Lifestyle

Cost of Living

With a cost of living more than 10 percent lower than the national average, your hard-earned dollars go further in Clayton County. Lower than average costs on groceries and healthcare make it easier to start and support a family, while the abundance of highly affordable housing options make buying a home in Clayton County a smart real estate investment.

Living in Clayton County is convenient, too, with a wonderful mix of residences in friendly neighborhoods plus many cultural and retail centers. Just 12 miles from downtown Atlanta, Clayton County is within a short drive from big city entertainment and attraction opportunities.

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Clayton County GA US
Overall 89.9 93.4 100
Grocery 93.1 95.5 100
Health 93.2 95.5 100
Housing 52.9 80.7 100

*Based on U.S. average of 100

Source: Sperling's Best Places

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Housing

Prospective residents can choose from apartments and bungalows, starter homes, traditional family living spaces, and retirement residences.

Most housing in Clayton County consists of single-family homes, many of them mid-century suburban houses that are again rising in popularity with young families. Clayton County is also working to encourage developers to build homes in the $200,000- $300,000 range, to increase the diversity of the county’s housing stock and attract working families. Near term options will include denser, quality-built townhomes or accessible single-family tracts in walkable, mixed-use development neighborhoods.

Housing prices in Clayton County vary from the extremely affordable, less-than-$100,000 brick bungalows to million-dollar homes in the Lake Spivey area. The median list price of a home in Clayton County is $157,000 according to Realtor.com, which is great news for buyers. A county-wide average of $87 per square foot means a vast, 3,800-square-foot home in Jonesboro may be half the price of a similar home in one of Atlanta’s northern suburbs.

Renters will find affordable rental homes and apartments as well. The median gross rent in Clayton County is $921, which is less than state and national costs and significantly lower than other metro counties.

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