The Peach State is diverse and beautiful, home to big cities and peaceful rural towns, sandy beaches and jaw dropping mountain ranges. Whether you prefer urban nightlife, or outdoor recreation, George has what you are looking for. If you are wondering which city in Georgia is the right place for you to settle down, this closer look at the state’s five most liveable cities should point you in the right direction.

1. Roswell

Georgia’s best city to live in is Roswell, located in Fulton County and situated around many beautiful natural features including Vickery Creek and the Chattahoochee River. For its modest size, Fulton is home to the headquarters of several large businesses, including Pharsalia Technologies and Tripwire Interactive, that provide jobs to the city’s residents.

2. Macon

Macon, located smack dab in the center of the state, is justifiably known as ‘The Heart of Georgia”. The city is large, with a population of over 150,000, and packs a lot into its confines. Residents enjoy a multitude of museums, theaters, and annual festivals. Additionally, Macon is home to a number of universities and colleges.

3. Smyrna

We head to the Atlanta metropolitan area and Cobb County for #3 Smyrna, a city of about 56,000 that is one of the fastest growing in the state. Known as the “Jonquil City” for the thousands of flowers filling the city’s gardens in spring, families have flocked to Smyrna for its beauty and employment opportunities, with UCB and IBM being two of many businesses providing hundreds of jobs in the city.

4. Kennesaw

Kennesaw, also in Cobb County, is Georgia’s #4 best city to live in. Kennesaw boasts a median household income well over the state average, and is a great place to settle for gun lovers, as city law actually requires each household to own one.

5. Marietta

Rounding out the top 5 is Marietta, our third Cobb County city in a row and home to the Dobbins Air Reserve Base.

Best Cities to Live in Georgia, 2019

RankCity
1Roswell
2Macon
3Smyrna
4Kennesaw
5Marietta
6Mableton
7Alpharetta
8Powder Springs
9Peachtree City
10Suwanee
11Evans
12Ringgold
13Fairburn
14Pooler
15Grovetown
16Flowery Branch
17Tucker
18Augusta
19Cumming
20Newnan
21Woodstock
22Atlanta
23Austell
24Athens
25Duluth
26Warner Robins
27Brunswick
28Acworth
29Fayetteville
30Calhoun
31Decatur
32Buford
33Lilburn
34Canton
35Dacula
36Lagrange
37Dawsonville
38Rome
39Lithonia
40Gainesville
41Valdosta
42Stone Mountain
43Columbus
44Dallas
45Dahlonega
46Lawrenceville
47Thomasville
48Snellville
49Rossville
50Dalton
51Villa Rica
52Hinesville
53Norcross
54Savannah
55Carrollton
56Stockbridge
57Douglasville
58Griffin
59Albany
60Hephzibah
61Waycross
62Lithia Springs
63Americus
64Statesboro
65Chatsworth
66Mcdonough
67Hampton
68Cartersville
69Tifton
70Ellijay
71Douglas
72Dublin
73Loganville
74Conyers
75Winder
76Moultrie
77Covington
78Ellenwood
79Monroe
80Morrow
81Riverdale
82Jonesboro
83Forest Park
84Milledgeville

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Methodology

We ranked a total of 2,509 qualified cities (those with populations above 25,000 and enough data for analysis) by five factors: employment (number of establishments, median earnings); housing (owner-occupied housing with a mortgage, monthly housing costs); quality of life (work commute, poverty levels); education (percentage with a bachelor’s degree or higher); and health (obesity ratios).