Best Places To Live

43. Evans, GA

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Evans, GA John Curry/ZUMA Press—Alamy

Top 50 rank: 43

Population: 30,874

Evans may feel like a rural town, but a 10-mile commute puts you into downtown Augusta, home to big area employers like Georgia Regents University and U.S. Army center Fort Gordon.

Evans’s downtown area is sparse, but water lovers appreciate being just 30 minutes away from the massive 71,100-acre Thurmond Lake. And with its median home sales price of $190,000, homebuyers will find a slew of affordable options. –S.M.

Evans, GA

Town stats

Median family income (per year) $104,877
Job growth % (2010-2012) 15.38%
Median home price (2012) $214,250
Reading test scores (% above/below average) 8.4%
Math test scores (% above/below average) 20.9%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 13
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 173

Financials

Median family income (per year) $104,877
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted) $115,758
Sales tax 8.00%
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) 15.38%

Housing

Median home price (2012) $214,250
Average property taxes (2012) $2,223

Education

Colleges, universities and professional schools (within 30 miles) 5
Reading test scores (% above/below state average) 8.4%
Test scores math (% above/below average) 20.9%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits) 99.9/0.1

Quality of life

Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good) 90.5%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 13
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 173
Median commute time (in minutes) 22.4
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer 13.1%
% population walk or bike to work 1.7%

Leisure and culture

Movie theaters (within 15 miles) 8
Restaurants (within 15 miles) 765
Bars (within 15 miles) 94
Public golf courses (within 30 miles) 52
Libraries (within 15 miles) 14
Museums (accredited by AAM; within 30 miles) 1
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) N.A.
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 0.3

Weather

Annual rainfall (inches) 44.58
% clear days in the area 60%
High temp in July ° F 95.2°
Low temp in Jan ° F 30.7°

Meet the neighbors

Median age 38.8
Completed at least some college (% of residents) 71.6%
Married % 63.5%
Divorced % 4.4%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity) 86.0

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