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Did you know that the CSRA has one of the cheapest places to live in Georgia? Often when you’re looking to move, the cost of rent or mortgage can be a very big determining factor on where you’ll settle down.  And Georgia offers many wonderful places through the state.  You’ve got everything from mountains, river areas, small towns, historical cities and more.

When it comes to the cheapest cities in Georgia for renters, Rent.com rounds up the best places throughout the state. And you can still live close to the hustle and bustle, while still keeping some money in your pocket!

Of course, you always have to take traffic and other factors into account, especially if you want to live near a city like Atlanta. But there are a lot of great options outside of the metro Atlanta area.

And Georgia continues to thrive and grow with more and more movies and television shows filming.  Plus, the music and tech industry are also seeing growth in the state.  Not to mention a lot of big companies are housed in Georgia too! And you can’t forget the Georgia-based companies hiring for remote workers too.

On the list of top cheapest cities in Georgia, you’ll find a little bit of everything- from small towns, to places not far from metro Atlanta.  And we were surprised to see THIS town in the CSRA on the list!

So which town is it?

Grovetown actually came in at number 20.  The average rent on a 1 bedroom apartment is around $947 with a -2.72% year over year change.  Honestly, with all of the growth in Grovetown, we were quite surprised.  Just a few years ago, things looked a lot different in that area.  But they have been building and expanding.  A lot of families continue to move into that area and we expect that to continue with the proximity to Fort Gordon, and the Augusta area with many job opportunities.

Check out the top 10 cheapest places to live, according to Rent.com

  • 10. Dalton

    Average one-bedroom average rent price: $809

    Average rent change in the past year: 13.12%

    Dalton is famous for the carpet stores, and is located in the Appalachian Mountains.  A great place to hike with beautiful views.  It’s somewhat convenient to both Atlanta and Chattanooga.

  • 9. Cartersville

    Average one-bedroom average rent price: $804

    Average rent change in the past year: 0.63%

    Cartersville is home to the first Coca-Cola outdoor wall ad.  The city has great museums for art and science as well.

  • 8. Clarkston

    Average one-bedroom average rent price: $781

    Average rent change in the past year: -6.96%

    Clarkston is only about 17 miles from Atlanta, so it’s a great place if you want to save on rent, but work in the city.  They have a great variety of international dining options from Indian, to Ethiopian, Nepali and more.  You’re also close to Stone Mountain Park.

  • 7. Forest Park

    Average one-bedroom average rent price: $773

    Average rent change in the past year: 8.51%

    Forest Park is less than 10 miles from Atlanta and is convenient for business travelers who fly a lot.  But it also has some great nature sights to see too.

  • 6. Albany

    Average one-bedroom average rent price: $758

    Average rent change in the past year: -3.10%

    Albany is the eighth-largest city in the state.  It has many historic sites, and has access to the Flint River.  The local economy is driven by the Marine Corps base.

  • 5. Athens

    Average one-bedroom average rent price: $740

    Average rent change in the past year: -13.02%

    Athens is definitely a college town, which may account for some of the cost of living, but it’s more than just that.  There are great trails to hike and bike, plus the State Botanical Garden and the Georgia Museum of Art with great historical pieces and information as well.

  • 4. Warner Robins

    Average one-bedroom average rent price: $735

    Average rent change in the past year: -2.91%

    Just below Macon, off I-75, you’ll find Warner Robins. It’s the home of the Air Force Base and has been named one of America’s best places to live by CNN Money and Business Week!  Enjoy community theater and weekends on Houston Lake.

  • 3. Rincon

    Average one-bedroom average rent price: $734

    Average rent change in the past year: 0.26%

    Rincon has a long history as a railroad town and played a significant role in the Civil War.  This means you’ll see many historical markers around town.  But it’s also a place that now draws many young families, as it is conveniently located near Savannah.  There’s a lot of great family-friendly activities here.

  • 2. Cumming

    Average one-bedroom average rent price: $662

    Average rent change in the past year: -44.57%

    You may think that Cumming is part of the Atlanta metro, but it is about 40 miles away.  If you don’t mind the drive, you can still work in Atlanta, but live away from the hustle. There are many great outdoor activities here as well, including Lake Lanier and many golf courses.

  • 1. Valdosta

    Average one-bedroom average rent price: $647

    Average rent change in the past year: 8%

    Valdosta has beautiful historic architecture, and features the Crescent at Valdosta Garden Center, a 23-room mansion built in 1898.  In this town, you can enjoy the Peach State Summer Theatre or check out South Georgia Pecan Co. and see how pecans get processed.