There’s never been a better time to live in Atlanta (and work for RentPath). From an affordable cost of living to the dating scene, you’re winning all around. Throw that in with some random celebrity sightings at Lenox Square and, you will wonder why you didn’t move here sooner. Yes, we know that traffic isn’t the greatest, and that the MARTA doesn’t really take you where you have to go. However, the infinite pros outweigh the handful of cons in this fast-growing city. Here’s everything you need to know about moving to Atlanta.
- METRO POPULATION: 5,455,053
- MEDIAN AGE: 35.4
- MEDIAN HOME PRICE:$184,950
- UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 4.9%
- AVG MONTHLY RENT: $970
- AVG COMMUTE TIME: 30.4 minutes
Source: US News
Living in Atlanta
Although the city is a bit spread out and constantly under construction with the development of new stadiums and housing, it offers a great balance of urban and suburban. You can enjoy a stroll through Virginia Highlands, one of the most walkable neighborhoods, or you can enjoy the space and great outdoors in one of the nearby suburbs like Marietta or Stockbridge. Shopping in Buckhead is comparable to Rodeo Drive’s, but you can also enjoy a hike up Stone Mountain or a float down the Chattahoochee River. The city of Atlanta is very versatile where every kind of person can find the right place to call home. There is a lot to choose from when it comes to housing. You can live in quaint apartment communities, large apartments in high-rises, or purchase an affordable home.
Here’s one of our favorite apartment tours from Sarah Hopkins, an Atlanta millennial.
Living lavish on a small budget is actually possible here. You can get a spacious luxury apartment in Atlanta for a half of what you would pay in other large metropolitan cities. You also get more bang for your buck whether you choose to purchase real estate or rent an apartment in Atlanta. RENTCafé recently examined U.S. trends , and Atlanta ranked #1 for the largest apartments in the nation. On average, studios are 570 square feet, one bedrooms are 768 square feet, and two-bedrooms are 1,125.
Working in Atlanta
Atlanta features award-winning restaurants, theaters, and the fifth highest rate of job growth in the U.S. It’s home to the headquarters of recognized companies like Delta, Home Depot, Mailchimp, The Coca-Cola Company, and UPS among others. With many Fortune 500 companies here, the opportunities for growth are endless. 83,800 jobs were added from May 2014 to May 2015 alone. If Corporate America isn’t for you, not to worry. Atlanta is also one of the top 10 cities for small business entrepreneurs and one of the top 10 cities to launch a startup. So whether you have a business or are interested in starting one, we have the resources to help you do that here. Your career will do nothing but grow here.
Playing in Atlanta
Although a huge center for business, tech, and entrepreneurship, you can’t forget about the culture and history here. One of the homes for hip-hop, a major hub for TV and movie production, and award-winning restaurants and venues within miles of each other, there is more than enough to keep you occupied here. When many people think of Atlanta, they think of reality TV shows or Ludacris. However, there is so much more to offer. This city is filled with wonderful tourist attractions and each year more people travel to Atlanta to see what it’s like for themselves. Atlanta has cultural attractions, botanical gardens, art galleries, historical sites ( have you heard of a man named Martin Luther King , Jr. or President Jimmy Carter?) and so much more to experience. Atlanta is even home to the world’s largest packaged good company, The Coca-Cola Company. When visiting the World of Coca-Cola there’s an opportunity to taste each and every soda the company has produced to date, and then head right next door to the world’s largest aquarium. Our oldest restaurant and world’s largest drive-in is located here too, The Varsity. There’s so much to do with your friends, family, or even on dates. Yes, we said dates. Romance is alive and well here, with the city being ranked as the best city for romance and fun and the fourth best overall city for singles. Your future spouse might be out and about in the city, and you can easily bump into them at any of the many attractions throughout the metro area.
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More Things We’re Proud of
- The Best Place in America to Start a Business in 2014 by Nerd Wallet
- Top Medium-Sized City for Young Entrepreneurs in 2013 by Under30CEO
- The Best Reemerging Business Destination by Entrepreneur Magazine
- One of the “Best Cities for Millennials by Forbes
- One of Buzzfeed’s top cities 20 somethings must pick up and move to
- The 15 Hottest American Cities for 2015
If you do #ChooseATL, consider RentPath as a place to start. From finding your next home or maybe even your dream job – we’re here to help.