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10 Wealthiest Neighborhoods in Georgia

berkeley-lake-730x350Georgia is a state with affluent neighborhoods both large and small. Many of these towns and cities have low poverty and crime rates, comfortable costs of living, and people of various age groups with whom to interact. Based on per capita income information from the United States Census Bureau, here are the 10 wealthiest neighborhoods in Georgia:

1) Berkeley Lake

Berkeley Lake is a city in northern Georgia with a population of over 1,500 people. The age of residents is relatively diverse, with significant portions of the population falling into age ranges from under 18 to 64, and just over 7% over 65. In fact, nearly 44% of households include children. The per capita income in Berkeley Lake sits at a comfortable $69,439. Only approximately 2.3% of residents fall under the poverty line, and 2.7% of families. The cost of living in this city is close to the national average. The majority of the adult population is educated, with over 68% of people over the age of 25 having Bachelor degrees. The unemployment rate is also lower than the overall rate for the state of Georgia.

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2) Johns Creek

Johns Creek, in Fulton County in northern Georgia, is a wealthy city-suburb with a population of approximately 77,000 people. The city has more racial diversity than others, with a significant population of white, Asian, African American, and Hispanic residents. The median age of the population is 39 years old. The per capita income in Johns Creek sits at $65,994. Johns Creek is known for its great public schools which consistently produce students with high-ranked SAT scores. The city’s cost of living index is slightly below that of the United States overall. The top employer in Johns Creek is State Farm insurance company. Unemployment is relatively low, at 4.5%, which is lower than the state’s average unemployment rate of 5.8%. Additionally, this city’s crime index is significantly lower than that of the national average, so it is a relatively safe area.

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3) Dunwoody

In northern Georgia sits the affluent city of Dunwoody, which has a population of over 47,000 people. The majority of the population is working age, between 22 and 64, but almost a quarter of the population is under the age of 18. Interestingly, although almost 30% of households are families with children, over 40% of households are not families. Dunwoody’s per capita income is $62,523. The median value of houses and condos in this city is significantly higher than that of Georgia overall. Although the majority of residents are white, significant portions of the population are Asian, Black, and Hispanic as well. Dunwoody’s cost of living index is slightly under the national average. The top employer in the city is InterContinental Hotels Group, and there are public schools and universities within city limits. Dunwoody is an easily traversable city, as an interstate highway runs right by its border, and there is subway and bus service.

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4) Vinings

Vinings, a town in Cobb County in northern Georgia, has a population of approximately 9,700 people. The town occupies an area of 3.3 square miles. The majority of residents are between ages 25 and 44, with 30 being the median age. The per capita income in Vinings is $61,083, but men tend to have a higher income than women. Just over 5% of the population is under the poverty line, but only 4.9% of residents are unemployed, which is lower than Georgia’s overall unemployment rate. Over 66% of residents over the age of 25 have a Bachelor’s degree. Though the town is unincorporated, there has been discussion about whether it could officially become a township, which would give the town itself more control over certain aspects of land use.

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5) Chattahoochee Hills

Chattahoochee Hills is a city in Fulton County, Georgia, which has a population of approximately 2,400 people. There is variation in resident ages, with large portions of the population belonging to most age groups, although only about 3.3% of residents are between 18 and 21. The per capita income in this city is $52,835. The cost of living index in Chattahoochee Hills is 86.9, which is less than the national average of 100. The majority of people in this city are currently married. A large majority of residents over 25 have a high school diploma, but only 27.7% have a Bachelor’s degree. The city’s crime index is significantly lower than that of the United States overall. Unemployment in Chattahoochee Hills matches that of the Georgia average, at 5.8%.

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6) Milton

Milton is a city in northern Georgia, in Fulton County, with a population of about 32,700 people. The median age of residents is 37.5, which is slightly higher than the state’s overall median age of 35.9 years old. The per capita income in Milton is $49,628, and the average value of houses and condos in this city are higher than the average home value for the state of Georgia overall. The city’s cost of living index is very slightly under the United States average. Over 66% of residents over the age of 25 have Bachelor’s degrees, and 24% even have graduate or professional degrees. Milton’s crime rate index is significantly lower than that of the United States average, and the unemployment rate is also lower than the state’s average.

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7) Avondale Estates

As part of the Atlanta metropolitan area, Avondale Estates is a city with a population of around 3,000 people. The median age of residents is 44.5 years, which is higher than the median age of the whole of Georgia overall. The per capita income in Avondale Estates is $42,605, and the cost of living index for the city is very close to that of the national average. Relatively few, 4.9%, of residents in the city were born in different countries. A large portion of residents, 46.5% in fact, are currently married, although there is also a significant portion of residents, 32.3%, who have never been married before. The downtown area is home to various businesses and restaurants, and the most common occupations are management-based. The crime rate index is lower than the national average, but not as low as some of the other neighborhoods on this list. Unemployment in Avondale Estates is on par with the state’s average of 5.8%.

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8) Alpharetta

Alpharetta is an Atlanta suburban city in Fulton County with a population of over 60,000 people. The median age of residents is 33 years old, but there is considerable variation in the residents’ age range. The per capita income in Alpharetta is $42,431, and a mere 1.2% of the population falls under the poverty line. The average home value in Alpharetta is over twice the average value for the state of Georgia overall, and the cost of living index is slightly less than the national average. Over 20% of the population was born in a different country, and there is some racial diversity, although the majority of residents are white. The crime rate index is lower than the national average, and has decreased in recent years. Unemployment is lower than the state’s average in Alpharetta, and the most common industries are professional, scientific, and technical services.

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