These Are The 10 Most Successful Cities In Georgia

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by Chris Kolmar
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What is success? Is it the amount of money you have in your bank account, at any given point? Is it that feeling you get after delivering a killer presentation, or even a pretty decent bar joke?

Or is it something bigger–something wholly unnamable, undefinable, immeasurable, and totally subjective?

Probably so.

But here at Zippia, we like things that we can neatly measure and then expound upon. So yes, with the Power of Math, we have determined the unarguable, totally objective 10 most successful cities in Georgia. And here they are:

  1. Milton
  2. Alpharetta
  3. Suwanee
  4. Pooler
  5. Johns Creek
  6. Peachtree City
  7. Roswell
  8. Rincon
  9. Woodstock
  10. Holly Springs

If you are trying to argue already with our unarguable list, keep reading. There’s a method to this madness.

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How We Determined The Most Successful Cities In Georgia

The first thing that comes to most capitalist minds in terms of success is–money. After all, rich people must be successful, right?

Meh. Maybe. But we think there’s a bit more that goes into it than that. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:




1. Milton

Milton, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,874Median Income: $110,891
Poverty Level: 4.2%
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%

2. Alpharetta

Alpharetta, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,903Median Income: $87,837
Poverty Level: 4.3%
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%

3. Suwanee

Suwanee, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,648Median Income: $83,780
Poverty Level: 5.0%
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%

4. Pooler

Pooler, Georgia

Source: Flickr

Population: 20,646Median Income: $68,787
Poverty Level: 6.0%
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%

5. Johns Creek

Johns Creek, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 80,979Median Income: $108,114
Poverty Level: 4.4%
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%

6. Peachtree City

Peachtree City, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,701Median Income: $86,352
Poverty Level: 6.8%
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%

7. Roswell

Roswell, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 92,364Median Income: $79,359
Poverty Level: 7.6%
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%

8. Rincon


Population 2014: 9,273 Median Income: $61,144
Poverty Level: 6.4%
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%

9. Woodstock

Woodstock, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,672Median Income: $68,499
Poverty Level: 5.9%
Unemployment Rate: 7.7%

10. Holly Springs

Holly Springs, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,678Median Income: $65,189
Poverty Level: 8.7%
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%

Measuring Success

If you’re still looking at this post thinking, “Surely, such superficial methods can’t possibly measure a city, or rather, the individuals that make up that city’s success!” well, you’re probably right.

But we like to measure things, and when it comes to success, we feel pretty successful in our approach. Congrats to Milton and our winners. And for those who didn’t make the cut, well, better luck next year.

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Detailed List Of The Most Successful Cities In Georgia

Rank City Median Income Poverty Rate Unemployment Rate
1 Milton $110,891 4.2% 4.4%
2 Alpharetta $87,837 4.3% 5.8%
3 Suwanee $83,780 5.0% 5.7%
4 Pooler $68,787 6.0% 3.8%
5 Johns Creek $108,114 4.4% 7.3%
6 Peachtree City $86,352 6.8% 7.3%
7 Roswell $79,359 7.6% 6.8%
8 Rincon $61,144 6.4% 5.4%
9 Woodstock $68,499 5.9% 7.7%
10 Holly Springs $65,189 8.7% 5.9%
11 Dunwoody $78,063 9.2% 7.4%
12 Richmond Hill $64,381 8.6% 7.2%
13 Braselton $83,547 6.1% 8.8%
14 Brookhaven $67,916 13.4% 4.5%
15 Centerville $58,333 8.5% 6.5%
16 Fayetteville $63,750 8.5% 7.9%
17 Decatur $77,202 12.6% 7.4%
18 Flowery Branch $62,863 11.5% 7.2%
19 Sandy Springs $63,401 12.2% 7.3%
20 Smyrna $61,333 11.3% 7.7%
21 Peachtree Corners $63,431 10.7% 8.3%
22 Loganville $59,205 9.1% 8.9%
23 Port Wentworth $51,984 13.1% 6.8%
24 Jefferson $56,140 13.0% 7.8%
25 Sugar Hill $67,426 10.1% 10.7%
26 Kingsland $57,278 10.7% 8.8%
27 Kennesaw $58,483 11.3% 9.4%
28 Acworth $50,668 7.4% 9.7%
29 Duluth $56,849 13.9% 8.5%
30 Cartersville $46,909 12.9% 7.7%
31 Glennville $44,638 18.5% 4.5%
32 Auburn $53,466 17.6% 7.9%
33 Tyrone $77,066 15.0% 11.6%
34 Snellville $56,654 9.8% 13.2%
35 Locust Grove $53,214 9.2% 13.3%
36 Canton $50,071 14.7% 9.7%
37 St. Marys $51,442 11.3% 12.3%
38 Chamblee $50,209 20.1% 8.1%
39 Morrow $48,059 14.3% 10.0%
40 Lilburn $49,081 14.4% 10.4%
41 Newnan $50,175 19.6% 8.5%
42 Dahlonega $35,518 19.1% 4.6%
43 Grovetown $53,223 15.8% 11.5%
44 Stockbridge $54,864 11.2% 14.3%
45 Buford $43,750 18.1% 8.9%
46 Douglasville $47,563 15.7% 11.2%
47 Doraville $42,407 18.7% 8.4%
48 Bremen $56,107 22.1% 10.2%
49 Powder Springs $56,768 18.0% 13.3%
50 Fort Oglethorpe $39,671 15.2% 10.4%
51 Hinesville $44,896 13.7% 13.0%
52 Villa Rica $50,759 15.3% 13.6%
53 Calhoun $35,517 22.7% 6.3%
54 McRae $29,729 20.3% 1.5%
55 McDonough $45,263 16.9% 12.6%
56 Warner Robins $44,661 19.4% 11.1%
57 Columbus $41,362 17.7% 11.3%
58 Marietta $42,688 20.1% 10.5%
59 Cusseta-Chattahoochee County unified government $48,488 10.5% 18.1%
60 Fairburn $43,830 14.0% 14.0%
61 Gainesville $39,791 23.5% 9.5%
62 Lawrenceville $42,459 17.4% 13.7%
63 Dallas $50,113 21.5% 13.3%
64 Douglas $31,943 22.3% 7.9%
65 Winder $44,327 18.2% 13.7%
66 Lovejoy $37,677 10.5% 16.7%
67 Atlanta $46,439 22.5% 12.9%
68 Norcross $39,436 24.9% 9.9%
69 Hawkinsville $35,173 10.0% 16.3%
70 Perry $49,140 20.7% 14.5%
71 Austell $45,931 18.1% 15.4%
72 Garden City $28,583 27.3% 7.1%
73 Covington $32,171 22.0% 10.8%
74 Eastman $29,556 18.6% 11.0%
75 Commerce $37,952 26.1% 11.3%
76 Conyers $39,423 20.5% 14.3%
77 Augusta-Richmond County consolidated government (balance) $37,593 22.5% 13.0%
78 Stone Mountain $36,444 18.4% 14.6%
79 Dalton $35,530 24.3% 11.9%
80 Cumming $42,414 21.3% 14.9%
81 Savannah $36,628 24.3% 12.7%
82 Adel $31,815 31.3% 8.7%
83 Folkston $44,922 20.3% 20.3%
84 Eatonton $26,101 26.7% 8.7%
85 Dublin $28,491 30.9% 8.5%
86 Jesup $31,309 33.0% 9.5%
87 Vidalia $30,294 22.2% 13.3%
88 LaFayette $30,492 21.2% 13.8%
89 Hapeville $37,118 28.2% 14.3%
90 Athens-Clarke County unified government (balance) $33,293 39.2% 9.8%
91 Waynesboro $27,188 36.0% 8.0%
92 Union City $32,324 23.0% 14.6%
93 Tifton $30,615 37.2% 9.7%
94 East Point $37,646 22.8% 19.5%
95 Rome $33,787 27.8% 13.9%
96 LaGrange $34,056 26.7% 14.7%
97 Hampton $43,512 28.8% 18.9%
98 Toccoa $34,047 26.2% 15.4%
99 Monroe $31,947 28.6% 14.5%
100 Camilla $26,841 28.9% 12.6%