Thinking of moving to Atlanta? Here are some things you should know to help make A-Town your home.
Atlanta, the sprawling southern metropolis that 5.7 million people call home, is among the nation’s fastest growing cities. As the capital of Georgia, Atlanta is a center of music, culture, food, professional sports, and activity, that’s attracting new transplants with its abundance of world class restaurants, exceptional entertainment options and relatively low cost of living.
The city experiences four distinct seasons with relatively mild winters, crisp springs, humid summers and beautiful autumnal foliage. Long known for its prolific music scene, Atlanta is also fast becoming home to a growing creative arts community that spans genres and mediums while enhancing the already lively cultural offerings of the city.
There’s no doubt that Atlanta maintains an air of quintessential southern charm, but it also possesses a modern edge that gives the city a distinctly urban and metropolitan feel.
While the cost of living has risen a bit in recent years due to increased development of previously ignored neighborhoods, it’s still lower than the national average. Meaning, your dollar goes a bit further here when it comes to housing and living expenses. That, coupled with a consistently strong job market and ease of travel via Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport, is encouraging more and more people to relocate here.
Planning Your Move:
Perhaps the most important consideration when you’re looking to move to a new city is deciding on what neighborhoods are best suited for your lifestyle. This will vary for everyone, but think about what’s most important to you – access to restaurants and entertainment, proximity to green spaces, and duration of commute (will you drive or take MARTA?) will all likely factor into your decision.
Neighborhoods to Consider:
Old Fourth Ward – This historic neighborhood was once home to Martin Luther King Jr., but in recent years has seen a surge of development and is now very much having a moment. Its core of coolness is the vibrant Ponce City Market and easy access to the Atlanta BeltLine, a massive urban redevelopment project that includes over 30 miles of multi-use trails that connect various sections of the city and features restaurants, public spaces and street art.
Midtown – Outdoor enthusiasts and health-focused folks alike have an affinity for midtown and its expansive green space, Piedmont Park. This neighborhood is also the epicenter of Atlanta’s LGBT community and nightlife. High-rise apartments exist alongside smaller apartment communities and a handful of single-family homes providing a wide array of options for renters and new transplants.
Little Five Points – Perhaps to most hip neighborhood in the city, Little Five Points has an eclectic indie vibe that’s contagious (in a good way!). Vintage and vinyl shops are sprinkled between dive bars, vegetarian restaurants and tattoo parlors; storefronts and side-walls feature murals and graffiti from local artists. It’s like a little pocket of the Pacific Northwest in the south.
Edgewood – East of downtown, Edgewood provides just the right balance between residential life and city living. Its close proximity to the downtown core and the Edgewood Avenue nightlife scene mean you’ll have easy access to entertainment. The neighborhood itself is full of parks, coffee shops and cafes to meet the need of those living in smaller apartment communities or the area’s quintessential craftsman bungalows.
Castle Berry Hill – Five miles from the downtown core of Atlanta, this former industrial area has transformed into an urban chic blend of warehousey lofts, dive bars and a locally renowned art walk, the Castle Berry Hill Art Stroll, that takes place the second Friday of every month.
Atlantic Station – Atlantic Station provides a residential feel and plenty of rental options. It’s popular among young professionals for its diverse population, nearness to the city center (just a quick bike or scooter ride away) and great bars and restaurants.
East Atlanta Village – As the name implies, East Atlanta Village is, well, to the east of downtown Atlanta. Known for an abundance of live music venues, graffiti-covered walls and hip bars and restaurants, living in this neighborhood offers a strong sense of community and a proud “locals” vibe.
Buckhead – To the north of the city center, Buckhead is thriving neighborhood that draws affluent families and trendy twenty-somethings alike. Upscale retail shops, chic restaurants and gleaming art galleries are the hallmark of the neighborhood while a thriving nightlife scene draws those who want to be seen.