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Top 6 Reasons to Live in Villa Rica, GA

  • Villa Rica means "Town of Gold." In the case of this small Georgia city at the far western edge of Atlanta's metro area, it's a most fitting description. This town of 14,452, as of 2013, has a legitimate gold rush history. Today, Villa Rica is thoroughly modern while retaining much of its historic charm. The commute into Atlanta is quick and easy, making this spot an alluring choice if you're looking for the best of both worlds: small town life close to the big city.

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  • A Main Street vibe! Villa Rica's downtown, bisected by the railroad tracks, is a quintessential Main Street USA atmosphere. Stroll the sidewalks past brick facade buildings housing mom-and-pop businesses and restaurants. Grab dinner at Gabe's Downtown and enjoy a movie and a pint of beer at Cinema Tavern afterward.
  • Easy access to Atlanta! Interstate 20 runs through the southern portion of Villa Rica, providing a straight shot to downtown Atlanta 35 miles away. Many people who live in Villa Rica work in Atlanta. The easy commute makes it a good housing choice for those who don't want to live in the city but still have to work there.
  • Get to know your neighbors at local events! It's easy to feel like you're part of a community in Villa Rica with its population of less than 15,000 and the festivals and concerts centered around the Mill Amphitheater downtown. Every season has its big event that residents flock to, including the Gold Nugget Drop to ring in the new year, the Thomas Dorsey Birthplace Festival in June, and the Gold Rush Festival each September.
  • There's gold in these hills! Literally. Villa Rica was where one of the first gold rushes in America occurred in the 1820s. Learn all about this fascinating piece of mostly forgotten history at the Pine Mountain Gold Museum in town. The museum is located at the site of one of the old mines. The mother lode has already been mined, but you can still pan for tiny gold flakes at the site.
  • Plenty of housing options! From new homes in neighborhoods like Mirror Lake to older properties around downtown, Villa Rica doesn't lack for housing. Whether you're looking to rent, rent-to-own, or purchase, you'll find a place and a price to suit you in the city of gold.
  • Safe neighborhoods and lots of schools! The crime rate is low throughout Villa Rica, with the Sand Hill and White City neighborhoods reporting the lowest amount of incidents. A few elementary schools are within the city limits, as well as Bay Springs Middle School and Villa Rica High School.