These Are The 10 Smartest Cities In Georgia

We used data and science to determine the brainiacs around Georgia.

John McLeanby John McLeanRankings - 2 years ago
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One of the many qualities that people look for in a potential location or company is the intelligence of those around them. This factor can play a huge role in one’s experience at a particular company and can make or break an employee’s time there.

So finding a city with an intelligent population makes sense for both companies and employees. That’s where Zippia comes in; to help you identify those places in Georgia that might have skipped a grade…or two.

You may be wondering how does one determine how intelligent a town really is?

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out what criteria about a place would identify it is a smart cookie.

We set upon the percentage of adults (over 25) with at least a high school degree and the percentage of high school dropouts (aged 16-20) for the 127 largest cities in Georgia with data. We then crunched the numbers and were left with this set of the brightest cities in the Peach State:

  1. Pooler
  2. Alpharetta
  3. Suwanee
  4. Kennesaw
  5. St. Marys
  6. Johns Creek
  7. Decatur
  8. Rincon
  9. Duluth
  10. Dunwoody

Read on to see why these places got into a four-year college or skip to the end to see a full chart of all the places in our analysis.

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How we determined the smartest places in the Peach State

Before we could dive into the potential IQs of various places in Georgia, we needed to know which places to look at in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 5,000 people and data available for every criteria.

This left us with 127 places in Georgia.

We then looked at the following criteria to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to smarts:

Our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought this criteria was representative of the current state of smarts with the potential for a place to improve the education levels of the next generation. And it’s not like we are setting the education bar incredibly high — 80% of students graduate from high school nowadays.

In order to determine the smartest, we ranked all the cities for each criteria from one to 127 with one being the “smartest” in any category.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the highest overall score being given the diploma for “Smartest City In Georgia”.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

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1. Pooler

Smartest Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,646
Adults Without High School Diploma: 5.3%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Pooler graduated early and at the top of the class. It’s taken the diploma as the smartest city in the state of Georgia with almost no high school dropouts and only 5.3% of the population lacking a high school diploma.

2. Alpharetta

Smartest Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,903
Adults Without High School Diploma: 3.2%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.6%

The residents of Alpharetta obviously have the keys to success in their pocket as they take the #2 spot on our list. At a population of over 60,000 and so few high school dropouts this town is on the path to success in the classroom.

3. Suwanee

Smartest Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,648
Adults Without High School Diploma: 6.3%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Sweet Suwanee is taking the #3 spot on our smartest cities list with almost no high school dropouts and only 6.3% of the population lacking a high school diploma.

The IQs here are astonishing.

4. Kennesaw

Smartest Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,358
Adults Without High School Diploma: 5.5%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.9%

The town of Kennesaw is coming in at #4 with some pretty great numbers. An ultra low high school dropout rate and just over 5.5% lacking a high school diploma earns them a high rank on our list.

5. St. Marys

Smartest Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,555
Adults Without High School Diploma: 7.1%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

The small town residents of St. Mary’s really are some of the brightest bulbs in the box with so few high school dropouts and only 7.1% adults lacking a diploma.

Come soak up some of the smarts here.

6. Johns Creek

Smartest Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 80,979
Adults Without High School Diploma: 4.1%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 1.9%

Coming in at #6 the city of John’s Creek is making a big show of intelligence as only 1.9% of high school kids are dropping out early and 4.1% of the population is missing it’s high school diploma.

7. Decatur

Smartest Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,888
Adults Without High School Diploma: 4.7%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 1.8%

The coveted #7 spot has fallen to the residents in Decatur. Numbering around 20,000 people this city is doing it big with only 1.8% of high school students dropping out of school.

8. Rincon

Smartest Georgia

Source: Flickr

Population: 9,273
Adults Without High School Diploma: 9.0%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Taking the #8 spot Rincon is putting the myth of small town stupidity to rest as they have almost no high school dropouts to be found.

Smart cookies.

9. Duluth

Smartest Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,821
Adults Without High School Diploma: 8.6%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.4%

Finishing strong at #9 the town of Duluth is studying hard as only 8.6% of the population is missing a high school diploma and so few kids are leaving high school early on.

10. Dunwoody

Smartest Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,182
Adults Without High School Diploma: 6.1%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 1.4%

Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of Dunwoody, Georgia. With only 1.4% of the high school population not making it to graduation and 6.1% of the adult population lacking a high school diploma they have earned their spot on the list.

And that’s how you graduate in style

There you have it folks, the Ten Smartest cities in the state Georgia. They have the numbers to back it up so go ahead and visit them to soak up some of the smarts around town. If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit www.zippia.com to have all of your questions answered.

Detailed List Of Smartest Cities In Georgia

City Rank Population Adults Without High School Diploma Teenage High School Drop Outs
Pooler 1 20,646 5.3% 0.0%
Alpharetta 2 60,903 3.2% 0.6%
Suwanee 3 16,648 6.3% 0.0%
Kennesaw 4 31,358 5.5% 0.9%
St. Marys 5 17,555 7.1% 0.0%
Johns Creek 6 80,979 4.1% 1.9%
Decatur 7 19,888 4.7% 1.8%
Rincon 8 9,273 9.0% 0.0%
Duluth 9 27,821 8.6% 0.4%
Dunwoody 10 47,182 6.1% 1.4%
Braselton 11 8,212 9.3% 0.0%
Port Wentworth 12 6,189 9.7% 0.0%
Centerville 13 7,468 10.5% 0.0%
Dahlonega 14 5,884 10.5% 0.3%
Stone Mountain 15 5,924 11.4% 0.0%
Milton 16 34,874 2.0% 4.6%
Roswell 17 92,364 6.7% 3.1%
Jefferson 18 9,630 12.9% 0.0%
Holly Springs 19 9,678 5.6% 4.6%
Barnesville 20 6,617 14.5% 0.0%
Kingsland 21 16,147 7.1% 3.2%
Douglasville 22 31,573 10.4% 2.0%
Powder Springs 23 14,271 12.3% 1.6%
Tyrone 24 7,028 6.6% 5.2%
Peachtree City 25 34,701 5.2% 5.7%
Flowery Branch 26 6,012 4.5% 5.9%
Acworth 27 21,169 9.9% 3.2%
Athens-Clarke County unified government (balance) 28 118,514 14.5% 1.1%
Statesboro 29 29,630 14.1% 1.8%
Hinesville 30 34,253 8.8% 4.6%
Woodstock 31 25,672 4.9% 6.7%
Sugar Hill 32 19,688 10.6% 5.0%
Riverdale 33 15,496 18.2% 0.0%
Grovetown 34 12,179 18.5% 0.0%
Peachtree Corners 35 39,381 6.5% 7.3%
Atlanta 36 440,641 11.6% 4.8%
Villa Rica 37 14,266 14.3% 3.7%
Folkston 38 5,233 17.9% 1.1%
McDonough 39 22,560 9.6% 5.8%
LaFayette 40 7,105 18.2% 1.1%
Cumming 41 5,538 17.9% 1.6%
Sandy Springs 42 98,480 5.5% 8.9%
Auburn 43 7,388 17.4% 2.1%
Cusseta-Chattahoochee County unified government 44 11,846 7.0% 8.2%
Brookhaven 45 50,181 12.6% 5.6%
Stockbridge 46 26,992 11.5% 6.0%
McRae 47 5,762 21.2% 0.0%
Columbus 48 198,247 14.5% 5.3%
Newnan 49 34,457 14.4% 5.6%
Warner Robins 50 71,359 12.0% 6.2%
Fitzgerald 51 9,054 19.8% 1.3%
Snellville 52 18,939 7.0% 9.3%
Fort Oglethorpe 53 9,368 17.9% 3.3%
Hampton 54 7,092 17.9% 4.0%
Carrollton 55 25,138 21.9% 0.7%
Lovejoy 56 6,433 12.9% 7.1%
Valdosta 57 56,324 17.2% 5.3%
Sandersville 58 5,839 19.7% 2.8%
Hawkinsville 59 5,588 21.1% 1.5%
Fayetteville 60 16,323 6.9% 11.7%
Union City 61 20,200 15.4% 6.9%
Dallas 62 12,129 15.4% 7.1%
Eatonton 63 6,489 24.1% 0.6%
Smyrna 64 52,922 9.7% 10.8%
Conyers 65 15,456 17.6% 5.7%
Savannah 66 141,298 14.4% 8.5%
Tifton 67 16,589 25.1% 0.2%
Loganville 68 10,711 18.4% 5.4%
East Point 69 35,070 16.5% 7.1%
Waycross 70 14,363 21.0% 3.5%
Richmond Hill 71 10,334 8.3% 12.8%
Perry 72 14,714 13.8% 9.1%
Americus 73 16,557 22.5% 2.8%
Glennville 74 5,166 22.5% 3.0%
Fort Valley 75 9,448 24.4% 1.2%
Milledgeville 76 18,840 20.2% 5.6%
Eastman 77 5,442 20.5% 5.5%
Winder 78 14,495 22.8% 3.3%
Lilburn 79 12,162 19.5% 6.0%
Monroe 80 13,427 24.8% 2.7%
Douglas 81 11,738 24.1% 3.1%
Morrow 82 6,837 23.3% 4.0%
Garden City 83 8,924 20.2% 6.2%
Vidalia 84 10,596 17.2% 9.5%
Lawrenceville 85 29,364 19.3% 7.8%
Marietta 86 58,436 15.0% 12.5%
Augusta-Richmond County consolidated government (balance) 87 196,551 16.4% 11.0%
Dublin 88 16,200 16.5% 11.4%
Hapeville 89 6,611 22.4% 6.6%
Thomasville 90 18,558 19.3% 8.9%
Brunswick 91 15,648 22.5% 6.5%
Austell 92 6,944 16.9% 12.8%
Albany 93 76,946 21.6% 8.0%
Forest Park 94 18,783 33.2% 1.4%
Clarkston 95 7,717 37.0% 1.0%
Toccoa 96 8,327 15.9% 17.0%
Fairburn 97 13,520 17.6% 14.0%
Thomson 98 6,682 31.7% 2.9%
Cartersville 99 19,858 18.0% 14.9%
Jesup 100 10,275 18.7% 13.1%
Thomaston 101 9,068 27.0% 5.9%
Bainbridge 102 12,600 22.3% 10.2%
Waynesboro 103 5,820 24.0% 8.8%
LaGrange 104 30,138 20.5% 12.8%
Bremen 105 6,204 18.2% 19.1%
Camilla 106 5,078 25.0% 8.7%
Cordele 107 11,177 26.3% 8.0%
College Park 108 14,019 21.7% 13.0%
Adel 109 5,294 25.4% 9.5%
Swainsboro 110 7,431 26.4% 8.7%
Buford 111 12,864 23.5% 12.6%
Canton 112 23,841 23.4% 13.0%
Commerce 113 6,535 25.4% 10.8%
Covington 114 13,342 28.4% 8.5%
Moultrie 115 14,467 27.7% 9.9%
Locust Grove 116 5,573 23.5% 16.1%
Gainesville 117 34,938 27.5% 10.0%
Norcross 118 15,799 29.4% 8.9%
Doraville 119 10,513 39.5% 7.0%
Calhoun 120 15,837 33.3% 8.6%
Sylvester 121 6,180 28.3% 10.9%
Rome 122 36,099 27.4% 12.1%
Griffin 123 23,425 26.0% 16.8%
Dalton 124 33,336 36.3% 12.7%
Chamblee 125 15,835 27.1% 41.8%
Cairo 126 9,750 31.3% 22.2%
Cedartown 127 9,760 38.7% 15.2%

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