If you love Atlanta, but want a quieter place to call home or raise a family without losing shopping, dining, or nightlife, this list of Atlanta suburbs is for you. We narrowed down 56 Atlanta suburbs to the best of the best by using a whole lot of data and input from local Movoto real estate agent Judy Hargrove. In these Atlanta suburbs, you’ll always get the best of both worlds.

1. Alpharetta

Alpharetta, GA - Atlanta Suburb

Source: Source: Flickr user awesomealpharetta

Key Stats:

  • Median household income: $79,385
  • Unemployment rate: 6.2 percent
  • Movoto Agent Pick

Alpharetta doesn’t just have the facts and figures to make our list of Atlanta suburbs. It’s also a Movoto Agent Pick by local real estate agent Judy Hargrove. Potential Alpharetta home buyers will have their choice of new construction single family homes and condos. Convenient shopping at North Point Mall, swimming and walking trails at Wills Park, and dozens of local restaurants, like Bite and Colette French Pastry & Café, are just a few of the amenities Alpharetta residents enjoy. With a handful of elementary, middle, and high schools with a 10 out of 10 GreatSchools.org rating, Alpharetta is another one of many great Atlanta suburbs for schools.

2. Roswell

Roswell, GA - Atlanta Suburb

Source: City of Roswell, Georgia Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total amenities: 6,230
  • Median household income: $79,385
  • Movoto Agent Pick

Potential Roswell home buyers have a variety housing options to choose from, including new construction condos and single family homes, or mid century and historic homes. Tap into your inner foodie at upscale local restaurants like Table & Main and Osteria Mattone. Outdoor enthusiasts will love exploring Roswell’s numerous parks and trails, from the historic Old Mill Park, to the hiker’s paradise of Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Historic Downtown Roswell is a pedestrian friendly dining and shopping center, and local events like the farmers’ market and free live music at Roswell Riverside Sounds are a great way to get to know your neighbors.

3. Tucker

Tucker, GA - Atlanta Suburb

Source: Tucker Farmers Market via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total amenities: 4,165
  • Movoto Agent Pick

Tucker home buyers have their pick of historic and new construction single-family homes, and modern condos. It’s hard to be bored as a Tucker resident, with thousands of amenities in your backyard. Local pub and music venue MoonShadow Tavern is the perfect spot for a night out, and foodies will love trying the numerous local restaurants, from Papi’s Cuban & Caribbean Grill to French restaurant, Technique. Tucker also has a local Farmers Market and First Thursday Food Truck Market. Henderson Park’s wooded trails, man made lake, and playground are the perfect place for families to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon together.

4. Decatur (tie)

Decatur, GA - Atlanta Suburb

Source: Downtown Decatur via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Median home price: $340,300
  • High school graduation rate: 94 percent
  • Average commute time: 24 minutes

As residents say, “Everything is greater in Decatur.” This city of nearly 20,000 offers thousands of amenities and a variety of homes for sale, from Tudors and Craftsman style homes to condos and townhouses. Decatur has a bustling downtown with plenty of shops and restaurants. Events like the Decatur Arts Festival and Concerts on the Square bring the community together. If you have kids or want to raise a family in the future, Decatur has a variety of great schools. Like with Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, Decatur’s residents spend an average of 24 minutes getting to work, the shortest of any other Atlanta suburbs we looked at. That means you’ll spend less time on the road (or on MARTA) and more time doing things that matter to you.

4. Duluth (tie)

Duluth, GA - Atlanta Suburb

Source: City of Duluth, Georgia – City Hall via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total amenities: 3,865
  • Unemployment rate: 7.5 percent

Duluth offers plenty of amenities, including boutique shopping, local dining, and arts and entertainment, and a wide selection of modern condos and single-family houses. Historic downtown Duluth is always full of activity and events. Fridays-N-Duluth brings the community together with food and entertainment, and the Summer Stage Concert series brings live music to the Duluth Town Green. Art enthusiasts will love Barefoot in the City, the Duluth art festival that lasts eight days. Several Duluth public schools received a GreatSchools rating of 10, 9, or 8, making Duluth one of the best Atlanta suburbs for schools.

6. Dunwoody (tie)

Dunwoody, GA - Atlanta Suburb

Source: Dunwoody Nature Center via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Average commute time: 24 minutes
  • Median home price: $367,800
  • Movoto Agent Pick

Luxury condos and single family homes on large lots are common choices for Dunwoody home buyers. Local restaurants like the E. 48th Street Market deli and chic wine bar Seasons 52 are sure to please foodies. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the scenic Dunwoody Nature Center, which hosts live music events in the summer. Dunwoody residents can also sleep in a few extra minutes each morning, since the average commute time among residents is 24 minutes.

7. Tyrone

Tyrone, GA - Atlanta Suburb

Source: Downtown Grill; Tyrone GA via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Median household income: $88,406
  • Total crimes per 100k: 1,486

The quiet residential community of Tyrone earns a spot on our list of Atlanta suburbs with a low crime rate, high household income, and great local amenities. Potential Tyrone home buyers will find plenty of four to five bedroom single family homes on large lots. Local restaurant, Downtown Grill, is the perfect spot for a special occasion or night out. Cool off during the Georgia summers at the Tyrone Public Library, or keep your kids busy with a summer reading program.

8. Sandy Springs

Sandy Springs, GA - Atlanta Suburb

Source: Sandy Springs, Georgia: City News

Key Stats:

  • Median home price: $426,800
  • Average commute time: 24 minutes

Sandy Springs offers home buyers a ton of options, such as charming cottage style homes, traditional brick houses, and condos in gated communities with plenty of amenities. Yearly events like The Sandy Springs Festival and The Annual Chattahoochee River Summer Splash ensure that you’ll never run out of things to do. Nature lovers will enjoy taking hikes in one of the area’s parks, like the Big Trees Forest Preserve. Sandy Springs also is home to three hospitals, so you can breathe a little easier knowing healthcare is just a short trip away.

9. Kennesaw

Kennesaw, GA - Atlanta Suburb

Source: Kennesaw Parks and Recreation via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Median home price: $168,800
  • Total crimes per 100k: 1,716

Kennesaw earns the ninth spot on our list for a low crime rate and a good standard of living. Home buyers will get more bang for their buck here, since the median home price is lower than many of the other Atlanta suburbs we looked at. History buffs and nature lovers alike will be drawn to nearby Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, which has about 17 miles of hiking trails. There are also great parks within the city, Swift-Cantrell Park and Adams Park, where the city’s Parks and Recreation department offers a number of activities, especially for families.

10. Johns Creek

Johns Creek, GA - Atlanta Suburb

Source: Taste of Johns Creek via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Median home price: $336,000
  • Total crimes per 100k: 780
  • Median income: $109,553

Rounding out our top 10 is the affluent city of Johns Creek. This community had the highest high school graduation rate in the area (96 percent) and was the safest Atlanta suburb we looked at. If you’re raising a family, Johns Creek has some of the best schools in the Atlanta area, including Northview High School and Chattahoochee High School. Golfers will be pleased to know that there are six golf courses in Johns Creek, including the Atlanta Athletic Club, which hosted the 2011 PGA Championship.

Our Methodology

To figure out which Atlanta suburbs would make the cut, we took a look at the following criteria:

  • Amenities per capita
  • Standard of living (cost of living, median home price, median rent, median household income, and high school graduation rate)
  • Total crimes per 100k
  • Unemployment rate
  • Total crimes per 100k
  • Average commute time

After collecting data for each of the above categories, we ranked each suburb in those categories and averaged the scores. The suburbs with the lowest overall scores made our list of best Atlanta suburbs. Then Hargrove gave us a list the suburbs she thought should make the cut, which we gave bonus points and noted as Movoto Agent Picks. To see how the rest of the suburbs we ranked measured up, check out the table below: Best Atlanta Suburbs

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