Study: Stone Mountain community offers great schools, affordable homes

A Stone Mountain ZIP code ranks second in the nation on the list of places with good elementary schools and affordable housing.

The area around Wynbrooke Elementary – 30087 – matches a well-rated “theme school,” solid household income and a modest list price on houses, according to a study by, a California-based resource for housing information.

A section of Woodstock – 30189 – ranked in the top ten for middle and high schools, according to the same study.

The search for the right school district has long been seen as a crucial part of the hunt from the right home. And generally, that notion is so much a part of the pursuit that the property values are measurably higher in the neighborhoods around the good schools.

“When searching for a new home, finding something affordable in a good school district with family-friendly features, such as large backyards, tops the list of homebuyer priorities,” said Javier Vivas, manager of economic research for analyzed ZIP codes within the top metropolitan areas that contained at least one public or public charter school that was highly ranked by GreatSchools. And the areas around those schools had typically higher income residents.

So some areas might have better schools. And some will have more affordable housing. But none will have both.

“These [Georgia] markets offer strong public schools and affordable homes, making them a great fit for homebuyers with elementary school-age children,” Vivas said.

Stone Mountain’s 30087 matches a well-rated “theme school,” solid household income and modest home prices, according to

Households in the 30087 ZIP code have a median household income of $71,678. The median price of homes listed for sale there is $218,950.

In Woodstock’s 30189 ZIP code, households have a median income of $83,989. Housing in the area have a median list price of $304,450.

Households in that ZIP code are part of the Cherokee County School District.

Woodstock ranks seventh in the nation for value in buying a house for the local middle school – in this case, E.T. Booth and Woodstock Middle School

Woodstock ranks fifth for value in a high school district.

The high schools in the area are Etowah and Woodstock High.


1. Aurora, Illinois (ZIP code 60503)

2. Stone Mountain, (ZIP code 30087)

3. Hampton, New Jersey (ZIP code 08827)

4. Royersford, Pennsylvania (ZIP code 19468)

5. Kingwood, Texas (ZIP code 77345)

6. Rosemount, Minnesota (ZIP code 55068)

7. Bowie, Maryland (ZIP code 20715)

8. Huntington Woods, Michigan (ZIP code 48070)

9. Stow, Massachusetts (ZIP code 01775)

10. Chandler, Arizona (85226) – Kyrene Elementary District and Paragon Education Corporation



1. Aurora, Ill. (ZIP code 60503)

2. Hampton, N.J. (ZIP code 08827)

3. Royersford, Pa. (ZIP code 19468)

4. Kingwood, Texas (ZIP code 77345)

5. Rosemount, Minn. (ZIP code 55068)

6. Bowie, MD (20715)

7. Woodstock, Ga. (ZIP code 30189)

8. Stow, Mass. (ZIP code 01775)

9. Chandler, Ariz. (ZIP CODE 85226)

10. Plano, Texas (ZIP code 75094)



1 Royersford, Penn. (ZIP code 19458)

2 Rosemount, Minn. (ZIP code 55068)

3 Plainfield, Ill. (ZIP code 60585)

4 Katy, Texas (ZIP code 77494)

5 Damascus, MD (20872)

6 Woodstock, Ga. (ZIP code 30189)

7 Medway, Mass. (ZIP code 02053)

8 Chandler, Ariz. (ZIP code 85226)

9 Troy, Mich. (ZIP code 48085)

10 Aledo, Texas (ZIP code 76008)



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