The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Georgia For 2021


We used science and data to determine which cities in Georgia that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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

To live in Georgia'smost expensive places, you're going to need a couple things to fall into place: a heavy piggy bank, a job that pays the big bucks, and a list of the top ten most expensive places in Georgia for 2021.

Yes, since you can't pay for the Empire State of the South's crazy expensive cost of living in homegrown Georgia peaches and peanuts, you're going to need a job that pays $27,308/year. To get that heavy piggy bank, you're going to want to commit to one of Georgia's highest paying jobs: we recommend healthcare, law, or finance. And if that doesn't work, there are currently 17 Fortune 500 companies and 26 Fortune 1000 companies that include Home Depot, Coca-Cola, and Alfac. More importantly, to get a list of the top ten most expensive places in the Peach State, we recommend that you take a look at HomeSnacks' list below.

Incidentally, if you choose one of Georgia's most expensive places to live, you could find yourself living next to famous Georgia faces like the Cincinnati Bengals player Brandon Thompson who hails from one of the state's most expensive places, Thomasville and the Weather Channel's Mike Bettes who hails from Sandy Springs.

Want to know more? Grab a slice of peach pie from the in Pooler, find a sunny spot on the beach in Savannah and keep reading.

What's the most expensive place to live in Georgia? Well, HomeSnacks crunched the numbers and discovered that College Park is the most expensive place to live in Georgia.

So hopefully Eatonton (the cheapest place to live in Georgia) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out some more reading about Georgia and the most expensive cities in the country:

The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Georgia For 2021

1. College ParkCollege Park, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 14,501
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.2x (5th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 39.9x (10th most expensive)
More on College Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in College Park comes in at $35,470 and the median home value is $183,700 for 2021.

2. DahlonegaDahlonega, GA

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6
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Population: 6,773
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 6.2x (most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 46.6x (4most expensive)
More on Dahlonega: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Dahlonega comes in at $46,118 and the median home value is $285,700 for 2021.

3. ThomasvilleThomasville, GA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,539
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 5)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.0x (6th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 37.8x (5th most expensive)
More on Thomasville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Thomasville comes in at $32,378 and the median home value is $163,500 for 2021.

4. ChambleeChamblee, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 29,232
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.6x (12th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 47.8x (44th most expensive)
More on Chamblee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Chamblee comes in at $61,797 and the median home value is $283,300 for 2021.

5. CummingCumming, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,309
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.0x (7th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 48.4x (47th most expensive)
More on Cumming: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Cumming comes in at $47,273 and the median home value is $237,600 for 2021.

6. AtlantaAtlanta, GA

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 488,800
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.8x (10th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 52.0x (58th most expensive)
More on Atlanta: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Atlanta comes in at $59,948 and the median home value is $290,400 for 2021.

7. MariettaMarietta, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 60,544
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.0x (8th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 52.1x (60th most expensive)
More on Marietta: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Marietta comes in at $57,452 and the median home value is $287,600 for 2021.

8. BarnesvilleBarnesville, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,650
Rank Last Year: 29 (Up 21)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.6x (3rd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 41.8x (18th most expensive)
More on Barnesville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Barnesville comes in at $27,308 and the median home value is $151,800 for 2021.

9. Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (Balance)

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 124,719
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.5x (14th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 44.8x (32nd most expensive)
More on Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (Balance): Real Estate | Data

The median income in Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (Balance) comes in at $38,311 and the median home value is $171,000 for 2021.

10. Sandy SpringsSandy Springs, GA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 107,072
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 6.0x (2nd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 59.2x (90th most expensive)
More on Sandy Springs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Sandy Springs comes in at $78,613 and the median home value is $471,800 for 2021.

How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Peach State For 2021

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Georgia
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. How much do I have spend to live there?

You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.

For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it's actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.

With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2015-2019 around incomes and costs. They are:

  • Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
  • Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
  • Median Home Price

We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).

You can then compare these metrics in each of the places in Georgia to figure out which is the most expensive.

What you are left with is a "Cost of Living Index" by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 127 places in Georgia that have more than 5,000 people.

The place with the highest cost of living in Georgia according to the data is College Park. You can download the data here.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In Georgia For 2021

Well there you have it, the places in Georgia that have the highest cost of living, with College Park ranking as the most expensive city in the Peach State.

Here's a look at the most affordable cities in Georgia according to the data:

  1. Eatonton
  2. Toccoa
  3. Jesup

For more Georgia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Georgia

Rank City ExpensiveScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 College Park 17.0 14,501 5.2x 39.9x
2 Dahlonega 19.33 6,773 6.2x 46.6x
3 Thomasville 21.67 18,539 5.0x 37.8x
4 Chamblee 24.67 29,232 4.6x 47.8x
5 Cumming 25.67 6,309 5.0x 48.4x
6 Atlanta 27.0 488,800 4.8x 52.0x
7 Marietta 27.33 60,544 5.0x 52.1x
8 Barnesville 28.33 6,650 5.6x 41.8x
9 Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (Balance) 31.33 124,719 4.5x 44.8x
10 Sandy Springs 32.0 107,072 6.0x 59.2x
11 Covington 32.0 13,967 4.3x 45.6x
12 Monroe 34.33 13,418 4.0x 34.7x
13 Doraville 37.33 10,228 3.4x 43.8x
14 Dallas 38.0 13,321 3.6x 41.5x
15 Peachtree Corners 38.67 43,057 4.8x 60.3x
16 Savannah 38.67 145,403 3.6x 42.5x
17 Milledgeville 39.0 18,738 4.3x 41.1x
18 Gainesville 39.33 39,991 4.3x 54.8x
19 Brookhaven 39.67 53,819 5.2x 65.4x
20 Statesboro 41.33 31,495 3.9x 37.4x
21 Dunwoody 43.0 49,371 4.5x 65.4x
22 Brunswick 43.0 16,122 3.9x 38.5x
23 Canton 44.33 28,166 3.5x 53.7x
24 Valdosta 44.67 56,095 3.7x 41.8x
25 Hawkinsville 45.0 5,294 4.2x 46.5x
26 Duluth 46.33 29,370 3.2x 52.1x
27 Decatur 46.67 24,002 4.9x 104.5x
28 Lagrange 46.67 30,400 3.7x 42.8x
29 Calhoun 47.0 16,940 4.2x 52.0x
30 Loganville 47.0 12,010 3.3x 52.3x
31 Buford 48.67 16,143 4.0x 61.8x
32 Carrollton 49.0 26,570 3.6x 50.8x
33 Milton 49.0 38,759 4.2x 94.6x
34 Smyrna 49.0 56,268 3.7x 61.3x
35 Richmond Hill 49.33 12,720 2.9x 46.7x
36 East Point 49.67 34,957 3.2x 42.0x
37 Cartersville 50.33 20,870 3.7x 58.0x
38 Lawrenceville 50.67 29,719 3.3x 51.2x
39 Rome 51.0 36,332 3.9x 53.1x
40 Suwanee 51.33 19,743 3.4x 60.8x
41 Roswell 51.67 94,498 3.8x 77.9x
42 Norcross 51.67 16,458 3.0x 48.3x
43 Alpharetta 52.0 65,590 3.7x 78.4x
44 Cairo 52.0 9,446 3.5x 42.5x
45 Moultrie 52.33 14,069 3.5x 39.1x
46 Woodstock 52.33 31,437 3.2x 56.8x
47 Fairburn 53.33 15,295 3.0x 40.6x
48 Fort Valley 53.33 8,742 3.6x 36.4x
49 Cordele 54.67 10,752 3.5x 35.5x
50 Conyers 55.33 15,986 3.2x 45.0x
51 Winder 55.67 16,413 3.4x 53.1x
52 Sylvester 56.67 5,865 3.5x 44.5x
53 Clarkston 57.33 12,750 3.0x 40.1x
54 Peachtree City 57.67 35,443 3.4x 71.8x
55 Stockbridge 58.33 29,089 2.9x 52.1x
56 Stone Mountain 58.67 6,285 2.8x 40.1x
57 Johns Creek 58.67 83,999 3.3x 73.1x
58 Fitzgerald 59.0 8,812 3.3x 39.5x
59 Lilburn 61.0 12,644 3.0x 53.4x
60 Newnan 61.0 39,019 3.2x 61.2x
61 Flowery Branch 62.67 7,497 3.2x 64.8x
62 Thomson 63.33 6,593 3.1x 41.4x
63 St. Marys 64.0 18,077 3.0x 58.4x
64 Douglasville 65.0 33,052 2.9x 54.1x
65 Columbus 65.67 195,739 3.0x 51.2x
66 Jefferson 66.0 11,114 3.4x 80.2x
67 Fayetteville 66.33 17,586 3.0x 63.5x
68 Locust Grove 67.0 6,954 2.7x 48.5x
69 Kennesaw 67.0 33,960 2.7x 55.9x
70 Union City 67.33 21,396 2.9x 46.9x
71 Acworth 68.33 22,534 2.7x 54.3x
72 Palmetto 68.33 5,095 2.7x 46.2x
73 Braselton 68.67 11,452 3.0x 83.7x
74 Waynesboro 71.0 5,487 3.4x 52.4x
75 Griffin 71.0 22,748 2.8x 42.6x
76 Douglas 71.0 11,556 3.1x 50.5x
77 Perry 71.33 16,595 3.1x 57.0x
78 Kingsland 71.33 17,093 3.0x 57.1x
79 Lafayette 71.67 7,237 3.1x 46.5x
80 Thomaston 71.67 8,774 3.1x 46.2x
81 Tifton 73.0 16,644 3.1x 53.5x
82 Snellville 73.33 19,778 2.3x 50.7x
83 Holly Springs 74.33 12,509 2.8x 74.5x
84 Hinesville 74.67 32,996 2.6x 46.5x
85 Dalton 75.33 33,571 3.3x 63.9x
86 Pooler 76.0 23,858 2.7x 63.5x
87 Mcdonough 76.17 24,852 2.6x 55.5x
88 Adel 76.33 5,289 2.8x 42.7x
89 Bremen 76.67 6,394 3.1x 90.5x
90 Tyrone 76.67 7,295 2.8x 104.0x
91 Lovejoy 77.0 6,179 2.4x 41.4x
92 Sugar Hill 77.33 23,121 2.7x 69.0x
93 Dublin 77.67 15,828 3.2x 54.5x
94 Austell 79.33 7,205 2.5x 49.9x
95 Byron 80.17 5,149 3.0x 70.9x
96 Powder Springs 81.0 15,163 2.4x 56.1x
97 Swainsboro 81.67 7,396 2.7x 42.6x
98 Villa Rica 82.33 15,392 2.6x 59.0x
99 Rincon 82.67 10,027 2.5x 59.3x
100 Albany 83.33 73,478 2.7x 49.6x

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