The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Georgia For 2022


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth 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 2022.

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 $38,040/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 Dahlonega is the most expensive place to live in Georgia.

So hopefully Toccoa (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 2022

1. Dahlonega

Dahlonega, GA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,004
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 9.0x (most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 44.3x (29th most expensive)
More on Dahlonega: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Dahlonega comes in at $46,250 and the median home value is $415,000 for 2022.

2. College Park

College Park, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 14,479
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.1x (6th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 44.0x (27th most expensive)
More on College Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in College Park comes in at $39,164 and the median home value is $199,200 for 2022.

3. Chamblee

Chamblee, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 29,874
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.5x (12th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 48.5x (45th most expensive)
More on Chamblee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Chamblee comes in at $66,607 and the median home value is $301,500 for 2022.

4. Covington

Covington, GA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,113
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 6)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.5x (13th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 41.8x (16th most expensive)
More on Covington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Covington comes in at $39,818 and the median home value is $178,800 for 2022.

5. Marietta

Marietta, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 60,687
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.2x (4th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 52.0x (63rd most expensive)
More on Marietta: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Marietta comes in at $59,594 and the median home value is $310,100 for 2022.

6. Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 497,642
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.9x (7th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 52.3x (65th most expensive)
More on Atlanta: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Atlanta comes in at $64,179 and the median home value is $314,400 for 2022.

7. Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (Balance)

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 124,962
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.7x (10th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 45.6x (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 $39,713 and the median home value is $186,200 for 2022.

8. Peachtree Corners

Peachtree Corners, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 43,516
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 7)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.5x (3rd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 54.4x (76th most expensive)
More on Peachtree Corners: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Peachtree Corners comes in at $65,328 and the median home value is $360,100 for 2022.

9. Thomasville

Thomasville, GA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,530
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 6)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.3x (17th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 42.0x (17th most expensive)
More on Thomasville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Thomasville comes in at $38,040 and the median home value is $162,800 for 2022.

10. Cumming

Cumming, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,528
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.8x (9th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 51.1x (59th most expensive)
More on Cumming: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Cumming comes in at $50,159 and the median home value is $239,500 for 2022.

Methodology: How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Peach State For 2022

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 2016-2020 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 Dahlonega. You can download the data here.

Summary: Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In Georgia For 2022

Well there you have it, the places in Georgia that have the highest cost of living, with Dahlonega 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. Toccoa
  2. Sylvester
  3. Vidalia

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 Dahlonega 12.67 7,004 9.0x 44.3x
2 College Park 23.67 14,479 5.1x 44.0x
3 Chamblee 25.0 29,874 4.5x 48.5x
4 Covington 27.0 14,113 4.5x 41.8x
5 Marietta 27.33 60,687 5.2x 52.0x
6 Atlanta 28.67 497,642 4.9x 52.3x
7 Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (Balance) 29.0 124,962 4.7x 45.6x
8 Peachtree Corners 29.67 43,516 5.5x 54.4x
9 Thomasville 31.0 18,530 4.3x 42.0x
10 Cumming 31.0 6,528 4.8x 51.1x
11 Sandy Springs 33.0 108,180 5.9x 58.6x
12 Canton 34.67 29,459 3.9x 48.8x
13 Doraville 35.67 10,244 3.8x 48.6x
14 Clarkston 36.67 12,747 3.8x 38.8x
15 Union City 37.0 21,976 3.8x 40.0x
16 Buford 37.33 16,003 4.3x 52.6x
17 Monroe 38.0 13,568 3.9x 40.1x
18 Barnesville 38.33 6,673 4.5x 46.3x
19 Brookhaven 40.33 54,727 5.2x 70.4x
20 Conyers 41.0 15,705 3.5x 41.1x
21 Dunwoody 41.67 49,466 4.6x 66.2x
22 East Point 41.67 35,031 3.5x 42.5x
23 Lilburn 42.67 12,755 3.5x 48.0x
24 Norcross 43.0 16,876 3.5x 50.9x
25 Gainesville 43.0 41,464 4.3x 56.0x
26 Decatur 43.67 24,814 4.8x 85.6x
27 Milledgeville 44.0 18,526 4.3x 45.0x
28 Savannah 44.17 145,492 3.5x 44.0x
29 Duluth 44.67 29,538 3.4x 52.3x
30 Lawrenceville 45.0 30,125 3.5x 47.8x
31 Smyrna 45.0 56,333 4.0x 58.6x
32 Valdosta 46.17 56,320 3.9x 42.6x
33 Suwanee 46.67 20,444 3.6x 57.6x
34 Milton 48.0 39,252 4.3x 91.4x
35 Carrollton 48.33 26,857 4.0x 53.4x
36 Moultrie 49.0 14,086 4.0x 43.8x
37 Lagrange 49.0 30,494 3.6x 43.0x
38 Rome 49.33 36,518 4.1x 51.8x
39 Brunswick 49.67 16,231 3.7x 37.4x
40 Dallas 50.0 13,680 3.3x 45.7x
41 Austell 51.33 7,783 3.1x 36.4x
42 Stockbridge 52.33 29,446 3.2x 49.7x
43 Cartersville 52.33 21,331 4.0x 60.9x
44 Calhoun 52.5 17,088 4.3x 55.8x
45 Richmond Hill 53.0 13,250 2.9x 45.4x
46 Alpharetta 53.33 66,566 3.7x 81.7x
47 Peachtree City 55.0 35,844 3.5x 66.8x
48 Statesboro 55.0 32,115 3.5x 42.3x
49 Roswell 55.33 94,884 3.6x 77.8x
50 Adel 55.67 5,297 3.4x 33.0x
51 Cedartown 55.67 10,062 3.7x 43.4x
52 Johns Creek 58.33 84,551 3.4x 73.9x
53 Woodstock 58.67 32,310 3.3x 58.6x
54 Stone Mountain 59.67 6,376 3.0x 38.8x
55 Winder 60.0 17,054 3.3x 53.8x
56 Fitzgerald 60.67 8,747 3.3x 40.0x
57 Acworth 61.67 22,683 2.9x 50.9x
58 Flowery Branch 61.67 7,896 3.4x 71.6x
59 Fayetteville 62.67 17,902 3.2x 59.0x
60 Griffin 64.33 22,724 3.1x 43.3x
61 Kennesaw 64.33 34,232 3.0x 54.2x
62 Fort Valley 64.67 8,817 3.3x 40.6x
63 Newnan 65.0 40,227 3.2x 59.2x
64 Eastman 65.67 5,110 3.9x 56.6x
65 Locust Grove 65.67 7,525 2.9x 50.4x
66 Douglasville 66.0 33,035 3.1x 56.0x
67 Garden City 66.17 8,957 3.1x 46.4x
68 Lovejoy 66.67 6,511 2.8x 43.3x
69 Hawkinsville 66.67 5,320 3.4x 50.8x
70 Loganville 67.0 12,490 3.1x 58.6x
71 Dublin 67.33 15,762 3.9x 54.6x
72 Hampton 67.67 7,887 2.9x 48.6x
73 Braselton 68.0 12,178 3.2x 108.1x
74 Swainsboro 68.0 7,418 3.1x 41.8x
75 Thomaston 68.33 8,771 3.2x 42.1x
76 Holly Springs 69.67 13,682 3.0x 69.9x
77 Grovetown 70.33 14,777 2.8x 50.6x
78 Commerce 70.67 7,008 3.1x 51.5x
79 Fairburn 72.0 15,956 2.7x 47.3x
80 Columbus 73.0 195,418 3.0x 51.3x
81 Jefferson 74.0 11,619 3.2x 89.9x
82 Jackson 74.0 5,138 3.0x 48.6x
83 Kingsland 74.67 17,523 3.1x 57.9x
84 Cordele 75.0 10,600 2.8x 38.3x
85 Pooler 75.67 24,575 2.8x 61.0x
86 St. Marys 76.33 18,321 3.0x 65.2x
87 Byron 76.33 5,170 3.2x 69.3x
88 Tyrone 76.67 7,427 2.9x 96.8x
89 Hinesville 76.67 33,304 2.7x 47.4x
90 Dalton 77.0 33,515 3.3x 65.7x
91 Tifton 77.33 17,189 3.3x 54.8x
92 Cairo 77.5 9,395 3.0x 50.6x
93 Snellville 79.0 19,923 2.3x 52.4x
94 Fort Oglethorpe 80.33 9,877 3.3x 63.1x
95 Port Wentworth 80.33 8,886 2.5x 55.9x
96 Sugar Hill 80.33 23,994 2.8x 75.5x
97 Lafayette 82.0 7,310 2.9x 47.6x
98 Douglas 82.33 11,556 3.2x 53.8x
99 Americus 83.0 15,319 2.8x 46.7x
100 Powder Springs 83.33 15,390 2.5x 56.2x

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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.

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