Real estate in Center Hill is very affordable compared to many other neighborhoods in Atlanta. The median cost of homes for sale in Center Hill is around $64,204, compared to the national average of $184,700. The median cost of monthly rentals is around $882, compared to the national average of $949. Moreover, vacancy rates in the neighborhood of Center Hill are about 26.2 percent higher than 92.1 percent of other U.S. vicinities. As such, many affordable properties are available to those who wish to rent or buy a home in the area.
In Georgia state, Center Hill has the 10th-lowest cost of living compared to 164 other neighborhoods in the Atlanta area. Additionally, the abundance of cheap apartments makes the vicinity one of the best neighborhoods in Atlanta for millennials and recent college graduates. While crime rates are slightly higher in Center Hill than in other Atlanta neighborhoods, there are no reported homicides in the vicinity. However, incidents of assault, robbery, burglary and theft are slightly higher than that of the national average. To avoid becoming a victim of these crimes, residents must always remember to secure their belongings, lock the doors to their homes and vehicles, and remain aware of their surroundings.
Located just outside of the Atlanta Beltline, Center Hill is home to a diverse group of people. With a population of 4,562 residents, Center Hill is made up of 51 percent men and 49 percent women. Of the total residents in the neighborhood:
- 24 percent are older than 65 years of age.
- 16 percent are between 45 and 54 years of age.
- 16 percent are 17 years of age or younger.
- 15 percent are between 25 and 34 years of age.
- 12 percent are between 35 and 44 years of age.
- 12 percent are between 55 and 64 years of age.
- 5 percent are between 18 and 24 years of age.
Within the perimeter of Center Hill, 95 percent of all residents are African American, four percent are white, and one percent are Hispanic. In the Center Hill suburbs, the median household income is $30,028, with 41 percent of Center Hill residents earning less than $25k per year and 29 percent earning between $25k and $44k. Moreover, 21 percent of residents earn a salary of between $45k and $74k, nine percent earn between $75k and $149k and just one percent of households earn more than $150k per year.
As for education levels in the suburb, around 42 percent of residents hold a high school diploma, 25 percent have an associate’s degree or some college education, and 15 percent have less than a high school diploma. Moreover, 12 percent hold a bachelor’s degree and six percent have a master’s degree or higher. While only around 14 percent of real estate in Center Hill is occupied by families with children, several nearby public schools include the Berean Child Development Center, World-Knowledge Preschool, Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School (middle and elementary campuses), the Charles R. Drew Charter School, the Kindezi School and KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Private schools include the Greater Atlanta Adventist Academy.
Furthermore, rentals in Center Hill tend to be more popular than owned properties, as 59 percent of residents rent while 41 percent own. Single family homes and small-to medium-sized apartment complexes are the most popular types of housing structures in Center Hill.
As for public transportation, the suburb of Center Hill does provide its residents with some options. For instance, the neighborhood currently holds a transit score of 46 out of 100, a walk score of 33 and a bike score of 26. As such, most types of errands require the use of a vehicle. However, MARTA (the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) is somewhat accessible to Center Hill residents, as the neighborhood is within close proximity to bus lines 50 (Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway) and 58 (West Lake Avenue/Hollywood Road). Additionally, MARTA’s green subway line stops near Center Hill Park. Within the neighborhoods of Center Hill and Carey Park, 22.4 percent of residents carpool to work while 29.3 percent regularly take the bus.
Located just outside of the beltline, Center Hill is not far from several hiking trails and parks, including the Northside Trail through Tanyard Creek Park and Gordon White Park. Other local attractions include Center Hill Park, Atlanta Package Beer & Wine, Bloc Burnaz MC Clubhouse and shopping centers such as the Family Dollar, Sox on Bankhead, Goodie’s Fashions & Etc. and the Buy Low Super Market. Located just outside of Center Hill, weekend attractions may include the Fox Theatre, Georgia Aquarium, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the Centennial Olympic Park.
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