Renters’ Guide to Roswell
Roswell, GA is a city within the Atlanta Metro area, and the 7th-largest city in Georgia. Although it has a fairly large population, Roswell, GA is four times smaller than Atlanta. Roswell is a desirable place to live not only because of its proximity to Atlanta; according to Safewise.com, it’s No. 14 out of the “50 Safest Cities in Georgia” in 2017, and the 53rd “Best Place to Retire,” according to Bankrate.com, for its low taxes, healthcare facilities, and comparatively low cost of living.
The great Roswell weather is another of the area’s perks. Summertime temperatures average a hot 88˚F from June through August, with about 221 sunny days per year. Winters are mild, with lows rarely dipping below 30˚F from December through February. Snow is a rarity in this southern city, but an occasional inch or two is not unheard of.
Roswell, GA Demographics
- Total Population93,471
Female 47,128Male 46,343
- Median Age38.8
Cost of Living in Roswell, GA
The cost of living in Roswell, GA is slightly higher than in the rest of the U.S. A meal for two people with 3 courses in a mid-size restaurant costs about $50, which is slightly more than the country’s average. Enjoying a morning Cappuccino costs around $4. Utilities such as water, electricity, and garbage removal for a 915-square-foot apartment in Roswell average $144, which is a few dollars lower than the national average of $147.
The Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) provides two bus routes within Roswell. Regular fares for adults are $2.50, and include four transfers within 3 hours. Children smaller than 46 inches ride free, and seniors, disabled persons, and Medicare recipients can ride for free. Day passes and monthly passes are available at a discounted rate, as well.
Average Rent in Roswell, GA
- Roswell, GA Average Rental Price, May 2018$1,171/mo
- 1 Bedroom$964
- 2 Bedrooms$1,180
Roswell, GA Apartment Rent Ranges
- > $2,0001%
Roswell, GA Rent Trends
|All rentals||Studio||1 Bed||2 Beds||3 Beds|
|May / 2018||$1,171||$710||$964||$1,180|
|Sept / 2017||$1,193||$710||$1,020||$1,216|
|May / 2017||$1,180||$710||$1,028||$1,190|
|Jan / 2017||$1,129||$715||$986||$1,139|
|Sept / 2016||$1,146||$740||$1,026||$1,150|
|May / 2016||$1,119||$740||$976||$1,135|
|Jan / 2016||$1,082||$590||$949||$1,087|
|Sept / 2015||$1,092||$590||$944||$1,108|
|May / 2015||$1,031||$590||$877||$1,053|
|Jan / 2015||$1,006||$599||$875||$1,028|
Average rent is projected to grow by 4% in 2018 compared to 2017.
Please note that projected rent growth is calculated at city level.
Average rent values on this page are aggregated from data from the following zip codes: 3007530076
Living in Roswell, GA
Being close to Atlanta is a definite advantage of living in Roswell. However, that proximity can also be a disadvantage: residents complain about the long commute times into the city, as well as urban sprawl. Even so, onlyinyourstate.com rated Roswell 10th in its list of the “10 Best Places to Live in Georgia.”
Things to do in Roswell
The Chattahoochee River is a centerpiece of the city, and provides plenty of things to do in Roswell. The Chattahoochee Nature Center is a sanctuary of 127 acres of native species of wildlife and plants and features a boardwalk along the river, trails, a Bog Garden, and a Butterfly Garden. Outdoorsy types will enjoy the walking trail in Old Mill Park, which is home to the ruins of 19th-century mills belonging to the Roswell Manufacturing Co. The trails begin at a covered bridge and feature a waterfall, as well the remains of the burned-down mills.
The Historic District features more things to do in Roswell. The “Southern Trilogy” is three historic homes, each built in the 19th-century and featuring slaves’ quarters. Tours of the houses offer a glimpse into the southern city’s past. For the best in culture in Roswell, the Roswell Visual Arts Center features exhibits and classes for all ages. The Ann Jackson Gallery is home to fine art, as well as a large selection of artwork by Dr. Seuss.
With eight parks, there are numerous recreational opportunities and things to do for kids in Roswell, GA. A playground, pool, sport fields, and Visual Arts Center are found in Roswell Area Park; Grimes Bridge Park has a skate park; and Waller Park features a gym and a bridge that connects to Grimes Bridge Park. The National Recreation and Parks Association awarded Roswell’s parks a Gold Award for being one of the Top 4 recreation and parks departments in the country, based on population and the quality of the programs it offers.
Nearby Atlanta offers no shortage of things to do, either—the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks, and Atlanta Falcons professional sports teams are all housed there.
Another fun thing to do in Roswell, GA for the family is the annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ in August, featuring 100 ice cream flavors and ice cream eating contests. The Annual Roswell Arts Festival happens in September, and in October, the Roswell Wine Festival offers samples of vino from local restaurants.
Employment and Economy
Roswell’s employment rate is rising. In 2016, WalletHub named Roswell the nation’s 69th “Fastest Growing City,” and NerdWallet claims it is the fifth-best place for job seekers in the state, based on how well the city attracts workers, the median household income in relation to affordability, and its low unemployment rate. Employers in Roswell, GA include the Kimberly Clark Corporation, the North Fulton Regional Hospital, and Harry’s Farmers Market.
Route 400 runs between Atlanta and Roswell, and is known as the high-tech corridor, providing employment in the technology sector. Many Roswell residents commute to Atlanta for work at global company headquarters, such as Coca-Cola, UPS, Home Depot, and Delta Airlines.
Roswell, GA Households
- Total Number of Households34,697
Family 23,552Non-family 11,145
Children 11,989No Children 22,708
- Average People Per Household2.68
- Median Household Income$82,150
- Median Housing Costs Per Month$1,265
Education in Roswell
Roswell schools are located within the Fulton County school district. In its annual Best High Schools ranking, U.S. News & World Report ranked Roswell High School 15th in the state in 2016, and named it the 446th best school in the country. Several colleges have satellite campuses in Roswell, including the University of Phoenix, Strayer University, and the Georgia School of Dental Assisting is in Roswell too.
Roswell, GA Education Statistics
- No High School4%
- Some High School21%
- Some College18%
- Associate Degree6%
- Bachelor Degree35%
- Graduate Degree17%
Tips for Renting in Roswell
If you need a repair on a leased property in Georgia and your landlord fails to fix it in a timely manner, you are legally allowed to make the repair yourself—and deduct the cost of materials from your rent. Make sure to keep all receipts if you take this route!
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