Tag: Cityhood

Old Cities, New Cities, And One Non-City Ranked on Best-Of Lists

There are lots of things that make a community a city, but nothing (other than a yes vote – sorry, LaVista Hills!) legitimizes a city like making a best-of list on the internet.

By this metric, the nascent City of Tucker is now really a city. Two lists released last week by WalletHub and 24/7 Wall Street include several Georgia cities ranked by virtue of their affordability, economic health, education and health, and quality of life.

Of the 1,268 cities with a population between 25,000 and 100,000 residents on the WalletHub list, Georgia’s representatives include:

  • Alpharetta (83)
  • Duluth (145; ranked first in most restaurants per capita)
  • Kennesaw (174)
  • Marietta (183)
  • Evans (249; #1 in Highest Income Growth)
  • Milton (323)
  • Newnan (532)
  • Lawrenceville (572; #5 in most restaurants per capita)
  • Johns Creek (575)
  • Smyrna (602)
  • Peachtree City (606)
  • Tucker (632)
  • Dunwoody (662)
  • Roswell (694)
  • Martinez (726)
  • Douglasville (885)
  • Stockbridge (955)
  • Mableton (1007) (Wait, what?)
  • Hinesville (1027)
  • Statesboro (1083; dead last in the highest percentage of residents below the poverty level)
  • Warner Robins (1100)
  • Gainesville (1119)
  • Rome (1161)
  • Sandy Springs (1166; third from the bottom in income growth, but their median income is pretty good, so interpret that as you will)
  • LaGrange (1172)
  • Dalton (1173)
  • Valdosta (1182)
  • Macon (1220)
  • Albany (1225)
  • East Point (1242)

On the 24/7 Wall Street list, which only ranked cities with a population of more than 60,000 residents, Johns Creek received an overall score of 95.4 out of 100. The site notes that, “While Georgia generally fares worse than most states in many social and economic measures, Johns Creek residents benefit from high incomes, low poverty, high levels of education, and plenty of amenities.”

The methodology used in each set of rankings is key to contextualizing the lists, which may come as a relief to Sandy Springs when they find themselves ranked below Mableton, which is not actually a city (yet).