If you’re relocating to the Atlanta area you’re likely going to consider 3 different cities based on the popularity of Google searches.   These cities offer relative affordability, great schools and commutes to the most popular places.  Natives might look at this list and think it’s tilted toward the north side of Atlanta, but truthfully we only went off the search results to build this top 3 list.

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3.  Marietta

One of the reasons people search for homes in Marietta to relocate to is that it tends to offer quicker drive times to places like Buckhead in Atlanta.  In addition, it has a diverse mix of affordable older homes with more expensive newer construction.  The Atlanta Braves will be moving to Marietta in the coming year and there’s a lot of good (and negative) news coming from Marietta right now.  Traditionally, split between West and East Cobb County, Marietta area home owners have access to some great schools like Pope.

2. Lawrenceville

Most often people search for the top location and end up wondering where the best deal is.  That’s Lawrenceville!  Homes for sale in Lawrenceville GA are just much more affordable than the median for Atlanta and much more affordable than Marietta or the number one city.  For example, a 3,000 sqft home could easily cost less than $250,000.  With great school systems (top in the state) and the best parks in the state, it’s easy to see why this is a hot search term.

TOP SPOT GOES TO…

  1.  Alpharetta

Alpharetta is the perennial top relocation spot right after Atlanta itself.  It’s got the schools, parks but it also has it’s own commerce and job sector making it a powerhouse in and of itself.  Homes in Alpharetta tend to be higher than average cost but they also weather the typical downturns of the economy.