Saturday, April 25, 2015

Most Affordable "Suburbs"

Top Ten Most Affordable Atlanta Suburbs, as published by These suburbs were ranked by the cost of living, median home value, the percent of income spent on rent, and the median home price divided by income (aka "affordability ratio"). 

Obviously what WASN'T taken into account was the distance to Atlanta. Thomaston isn't even a suburb of Macon. Centerville is south of Macon. No wonder it's cheap. Panthersville is the only suburb inside the perimeter.

Here are the cheapest suburbs and the distance to downtown. All are on the southside. The AJC often acts like the conservative northside doesn't exist, even though their offices are near Perimeter Mall.

1. Morrow 17 miles
2. Locust Grove 39 miles
3. Conley 15 miles
4. Barnesville 62 miles
5. Centerville 98 miles
6. Irondale 23 miles
7. Forest Park 14 miles
8. Thomaston 79 miles
9. Redan 20 miles
10. Panthersville 11 miles

Houses are being built further and further out. I don't envy those people's commutes. Here are a few more suburbs on the northside where we know people, and their distances downtown. At least for most of these homebuyers soon the commute to Braves games won't be as far.

Acworth 32 miles
Ball Ground 49 miles
Birmingham 35 miles
Braselton 48 miles
Canton 39 miles
Cartersville 43 miles
Covington 37 miles
Cumming 38 miles
Dallas 33 miles
Dawsonville 56 miles
East Cobb (my house) 24 miles
Flowery Branch 44 miles
Newnan 40 miles
Pendergrass 57 miles
SunTrust Park 12 miles
Villa Rica 33 miles
Winder 49 miles

I couldn't find the link for this story. The AJC probably took it down out of shame. I did find a link to a great story about tater tots:

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