We looked at the data to determine where the best of the best are living in Georgia.
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?
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:
If you are trying to argue already with our unarguable list, keep reading. There’s a method to this madness.
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:
Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how wealthy a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. And finally, if more people are employed, the brighter (and more successful) that place’s future looks.
After we collected the data for all 127 places with more than 5,000 people in Georgia, we ranked each place from 1 to 127 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the most successful.
We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Success Score” with the place having the lowest overall Success Score crowned the “Most Successful City in Georgia.”
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each of our top 10 cities so successful, starting with our winner, Milton.
Population: 34,874Median Income: $110,891
Poverty Level: 4.2%
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Population: 60,903Median Income: $87,837
Poverty Level: 4.3%
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Population: 16,648Median Income: $83,780
Poverty Level: 5.0%
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Population: 20,646Median Income: $68,787
Poverty Level: 6.0%
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Population: 80,979Median Income: $108,114
Poverty Level: 4.4%
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%
Population: 34,701Median Income: $86,352
Poverty Level: 6.8%
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%
Population: 92,364Median Income: $79,359
Poverty Level: 7.6%
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
Population 2014: 9,273 Median Income: $61,144
Poverty Level: 6.4%
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Population: 25,672Median Income: $68,499
Poverty Level: 5.9%
Unemployment Rate: 7.7%
Population: 9,678Median Income: $65,189
Poverty Level: 8.7%
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
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.
|59||Cusseta-Chattahoochee County unified government||$48,488|
|77||Augusta-Richmond County consolidated government (balance)||$37,593|
|90||Athens-Clarke County unified government (balance)||$33,293|
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