I have been in the Atlanta area for over ten years. I would stay away from inside the perimeter ( i.e. inside I 285 ) and if you are considering Gwinnett you need to know the traffic is bad and its definitely urban sprawl. Consider the Cumming area (Forsyth County) and Dawsonville ( Dawson County ). Both are growing, north of the city by about 60 to 80 miles, offer you a choice of city/rural and reasonable housing. Also a big plus is its easier to obtain your GFL ( GA Firearms License ) and you have a very nice nationally recognized outdoor range close by - Riverbend Gun Club.