ATLANTA, GA — Here’s a Georgia community report card you should pay attention to. And you may want to think twice about living in a place that was graded with a D.
Niche has come out with its new 2018 rankings of the "Best Places to Live" in Georgia, but for at least second year in row, it took a bit of a unique approach: The consumer rankings service assigned a grade, on an A+ to D- scale, to almost every town in the state.
More than 70 communities received A+ grades, topped with towns and neighborhoods such as Decatur, Alpharetta, Midtown, Roswell, Duluth, Smyrna, and Sandy Springs. Only two communities received D- grades. The list included sections of towns and city neighborhoods.
"Midtown Atlanta is surely the pulse of the city! With immediate access to top ranked public schools, dining, shopping and nightlife it makes for a very walkable neighborhood. Diversity and culture are eminent! The fabulous Fox Theater, Piedmont Park (Central Park of the South), Atlanta Botanical Gardens and Peachtree St. all call Midtown Atlanta Home. Midtown has a little but of everything for everyone, single family homes, luxurious high rise condos and rentals to quaint and affordable vintage charmers to claim as home! Home many large employers an just a second away from CNN and the new Mercedes Benz Stadium it’s a professional or recreational commuters’ life saver," one reviewer said of Midtown, which earned an A+ score.
To arrive at the rankings, Niche.com took several factors into consideration, such as the quality of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics and access to amenities.
Niche created a standardized score for each factor, and after weighting each factor, an overall score was calculated, which was again given a new standardized score.
Finally, Niche.com created a numerical ranking and assigned grades for each place. Click here to read more about the methodology.
Here are the highest- and lowest-rated Georgia towns, and how they were graded:
Decatur Sherwood Forest Johns Creek Alpharetta Buckhead Forest Hanover West Collier Hills North Midtown Ansley Park Cross Creek North Buckhead Brookwood Buckhead Heights Atlantic Station Suwanee Morningside/Lenox Park Brookwood Hills Ridgedale Park Roswell Bolton Peachtree Park Druid Hills Chastain Park Lindbergh/Morosgo Woodfield Pine Hills Berkeley Lake Underwood Hills Lake Claire Virginia Highland Colonial Homes Hills Park Brookhaven Home Park Tuxedo Park Milton Buckhead Village Peachtree Heights East Garden Hills Riverside East Chastain Park Tyrone Ardmore Whittier Mill Village Peachtree Corners North Decatur Piedmont Heights Candler Park Duluth Vinings Inman Park Smyrna Mt. Paran/Northside Druid Hills Poncey-Highland Avondale Estates Peachtree City Peachtree Hills Wildwood (NPU-C) Dunwoody Collier Hills Peachtree Heights West Atkins Park Berkeley Park Kennesaw Woodstock Channing Valley Sandy Springs Lookout Mountain Old Fourth Ward Whitewater Creek Mountain Park Pleasant Hill West Paces Ferry/Northside
PacesArgonne Forest Ormewood Park North Druid Hills Sugar Hill Blandtown Lindridge/Martin Manor Peachtree Battlelliance Watkinsville Cabbagetown Grant Park Fayetteville Buford Brookhaven Reynoldstown Evans Grayson Acworth Loring Heights Sweetuburn Holly Springs Braselton St. Simons Martinez East Lake Lilburn
Scottdale Westminster/Milmar Kirkwood Mableton Bremen Senoia Dacula Tucker Harlem Carrollton Ball Ground Kingsland Lawrenceville Stockbridge Norcross Grovetown Athens Winterville Whitemarsh Island St. Marys Tybee Island Chamblee
Phillipsburg Fort Gaines Cherry Log Damascus
Lincoln Park Perkins
See more than 500 Georgia towns and neighborhoods and their letter grades on Niche.com.
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Image via city of Decatur
Patch Editor Tom Davis contributed to this story.