2016s Best Places To Raise A Family In Georgia

Dated: 10/20/2016

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Source: WalletHub

Overall Rank


Total Score

‘Family Life & Fun’ Rank

‘Education, Health & Safety’ Rank

‘Affordability’ Rank

‘Socioeconomics’ Rank

1Johns Creek, GA77.36121013
2Milton, GA76.828156
3Alpharetta, GA73.236787
4Cusseta, GA70.16159305
5Suwanee, GA69.97261391
6Druid Hills, GA69.602775218
7Peachtree City, GA69.08771168
8Decatur, GA67.47528440
9Evans, GA66.41865134
10Woodstock, GA66.3843141214
11Pooler, GA66.1214221422
12Roswell, GA65.59882379
13St. Simons, GA63.666541912
14Dunwoody, GA63.3363381311
15Kennesaw, GA63.2735201729
16Martinez, GA63.2672171019
17Fayetteville, GA63.2581191517
18Richmond Hill, GA63.052493620
19Kingsland, GA61.321862832
20Wilmington Island, GA61.27992112
21Grovetown, GA60.981054348
22Perry, GA60.764882737
23Snellville, GA57.7771244216
24North Decatur, GA57.7246781634
25St. Marys, GA57.673134721
26Brookhaven, GA56.9883354625
27Sandy Springs, GA56.7156363731
28Warner Robins, GA56.6120392954
29Smyrna, GA56.2989472030
30Loganville, GA56.2891292239
31Mountain Park, GA56.1696961810
32Powder Springs, GA55.8679332143
33Newnan, GA55.6140214555
34Duluth, GA54.9833703928
35Acworth, GA54.5551126035
36Dalton, GA54.102416150
37Sugar Hill, GA53.8178723115
38Peachtree Corners, GA53.7762955013
39Hinesville, GA53.6453275347
40Athens, GA53.507325760
41Villa Rica, GA53.4270313452
42Lilburn, GA53.1266624924
43Vinings, GA52.8798852323
44Vidalia, GA52.6116672662
45Marietta, GA52.4322258244
46Canton, GA52.2850306342
47Tucker, GA52.2569893226
48North Druid Hills, GA51.5597862427
49Cartersville, GA50.8945794138
50Calhoun, GA50.6344187656
51Buford, GA50.0132646236
52Columbus, GA49.8429605261
53McDonough, GA49.7336484871
54Georgetown, GA49.4837765533
55Norcross, GA49.453589141
56Stockbridge, GA49.1385833349
57Jesup, GA49.1176425458
58Rome, GA49.0930267068
59Savannah, GA49.064408064
60Waycross, GA48.9773574066
61Winder, GA48.2767466653
62Dallas, GA48.2447903557
63Mableton, GA47.1064944446
64Lawrenceville, GA47.0654498451
65Macon, GA46.9561813863
66Douglas, GA46.5375525669
67Douglasville, GA45.8049686465
68LaGrange, GA45.5023377774
69Gainesville, GA45.249568573
70Conyers, GA45.2025656775
71Augusta, GA44.7252825170
72Redan, GA44.3493862576
73Statesboro, GA44.2413159886
74Americus, GA44.1419447287
75Covington, GA44.0060536978
76Fairburn, GA43.7239507381
77Atlanta, GA43.3928746877
78Carrollton, GA43.0138557980
79Valdosta, GA42.4617618772
80Dublin, GA42.1287437182
81Bainbridge, GA41.1794168388
82Riverdale, GA40.0242716594
83Thomasville, GA39.9658548879
84Albany, GA39.3534698690
85Milledgeville, GA39.0659349091
86Lithia Springs, GA38.9082985867
87Forest Park, GA38.3341915983
88Cordele, GA37.9715459799
89Chamblee, GA37.7468938145
90Tifton, GA36.0357739585
91Brunswick, GA34.7074639698
92Moultrie, GA34.6511669996
93Griffin, GA34.3780809484
94Belvedere Park, GA34.2092847489
95Monroe, GA33.8190779392
96Doraville, GA33.5784999259
97Union City, GA32.8321928997
98East Point, GA29.5495977895
99Candler-McAfee, GA28.47100867593
100College Park, GA18.7355100100100

Artwork Best & Worst Cities for Families in Georgia report 2016-v4


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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