Blog ranks Canton top place to live in Georgia
by Michelle Babcock
May 22, 2014 04:00 AM | 3274 views | 1 1 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The city of Canton was ranked as the No. 1 best place to live in Georgia by real estate blog Movoto, with Woodstock landing a spot in the top 10.

The Movoto blog looked at 81 Georgia cities with populations of 10,000 or more, and took in to account city amenities, quality of life, crime rate, employment, commute times and weather.

Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood said he wasn’t surprised the city of Canton was named the best place to live.

“They’re just now figuring out what we’ve known for a long time,” Hobgood said. “We’ve got pretty much the best of everything. Our location is really ideal, just north of Atlanta. We’re still close enough to Atlanta. When we have to, we can run down there. But the need to go into the big city now is getting less and less as we develop more industry.”

Movoto blogger Natalie Grigson called Canton “the quintessence of a charming Georgian city.”

“Canton ranked well in our analysis for its low unemployment rate of just 7.7 percent, a crime rate 49 percent lower than the rest of Georgia and a sales tax of just 6 percent,” Grigson said on Movoto. “Plus, Canton has some of the finest weather in the state, with a relatively cool average summer temperature of 76.”

With a population of about 23,800, Hobgood said the city has a lot to offer, so there’s no need to leave Canton, which is one of the reasons it’s such a great place to live.

“We’ve got shops, we’ve got the ideal weather,” Hobgood said. “We’ve got good people, we’ve got a low crime rate, we’ve got good facilities, and we have a lot of events and activities that people can enjoy. We have one of the greatest natural resources anyone could have running through the heart of our city, the Etowah River.”

Hobgood said Canton has just about everything a family could want.

“Lake Allatoona is nearby, and we have great schools. And all that adds up and makes for an ideal place to live,” Hobgood said.

The city of Woodstock came in at No. 8 on the Movoto real estate blog list, and Mayor Donnie Henriques said he’s not surprised.

“I think we should’ve been No. 1, but I’m biased,” Henriquez said. “Everyone uses the phrase ‘live, work, play,’ but we really have it in Woodstock — you can do all three here.”

Henriques said the city is terrific. From bike and walking trails, to the dozen restaurants in downtown Woodstock alone, Henriques said the city is truly a destination.

“The downtown has become a destination for people from all over the area, not just in Cherokee County,” Henriques said. “The attractions are here, there’s a lot for people to do.”

Grigson said “Wood-stock’s downtown isn’t just packed with charm; it’s also packed with amenities.”

“From Century House Tavern to some of the best southern barbecue in the city at J. Miller’s, Woodstock is brimming with local flavor,” Grigson said.

Other cities in Movoto’s top 10 places to live are: Peachtree City, Athens, Alpharetta, Perry, Fayetteville, Duluth, Norcross, Kennesaw and Gainesville.

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Darin W.
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May 25, 2014
I have been saying this for years now. In 2005, my wife and I decided it was time for a better place for our family to call home. We were lifelong Southern California residents(San Fernando and Antelope Valley's)and had never even been anywhere close to Georgia. I started researching online to narrow down the areas we felt would both fit our desires and afford me an opportunity to transfer within my company. We made one 3 day trip to look around and were blown away by the stark differences to just about everything we'd known our entire lives. I miss our families who still live there but would not trade my life here for anything. Canton is a truly wonderful little town with great people. It's funny, I get asked fairly often why I would move from Southern California to Canton, GA. All I can tell them is, you have no idea what you have here. We go back to visit family once a year or so and within a day or two, we are longing to be back in Georgia. Canton is home.
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