Georgia has something for everyone, from cosmopolitan Atlanta to ancient Savannah! Let’s look at the top places to live in Georgia and what makes them unique.

 Mild winters, friendly neighbors, affordable living costs, and wonderful southern homecookin’ are just a few of the reasons people are flocking to this fruit state.

1. Atlanta, GA

If you move to Atlanta, you won’t be a lonely newcomer for long. Even in this uber-urban setting, Georgia’s welcoming southern hospitality is prevalent. If you’re willing to strike up a conversation with your neighbors, you’ll quickly make new friends.


The ATL is about to get a lot more bikeable. The Atlanta Beltline is now under construction, turning the 22-mile historic railway loop around downtown into a paved multi-use walkway lined with art installations and native plants. 

When finished, it would connect 45 Atlanta neighborhoods and contain 1,300 acres of fresh greenspace and 33 miles of pathways. The Northside, Westside, Eastside, and West End trails have already been completed, and the overall project is expected to be completed in 2030.

  • The average home is worth $367,309 dollars.
  • $1,880 is the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment.
  • Excellent for: schools, family, nightlife, diversity, and culture

2. Alpharetta, GA


 Alpharetta is only 22 miles north of Atlanta, providing people with convenient access to the large metropolis while still living in a “small-town” atmosphere. 

With its public schools, housing, family-friendliness, nightlife, and diversity all garnering an A- or better from Niche, it’s no surprise that Alpharetta is home to 66,000 Georgians.
Popular music venues, restaurants, and shopping choices abound (almost 250 establishments within a 5-mile radius!). Meet up with friends at a local brewery (Jekyll Brewing has a rooftop pub on Academy Street) or try your luck at one of the town’s escape rooms. Big Creek Greenway is a great place for outdoor enthusiasts to hike and bike to your destination.
  • The average home is worth $612,933.
  • $2,083 is the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment.
  • Excellent for: schools, family, housing, diversity, and nightlife

3. Athens, GA⚙️

Athens (or the “Classic City”), home to the University of Georgia, was awarded the Best College Town in the South by Southern Living in 2022. 

It is a cheap area to live because the cost of living is lower than the Georgia average. Still, Athens is more than just a lower cost of living and a better education.

The local music and entertainment scene is impressive, which comes as no surprise given that bands such as R.E.M., Drive-By Truckers, The B-52s, and Widespread Panic all got their start in Athens. 

Today, you can still see incredible live music — from up-and-comers to big known bands — at local venues such as Georgia Theatre and 40 Watt Club. 

The Classic Center or UGA Performing Arts Center for Broadway plays, instrumental and classical music, comedy showcases, and more. 

Summer festivals include AthFest, Classic City American Music Festival, and Sunflower Music Series.

  • The average home is worth $282,636.
  • $1,498 is the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment.
  • Excellent for: outdoor activities, nightlife, diversity, and commuting.

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