These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Georgia

We analyzed over 147 places in Georgia to determine where it’s all rainbows and sunshine.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Georgia have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Georgia places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Skidaway Island, the happiest place in Georgia.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Peach State”:

  1. Skidaway Island
  2. Wilmington Island
  3. Pooler
  4. Evans
  5. Milton
  6. Alpharetta
  7. Centerville
  8. Peachtree City
  9. Whitemarsh Island
  10. Braselton
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Peach State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 147 places in Georgia with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 147 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Georgia”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Georgia ranked. Our apologies to Johns Creek which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Skidaway Island


Population: 7,798 People Who Own Their Home: 79.6%
Married Adults: 76.5%

2. Wilmington Island


Population: 15,338 People Who Own Their Home: 74.5%
Married Adults: 60.3%

3. Pooler

Source: Flickr

Population: 20,646People Who Own Their Home: 60.2%
Married Adults: 56.1%

4. Evans


Population: 32,591 People Who Own Their Home: 76.3%
Married Adults: 64.5%

5. Milton

Milton, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,874People Who Own Their Home: 64.7%
Married Adults: 66.1%

6. Alpharetta

Alpharetta, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,903People Who Own Their Home: 60.4%
Married Adults: 60.3%

7. Centerville


Population: 7,468 People Who Own Their Home: 50.0%
Married Adults: 53.2%

8. Peachtree City

Peachtree City, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,701People Who Own Their Home: 67.3%
Married Adults: 61.5%

9. Whitemarsh Island


Population: 7,139 People Who Own Their Home: 59.5%
Married Adults: 51.4%

10. Braselton

Braselton, Georgia

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,212People Who Own Their Home: 76.8%
Married Adults: 66.8%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Georgia

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Skidaway Island 1 7,798 79.6% 76.5%
Wilmington Island 2 15,338 74.5% 60.3%
Pooler 3 20,646 60.2% 56.1%
Evans 4 32,591 76.3% 64.5%
Milton 5 34,874 64.7% 66.1%
Alpharetta 6 60,903 60.4% 60.3%
Centerville 7 7,468 50.0% 53.2%
Peachtree City 8 34,701 67.3% 61.5%
Whitemarsh Island 9 7,139 59.5% 51.4%
Braselton 10 8,212 76.8% 66.8%
Johns Creek 11 80,979 76.1% 64.6%
Holly Springs 12 9,678 78.0% 60.3%
Martinez 13 36,190 63.2% 52.3%
Kingsland 14 16,147 57.4% 56.8%
Suwanee 15 16,648 69.3% 65.2%
Jefferson 16 9,630 65.7% 58.5%
Woodstock 17 25,672 65.6% 57.6%
Roswell 18 92,364 62.7% 55.3%
Decatur 19 19,888 57.0% 44.8%
Dunwoody 20 47,182 48.8% 54.0%
Fayetteville 21 16,323 68.4% 53.0%
Richmond Hill 22 10,334 46.0% 58.0%
McRae 23 5,762 45.5% 46.4%
Rincon 24 9,273 49.5% 53.5%
Mountain Park 25 12,510 79.1% 56.1%
Fort Oglethorpe 26 9,368 50.1% 49.8%
Tyrone 27 7,028 77.4% 58.8%
Druid Hills 28 14,439 50.4% 32.7%
Bremen 29 6,204 49.5% 56.3%
Loganville 30 10,711 69.1% 52.1%
Lakeview 31 5,603 65.0% 50.5%
Flowery Branch 32 6,012 47.2% 52.5%
Grovetown 33 12,179 54.4% 54.9%
Port Wentworth 34 6,189 52.0% 59.4%
Sugar Hill 35 19,688 77.5% 56.1%
Snellville 36 18,939 71.4% 54.9%
Cartersville 37 19,858 43.1% 45.7%
Hinesville 38 34,253 39.1% 55.0%
Sandy Springs 39 98,480 41.4% 47.6%
Tucker 40 28,343 62.3% 48.7%
Warner Robins 41 71,359 48.5% 45.2%
Newnan 42 34,457 49.7% 47.9%
Kennesaw 43 31,358 58.0% 46.0%
Smyrna 44 52,922 45.7% 46.3%
Acworth 45 21,169 57.5% 45.6%
Brookhaven 46 50,181 44.7% 42.7%
Columbus 47 198,247 44.3% 40.1%
North Decatur 48 17,023 45.0% 40.2%
Duluth 49 27,821 49.9% 52.2%
Perry 50 14,714 48.1% 44.9%
Auburn 51 7,388 67.0% 56.7%
Morrow 52 6,837 49.5% 37.2%
North Druid Hills 53 17,996 35.9% 35.7%
Georgetown 54 12,235 43.1% 45.5%
Vinings 55 10,221 27.4% 38.0%
Powder Springs 56 14,271 70.8% 49.4%
Stockbridge 57 26,992 50.9% 44.9%
Calhoun 58 15,837 40.0% 46.8%
Lilburn 59 12,162 60.0% 52.9%
Toccoa 60 8,327 46.2% 48.8%
Mableton 61 40,521 64.4% 47.3%
Buford 62 12,864 48.5% 50.3%
Locust Grove 63 5,573 66.4% 42.1%
Eatonton 64 6,489 51.5% 37.3%
Eastman 65 5,442 36.1% 39.1%
Camilla 66 5,078 47.7% 30.0%
Villa Rica 67 14,266 57.2% 49.0%
Dublin 68 16,200 41.4% 37.4%
Vidalia 69 10,596 45.0% 44.4%
Fairview 70 7,381 62.4% 45.6%
Sandersville 71 5,839 48.3% 33.5%
LaFayette 72 7,105 42.9% 43.3%
Canton 73 23,841 48.1% 46.9%
Winder 74 14,495 49.5% 43.5%
Country Club Estates 75 9,091 39.8% 41.8%
Hawkinsville 76 5,588 41.6% 32.5%
Jesup 77 10,275 45.6% 39.7%
Commerce 78 6,535 47.2% 46.6%
Dahlonega 79 5,884 31.4% 35.6%
Adel 80 5,294 49.5% 49.8%
Austell 81 6,944 58.4% 47.6%
Waycross 82 14,363 38.2% 38.5%
Douglasville 83 31,573 41.6% 41.0%
Douglas 84 11,738 39.7% 29.5%
Dalton 85 33,336 38.0% 45.0%
Fitzgerald 86 9,054 39.8% 35.3%
Bainbridge 87 12,600 46.4% 36.8%
Waynesboro 88 5,820 41.0% 31.1%
McDonough 89 22,560 42.2% 43.1%
Rome 90 36,099 39.2% 39.7%
Thomaston 91 9,068 33.9% 37.0%
Sylvester 92 6,180 57.6% 35.0%
Fairburn 93 13,520 53.2% 37.3%
Thomasville 94 18,558 40.5% 40.2%
Lawrenceville 95 29,364 46.3% 43.5%
Doraville 96 10,513 41.5% 41.9%
Hampton 97 7,092 62.1% 45.1%
Lovejoy 98 6,433 43.7% 31.3%
Norcross 99 15,799 43.3% 49.4%
Savannah 100 141,298 38.1% 30.4%
Dallas 101 12,129 43.6% 47.7%
Milledgeville 102 18,840 29.8% 22.9%
Americus 103 16,557 39.5% 29.7%
Gainesville 104 34,938 31.4% 39.5%
Chamblee 105 15,835 33.4% 40.5%
Covington 106 13,342 37.4% 32.4%
Irondale 107 7,927 60.2% 39.6%
Garden City 108 8,924 33.4% 33.6%
Cairo 109 9,750 43.5% 45.5%
LaGrange 110 30,138 33.8% 32.2%
Marietta 111 58,436 37.3% 40.2%
Moultrie 112 14,467 35.5% 34.2%
Redan 113 33,603 55.1% 31.1%
Atlanta 114 440,641 35.3% 27.4%
Cumming 115 5,538 40.1% 33.5%
Thomson 116 6,682 34.8% 39.7%
Dock Junction 117 7,261 48.1% 34.8%
Carrollton 118 25,138 35.7% 30.7%
Statesboro 119 29,630 19.8% 17.4%
Valdosta 120 56,324 34.1% 32.5%
Griffin 121 23,425 33.3% 35.6%
Lithia Springs 122 16,384 45.0% 42.3%
Cordele 123 11,177 32.1% 32.7%
Gresham Park 124 7,947 50.2% 29.6%
Tifton 125 16,589 33.2% 32.0%
Monroe 126 13,427 32.1% 34.5%
Riverdale 127 15,496 41.0% 34.5%
Stone Mountain 128 5,924 47.2% 28.3%
Cedartown 129 9,760 33.5% 44.8%
Conyers 130 15,456 28.8% 33.1%
Albany 131 76,946 33.7% 30.1%
Barnesville 132 6,617 39.0% 28.1%
Belvedere Park 133 16,446 44.2% 29.9%
Union City 134 20,200 34.1% 23.6%
Swainsboro 135 7,431 40.3% 30.1%
Conley 136 5,679 53.5% 28.9%
Brunswick 137 15,648 29.6% 28.1%
Candler-McAfee 138 22,345 46.0% 28.9%
Scottdale 139 9,847 29.0% 39.3%
Fort Valley 140 9,448 34.4% 23.7%
Hapeville 141 6,611 28.0% 28.7%
Forest Park 142 18,783 35.9% 32.3%
Clarkston 143 7,717 19.7% 45.7%
East Point 144 35,070 32.6% 24.6%
Panthersville 145 9,474 36.0% 26.4%
College Park 146 14,019 18.3% 22.2%
Fair Oaks 147 8,533 25.0% 33.7%

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