Two metro Atlanta cities on high incomes list

Two Atlanta suburbs have made a business publication's list of top-earning small cities.

Sandy Springs and Roswell made CNN's compilation published Monday, but just barely. They ranked 23rd and 24th out of a list of 25 cities.

The median family income in Sandy Springs was $115,171 in 2009, and in Roswell it was $113,750, according to the online publication.

That compares with $172,541 in top-ranked Bethesda, Md.

Wheaton, Il., with a median of $113,517, anchored the bottom.

The list is based on massaged numbers from census data, and only two places per state could qualify.

Sandy Springs also made the top 25 on the "rich and single" list, ranking fourth with 35.6 percent of its residents unmarried. (The city didn't make it onto another list for the youngest median age, and it's unclear whether divorce or loss of a loved one played a role in Sandy Springs' high singles ranking. So this may not be enough information to rank it among the nation's top swinging singles hot spots.)

Another Georgia town, Warner Robins, made a list of most affordable homes.

The city, with its motto "Every Day In Middle Georgia Is Armed Forces Appreciation Day," is the location of Robins Air Force Base.

The base employs engineers and others, contributing to a median family income of $62,592.

That makes the homes, with a median price of $110,000, "very affordable" for the typical family, according to CNN Money, which ranked the city 13th for affordable homes.

Metro Atlanta didn't make some of the other lists -- for fast commutes or clean air.

But not making some lists can be a good thing: No Georgia community, for instance, appeared on the list of cities with the highest average temperature in July. Top-place honors for that went to Yuma, Ariz., where the thermometer reading averaged 106.5 degrees.

The numbers are for cities with 50,000 to 300,000 residents. The lists also appear in the August issue of Money Magazine.