After being homebound for months on end, many Americans are craving a bit more square footage, some outdoor space, and a home office or two—all the better to ride out the rest of the pandemic and beyond. But where can those seeking a bit more room go while still being within commuting distance of the big cities?

They should probably head south. John’s Creek, GA, about 30 minutes northeast of Atlanta, offers the largest average apartment size outside one of the 30 largest cities, according to a recent analysis by RENTCafe. Apartments in the Atlanta suburb clocked in at an average of roughly 1,225 square feet. That’s plenty of space for an extra work area, an online schooling nook for the kids, or even a hobby room.

The median rent in John’s Creek was $1,950 a month, according to realtor.com® data.

The rental site looked at apartments only within the

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