Peachtree City, GA
Top 50 rank: 48
In this verdant Atlanta suburb, you’ll find teens and seniors alike zipping through neighborhoods in golf carts. The town has 35,000 residents, 10,000 golf carts, and more than 90 miles of trails that weave through lakes, baseball fields, a BMX park, and an amphitheater.
Despite lacking a true town center, Peachtree City is a fixture on the Best Places list, thanks to low unemployment, high test scores, and employers such as TDK and Panasonic. –S.M.
Median family income (per year) $103,951 Job growth % (2010-2012) 9.25% Median home price (2012) $225,900 Reading test scores (% above/below average) 9.2% Math test scores (% above/below average) 25.3% Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 0 Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 13
Financials Median family income (per year) $103,951 Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted) $107,023 Sales tax 6.00% State income tax rate (highest bracket) 6.00%I State income tax rate (lowest bracket) 1.00%I Auto insurance premiums (Average price quotes, for the state) $1,830 Job growth % (2010-2012) 9.25%
Housing Median home price (2012) $225,900 Average property taxes (2011) $3,177
Education Colleges, universities and professional schools (within 30 miles) 23 Reading test scores (% above/below state average) 9.2% Test scores math (% above/below average) 25.3% % students attending public/private schools (located within town limits) 95.3/4.7
Quality of life Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good) N.A. Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 0 Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 13 Median commute time (in minutes) 26.1 % population with commute 45 mins. or longer 24.6% % population walk or bike to work 3.8%
Leisure and culture Movie theaters (within 15 miles) 8 Restaurants (within 15 miles) 643 Bars (within 15 miles) 29 Public golf courses (within 30 miles) 67 Libraries (within 15 miles) 13 Museums (accredited by AAM; within 30 miles) 3 Ski resorts (within 100 miles) N.A. Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 0.3
Weather Annual rainfall (inches) 50.2 % clear days in the area 59% High temp in July ° F 88.9° Low temp in Jan ° F 30.6°
Meet the neighbors Median age 41.7 Completed at least some college (% of residents) 78.4% Married % 62.8% Divorced % 7.3% Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity) 78.2