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Suwanee, GA David Douglas/City of Suwanee—PROPERTY OF TEN1 PHOTOGRAPHY

33. Suwanee, GA

Updated: May 31, 2014 3:59 PM UTC | Originally published: May 30, 2014

Top 50 rank: 33

Population: 16,002

Town Center Park is the heart of Suwanee. The 23-acre plot is full of locally owned restaurants, specialty stores, and City Hall, in addition to a huge water fountain, an amphitheater, and scores of public artworks. (A slab from the Berlin Wall is on display now.)

Residents also enjoy occasional food-truck days, with about 10 mobile outposts, and concerts, such as a recent Eve 6 show. But this is an Atlanta suburb -- and a fast-growing one at that -- meaning that traffic is often brutal. --S.M.

Suwanee, GA

Town stats

Median family income (per year)$95,747
Job growth % (2010-2012)12.27%
Median home price (2012)$199,000
Reading test scores (% above/below average)10.3%
Math test scores (% above/below average)26.6%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000)1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000)22

Financials

Median family income (per year)$95,747
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted)$98,576
Sales tax6.00%
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)12.27%

Housing

Median home price (2012)$199,000
Average property taxes (2012)$4,018

Education

Colleges, universities and professional schools (within 30 miles)45
Reading test scores (% above/below state average)10.3%
Test scores math (% above/below average)26.6%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits)100.0/0.0

Quality of life

Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good)82.2%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000)1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000)22
Median commute time (in minutes)30.7
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer29.7%
% population walk or bike to work1.8%

Leisure and culture

Movie theaters (within 15 miles)33
Restaurants (within 15 miles)2,416
Bars (within 15 miles)139
Public golf courses (within 30 miles)168
Libraries (within 15 miles)21
Museums (accredited by AAM; within 30 miles)5
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 area59%
High temp in July ° F87.5°
Low temp in Jan ° F29.1°

Meet the neighbors

Median age35.8
Completed at least some college (% of residents)77.9%
Married %63.3%
Divorced %5.3%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity)198.7