Best Places To Live 2013

33. Suwanee, GA

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

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 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) 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 longer 29.7%
% population walk or bike to work 1.8%

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 area 59%
High temp in July ° F 87.5°
Low temp in Jan ° F 29.1°

Meet the neighbors

Median age 35.8
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

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