What is the Best County in Georgia to Live

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According to Niche, Oconee County gets an A+.

Ranked as #1 for three of the top 4 categories:

  • Best for Families
  • Best Public Schools
  • Best to Buy a House

Best for Families

According to Niche, “Many families live in Oconee County and residents tend to be conservative. ”  

The county is safe with low violent and property crime rates. A review on the Niche writes,

It’s a safe and clean place that is well suited to raise a family. The schools are great and the cost of living is very good also. It’s suburban to rural which makes for a pleasant and quite atmosphere. If you want a more bustling scene now and then a major city with a large international airport is just over one hour away.”

Best Public Schools

Ranked #2 (behind Buford City Schools), Oconee County schools receive a grade of A.

Located in Watkinsville, GA, there are 8,019 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. The average graduation rate is 94% with an average ACT of 1210. 

According to state test scores, 70% of students are at least proficient in math and 67% in reading.

“I went to school in Oconee County k-12. It is a great place to get educated. It totally prepared me for my college experience. I loved all of my teachers. In high school, the accelerated, honors, AP and dual enrollment programs are great. I took honors, accelerated and AP courses during all four years and the teachers were all fantastic. I’ll forever be grateful for my academic experiences are OCHS.”

Best to Buy a House

With a population of 37,000, Oconee County is located approximately 70 miles from Atlanta, and is ranked #1 as the best place to buy a house.  A whopping 83% of residents own their home, with median home values at $268,000. The unemployment rate in the county is historically lower than the U.S. average, but compared to the rest of the nation, the cost of living is 7% higher. Oconee County  
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Source:  www.niche.com