Cumming

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Cumming: A Family-Friendly Suburb With Some of the Best Schools in Georgia

Cumming is a small suburb of Atlanta in Forsyth County that is regarded for its excellent schools, safe streets, and overall hospitable atmosphere. All of these elements make it especially attractive to families with children, and to seniors. But Cumming is also popular among Millennials thanks to its active nightlife, health and fitness options, and short commute to Atlanta.

The fact that the city has such a broad array of features that make it attractive to so many different people enables it to sport one of the Atlanta area’s most vibrant and diverse populations.

An image of Cumming City Hall.

Home Ownership vs Renting in Cumming

Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of Cumming’s residents choose to rent and this is largely due to the availability of rentals and the fact that the median rent is a quite affordable $966 per month, which is just over the national average of $949. The median home value in Cumming is also affordable at $210,800, which is not that much more than the national average of $184,700. Over the last decade, home values have appreciated in Cumming by 8.14 percent. Unemployment in Cumming is 3.1 percent, which is lower than the national average of 3.8 percent. The most popular home styles in Cumming are the contemporary, Victorian, and Craftsman.

Cumming is a rare city in that it will suit you no matter where you are at in your life. Whether you’re a young professional, you’re starting a family, or you’re retired or soon will be, Cumming has everything you need and no filler.

Transportation and Commuting in Cumming

Most of the travel into and out of Cumming is in the form of automobile because the city is widely spread out and it isn’t well-served by public transportation. Additionally, it has six major highways traveling through it, including State Routes 9, 20, 306, and 400 and U.S. Route 19.

This makes travel by car not only easy but also the most convenient. The average commute in Cumming is 23 minutes, which is just shy of the national average of 26 minutes.

Demographics in Cumming

Cumming’s population consists of 57 percent white, 31 percent Hispanic, six [percent Asian, three percent African-American, and two percent two or more races, making it one of the most diverse places to live in the Atlanta area. Females make up 52 percent of its residents with males accounting for 48 percent. Half of the adult residents have attended at least some college and/or earned an associate degree or higher.

Cumming’s population is also evenly spread age-wise with seniors making up the largest group at 16 percent. The second largest group is a tie at 15 percent and includes older adults aged 45-to-54 and millennials aged 25-to-34.

The median household income in Cumming is $47,125, which is lower than the national average of $55,322, while the median individual income is $24,192, and this is also lower than the national average ($27,419).

Restaurants/Social Scene in Cumming

If you’re a foodie, then you’re going to find Cumming to be an exciting place to live. The city has a wide variety of restaurants and bars capable of satisfying just about every craving and every budget. Some of the best spots for cheap eats include Palapas Bar and Grill for Mexican food, The Station House Restaurant for American dishes, and Pizza Azzurri for great pizza and more.

If you want something a little fancier, then Rice Restaurant & Sushi Bar is a highly-rated causal Asian restaurant in town, while Tam’s Backstage serves a quality American and vegetarian-friendly menu in a historic playhouse. Thai Basil Kitchen is where to go for tasty Thai food and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit on Spot Road is where you’ll find arguably the area’s best barbeque.

Cumming’s nightlife is active and engaging, and one of the most popular watering holes in town is Good ol’ Days Bar and Grill. It’s a”biker bar” with a friendly attitude, great food, and even better drinks. Summits Wayside Tavern is another local favorite, while cigar aficionados flock to The Cigar Shoppe. Or, if you’re in the mood for German food and big steins of beer, head to Gasthaus Tirol.

Arts & Culture in Cumming

Cumming’s art and culture scene is somewhat limited as it only has a few artistic outlets, the SFA Gallery, the Sawnee Association of the Arts, and the School Street Playhouse. But what it lacks in the arts, it more than makes up for in outdoor beauty and recreational opportunities.

There’s Sawnee Mountain with its own 963-acre nature preserve, the Big Creek Greenway for walking, biking or skating, the Cumming Aquatic Center, as well as Lake Lanier with its own amusement park and Buford Dam Park.

Senior Living in Cumming

With its mild climate and slow pace of living, Cumming is a favorite among retirees looking to live their golden years in comfort. Cumming is also well-supplied with 55 and over communities and assisted living centers. Some of the highest-rated communities for seniors include the Cumming Nursing Center, Lanier Place, The Villas at Canterfield, and Gracemont Senior Living.

Cumming also has plenty of excellent medical centers capable of meeting the needs of the elderly, including NorthSide Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, the Windermere Medical Group, the North GA Institute for Wound Care, and Emory Heart & Vascular Center at Cumming.

Cumming also hosts the annual Senior Expo at the Forsyth Conference Center. This event provides an opportunity for area seniors, their families, friends, and caregivers to meet local businesses and service providers and learn about what is available in their community to meet their needs.



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Resources:

https://www.niche.com/places-to-live/cumming-forsyth-ga/#report-card

https://www.bestplaces.net/city/georgia/cumming

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