Suwanee sits in Atlanta’s moneyed northern suburbs: Think big yards and small crime rates. The town’s highly regarded schools make it a particularly good place for raising children. The education non-profit GreatSchools.org rates every school in the district an enviable 9 or 10 (out of 10). Kids in northern Georgia also benefit from proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains and Lake Lanier, a reservoir popular with boaters and vacationers. The city itself boasts a massive public playground called PlayTown and a downtown fountain called Big Splash, where kids are encouraged to play. (One of the rules: “Smile!”)
Meanwhile, Mom and Dad can expect low living costs and solid incomes at one of the many manufacturing firms that call the area home. Atlanta is a commutable 45 minutes away.
City population: 15,355
Average family income: $104,813
Percentage of families with children: 40.3%
Metro-area spending per student: $6,008
Public playgrounds: 4