Lilburn's population is just over 12,000, but its Hindu temple, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, attracts a quarter million visitors a year, according to Lilburn mayor Johnny Crist. The 75-foot tall, white marble building was constructed after members of the community went to city leaders and asked if a temple could be built, he said.
The South Asian community in Lilburn is large and growing - it now accounts for 10% or more of the population.
Lilburn also boasts a fine school system, safe streets and proximity to Atlanta. Throw in affordable housing -- a well maintained three-bedroom ranch can cost $125,000 -- and you have a formula for success. Lilburn has more than tripled its population in the past 30 years.Subscribe to Money Magazine
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