2017 Best Places to Raise a Family in Atlanta Metro

Explore the best places to raise a family based on public schools, crime rates, cost of living, and family-friendly amenities. Ranking based on data from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS, CDC, and other data sources.

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    Johns Creek

    • Suburb of Atlanta, GA
    • 178 reviews
    Current Resident:Johns Creek, GA is a very nice place to live. There are many nice subdivisions and parks around, as well as plenty of stores to go shopping at. It is very safe in this area and I almost always feel safe. The traffic lights could use better syncing up because traffic is usually very busy and I get stuck at many lights with bad timing. The city is usually clean, but has debris on the sides of the roads near the curb and road kill is not cleaned up very quickly. Other than that, it is a very enjoyable place to live!
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    • Suburb of Atlanta, GA
    • 52 reviews
    Current Resident:Decatur is centrally located to major shopping areas, local food places and hospitals. There are 2 large hospitals within 10 minutes of down-town Decatur. The school system is one of the best in the Country and there is always something to do on the square in town. There are festivals for adults and children and on Saturday nights in May, June and July there are free concerts on the Square. A popular club is Eddie's Attic where Sugarland, John Mayer and the Indigo Girls got their careers going. It's great!
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    • Town in Georgia
    • 165 reviews
    Current Resident:Alpharetta is the perfect place to raise a family with four children! The people are wonderful. The area is beautiful. The community is one that you really want to be a part of in every aspect. There always seems to be something happening to bring people together like free concerts in the summer in Avalon which is a gorgeous area with high end shopping and great restaurants including a very comfortable movie theater, for example. Also, it feels like you never meet a stranger here meaning everyone you talk with throughout the day is helpful and kindhearted (for the most part.) It is just a special place to live! So when are you moving in? :)
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    • Suburb of Atlanta, GA
    • 75 reviews
    Current Resident:Suwanee, Ga has always been home to me. I have lived in Suwanee ever since I was a little girl and I could not have asked for a better home. Throughout my 18 years of life I have lived in Suwanee, it has never failed to personally bring me joy and comfort. The schools in the local Suwanee area are more than top of the list and the people of Suwanee are always friendly and sincere. Suwanee is a safe environment for anyone whether you are searching for a new home to start a family or just somewhere to feel the comfort of your neighbors. Suwanee will always be home to me, and I would not have it any other way!
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    • Neighborhood in Atlanta, GA
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    Peachtree City

    • Suburb of Atlanta, GA
    • 96 reviews
    Current Resident:Great golf cart community! Wonderful place to raise a family with many family opportunities, such as parks, parent groups, and fantastic schools. Peachtree City is a safe community with a top-notch police department. With the 100 miles of golf cart paths, there are many green spaces and it is a wonderful way to walk, run or bike.
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    Tuxedo Park

    • Neighborhood in Atlanta, GA
    • 2 reviews
    Niche User:Great location with easy access to midtown, downtown, and highways to suburbs. Great local restaurnants, entertainment. Wonderful outdoor ampitheatre and public parks.
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    • Suburb of Atlanta, GA
    • 96 reviews
    Niche User:I love how downtown Alpharetta has become a smaller version of Atlanta. There are amazing restaurants and activities that take place in the downtown area, I do not have travel far distances to now experience luxury and aesthetically pleasing places. I do wish the places downtown would stay open later because everything usually closes by 9. Other than that, the scenery and places downtown are beautiful!
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    • Town in Georgia
    • 153 reviews
    Current Resident:Roswell offers both character, history, nature and growth from the historic downtown, beautiful parks and growth in real estate development. Full of unique restaurants with ethic flare and diversity, quaint and interesting shops, stunning parks with waterfalls, hiking and community for families enjoying life together! Schools are excellent, there are many places of worship for all religions, and many activities for children and families. Cost of living and taxes are slightly higher than its neighboring counties.
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    Peachtree Corners

    • Suburb of Atlanta, GA
    • 43 reviews
    Current Resident:Peachtree Corners is a safe and very family oriented community! Beautiful homes, awesome schools, walking trails, The Forum on Peachtree Parkway and within walking distance has many great stores for shopping and Restaurants. Jones Bridge Park nestled in Peachtree Corners is right on the Chattahoochee, it has everything for family/friends gatherings. Children's play area, picnic tables, covered Pavilion and grills for cookouts! Been here for 25 years and love it!
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    Sugar Hill

    • Suburb of Atlanta, GA
    • 40 reviews
    Current Resident:My initial thought about Sugar Hill is a quaint little suburb hidden between larger towns surrounding the area (Suwanee, Buford, Cumming, etc.). The architectural esthetic is fairly mixed with city hall being a beautiful classical-styled building with a clock tower and gold trim everywhere signifying a lot of wealth in the area. Even the lower class areas of Sugar Hill are well maintained and have decent curb appeal. The government has ordained that no more than 50% of the land is business which allows for a lot of residential intermixed with commercial lands. This allows for ease and convenience for the residents of Sugar Hill to be close to shopping but far enough that the neighborhoods are isolated without eyesores. Sugar Hill is also tucked just south of Lake Lanier, north of the city, and south of the Appalachian mountains which allows any resident to be 5-10 minutes from being on the lake, 30 minutes from shopping downtown Atlanta, and 45 minutes from mountain hiking.
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    Wildwood (NPU-C)

    • Neighborhood in Atlanta, GA
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    Hanover West

    • Neighborhood in Atlanta, GA
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    • Suburb of Atlanta, GA
    • 101 reviews
    Current Resident:Woodstock is a small beautiful town on the outskirts of Atlanta. It is a perfect place to live if you are looking for relaxation and a community that never seems to have problems. Despite its tranquil atmosphere, you will never face boredom. Woodstock offers an array of exciting activities to do, but you will have to come see for yourself! My only hope is that Woodstock keeps growing and gaining new people in the area.
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    Argonne Forest

    • Neighborhood in Atlanta, GA
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    • Suburb of Atlanta, GA
    • 60 reviews
    Current Resident:Buford is a quiet Suburb filled with middle class families. It is a very clean city and has a lot of great parks, shopping areas, places to go out and dine or to just watch movies. It is just outside of Atlanta, about 25-30 minutes, which is great because if you love the city life it isn't very far! If you are a young couple looking for partying it may not be the place for you, you will have to make the drive into Atlanta to find cool bars or nightclubs.
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    • Suburb of Atlanta, GA
    • 25 reviews
    Current Resident:Tyrone is a great place to raise a family. It is nestled in a major metropolitan suburb which makes it convenient to great entertainment, jobs, restaurants, and sporting events. It is easy to access the world's busiest airport in just a matter of minutes. Excellent schools makes the area attractive to families from around the world.
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    Berkeley Lake

    • Suburb of Atlanta, GA
    • 4 reviews
    Niche User:Our neighborhood is part of a lake community.
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    Mountain Park

    • Suburb of Atlanta, GA
    • 18 reviews
    Niche User:Crimes rarely happen in this town. The locals generally care a lot for each other and watch out for one another. When something does happen, it is shown on the news and mostly everyone does something about it.
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    Holly Springs

    • Suburb of Atlanta, GA
    • 12 reviews
    Niche User:Though I grew up in a neighborhood setting, I am not blind to the happenings of other areas throughout my city. I know that due to sense of disparity, there are individuals who may steal, lie, or cheat for money.

    However, throughout the last several years, the number of welfare program and service agencies have exponentially grown. These groups strive to not only provide food and shelter to families, but also to put good people to work so that they can be independent and active members of society.

    I myself have participated in amazing events such as food drives, clothes drives, and Habitat for Humanity buildings. These activities show those who are scared that people in the community want to help them, and decrease the prevelance of crimes.

    As for the crimes that may still occur, the police force works with integrity and compassion to keep all citizens in my home safe.
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    Collier Hills North

    • Neighborhood in Atlanta, GA
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    Avondale Estates

    • Suburb of Atlanta, GA
    • 1 review
    Niche User:I love living in Avondale Estates. It is a quiet neighborhood but still within the Atlanta perimeter. There are a few restaurants, coffee shops, and local businesses in walking distance to my house. The neighbors are friendly also.
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    Chastain Park

    • Neighborhood in Atlanta, GA
    • 1 review
    Current Resident:Nothing special from my perspective be also if you say hi to your neighbors it's easy to get to know them and there a couple of parks with sports programs that youth can get involved in such as baseball which I personally have participated in when I was younger.
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    North Buckhead

    • Neighborhood in Atlanta, GA
    • 10 reviews
    Current Resident:Great place to live, work, and raise a family. Very convenient to all major roads, and easy access to the interstate. Many outstanding restaurants, and lots of diversity.
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    • Suburb of Atlanta, GA
    • 64 reviews
    Current Resident:I moved from rural Georgia to Duluth. It is comfortably close to all the activity Atlanta offers, but is less congested. Our home is surrounded by woods, creeks and hiking trails. The city offers many events through the year. Our favorite is the summertime outdor theater when they show movies, have activities for the kids and great food trucks. Moved here for the schools - stayed for the neighbors. Great place to live!
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