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The Top 10 Suburbs in Atlanta

by Justin Kerr

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For some clients, choosing which suburb to live in isn’t easy. Each suburb has it’s own personality and unique aspects, with some having phenomenal art scenes and others boasting breathtaking hiking routes.

Below is Movoto’s round up of the top 10 suburbs in Atlanta, so you can help your client find the neighborhood that is perfect for them.

10. Sandy Springs
There are a huge variety of housing options in Sandy Springs, from cottage-style homes to more modern condos. This suburb is always busy with dozens of different community events, such as Movies by Moonlight and Kids to Park day, a huge free festival with tons of games for the young ones.

Suburb Statistic: 45.62% of housing units in Sandy Springs are owner-occupied.

9. John Creeks
With the highest safety rates of the Atlanta suburbs and the highest high school graduation rate, Johns Creeks is a popular suburb for families.

Suburb Statistic: Johns Creek is safer than 79% of U.S. cities.

8. Kennesaw
Kennesaw is filled with rich history – between the museums and archives, there will never be a shortage of things to learn. The suburb also features Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, a historic Civil War battle site.

Suburb Statistic: Family Circle Magazine voted Kennesaw one of the “Top Ten Best Towns for Families.”

7. Tyrone
Family-friendly Tyrone boasts a huge public library and low crime rates. This suburb is also popular with growing families thanks to the large amount of four- to five-bedroom houses on large lots.

Suburb Statistic: The estimated median household income for Tyrone is $84,519.

6. Dunwoody
With one of the shortest average commute times in the Atlanta suburb area (24 minutes) and a busy community social calendar, Dunwoody is a great choice for someone who wants to be engaged in their community.

Suburb Statistic: 68.2% of Dunwoody families have children under the age of 18.

5. Duluth
Duluth is a haven for art lovers. Barefoot in the Summer, an art festival that lasts eight days, brings art lovers from all around Atlanta to view local arts.

Suburb Statistic: Forbes magazine ranked Duluth 26th in it’s “America’s Best Places to Move” study.

4. Decatur
If your client loves the excitement of the city, but also wants a great school for their kids, they should consider Decatur. Downtown Decatur is packed with trendy shops and restaurants, and there are a variety of strong elementary, middle and high schools.

Suburb Statistic: The median resident age is 38 years old.

3. Tucker
Tucker is the perfect place for food lovers. There are restaurants serving everything from typical pub food (Moonshadow tavern) to Caribbean cuisine (Papi’s Cuban and Caribbean Grill). The Farmer’s Market serves up fresh fruits and vegetables, and every first Thursday is the popular Food Truck Market. To walk off all those tasty calories, residents can walk through Henderson Park’s wooded trails.

Suburb Statistic: The Median Gross Rent in 2009 was $950.

2. Roswell
Rowell is filled with historic old houses and brand-new single-family homes. No matter which one they choose, buyers will be charmed by the strong sense of community, which is strengthened by the many music and community events. Roswell also features 18 parks with 800 total acres.

Suburb Statistic: The median home value is $204,718.

1. Alpharetta
A suburb well known for it’s warm and friendly citizens, inhabitants have a wide variety of houses to choose from, ranging from the 10,000-square-foot mansion with a wine cellar and five fireplaces to a cozy three-bedroom house. The surrounding area has five shopping centers that host a mix of popular favorites like Anthropologie, and has unique boutiques like UB4Me and Sis & Moon’s, so homeowners will never have to travel far for quality shopping.

Suburb Statistic: 62.07% of Alpharetta residents have received a four-year college degree, master’s or law degree, or higher.

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