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Best Suburbs of Atlanta

Considering moving to the Atlanta metro? ATL has many great suburbs that offer affordable housing, top-rated schools, great outdoor recreation spots, and abundant amenities. Here are the five best Atlanta suburbs!

Alpharetta

  • Home Price: $344,100 median purchase price; $1,222 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 73% of Georgia cities
  • Perfect For: Families, retirees

Looking for a family-friendly Atlanta suburb? Check out the city of Alpharetta! About 30 minutes outside of Atlanta, residents living in Alpharetta can find a variety of homes ranging from townhouses and luxury condos to Neocolonial and ranch-style houses, as well as great schools in the Fulton County School district. This safe ATL suburb also offers amazing outdoor recreation spots with 750 acres of parks and plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment within Alpharetta City Center!

Things to Do in Alpharetta

Catch the biggest names in music perform at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre in Encore Park. Learn how to horseback ride at Wills Park Equestrian Center. Go for a jog, take the dog for a walk, or ride your bike along the 12-mile Big Creek Greenway. Pick up fresh produce, meats, and more at the Alpharetta Farmers Market. Stroll through the Walk of Memories when visiting the Alpharetta Veterans Memorial. Try a variety of cuisines at the Taste of Alpharetta, which brings together local restaurants from across the suburb. Start your morning with a Cappuccino paired with Lolly Waffles at The Nest Cafe. Get your fix of Gumbo, Country Pork Steak, and other Southern comfort dishes at South Main Kitchen in Downtown Alpharetta. Or enjoy the seasonal menu with favorites like Watermelon Salad or Pork Belly Tacos at Restaurant Holmes.

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Decatur

  • Home Price: $384,300 median purchase price; $894 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 77% of Georgia cities
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Located about 20 minutes east of ATL, you’ll find one of the most popular Atlanta suburbs, Decatur! Here, residents can find housing options from modern apartments to Craftsman-style homes and plenty of fun things to do with Decatur’s more than 80+ dining options and great community events. In addition, families will appreciate living in this Atlanta metro area, as the City Schools of Decatur school district offers incredible education opportunities, as do local private schools like Academe of the Oaks or Saint Thomas More Catholic School.

Things to Do in Decatur

Learn about the local history of Dekalb County at The Dekalb History Museum. Take a nighttime Decatur Ghost Tour and explore the most haunted sites in Decatur. Decorate your home with unique finds from Kudzu Antiques + Modern. See where the first Waffle House opened and memorabilia from the years at the Waffle House Museum. Go hiking and explore 28 acres of nature at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve. Savor authentic Spanish tapas with dishes like Empanadas De Carne or Lobster Croquetas at The Iberian Pig. Indulge in farm-to-table entrees with a French twist like Prime Filet Mignon or Mushroom Ravioli at Kimball House. Visit NO. 246, an Italian restaurant that serves dishes like Tagliatelle Bolognese or Chicken Al Forno. Or dine at Cafe Lily, a cozy Mediterranean bistro where you can get Petto di Pollo Alla Parmigiano or Gyros.

Johns Creek

Large Single-Family Home in Johns Creek, Georgia. Photo by Instagram user @eric.robb

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  • Home Price: $348,600 median purchase price; $1,370 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 80% of Georgia cities
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

A historic suburb that started out as a trading post, Johns Creek is now the ninth-largest city in Georgia! The city of Johns Creek is an excellent choice for Atlanta metro residents seeking a safe suburban community about 40 minutes outside of the city. You can find tons of things to do in Johns Creek, including diverse dining, unique shopping, and fun outdoor recreation at Autrey Mill Nature Preserve. This ATL suburb is also a great place to raise a family, thanks to its many highly-rated schools.

Things to Do in Johns Creek

Celebrate different cultures with food, music, and art at Johns Creek International Festival. Listen to the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra play at various venues and festivals in the Atlanta area. Attend the Summer Concert Series at The Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater in Newtown Park. Let your furry friend run around at Newtown Dream Dog Park, which also features obstacle courses and a walking trail. Spend the day playing the 18-hole course, practice your swing at the driving range, or sign the family up for golf lessons at RiverPines Golf. Start your morning with one of the rotating scones or a Mushroom & Swiss Omelet at Seven Sisters Kitchen. Visit Sugo for Mediterranean favorites like Orecchiette, Cannelloni, or Shrimp Scampi. Try vegan food like BBQ Tofu Sandwich or a Burrito Bowl at Vegan Cafe and Juice Bar. Or head to Pampas Steakhouse for Argentinian-inspired favorites like a Rack of Lamb or Chilean Sea Bass paired with Basil Fried Corn.

Peachtree City

  • Home Price: $287,100 median purchase price, $1,270 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 79% of Georgia cities
  • Perfect For: Families, retirees

If you’re looking for a family-friendly Atlanta suburb, Peachtree City is the perfect option! Even though this suburb is a little farther away from the city center, residents can still get to the heart of Atlanta in under an hour via I-85. This vibrant Georgia city is considered one of the fastest-growing Atlanta suburbs, and it offers everything from job opportunities with companies like Cooper Lighting Solutions and Hoshizaki to amazing schools like Kedron Elementary School, J.C. Booth Middle School, and McIntosh High School.

Things to Do in Peachtree City

See an airshow or attend WWII Heritage Days at Commemorative Air Force. Catch a concert at the Frederick C. Brown Amphitheater, referred to as “The Fred” by locals. See filming locations of iconic movies and TV shows like Sweet Home Alabama or The Walking Dead during the Southern Hollywood Film Tour. Go fishing or boating at Lake Peachtree, Lake Kedron, or Lake McIntosh, all located in Peachtree City. See beavers, herons, and other native wildlife while visiting the Line Creek Nature Area. Have a date night at Grinds & Winds, where you can order Seared Lamb Chops or Chicken Parmesan. Indulge in classic Lebanese entrees like Fried Kibbi and Shish Kabob and save room for a piece of Baklava at The BeiRut. Or chow down on Meatloaf, a Reuben, or Southern BBQ Burger at Crosstown Grille and Ale House.


Sandy Springs

  • Home Price: $421,600 median purchase price; $1,083 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 68% of Georgia cities
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Sandy Springs is a quaint community with lots to do! This Atlanta suburb is home to several big-name companies including UPS, Cox Communications, and Mercedes-Benz USA, all of which offer employment opportunities in the area. In addition, Sandy Springs offers quality schools like Lake Forest Elementary School, Sandy Springs Middle School, and Riverwood International Charter School, as well as more than 950 acres of parks and green space and fun community events!

Things to Do in Sandy Springs

Float down 48 miles of the Chattahoochee River or try trout fishing at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Take your kids to the playground or have a picnic at Abernathy Greenway Park. Go paddleboarding, enjoy a hike, or have a picnic while enjoying the scenic views at Morgan Falls Overlook Park. Play a round of golf, hit the tennis courts, or get a workout in at the Dunwoody Country Club. Sign the kids up for summer camp, watch students compete in the Junior Theater Festival, or see productions like West Side Story or A Chorus Line at City Springs Theatre. Swing into DaVinci’s Donuts for a Boston Creme Donut or Vanilla Iced Donut with an Iced Latte. Grab some Lamb Kabob or Homemade Falafel and other Persian favorites at Zafron Restuarant. Order Carnitas Quesadillas, Enchiladas Rojas, or Portobello Tacos at Casi Cielo. Head over to Slope’s BBQ for a Pork & Rib Plate or BBQ Sandwich. Or enjoy a seafood dinner of Gulf Red Grouper, Maine Lobster Roll, or Blackened Catfish at Big B’s Fish Joint.

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