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A+ Kennesaw Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Kennesaw Cost of Living Cost of living is 7% higher than Georgia
100same as the US average
937% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Kennesaw cost of living
A- Kennesaw Crime Total crime is 50% lower than Georgia
Total crime
1,61641% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 6241% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-12%Year over year crime is down
Kennesaw crime
C Kennesaw Employment Household income is 25% higher than Georgia
Median household income
$63,75615% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$30,1051% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%18% lower than the US average
Kennesaw employment
A Kennesaw Housing Home value is equal to Georgia
Median home value
$152,80017% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$1,12118% higher than the US average
Home ownership
61%4% lower than the US average
Kennesaw real estate or Kennesaw rentals
C Kennesaw Schools HS graduation rate is 10% higher than Georgia
High school grad. rates
89%7% higher than the US average
School test scores
49%equal to the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:1equal to the US average
Kennesaw K-12 schools or Kennesaw colleges

Living in Kennesaw, GA

Kennesaw is a mid-sized city located in the state of Georgia. The city has a population of 32,669 residents. With a population density of 3,400 people per square mile, Kennesaw is well above the nation's average density level. 71% of the people in Kennesaw (over the age of 15) are married and 51% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

Living in Kennesaw can be a positive experience for anyone relocating to the area. Having said that, in the state of Georgia, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! With useful information like amenities, weather, education, employment and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Kennesaw and in the areas around Kennesaw is a much easier task.

With a livability score of 83/100, Kennesaw is ranked #676 in the United States and #12 in Georgia. This is a phenomenal score, as Kennesaw ranks well in multiple categories! Kennesaw has also earned the rare honor of ranking in the top 10 percentile among all cities. There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. Kennesaw scores well for amenities (A+), crime (A-) and housing (A).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Kennesaw has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Kennesaw: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, and Smith Gilbert Gardens.

Based on multiple factors including: median home and rental prices, appreciation rates and home affordability, Kennesaw has received high marks in the housing category. Based on these calculations, the apartment rental and real estate market appears to be very healthy.

Assuming that Kennesaw meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Kennesaw. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Kennesaw are simply unattainable. The median home price for Kennesaw homes is $152,800, which is 0.3% higher than the Georgia average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Kennesaw, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.4, which is 20% lower than the Georgia average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Kennesaw were 8.5%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 8%.

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Kennesaw: Metro Atlanta's Hidden Gem

I've lived in many great cities in Metro Atlanta, but Kennesaw is definitely my favorite for several reasons. One is the location. You can be in Atlanta or the North Georgia Mountains in half an hour, which means plenty of fun in the city or peace and quiet in the country, depending on your mood. Traffic can get a little crazy, but it does flow smoothly most days, especially if you can avoid rush hour.

But you don't have to leave Kennesaw to have a good time. I love visiting the parks here, especially Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield. Not only is it a great place to walk my dog, but it's filled with historic sites and monuments from the Civil War, so it's a fun place for a history buff like myself. Town Center is, hands down, one of the best malls in the Atlanta area, and it just happens to be here in Kennesaw. I never shop anywhere else. There are also hundreds of restaurants throughout the town, so you'll always find the cuisine to suit your cravings.

Beyond that, I think Kennesaw is a great place to raise a family. The schools are good, the people in the community are decent, and the home prices are fairly low compared to other nearby cities. Kids' sports are big here, and there are plenty of green spaces to hang out and have a good time. One of the biggest colleges in Georgia, as well as one of the biggest hospitals in the state are located here, which means plenty of jobs, wonderful educational opportunities, and great healthcare.
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Source: The Kennesaw, GA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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