Best Towns to Live in Georgia 2016
As one of the country’s original 13 colonies, Georgia was fourth to ratify the United States Constitution. Today, the state’s urban sprawls and rural dwellings are a mix of the old and new. Georgia is situated in the southeast region of the state, bordering Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama. Of all fifty states, Georgia is the eighth most populous, with a current total of Sandersville (est.2015) estimate. Georgia is home to the city of Atlanta (sometimes referred to as the capital of the south) and stunning natural land formations, including the Blue Ridge Mountains and coastal plains. The state is home to top universities and a strong sports fan base.
Our ratings were compiled by combining census, education, wealth, happiness and internal RentApplication data to create a unified rating system for all of the towns in Georgia. Ranked below are the top towns.
Located in Fulton County, Georgia, Roswell is the seventh largest city in the state, with an estimated population of 94,089 (2015). The city is home to a conglomerate of tech companies, however, the city also prospers from its tourism industry. Visitors to the area come to see the Historic Roswell District, the Faces of War Memorial, Johns Creek and Morgan Falls Dam.
#2 Sandy Springs
With a distinct skyline made up of the Concourse twin towers, Sandy Springs is best known as a commuting suburb within the Atlanta metropolitan area. The city is 38.5 square miles and includes a population of 93,853 (2010). Neighborhoods include Riverside, Dunwoody Panhandle, and North Springs. Each year the city hosts the Sandy Springs Festival and the Sandy Springs Artapalooza.
North of Atlanta, Alpharetta exudes southern comfort and hospitality. The city of 63,038 (est.2014) welcomes visitors to the city year round to experience The Alpharetta Arboretum at Wills Park, The Alpharetta Brew Moon Fest (October), The Downtown Alpharetta Historic District, and The Mansell House and Gardens.
Marietta, Georgia of Cobb County is considered one of Atlanta’s largest suburbs. Today, the city’s top employers include the regional hospital and Cobb County School District. Marietta has an estimated 60,014 inhabitants as of 2014. The city hosts a weekly farmers market and a community-based group of actors put on theatrical products throughout the year.
#5 St. Marys
The primary vessel to Georgia’s largest barrier reef, St Marys boasts a laid back atmosphere and a chance to get in touch with nature. Every year, the city puts on the St. Marys Rock Shrimp Festival. Visitors will also appreciate a stop at the St. Marys Submarine Museum.
At the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, sits Rome, Georgia, in the northwest region of the state. Rome is home to the Martha Berry Museum, The Clock Tower (museum) and Cheiftains Museum, dedicated to the Cherokee Indian tribe. The number of residents today is about 35,997 (est. 2015).
Historically, present-day Calhoun was once the home of the Cherokee Indian nation. It’s located in Gordon County, in the northwest region of the state. The city’s schools include two elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. Points of interest include the Roland Hayes Museum and the Mercer Air Museum. About 16,052 (est.2015) people live in Calhoun.
Kingsland’s Commercial Historic District was officially recognized in 1994. The city is located in Camden County of southeast Gerogia. The College of Coastal Georgia is located within the region. The 45.0 square mile area is well connected to other suburbs and major cities via Interstate 95 and US Route 17.
Whitfield County’s city of Dalton is locates at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northwest Georgia. The city is well regarded for its arts and cultural scene, as well as its role in the manufacturing business. The Creative Arts Guild hosts First Friday, a public event where art lovers can socialize and appreciate new artwork every month. The city of 33,529 (2014) has also become involved in the carpet industry.
Ninety miles from Atlanta. Commerce city of Jackson rests in the northeast corner of the state. Norfolk Southern Railway provides public transportation to the city of 6,544 (2010). Commerce is home to many creeks and reservoirs, as well as a historic cemetery.
Nicknamed the “Poultry Capital of the World”, Gainesville is situated in Hall County of north-central Georgia and is home to many large poultry processing plants. A total of 33,804 (2010) residents live in the city. Gainesville strives to welcome outsiders and bring together local community through special events such as the Spring Chicken Festival and Art in the Square.
Waycross of southern Georgia has played a significant role in American history since the Revolutionary War, and today, is home to many landmarks and artifacts commemorating the impact made on a local level. Preservation efforts have been focused in the Downtown Waycross Historic District and the Waycross Historic District. Places of distinction include the post office, courthouse, and cemetery, as well as the First African Baptist Church and the Obediah Barber Homestead.
#13 Warner Robins
With a total population of 66,588 (2010), Warner Robins has ballooned as a city since the turn of the century. The mid-sized city is located in the center of the state, in Houston County. Just beyond city perimeters, lies the Robins Air Force Base. Areas of interest include the Museum of Aviation, the Warner Robins Little Theatre, and the city’s sports recreational facilities.
Bremen is located in northwestern Georgia, straddled between Haralson and Carroll counties. The city of over 6,000 residents (2014) is also home to The Sacred Harp Publishing Company. Ever since Bremen was connected to Georgia’s railway system, the city experienced a significant jumpstart in its economy. The city holds its town festival every October.
Situated in Tift County, the city of Tifton is home to several institutions of higher education, including Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Southern Regional Technical College, and the University of Georgia. Residents in Tifton, totalling 16,869 (2010), enjoy public spaces such as the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village as well as the Coastal Plain Research Arboretum and Tifton Residential Historic District.
Second in size to Savannah, Georgia, Brunswick is considered the economic hub of the state’s southern regions. The city’s financial success is contingent on local tourism. Brunswick contains Atlantic coastline as well as a plethora of neighborhood parks and natural green spaces. Conveniently, the city is located near to the Brunswick-Golden Isles Airport. Brunswick holds art and cultural events periodically during the year.
Jefferson of Jackson County is situated in northern Georgia. The Jackson County School District serves its 9,867 (est.2014) residents with eight elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools, and one alternative school.
Statesboro is most famous for hosting Georgia Southern Univeristy. The central city of 13.9 square miles and 30,367 (2014) inhabitants have grown to accommodate the swell in population while classes are in session. The city’s local economy is a mix of manufacturing, education, and agriculture. GSU is made up of a student body of nearly 20,000 students. Two community colleges are also within a short commute.
In the northwest corner of the state, LaFayette, Georgia had a population of 7,121 at the 2010 census. The city’s school district includes nine elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools. Gordon Hall, one of the city’s public schools, is thought to be one of the state’s oldest remaining brick school buildings.
Home to LaGrange College (the oldest private college in the state), the city by the same name is located near West Point Lake and shares a border with Alabama. LaGrange attracts many visitors interested in outdoor recreation such as fishermen and water sports fanatics. The city of 29.5 square miles is a short distance from the LaGrange-Callaway Airport.
With the motto, “Home for a Day or a Lifetime”, Hinesville’s size and proximity to waterways, grasslands, and coastline make it the perfect respite from hurried city life. Hinesville has a square area of 16.3 miles, which includes 33,437 (2010) residents. The city is home to a number of public parks and even islands.
Carrollton, Georgia is nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, at the western border of the state. The city of 24,388 (2010) is best known as the site of the University of West Georgia. Historically, the city had been a longtime textile manufacturer and producer of cotton. Today, the city is still considered a commerce and retail hub even though cotton production has declined .
Situated in southeast Georgia is the city of Douglas, inside Coffee County. The city first gained visibility when the Georgia and Florida Railway relocated its offices to Douglas. The city’s downtown is located on the National Register of Historic Places. Tourists come to see the Heritage Station Museum and the World War II Flight Training Museum.
Central Putnam County is home to Eatonton, population 6,764 (2010). The city is known as the “Dairy Capital of Gerogia” because of its role in the dairy industry. The Rock Eagle Effigy Mound is located just to the east of the city. Eatonton’s 20.7 square miles includes one primary school, an elementary school, a middle school, a high school, and an alternative school and serves over 2,400 students.
The largest in its county, Moultrie, Georgia is also the third largest city in Southwest Georgia. Local economy relies on agriculture and retail (antiques). The National Register of Historic Places includes the Moultrie Commerical Historic District and the Colquitt Theatre. The city is racially diverse and celebrates its collective history year after year at festivals like the Annual Dogwood Music Festival and National Night Out Community Party at Packer Stadium.
This north-central city is located in Barrow County and has a total of 12.9 square meters. Winder is home to cultural and historical edifices such as The Barrow County Museum and the old Barrow County Jail. The town of 14,930 (est.2014) residents also contains the campus of Lanier Technical College.
Called the “Heart of Georgia”, Macon has a considerable population size of 153,691 (2014). South of the city, Robins Air Force Base is in operation where the Georgia Army National Guard is stationed. Visitors who come to Macon to shop can stop by The Shoppes at River Crossing and Macon Mall in addition to the city’s small boutique shop downtown.
As County seat of Cook County, Adel, Georgia remains a small town of 5,344 residents. Interstate 75 passes through the region and the Georgia Southern and Florida Railway was first incorporated into the city in the 1880s. The Cook County School District has a single primary, elementary, middle, and high school. The Vietnam Traveling Memorial visited Adel in 2013.
Due to its claim to fame as site of the first ever Stuckey’s store, Eastman, Georgia of Dodge County has gained notoriety across the country. Eastman is located in the center of the state, with a population of 5,331 (2014). Major highways in the area include US Route 23 and US Route 341. The city promotes the Boys and Girls Club as well as a variety of recreational and competitive sports.
Bainbridge is located in the southwest corner of the state, in Decatur County. The city rests along Flint River, which eventually flows into the Gulf of Mexico. Bainbridge’s River Town Days takes places every March. The Swine Time Festival and Decatur County Fall Festival and Fair take place annually as well for its 12,496 (2014) residents to attend.
Bordered by the Ocanee River, Milledgeville was once the capital of Georgia and played an important role in history during the American Civil War. The city is host to the Twin Lakes Library System as well as higher education: Central Georgia Technical College, Georgia College & State University and Georgia Military College all have campuses in the city. An estimated 19,211 people live here.
As part of the Atlantic metropolitan area, Barnesville had a total population of 6,755 in 2010 and has an area of 5.7 square miles. The city offers year round family fun, although festivals peak in summer months, such as the The Summer in the Sticks Country Music Concert, The Buggy Days Festival, and The BBQ and Blues Festival.
Monroe is located in Walton County, Georgia, in the north-central region of the state. Today, 13,234 (2010) people call the city of Monroe home. Local economy is based on a variety of industries, including companies like Tucker Door and Trim and Arkansas-heaquartered Wal-Marts Inc. There are nine public elementary schools in the city.
Cedartown’s commercial downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, in addition to the Northwest Cedartown Historic District and South Philpot Street Historic District. Cedartown is located in Polk County Georgia and has a population of 9,750 (2010). The city is home to wildlife preserves and nature trails, including the newly reconstructed Silver Comet Trail.
Nicknamed “Syrup City”, Cairo earned the title because of its sugar cane manufacturing during the early 1900s. Today, Cairo is an ideal family town or vacation getaway since its recreational facilities offer a little of everything: hunting, fishing and the Antique Car Rally. Cairo has a population of 9,607 (2010) and issituated in southwestern Georgia.
Located between Athens and Atlanta, Toccoa in Stephens County had a population of 8,491 in 2010. Since the mid 1960s, the city has built its economy up on manufacturing, industrial, and corporate work. Today, major employers in the area include Stephens County School System, Caterpillar, American Woodmark Corp.,and the Eaton Corporation.
Split between Montgomery County and and Toombs County, Georgia, the city of Vidalia has a joint population of 36,346 (2010). Major employers in Vidalia today include Wal-Mart and Trane. The city has a past history of the agriculture business, and is most famous today for its sweet onions. In fact, each spring the city hosts its own Onion Festival, which lasts for five days.
Jesup, Georgia is home to the great outdoors and welcomes families to experience it for themselves. The city is easily accessible via highways, trains, and the Jesup-Wayne County Airport. In total, the city has approximately 10,200 residents in an area of 16.5 square miles. Altamaha Technical College is also located here.
Cordele is lovingly referred to as the “Watermelon Capital of the World”. The city is located in south-central Georgia and in 1864, served as Georgia’s temporary capital city. Visitors come from a distance to visit the Titan I missle, standing tall since 1968. Residents look forward the the city’s watermelon festival each June. There are over 11,147 (2010) residents in Cordele today.
Since its founding in 1826, Jackson remained a small village until the arrival of the railway. As a result of the first train trip in 1882, and the daily routes that continued there after, Jackson was able to begin producing and transporting in mass quantity for the first time. Today the County School District consists of three elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. The total population was 5,045 as of 2010.
A mid-sized city of 77,434 (2010), Albany also belongs to a greater metropolitan area. Albany boasts a variety of trails, gardens, parks and pools. Visitors and locals alike can enjoy downtown boutique shopping. The city also has over a dozen art, history, and science museums. The biggest employers in the city today are Albany State University, AT & T, and Coats and Clark, Inc.
#42 Fort Valley
For a town small in size (about 10,000 residents), Fort Valley has a lot to be proud of. On a nice day, points of interests include the Massee Lane Gardens. The city is also home to one of the best football teams in all of Georgia. The Peach County High Trojans have participated in many championship and state title games. Fort Valley State Univeristy is also located here, a historically black college.
A relatively small town of 16,201 (2010) residents, Dublin is home to three institutions of higher learning: Georgia Military College, Heart of Georgia Technical College, and Middle Georgia State University. The city is famous for its Stubbs Park-Stonewall Street Historical District. The city’s bordering Oconee River is mentioned in one of James Joyce’s novels.
Americus, Georgia is the site of many large organizations and non-profits including Habitat for Humanity, The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, as well as the Windsor Hotel. Americus is located in south-central Georgia, and has a total size of 10.7 square miles. Points of interest include the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum, the Georgia Veterans State Park, and the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.
Fitzgerald, Georgia is located in Ben Hill County in the center of the state, and is considered one of few cities in the state to be so thoroughly planned out ahead of time, creating a simplistic, grid-like pattern. The city includes many areas of historical significance, such as The Fitzgerald Commercial Historic District, Ben Hill County Jail, and The South Main-South Lee Streets Historic District. Over the years, the Fitzgerald has been home to many minor league baseball teams.
Sandersville of central Georgia is named after a local store owner during the time period when the town was first established. Sandersville became inter-connected with cities near and far in 1893 when the Sandersville Railroad was built. Over the years, the city of 5,779 (2010) has taken part in agriculture work, particularly cotton cultivation. Today the city is home to Georgia Military College, Sandersville Technical College, and Darton State College Division of Nursing.