Using comprehensive data from the U.S. Census, Department of Education, FBI and more, Niche.com assessed the overall livability of an area for its "2017 Best Suburbs to Live in America" ranking.
To come up with the list, analysts assessed 4,875 suburbs in the U.S. and considered several key factors such as cost of living, crime rates, quality of local schools, employment and access to amenities.
For the first time, analysts also incorporated millions of reviews from residents about their community.
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Niche defines a suburb as “a place located within a Census-defined urbanized area, but outside the principal city with a population of at least 1,000.”
On top of its best suburbs ranking, the company also created lists for best cities, neighborhoods, places and counties.
With an overall A+ Niche grade and an A+ in public schools and good for families categories, as well as in commute and diversity, the city of Decatur ranked No. 1 among 100 Georgia suburbs and No. 26 nationally.
That’s a big jump for the DeKalb suburb from No. 63 in the nation last year.
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In addition to being the No. 1 best Georgia suburb to live in, Decatur also came in at No. 32 in Niche.com's "2017 Best Places to Live in America" and was named one of metro Atlanta's best suburbs for millennials in 2016.
The city also ranked No. 2 in the site's "2016 Places with the Best Public Schools in Georgia," behind Gwinnett County's Buford.
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Of the top 10 best Georgia suburbs of 2017, two are in DeKalb County, four in Fulton, three in Gwinnett and one in Fayette.
Here are the top 10 of Georgia's 100 best suburbs to live in for 2017, according to Niche.com:
- Decatur, Dekalb County
- Johns Creek, Fulton County
- Alpharetta, Fulton County
- Suwanee, Gwinnett County
- Roswell, Fulton County
- Milton, Fulton County
- Peachtree City, Fayette County
- Peachtree Corners, Gwinnett County
- Berkeley Lake, Gwinnett County
- Avondale Estates, DeKalb County
More about the "2017 Best Suburbs to Live" ranking and methodology.