Awards and Honors

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  • 2020, Home Snacks - #3 -Top Ten Cities to Live in Georgia
  • 2019, WalletHub - 2nd most Diverse Midsize City in America
  • 2019, Niche - 23rd Best City to Live in the U.S. 
  • 2019, Niche - #22 Best Cities for Young Professionals
  • 2019, Niche - #19 Best Cities for Retirees
  • 2018, Value Penguin - #5 Best City for Young Families
  • 2018, -  #4 Top Cities For Recent College Grads
  • 2018, International Festivals & Events Association - Bronze, Best Parade - Lantern Parade
  • 2018, Kids Out & - #2 Best Park
  • 2016, Sandy Springs, combined with Atlanta and Roswell, ranks 9th for STEM Employment Growth and 18th among metro areas for STEM professionals.
  • 2015, ranks the metropolitan area of Sandy Springs, Atlanta and Roswell as the second Best City in the U.S. For Millennials.
  • 2015, Value Penguin ranks Sandy Springs among the top ten (#9) for Safest Places in Georgia among big cities.
  • 2015, Sandy Springs ranked 36 among the top 100 Best Places to Live as determined by
  • 2014, Red Tricycle names Morgan Falls Overlook Park as one of Atlanta’s ten best.
  • 2014, Atlanta Magazine names Abernathy Greenway Best New Park.
  • 2014, Ranked number 1 by Credit Donkey for the Best City to Retire in Georgia.
  • 2014, Ranked 36 by City Biz as Most Livable Mid-Sized Cities in the U.S.
  • 2014, Ranked number 2 by Nerdwallet for Best Small Cities for Working Women.
  • 2014, Ranked number 8 by Nerdwallet for Cities On The Rise in Georgia (based on population growth, employment growth and income growth).
  • 2014, Ranked 33 in the SafeWise Report: The 50 Safest Cities in Georgia.
  • 2014, Sandy Springs ranked 4th by Motley Fool as one of the five best cities for early retirement
  • 2013, Ranked number 8 by Nerdwallet for The Best Places in Georgia for Job Seekers (based on these questions: Is the city growing? Is it affordable to live in the city comfortably? Are most people employed).
  • 2013, Kiplinger rated Sandy Springs as the 4thBest City in the Country for Early Retirement.
  • 2012, The Chattahoochee River was designated as the country’s first National Water Trail. Twenty-two miles of the Chattahoochee River shoreline fall within Sandy Springs, part of which is in the National Parks Service.
  • 2012, CNN Money rated Sandy Springs as the 7th best place in the country for the Rich & Single.
  • 2011, Morgan Falls Overlook Park received the Keep Georgia Beautiful Award for New Park Development.   
  • 2011, The City receives the American Heart Association “Mission Award” for a forward-thinking outlook in identifying new ways to help educate community on CPR.
  • 2010, Sandy Springs named Runner Up in the Pioneer Institute’s Better Government Competition.
  • 2010, Sandy Springs named a Government Trailblazer by the Center for Civic Innovation.
  • 2010, Sandy Springs named a Heart Safe Community by International Association of Fire Chiefs.
  • 2010, Sandy Springs receives the National Council for Public Private Partnerships, Innovations Award.
  • 2010, Money Magazine ranked Sandy Springs as the 9th wealthiest community in the country 
  • 2010, Sandy Springs ranked 4th in CNN / Money’s list of Best Places to Live. The City was also named by Forbes as one of America’s Top 25 Towns to Live Well.
  • The City was named a Crown Community on two separate occasions – 1) Start up of Sandy Springs Fire Rescue (2007) and 2) Heart Safe Sandy Springs Initiatives aimed at increasing cardiac arrest survival rates (2010) – by American City and County. 
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