North Georgia is one of the hidden gems of the South. Tucked away into the Blue Ridge Mountains, the area is a mecca for outdoorsmen and craft fair enthusiasts alike. Many older couples choose to retire here, thanks to its array of activities and slow-moving lifestyle

But there’s more to the North Georgia Mountains than tourism and retirement. It’s also a wonderful place to raise a family. Not convinced yet? Take a look at these reasons to raise a family in North Georgia:

1. The outdoor activities in North Georgia are endless

There are countless ways to spend your summer (or any season) in North Georgia. Tourism is the area’s biggest industry, thanks to the countless lakes, rivers, streams, waterfalls, hiking trails, and other scenic adventures in the area. You can hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail starting in Ellijay, fish for trout in the Toccoa River near Blue Ridge, or explore the many islands in Lake Chatuge near Hiawassee. For a more relaxing adventure, board the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway and tour the beautiul mountain scenery.

2. North Georgia towns are safe

North Georgia towns are full of southern charm and small-town vibes. That’s because the communities here are tight-knit. Often, neighbors have lived next door to each other for their whole lives. They watch each other’s kids, they swap recipes and parenting tips, and they dog-sit for each other when they go on vacation.

These kinds of relationships are a large part of what keeps north Georgia’s crime rates so low. Many of the crime rates in North Georgia neighborhoods fall below the Georgia and U.S. averages, and far below the rates of big cities like Atlanta. Here’s a comparison of crime rates in North Georgia, as well Atlanta and the Georgia and U.S. averages:

3. North Georgia schools rank well

Schools are an important factor when choosing where to raise a family. Every parent wants to give their child the best education possible, but often, that means relocating to a larger city to find the best schools. Not so in North Georgia. The area is home to some well-ranked high schools — Union County High School in Blairsville ranked 58th in the state of Georgia, and Fannin County High School ranked 73rd — as well as several private and charter schools.

4. North Georgia has a low cost of living

North Georgia boasts some of the lowest living costs in the area. In fact, Niche ranked Gilmer County 88th on their list of Georgia counties with the lowest cost of living, and ranked Union County 94th, Fannin County 112th, Pickens County 113th, and Towns County 130th. So it should be no surprise that many North Georgia homes for sale are listed well below $250,000. Here’s a comparison:

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