Best Places to Live: Top 100

For this year's list we focused on smaller places that offered the best combination of economic opportunity, good schools, safe streets, things to do and a real sense of community.

Suwanee Georgia  
10. Suwanee, Ga.
Population: 11,200
Median home price (2006): $293,868
Average property taxes (2006):$2,311
Pros: Green space, affordable housing
Cons: Traffic, I-85 interchange
Mean prices in 2007: All housing units: $326,295; Detached houses: $326,188; Townhouses or other attached units: $293,944
Six years ago the residents of Suwanee voted to more than double their property taxes. The payoff: a boost from 28 acres of green space to more than 270, and a feeling of investment in their hometown. That's abundantly clear at the newly developed Town Center. Built on a heavily trafficked downtown corner, it meshes park space, retail and office properties and housing into one multiuse plaza - and residents have embraced it in a big way. Housing is reasonable, and schools are topnotch.

Though the town has planned recent development deliberately, the area around Interstate 85, which runs through Suwanee's southeastern corner, lacks for aesthetics but not for congestion. Still, the rest of the city has a lot to offer.


  Georgia has become a hot spot in the last few years. It seems that most of the population of the Northeast has moved to the Southeast. There are many obvious reasons for this like the great weather, friendly people, and good jobs. Other reasons are the perfect little towns sprinkled throughout the South, especially in the leading Southern state of Georgia.


  A public fountain in the center of Suwanee cools kids on summer days.

A public fountain in the center of Suwanee cools kids on summer days.

Crowds lined the street in front of the park near the fountain at Town Center Park in Suwanee, Georgia this morning for the start and finish of the 2008 Suwanee Day 5K and 10K races. Visitors to the park had a variety of attractions this morning as runners and spectators cruised past the regular Saturday morning Farmer's Market, children played in the fountain and families walked their dogs.

The City of Suwanee along with BodyPlex Family Fitness sponsored the races to promote next week's Suwanee Day event and community fitness. BodyPlex also conducted one of their "BodyVibe" workout classes from the amphitheater stage for anyone interested in participating after the races.

A total of over 600 runners participated in the two races with first, second and third place times awarded for numerous age and gender categories for each race. The fastest time for the 5K race was just over 16 minutes and the fastest time for the 10K was around 36 minutes. The overcast skies and slightly cooler temperatures gave the runners a welcome break from the normal summer heat. Check out this video of photos from this mornings activities......ENJOY!!