The 10 Cheapest Atlanta, GA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2022


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

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Everything else equal, I think we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.

I'd much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I'd rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.

And while every neighbhorhood in Atlanta might be more expensive than living in rural Georgia, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.

So what exactly are those Atlanta neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further -- you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Atlanta are the cheapest.

What's the cheapest neighborhood to live in Atlanta for 2022? According to the most recent census data, Center Hill looks to be the cheaptest Atlanta neighborhood to live in.

At this point we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for -- some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Atlanta. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates in return for more space and cheaper groceries.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Atlanta that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Atlanta.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from cheapest to most expensive.

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The 10 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Atlanta For 2022

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Population: 9,838
Cost Of Living Index: 82 (2nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.5 (cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.028 (26th cheapest)
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Grove Park Atlanta, GA

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Population: 15,307
Cost Of Living Index: 82 (2nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.7 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.029 (27th cheapest)
More on Grove Park: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 16,487
Cost Of Living Index: 95 (14th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.5 (7th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.017 (11th cheapest)
More on Rockdale: Homes For Sale | Data

Lakewood Heights-Southeastern Atlanta Atlanta, GA

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Population: 23,547
Cost Of Living Index: 82 (2nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.9 (4th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.03 (29th cheapest)
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Cascade Heights Atlanta, GA

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Population: 22,613
Cost Of Living Index: 90 (11th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.2 (5th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.024 (19th cheapest)
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Sandtown-Southeastern Atlanta Atlanta, GA

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Population: 15,981
Cost Of Living Index: 89 (10th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.5 (8th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.023 (18th cheapest)
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Population: 21,513
Cost Of Living Index: 87 (6th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.7 (11th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.026 (2cheapest)
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Adair Park Atlanta, GA

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Population: 5,299
Cost Of Living Index: 85 (5th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.7 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.036 (3cheapest)
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Population: 11,352
Cost Of Living Index: 87 (6th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.3 (6th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.03 (28th cheapest)
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Adamsville Atlanta, GA

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Population: 11,775
Cost Of Living Index: 88 (8th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.7 (10th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.027 (22nd cheapest)
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Methodology: How We Determined The Cheapest Atlanta Hoods In 2022

In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Atlanta, we had to determine what criteria defines "cheap".

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

  • Overall Cost Of Living
  • Rent To Income Ratio
  • Median Home Value To Income Ratio

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

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

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index the "Cheapest City Neighborhood In Atlanta." We're lookin' at you, Center Hill.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the cheapest places Atlanta. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from cheapest to most expensive.

Summary: Lowest Cost Places To Live In Atlanta

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Atlanta where prices are low and it's cheap to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Atlanta aren't all cheap. Sweet Auburn takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Atlanta.

We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Atlanta For 2022

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 Center Hill 82
2 Grove Park 82
3 Rockdale 95
4 Lakewood Heights-Southeastern Atlanta 82
5 Cascade Heights 90
6 Sandtown-Southeastern Atlanta 89
7 West End 87
8 Adair Park 85
9 Adams Park 87
10 Adamsville 88
11 Thomasville 91
12 Edgewood-Kirkwood 104
13 Ben Hill 96
14 Ormewood Park-East Atlanta 107
15 Oakland City 88
16 Mechanicsville 84
17 Downtown 95
18 Grant Park 103
19 Poncey-Highland 108
20 Midtown 118
21 Buckhead 135
22 Cabbage Town 109
23 Morningside-Lenox Park 136
24 Old Fourth Ward 105
25 Atlanta-Inman Park 117
26 Oakdale 136
27 Candler Park 129
28 Five Points 99
29 Vine City 95
30 Virginia-Highland 139
31 Home Park 113
32 Sweet Auburn 99

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

About Chris Kolmar

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