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The 5 Best Places to Live in Georgia

Jun 12, 2023|

As sweet as a peach, Georgia blends down-home southern charm with a big-city bang that has everyone taking a bite. Who, you ask? Well, in the past 20 years, the state has added 3 million more residents. While known as the headquarters of Coca-Cola and Martin Luther King, Jr., Georgia has even eclipsed California as the new base of movies and television too.

Marvel Studios, Tyler Perry and hit TV shows “Stranger Things” and “Ozark” are among hundreds of productions that chose Georgia to film in, adding $2.2 billion to the state’s economy in 2020. The year before, nearly 400 productions contributed $2.9 billion. The industry has drawn support factories and firms to the state employing an estimated 96,000 people.

Add a subtropical climate, mixed with an abundance of history and blended with adventure around every bend and you have Georgia, as refreshing as sweet tea.

Georgia peach on tree

Top Cities in Georgia

Whether you desire a cosmopolitan metropolis or cozy idyll capturing the Southern Gothic enchantment, Georgia has a place for you. Here are the best places to live in the Peach State.


Lose yourself relaxing along the coast or exploring the historic downtown with all its museums and art galleries and find yourself living in Savannah, Georgia. The city has welcomed the world for three centuries. In that time, residents have perfected southern hospitality, while preserving its history and natural beauty. Savannah remains a more affordable city than nearby draws like Charlotte, Jacksonville and Charleston, SC. The port city’s manufacturing, tourism and military presence form the base of an economy that’s benefiting from the film industry also.

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Already home to the Turner Broadcasting System, Atlanta has become the hub of entertainment in the south. Entertainment productions spent $4.4 billion in 2022, mostly with “A-Town” as the backdrop. The aerospace, transportation, healthcare, media, finance, and biomedical industries dominate its metropolitan-area economy rated as the eighth largest in the country.

Atlanta’s prominent role in the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement engages historians while its influence in hip-hop culture encourages a vibrant nightlife and arts scene.

Atlanta offers big-city amenities for families including an aquarium, zoo, urban parks and trails, and interactive museums dedicated to college football, Coca-Cola, Lego and, for the older kids, Porsche.


Alpharetta is a family-friendly neighbor to Atlanta, located just 25 miles north of the bustling metropolis. If you like being close to Atlanta's attractions without the busy atmosphere, Alpharetta provides an excellent alternative. Named the top place to live in Georgia by Money Magazine back in 2018, the city has become known mostly for its dining and shopping but has cultivated a thriving live music scene. The Alpha Loop symbolizes the city’s promotion of a happy work-life balance. The Loop is a multi-use path and greenspace that connects activity centers such as downtown and the Avalon retail center to reduce vehicle traffic and to connect people with their homes and each other.


This college town loves its pups. Maybe because it's home to the University of Georgia Bulldogs, this satellite city of Atlanta has 20 acres of off-leash areas and many pet-friendly businesses and attractions around town. This charming hamlet launched the music careers of R.E.M. and the B-52s and retains an engaging music and arts culture. Plus, Athens is about an hour from Atlanta, so traveling to the capital on special occasions is not out of the question.

The university is the largest public employer while the private sector hosts aerospace machining, advanced materials manufacturing and heavy equipment manufacturing. Athens’ economy is boosted by its highly-educated workforce, job growth and its favorable costs of doing business.

Athens Georgia sunset skyline


Canton is a city on the rise. Families and young professionals have converged on this burgeoning suburb located 40 miles north of Atlanta. Although it’s home to a little more than 30,000 residents, that’s a 24% increase since 2010. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and on the banks of the Etowah River, Canton is a picturesque town popular with retirees and young professionals. Its public school system ranks among the highest in the state.

Benefits of a home security and automation system in Georgia

Whether in an active metropolis or a sleepy village, investing in some precautionary measures for your new property is wise. Home security systems protect your family, your belongings and your peace of mind.

  • Monitor the situation while you are away. We have a wide range of both indoor cameras and outdoor cameras that provide full coverage of your property. View the feed directly from your phone from any remote location with internet access. If someone rings your doorbell, there's a camera to see who's at your door as well.
  • Automate basic home functions like adjusting the thermostat. Download the Vivint app for your smartphone, and take control of your home today. You can adjust your thermostat from across the room or dim the lights at night to name just a few helpful features. It just takes a few taps on the screen to modify the space to your liking.
  • Ease of use and high compatibility. The user-friendly app works with other devices you might have in your home. The app features compatibility with smart platforms like Google Home, Nest, and Amazon Echo, so you can always take control with voice commands instead.

Stay safe and prosper in Georgia

Its diversity, culture and economic advantages have driven Georgia’s meteoric rise during the past decades. More people also means more problems, including crime. Once you’ve settled into your beautiful new home, be sure to protect it with an automated security system. Our comprehensive inventory of integrated security sensors, security cameras, and smart home devices will satisfy your needs. The best part is that you don't need a comprehensive knowledge of automation technology to get started. Call our team of Smart Home Professionals at 855.822.1220 to learn more about getting a home security system installed in your Georgia home.

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