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I do love where I live. If I could dig a coast in my back yard and throw some dolphins in, I would be in heaven. Because that is not very likely, maybe one day we will get a pool. In the meantime, I love the people, the history, the walkability, everything about it. When I was looking at the best places to live in GA I was surprised to see my little haven did not make the list. WHAT?? What am I missing? Could there be better places than this? Well, check it out for yourself. Did your haven make the list?

Best Places to Live in Georgia (2012)

Among the twenty best places to live in Georgia, eighteen are suburbs of Atlanta, one is a suburb of Athens, and one is a suburb of Savannah. By county, five of the best places to live in Georgia are located in Gwinnett County, three in DeKalb County, three in Fulton County, two in Cherokee County, two in Cobb County, two in Fayette County, one each in Coweta and Chatham Counties, and one partially in Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall, and Jackson Counties.

After reading “Best Places to Live in Georgia (2012),” return to this link to read “Largest Cities in Georgia (2012).” A collection of similar articles for the remaining 49 states can be found at these links: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. For the culmination of the 50-state series, read “Best Places to Live in America (2012).” This article may be updated as new data becomes available.

1. Berkeley Lake, GA (Gwinnett County)

Population: 2,144 Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $139,877 Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 66.8% 
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 5.87

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Atlanta, GA: 25 miles SW 
Athens, GA: 54 miles E 
Columbus, GA: 132 SSW 
Macon, GA: 105 SSE

2. Dunwoody, GA (DeKalb County)

Population: 40,619 
Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $82,399 
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 69.5% 
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 3.42

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Atlanta, GA: 17 miles SSW 
Athens, GA: 65 miles E 
Columbus, GA: 123 SSW 
Macon, GA: 101 SSE

3. Alpharetta, GA (Fulton County)

Population: 50,296 
Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $102,617 
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 62.0% 
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 5.95

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Atlanta, GA: 28 miles SSW 
Athens, GA: 64 miles ESE 
Columbus, GA: 134 miles SSW 
Macon, GA: 112 miles SSE

4. Peachtree City, GA (Fayette County)

Population: 34,597 
Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $94,437 
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 52.4% 
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 3.7

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Atlanta, GA: 32 miles NNE 
Athens, GA: 95 miles NE 
Columbus, GA: 80 miles SSW 
Macon, GA: 81 miles SE

5. Avondale Estates, GA (DeKalb County)

Population: 2,815 
Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $92,460 
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 59.7% 
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 9.11

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Atlanta, GA: 8 miles WSW 
Athens, GA: 61 miles ENE 
Columbus, GA: 117 miles SSW 
Macon, GA: 87 miles SSE

6. Suwanee, GA (Gwinnett County)

Population: 15,373 
Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $85,833 
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 52.6% 
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 5.81

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Atlanta, GA: 32 miles SW 
Athens, GA: 48 miles ESE 
Columbus, GA: 140 miles SSW 
Macon, GA: 113 miles SSE

7. Roswell, GA (Fulton County)

Population: 87,724 
Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $83,831 
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 49.8% 
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 8.0

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Atlanta, GA: 22 miles S 
Athens, GA: 73 miles E 
Columbus, GA: 129 miles SSW 
Macon, GA: 107 miles SSE

8. Decatur, GA (DeKalb County)

Population: 19,029 
Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $70,090 
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 62.4% 
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 12.74

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Atlanta, GA: 7 miles NE 
Athens, GA: 62 miles ENE 
Columbus, GA: 114 miles SSW 
Macon, GA: 86 miles SSE

9. Tybee Island, GA (Chatham County)

Population: 3,787 
Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $66,504 
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 40.8% 
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 2.81

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Atlanta, GA: 267 miles NW 
Augusta, GA: 147 miles NNW 
Savannah, GA: 18 miles WNW 
Charleston, SC: 133 miles NNE

10. Kennesaw, GA (Cobb County)

Population: 32,466 
Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $66,115 
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 43.3% 
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 4.23

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Atlanta, GA: 26 miles SSE 
Athens, GA: 85 miles E 
Columbus, GA: 129 miles SSW 
Macon, GA: 111 miles SSE

11. Sandy Springs, GA (Fulton County)

Population: 85,619 
Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $74,633 
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 59.5% 
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 13.47

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Atlanta, GA: 15 miles S 
Athens, GA: 67 miles E 
Columbus, GA: 121 miles SSW 
Macon, GA: 100 miles SSE

12. Woodstock, GA (Cherokee County)

Population: 23,375 
Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $67,442 
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 39.7% 
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 3.22

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Atlanta, GA: 30 miles SSE 
Athens, GA: 87 miles ESE 
Columbus, GA: 133 miles SSW 
Macon, GA: 115 miles SSE

13. Tyrone, GA (Fayette County)

Population: 6,228 
Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $80,517 
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 34.4% 
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 4.38

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Atlanta, GA: 26 miles NNE 
Athens, GA: 95 miles NE 
Columbus, GA: 87 miles SSW 
Macon, GA: 86 miles SE

14. Senoia, GA (Coweta County)

Population: 3,251 
Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $83,446 
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 27.9% 
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 2.64

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Atlanta, GA: 35 miles NNE 
Athens, GA: 99 miles NE 
Columbus, GA: 73 miles SSW 
Macon, GA: 71 miles SE

15. Duluth, GA (Gwinnett County)

Population: 26,234 
Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $57,605 
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 47.1% 
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 5.93

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Atlanta, GA: 27 miles SW 
Athens, GA: 51 miles E 
Columbus, GA: 133 miles SSW 
Macon, GA: 106 miles SSE

16. Braselton, GA (Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall, and Jackson Counties)

Population: 7,096 
Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $78,562 
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 41.8% 

Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 9.74

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Atlanta, GA: 50 miles SW 
Athens, GA: 30 miles SE 
Columbus, GA: 156 miles SSW 
Macon, GA: 111 miles S

17. Holly Springs, GA (Cherokee County)

Population: 7,447 
Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $69,521 
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 30.9% 
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 3.79

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Atlanta, GA: 38 miles SSE 
Athens, GA: 90 miles ESE 
Columbus, GA: 140 miles SSW 
Macon, GA: 122 miles SSE

18. Sugar Hill, GA (Gwinnett County)

Population: 16,607 
Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $78,410 
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 31.7% 
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 6.12

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Atlanta, GA: 39 miles SW 
Athens, GA: 43 miles ESE 
Columbus, GA: 146 miles SSW 
Macon, GA: 119 miles SSE

19. Snellville, GA (Gwinnett County)

Population: 20,273 
Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $68,412 
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 30.2% 
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 6.4

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Atlanta, GA: 25 miles WSW 
Athens, GA: 42 miles ENE 
Columbus, GA: 134 miles SSW 
Macon, GA: 93 miles SSE

20. Smyrna, GA (Cobb County)

Population: 50,129 
Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $62,929 

Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 49.7% 
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 14.26

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Atlanta, GA: 16 miles SSE 
Athens, GA: 74 miles E 
Columbus, GA: 115 miles SSW 
Macon, GA: 100 miles SSE

*In some cases, municipalities either do not report their crime statistics to the FBI or they contract for services with a county law enforcement agency. For those towns, crime rates are extrapolated from county or contiguous municipality data.

Source(s): 


”All Cities in Georgia,” City-Data.com 
” American Community Survey ,” U.S. Census Bureau 
” American Fact Finder ,” U.S. Census Bureau 
”Crime Reports,” Dunwoody Police Department 
”Uniform Crime Reports – Georgia,” Federal Bureau of Investigation

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