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88 Apartments for rent in McDonough, GA

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Last updated April 25 at 6:03pm UTC
81 Lakesprings Drive
McDonough, GA
Updated April 25 at 1:54pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
605 Highpoint Way
Eagles Landing
McDonough, GA
Updated April 25 at 10:01am UTC
4 Bedrooms
250 Long Dr
McDonough, GA
Updated April 23 at 10:40am UTC
4 Bedrooms
95 Carolyn Court
McDonough, GA
Updated April 21 at 10:01am UTC
3 Bedrooms
213 Knollside Ct
McDonough, GA
Updated April 21 at 8:38am UTC
4 Bedrooms
184 Hawken Trail
McDonough, GA
Updated April 21 at 8:25am UTC
3 Bedrooms
145 Deer Ridge Ct
McDonough, GA
Updated April 19 at 3:56am UTC
3 Bedrooms
302 Ermines Way
McDonough, GA
Updated April 19 at 2:10am UTC
4 Bedrooms
551 Racetrack Rd
McDonough, GA
Updated April 18 at 5:52pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
120 Summit View Drive
McDonough, GA
Updated April 21 at 8:38pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
Pleasant Valley Road
McDonough, GA
Updated April 25 at 7:32am UTC
3 Bedrooms
Coral Circle
McDonough, GA
Updated April 25 at 7:32am UTC
3 Bedrooms
Carolyn Court
McDonough, GA
Updated April 25 at 7:32am UTC
3 Bedrooms
Lafayette Square
City Square
McDonough, GA
Updated April 24 at 7:26am UTC
3 Bedrooms
Lossie Lane
McDonough, GA
Updated April 24 at 7:26am UTC
3 Bedrooms
Summit View Drive
McDonough, GA
Updated April 19 at 7:27am UTC
3 Bedrooms
425 Concord Ter
McDonough, GA
Updated April 18 at 11:03am UTC
4 Bedrooms
416 Autumn Lake Court
McDonough, GA
Updated April 18 at 11:02am UTC
3 Bedrooms
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City Guide
Mc Donough
Life in McDonough

Could you enjoy living in McDonough? Anyone who enjoys quiet, uneventful living conditions will like McDonough.  Moving there is not difficult because it is almost straight south of Atlanta to the east of I-75. The good news is that you can live an uneventful life in McDonough and then drive 35 minutes north and find all the excitement your heart can handle in Atlanta. The common question posed by people considering a move to McDonough is this: Am I moving to no-man’s land? The answer is: It depends. If having no shopping mall makes a city seem like Mars, then you won’t like McDonough. If you are looking for a nice city with good schools and local festivals, then call the moving company because McDonough is calling.

One of the problems with McDonough is not McDonough’s fault. Since many people must commute to Atlanta for work, the traffic can be a nightmare. It frequently bottlenecks during rush hour at the Hudson Bridge/Eagles Landing exit. The average commute for McDonough residents is 30 to 40 minutes, giving them plenty of time to listen to an audio version of War and Peace.

The median home cost is about $138,000, reflecting the fact it has a lot of older residences, and some are for rent. The city has grown over 100 percent since the year 2000, and nice apartment buildings went up to accommodate the growth. As a result, there are places for rent starting as low as $500 and going up to $1,500 or more. Estimates vary, but about 35 to 45 percent of the residents are renters. You do have a nice selection of places to rent in McDonough, including rowhouses, small apartment buildings and high-rise apartment buildings.

For a small city, the rent almost hits big-city rates, with a median rent of over $900,  which is higher than the state and national averages. Does that mean landlords want to discourage people from moving there or does it mean, well, that rents are just high? While you ponder that burning question, consider that you can rent a really nice one bedroom apartment in a complex that has many amenities, such as a fitness center and clubhouse, and in a community with basketball and tennis courts.

Nice, Ordinary Neighborhoods

There are many neighborhoods that hold promise for finding a nice apartment to rent. The most noticeable feature of these neighborhoods is that they are very much alike. That means you can live anywhere in McDonough without wishing you lived on the other side of town.

Kellytown: If you want to rent an apartment in McDonough and live as close as possible to Atlanta, then check out Kellytown, which is located in the far north within the city limits. For a lot less than you'd think, you can live in this neighborhood that is ordinary, but ordinary is good when looking for a family-friendly place. It has a good school system, homes built mostly after the year 2000, and a comfortable middle-class feel. $$

Ola: Okay, so here is another suburban, middle-class neighborhood of little distinction. Apartment renters take note though: most people live in single-family residences in this area, and there is not a big choice of apartments. This could be a good place to find a house for rent. It is another new neighborhood, but it’s a nice one and the rents reflect how nice the residents think it is. $$$$

Peeksville: This is another neighborhood where the average rents are a bit...higher than the rest. It is an older area compared to Ola and Kellytown and filled with families. There are not many apartments available in this neighborhood, but you can find a rental if you plan far enough ahead. $$$$

City Center: There are nice apartment complexes in the City Center, and you can practically feel the historical ambiance of the area. However, the apartment buildings are not old. The average rent is fairly low and it’s fairly easy to rent apartments. $$$

There are some other neighborhoods, but you will notice that the neighborhoods in McDonough are not particularly distinctive. The descriptions are similar for all the areas. That makes sense when you consider the incredible growth rate the city has experienced over the last 13 years. All those people had to live somewhere, and so houses and apartments went up.

Sign of Distinction

McDonough is not all ordinary. It does have a long history that residents are quite proud of. It is a quaint town with interesting buildings like the Henry County Courthouse built in 1897; Heritage Park with a Veterans Military Museum and a preserved early 1800s village with log cabin and country store; and the Civil War Nash Farm Battlefield. These are the attractions that add distinction to McDonough. Of course, you can only visit historical parks so many times, so the good news is that the family-friendly town has family-friendly activities like Noah’s Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center, paintball, a skate park and lots of grassy area parks. Throughout the year there are festivals, parades and music events. There are also some major businesses here too, like Snapper Products.

Since most people work outside of McDonough, they drive. Maybe if you move to McDonough, you can promote carpooling. Based on the last decade’s growth rate, it’s obvious that McDonough really must be a charming place to live. 

Rent Report

April 2018 McDonough Rent Report

Welcome to the April 2018 McDonough Rent Report. McDonough rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the McDonough rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

McDonough rents increase sharply over the past month

McDonough rents have increased 1.3% over the past month, and have increased moderately by 3.6% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in McDonough stand at $1,240 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,440 for a two-bedroom. McDonough's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 2.7%, as well as the national average of 2.0%.

Rents rising across the Atlanta Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of McDonough, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Atlanta metro, 8 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Newnan has seen rents fall by 0.4% over the past month, the biggest drop in the metro. It also has the least expensive rents in the Atlanta metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,140.
  • Marietta has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 7.2%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,300, while one-bedrooms go for $1,130.
  • Alpharetta has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Atlanta metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,410; rents rose 3.4% over the past year but remained flat month-over-month.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to McDonough

As rents have increased moderately in McDonough, a few large cities nationwide have also seen rents grow modestly. Compared to most large cities across the country, McDonough is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased moderately in other cities across the state, with Georgia as a whole logging rent growth of 2.7% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 1.0% in Augusta and 0.4% in Columbus.
  • McDonough's median two-bedroom rent of $1,440 is above the national average of $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.0% over the past year compared to the 3.6% increase in McDonough.
  • While McDonough's rents rose moderately over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Charlotte (+2.4%), Dallas (+1.8%), and San Francisco (+1.4%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in McDonough than most large cities. For example, Columbus has a median 2BR rent of $760, where McDonough is nearly twice that price.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Atlanta $1,010 $1,170 0.2% 2.2%
Roswell $1,190 $1,370 -0.0% 3.3%
Alpharetta $1,220 $1,410 0.2% 3.4%
Marietta $1,130 $1,300 1.5% 7.2%
Smyrna $1,080 $1,250 1.1% 3.7%
Mableton $1,030 $1,200 0.5% 5.7%
Peachtree City $1,060 $1,230 1.0% -9.5%
Newnan $990 $1,140 -0.4% -1.4%
Douglasville $1,050 $1,210 0.5% 5.8%
Kennesaw $1,180 $1,360 0.4% 3.5%
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Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.


Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

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We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.