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A+ Sandy Springs Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Sandy Springs Cost of Living Cost of living is 40% higher than Georgia
Sandy Springs
13131% more expensive than the US average
946% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Sandy Springs cost of living
A- Sandy Springs Crime Total crime is 32% lower than Georgia
Total crime
1,97224% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5124% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-28%Year over year crime is down
Sandy Springs crime
B Sandy Springs Employment Household income is 34% higher than Georgia
Median household income
$68,62924% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$53,25779% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%23% lower than the US average
Sandy Springs employment
B- Sandy Springs Housing Home value is 177% higher than Georgia
Median home value
$421,600128% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,08314% higher than the US average
Home ownership
47%27% lower than the US average
Sandy Springs real estate or Sandy Springs rentals
D- Sandy Springs Schools HS graduation rate is 15% higher than Georgia
High school grad. rates
93%12% higher than the US average
School test scores
41%18% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
n/aequal to the US average
Sandy Springs K-12 schools or Sandy Springs colleges

Living in Sandy Springs, GA

Located in the state of Georgia, Sandy Springs is a mid-sized city with a population of 102,212 people. At 66%, the majority of the Sandy Springs population is White; this is followed by 21% Black and 7% Asian. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 77% of the population considered married and 60% with kids under the age of 18, Sandy Springs could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Living in Sandy Springs can be a positive experience for anyone moving to the town. Having said that, in the state of Georgia, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! To help you find the best places to live in and around Sandy Springs, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like weather, education, employment, housing and more.

Sandy Springs has a livability score of 75 out of 100 and is ranked #70 in Georgia and #5,137 in the USA. Based on this score, Sandy Springs would be considered a very livable city! There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. Sandy Springs ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (B+), weather (B-), employment (B) and housing (B-). There are some categories that Sandy Springs ranks poorly for, including: cost of living (F) and education (D-). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Sandy Springs 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. Some of the notable things to do include: Steel Canyon Golf Club, Morgan Falls Overlook Park, and Williams-Payne House Museum.

Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Sandy Springs gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 117 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Sandy Springs is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Sandy Springs come in at $421,600, which is 176.6% higher than the Georgia average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Sandy Springs, the home price to income ratio is 6.1, which is 103.3% higher than the Georgia average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Sandy Springs area were 6.3% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 6.8%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Compare Sandy Springs, GA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Sandy Springs, GA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Candler Park, Atlanta8111.48,095
Poncey-Highland, Atlanta7811.22,726
Buckhead, Atlanta7611.478,972
Old Fourth Ward, Atlanta7211.712,054
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Home Park, Atlanta719.911,414
Cabbage Town, Atlanta7112.54,789
Virginia-Highland, Atlanta7110.113,359
Atlanta-Inman Park, Atlanta6911.84,329

Best Cities Near Sandy Springs, GA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Vinings, GA867.511,816
Johns Creek, GA8511.882,930
Alpharetta, GA851163,013
Suwanee, GA8419.218,001
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Peachtree Corners, GA848.941,268
Woodstock, GA8414.527,964
Roswell, GA847.593,968
Kennesaw, GA8315.732,669
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I lived in the city of Sandy Springs, GA for four years, from 2004-2008. Sandy Springs is an affluent, mostly white suburb of Atlanta. The population of Sandy Springs is in the 80,000's. There are many headquarters of Fortune 500 companies in Sandy Springs, United Parcel Service and Rubbermaid, for example. Due to this, jobs are fairly plentiful in the area.

Sandy Springs borders the Chattahoochee River where there are many Antebellum style mansions with big columns as seen in Gone With The Wind with riverfront views where a variety of water sports and activities can be enjoyed. There are many unique, upscale shopping centers and antique malls in Sandy Springs. Because it's an upscale community and so close to Atlanta (20 minute drive) there are also many restaurants with a large variety of cuisine available, sushi and vegetarian to name a couple.

There is also a large selection of nightlife in the city including comedy and live music as well as, free outdoor concerts and free outdoor family movies in the summer. There are twelve public parks in Sandy Springs many offering children and adult activities and sports. Sandy Springs also has an art school, community theatre and a vintage movie theatre.
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Source: The Sandy Springs, GA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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