Americans who are raising families have a lot of concerns when deciding on the best places to live. There are safety issues, finding a town with good educational opportunities, fun activities to keep young people engaged, and involved in community projects. There are some excellent neighborhoods and cities to raise a family in Georgia. We've consulted with the top organizations for assessing the livability scores to find the best places to settle down and raise a family. Here are the top 10-places in Georgia for you to consider.
10. Roswell, Georgia
Simple Showing named Roswell, Georgia as one of the top ten places to live for raising a family. Although it's a larger city of nearly 100,000 residents, it is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. There are 18 parks in the area that provide opportunities to hike the walking trails, attend community-sponsored events, and get out and enjoy the amenities of the city. There is also a historic district that is famous throughout the nation, drawing visitors who like taking the walking tours to learn more bout Roswell's unique history. Roswell is home to the "Alive in Roswell" family-friendly festival that is held annually in the spring. The cost of living is low.
9. Peachtree City, Georgia
Peachtree City is Simple Showing's next pick for family-friendly Georgian cities. This community is a suburban area that is one of the safest places to live in the state. Many of the residents drive their golf carts on public roads because this is one of the few cities that has made it legal to do so. Pinewood Forest development is one of the most recent projects planned to make Peachtree City the ultimate place to live and raise a family.
8. Marietta, Georgia
Marietta is not far from the major metropolis of Atlanta, but it offers the slower lifestyle of a suburb. Marietta is a city of 60,000 residents, and it has public parks, theaters, museums, and other amenities. There are plenty of wholesome and family-oriented activities available in Marietta. The price of homes is even more affordable in Marietta than they are in Roswell, according to Simple Showing.
7. Suwanee, Georgia
The Crazy Tourist follows their consensus about Marietta with a recommendation for Suwanee as one of Georgia's most family-friendly cities. It is a smaller town of just over 17,000 residents. It's named by Family Circle, Money Magazine, and Kiplinger as an excellent place to live for retirees, single professionals, and families. Public schools are highly-rated. The cost of living is moderate to good, considering the safety and other amenities of living there. The average household income is $82,440 annually. A 4-bedroom 2-bath home value averages $239,400. There are plenty of jobs and a low crime rate. There's not much to dislike unless you prefer the hustle and bustle of the larger cities.
6. Decatur, Georgia
The next pick for the Crazy Tourist is Decatur. The town is slightly larger than Suwanee with its 21,000 residents, but not by much. It's a small community. It ranked as one of the best places to live in 2017 by Niche.com. The schools receive a high ranking for being among the best in the state. Renters enjoy monthly rent that averages $887 per month, which is well below the national average. Buying a home is a little steeper. The median cost of a home is $365,900, but Decatur features a lot of well-maintained homes. Crime rates are low in this suburb. That is one of the reasons why homes are more expensive. It's a place that is good for raising a family because of the quality schools and relative safety. There are plenty of other amenities, such as recreational options, shopping, and dining venues.
5. Alpharetta, Georgia
Alpharetta, according to the Tourist, is another recommended place to raise a family. It's is a larger city with a population of 62,000 residents. The average family income is $92,839. The figure represents a decent level of affluence. The crime rate is lower than in most other cities in Georgia. The unemployment rate is also lower. The schools are among the best in the state, and the cost of housing is low compared to the average salary. There are plenty of recreational opportunities in Alpharetta, such as parks, dining, shopping, and entertainment venues.
4. Atlantic Station, Georgia
Niche.com picks Atlantic Station as one of the best places to raise a family. Atlantic Station is a small neighborhood in Atlanta. The population of just 2,180 residents. It is the place to be if your family likes the dense urban environment. Most residents in the neighborhood are homeowners. It's a liberal community of young professionals. The public schools have an above-average rating. There are plenty of recreational and entertainment options in the neighborhood and the crime rate, although not remarkably low, is acceptable in comparison with other areas of the state.
3. John's Creek, Georgia
Niche recommends the Atlanta suburb of John's Creek as one of the best choices to live in Georgia. The population is 83,637 residents. The feeling you get is that of a sparse suburban area. If you're not fond of large dense crowds, you're likely to enjoy living here. Most of the residents are homeowners in John's Creek. The public schools are highly rated. Niche.com gives it an A+ rating for being an excellent choice for families.
2. Peachtree Corners, Georgia
Area Vibes gives Peachtree Corners a high livability score of 88 out of 100. It's is a city of just over 41,000 with highly-rated public schools, a high ranking for a sense of community, safe and friendly neighborhoods, and tons of amenities for families. There are parks, restaurants, grocery stores, and well-kept yards in the communities.
1. Vinings, Georgia
Area Vibes lists Vinings as the number one place to live in the state of Georgia. The ranking system gives it a livability score of 90 out of 100. Vinings is a smaller community of 11,816 residents with a crime rate that is 62% lower than the state average. The public schools have an A+ rating that is as high as you can get. The cost of living is more than a third higher than the Georgia average. Rental prices are 28% higher, but it's such a desirable place to live that you don't mind paying a little more for the enjoyment of living there.
Outside of family-friendly attractions, make sure to check out this list of the 20 Best Places to Live in Georgia.
Written by Liz Flynn
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