminate poverty and watch crime just magically dwindle.

  5. Wow! The third best place to live in Georgia, and the first and second are cities next to us. I’ve got to wonder about this reports journalistic standards. There is no way we have 13,000 people here, and we’ve been a real incorporated city since 1927.
    Thank God we don’t have that many people in Mountain Park. Someone would have to build a high rise. That’s not the tradition we have here. We were founded as a place to retreat from Atlanta during prohibition. Even the slightest research would have revealed that. I love it here and I have since the 50’s but your misinformation makes me wonder about the validity of the rankings.

  6. Suwanee WAS a great place to live. Until the late 80’s/early 90’s. Now you can just call it Sprawl-Ville. It’s overdeveloped and filled with either overpriced cookie-cutter McMansion subdivisions or new Townhome communities that further increase density (overcrowding/traffic/noise). The traffic is HORRENDOUS if you work normal hours, their vaunted Town Center Park is nothing more than a retail center masquerading as a very poorly planned “Park”. It has too little parking for the events they try and hold there, so the overflow is directed to local small businesses and residential areas. Shall I go on? If you’re looking for a “Stepford” community then by all means go to Suwanee. If you want peace, quiet and quality of life then stay away.

  7. I notice that my earlier comment was rejected. What a surprise. I guess the truth has no place here. Unlike the author, I actually lived in Suwanee. Your stats are only a very small part of the overall picture, and unfortunately the day to day reality of living in Suwanee isn’t all it’s reported to be. Your censorship has only confirmed the lack of even basic journalistic standards for this website. How much did Suwanee pay you to write yet another puff piece on how wonderful they believe they are? You’re a perfect fit for the Suwanee elite.

  8. You have my apologies. I ASSumed enough time had passed for approval. I was obviously wrong. I still stand by the Suwanee comments though. ; ) Stats NEVER tell the complete story. They’re important, but still only a part of the picture. There’s a reason so many homes are for sale in the area…

  9. This list is absolute garbage and so skewed towards ATL slumburbs it is ridiculous. I lived in GA most of my life and I wouldn’t live within 50 miles of ATL. I live in south Peachtree City and that is almost too close to ATL. I’m not saying PTC should be at top of the list, but certainly above all of the ATL subturds. How about next time you try to make a decent attempt at building a list and consider quality of life, which is really what people care about? Population density and property value should be weighted very low (if even included). Who is this list for, real estate flippers and criminal justice degree graduates? No sane person would want to deal with the 24/7 horrible traffic, stones throw from thug crime (yes, it does spill over), and substandard schools (you have to live in the pocket exclusive areas to get the few good schools) . On a positive note, you got Macon right, towards the bottom of the list.

  10. Much censoring lately? Criticism of poor research and flawed metrics frowned upon here? Where’s my previous comment?

  11. I’m a native of Roswell of 46 years, and in many ways, it is a great city, yes. But in one way, it’s a traffic nightmare, because the entire town relies mainly on just two highways. Those two being US Hwy 9, and Holcomb Bridge/Crossville Rd.

    Thus, not just Roswell’s 100,000+ residents, but also the hundreds of thousands of others who pass through on their way to Atlanta, Woodstock, Alpharetta, Cumming and Norcross must all access these two roads to get anywhere.

    I realize this is a problem in most big cities, since we have all, since WWII, abandoned the traditional logical grid system in favor of the suburban “design” centered wholly around the automobile, with its cul-de-sac ridden sub-division pods, strip malls and “office parks” all separated from one another in what has become a public domain nightmare.

  12. You may as well have just put “Atlanta” and covered about 10 or 15 “cities.” If you live in Decatur or Sandy Springs or Alpharetta or Johns Creek or wherever it’s not like you’re going to tell someone “I live in Sandy Springs.” You’re going to say Atlanta, unless you’re getting specific about where it is in Atlanta you actually live.

    In looking at your complete list, I was expecting many of the top cities on the list to be Coastal Georgia cities. I was shocked to see Wilmington at 8th seeing as they don’t have a beach (not to mention Chatham County/Savannah is one of the most dangerous cities in the state, nor is Wilmington Island an incorporated city or CDP), and I am extremely curious how St. Simons is ranked 44. Really?? Property values are extremely high compared to nearby South Georgia towns, and I’d imagine there is very little crime that would stem mostly from DUI’s and other nonviolent crimes (not that DUI’s are a good thing). Plus there is an extreme lack of traffic unless it’s a holiday. And you live at the freakin’ beach for gods sake! Who in their right mind would pick a concrete jungle over the beach??

    And you say don’t blame the messenger and to blame science and the numbers, but that’s really frivolous. Quality of life is not measured by the value of your property or how much money goes into your public schools. And far too often it is a lack of common sense that dictates crime rates (going into neighborhoods that you don’t belong) and we all know common sense is an intangible figure.

    I have a friend who lives in Mississippi, and he recently showed me an article that surveyed citizens of all 50 states that basically asked “Are you happy, yes or no?” Ironically, Mississippi and Louisiana, two of the “worst” states according to your “science,” were the happiest. Perhaps ignorance is bliss, but I think it goes to show that “best” is an opinion that should be based on more than a few factors.

    1. I am thinking of moving to Ga from NJ when I retire in 2 more years from teaching. I am not sure where to go. I love nice beaches and parks and do not want to be too far from them, with that said, I hate traffic. I also would like to be in a safe diversed area that is a mixture of a nice looking city/suburb with many amenities nearby. Does this type of area exist in Georgia? I am a little spoiled being a Jersey gal.

      1. I would say that if you are looking for a great place to retire, consider Forsyth County in the Northeast Georgia corner. Four seasons, Low taxes, sprawling farms and yet still convenient driving distance to shopping and excellent medical facilities. Beautiful homes with roomy properties, yet not too much to take care of. Very Southern, friendly neighbors and many wonderful activities during the Fall.

  13. Wondering really what this list is based on. Cities like Kennesaw and Peachtree City and Fayetteville….like how did those not make the cut? Mountain Park, Druid Hills, Decatur…those are questionable.

  14. The data used to make this list is skimpy and apparently leaves out factors affecting quality of life such as traffic, access to public transit, and career mobility. The commute times in some of these suburbs especially Suwannee and Alpharetta, can be horrific. The absence of effective public transit contributed to the Snowmagedon outrage a few years ago when a simple show storm crippled the city for days and commuters suffered a terrible night. Plus, if someone’s job moves to another part of the metropolis, they could easily face 1-2 hour commutes daily.

  15. I lived all over Georgia. Parts are very dangerous,such as Stone Mountain,and the Savannah suites in downtown Atlanta. I was even warned by a man at the motel to never drink the tap water. Also a baby was shot in its stroller not to far from the motel and there were homeless people everywhere. They fed them in a parking lot right next door. Many had makeshift shelters rihht on the sidewalks. When we went for walk in a park near the motel we noticed no benches were provided. There was a garbage can filled with empty purses n human waste evevery where. It was not a nice experience. But my fav place n where i felt safest was Kennesaw Ga. But Atlanta was terrible.

  16. Don’t move to Atlanta or the metro area. It’s not what it’s put up to be! Too many cars and no one seems to know or trust any one. Stupidity and ignorance is passed off as a virtue while male/female relationships seems a thing of antiquity

  17. At the beginning of your article you mention Atlanta, Savannah, and Hilton Head! The last time I checked Hilton Head is in South Carolina. Here is some “food for thought” to, learn geography. Obviously education was not one of the criteria used to rank towns in Georgia or abroad. Had it been the home town of this articles editor would have been #1 on the list of worst places to live in the United States.

  18. My wife and I are recently retired and after 60+ years of Midwest winters are looking to move to warmer climes in the SE. We have spent considerable time in the SW and are not fond of the arid climate and miss the color green there. What are some great Georgia towns for retirees? We have two wants, paved bike trails of considerable length and proximity to good healthcare. Also how does Georgia compare to North Carolina? We are currently living in a very liberal community…for the Midwest, and hope to find a progressive-minded area.

  19. Hilton Head wasn’t included (since you asked) because, though close, it is in South Carolina, not Georgia.

  20. I have been to 48 of the 50 states of America and 6 other countries. The state of Georgia is the most beautiful place that I have ever seen.

  21. I moved from Sunny San Diego to a podunk called Clyo, Georgia last year. I live in a 110 year-old-home that is paid for, between the raliroad tracks and a 2-lane highway. 3.5 acres of heaven-on-earth. You can keep Atlanta. And did I mention that my house is PAID for?

  22. I was a 25 year resident of Suwanee and it is NOT a good place to live. The town center offers nothing to do as a family for dinner or entertainment. It is a 30 minute to another surrounding area for a meal out, movie or any shopping. Oh wait, you can try to take your life in your hands as the local police block the views in the major intersections while trying to give unnecessary revenue generating tickets. The people are not friendly but competitive and cliquey. Definitely full of stepford wives and swinger couples. The high school is full of drugs and disrespectful students whose parents over entitle them and throw alcohol sponsored parties (finally some arrested) for them and ignore and almost encourage their behavior. Students are bused past one partially empty high school to another overcrowded school because of economic lines. It took place in lower level schools for some time wrecking havoc on small roads causing mile long carpool lines blocking access to homes. Glad to have moved out of there and my family “graduated” out as well. Should win the most boring, backstabbing town unless you are in the swinger group town.

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