Downtown Lilburn (File Photo)
As Lilburn boasts affordable housing where a well-maintained three-bedroom ranch could cost $125,000, Money magazine this week recognized the Gwinnett town as a top five city in America.
The city in southwest Gwinnett was named on a list of the top 25 “Best places to live: Where homes are affordable.” The magazine said a median home price in Lilburn is $84,478, while a median family income is $64,762 for city, which has a population of about 12,000 people.
“We are delighted that Money magazine chose to recognize our beautiful city,” Mayor Johnny Crist said in a press release. “The residents of Lilburn love our small town feel, top notch schools and parks, and convenience to Atlanta. We are glad that others around the country will see what we have to offer, thanks to this spotlight by Money magazine.”
Crist also told the magazine about the city’s Hindu temple, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, which attracts 250,000 visitors each year. The city also counts the South Asian community as 10 percent of its population, while the total city population has more than tripled in the last 30 years.
The top four “most affordable” cities were Altamonte Springs, Fla., Plano, Ill., Homewood, Ill. and Powder Springs.
For the third time since 2007, Money magazine listed Suwanee as one of the top 50 best places to live in America.
This time, the city was ranked No. 33 in the country and tops in Georgia as the magazine highlighted many well-known aspects, such as Town Center Park, food truck days, public art, the recent Berlin Wall exhibit and concerts. On the magazine’s web site, it said, “America’s top 50 small towns are not only thriving economically, they’ve also got all you could want in a place to raise a family: plenty of green space, good schools, and a strong sense of community.”
“It’s great to receive national recognition for our community through such a rigorous process and from such a prestigious publication,” Suwanee Mayor Jimmy Burnette said in a press release. “We’re excited to be recognized as the best small town in Georgia and committed to continually improving our community and the quality of life for our residents.”
But everything wasn’t positive about the piece.
“This is an Atlanta suburb — and a fast-growing one at that — meaning that traffic is often brutal,” the magazine wrote about Suwanee.
The towns all had populations between 10,000 and 50,000, and the list began with 1,326 towns.
The other Georgia towns on the list were Evans at No. 43 and Peachtree City at No. 48.
The top five towns on the list were Sharon, Mass., Louisville, Colo., Vienna, Va., Chanhassen, Minn. and Sherwood, Ore.
For Suwanee, Money listed its median annual family income at $95,747, job growth from 2010 to 2012 at 12.2 percent and a median home price at $199,000.
Money magazine also listed Suwanee on its “Best places to live” list in 2007, at No. 10, and No. 35 in 2009. Last year, Kiplinger named Suwanee No. 3 in the U.S. to raise your kids.
Earlier this summer, Family Circle magazine listed the northern Gwinnett city in its 10 Best Towns For Families for its August issue.