To help families find the best Georgia cities in which to put down roots, WalletHub’s analysts compared 100 cities in the state across four key dimensions: 1) Family Life & Fun, 2) Education, Health & Safety, 3) Affordability and 4) Socioeconomics.
We evaluated these categories using 21 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with 100 indicating the most suitable conditions for family life.
We then calculated overall scores for each city using the weighted average across all metrics, which we then used to construct our final ranking.
In determining our sample, we considered only the “city proper” in each case and excluded surrounding cities in the metro area. Other cities were not included in the sample due to limited data access.
Family Life & Fun – Total Points: 25
Number of Playgrounds per Capita: Full Weight (~4.17 Points)
Number of Attractions: Full Weight (~4.17 Points)
Note: “Attractions” includes, for instance, museums, theaters and zoos.
Percentage of Families with Children Aged 0 to 17: Double Weight (~8.33 Points)
WalletHub “Weather” Ranking: Full Weight (~4.17 Points)
Average Commute Time: Full Weight (~4.17 Points)
Education, Health & Safety – Total Points: 25
Quality of School System: Full Weight (~2.94 Points)
High School Graduation Rate: Half Weight (~1.47 Points)
Air Quality: Full Weight (~2.94 Points)
Number of Pediatricians per Capita: Full Weight (~2.94 Points)
Percentage of Children Aged 0 to 17 Lacking Health¬-Insurance Coverage: Full Weight (~2.94 Points)
Violent-Crime Rate per Capita: Double Weight (~5.88 Points)
Property-Crime Rate per Capita: Double Weight (~5.88 Points)
Affordability – Total Points: 25
Housing Affordability: Full Weight (~12.50 Points)
Note: This metric was calculated by dividing the median annual family income by housing costs, which account for both rental and sale prices.
General Affordability: Full Weight (~12.50 Points)
Note: This metric was calculated by dividing the median family income by the cost-of-living index.
Socioeconomics – Total Points: 25
Separation & Divorce Rate: Full Weight (~3.57 Points)
Percentage of Two-Parent Families: Full Weight (~3.57 Points)
Percentage of Families Living Below Poverty Level: Full Weight (~3.57 Points)
Percentage of Families Receiving Food Stamps: Full Weight (~3.57 Points)
Unemployment Rate: Full Weight (~3.57 Points)
Wealth Gap: Full Weight (~3.57 Points)
Foreclosure Rate: Full Weight (~3.57 Points)
Sources: Data used to create these rankings were collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Environmental Protection Agency, Georgia Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Renwood RealtyTrac, SchoolDigger.com, Yelp, TripAdvisor, Areavibes and WalletHub research.
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