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5 Must-Know Questions and Answers When Moving to Atlanta

Midtown Atlanta from Piedmont Park via Flickr

Planning on moving to Atlanta? Congratulations! With a mix of Southern charm and big city living, the capital of the Peach State is one of America’s finest cities. Before you pack your bags, get answers to five of the most pressing questions people have when moving to Atlanta.

What Are the Best Neighborhoods?

Atlanta’s rental market is booming, which means prices in popular communities (Atlantic Station, anyone?) are rising. However, the city is still the nation’s second-most affordable large metro area. You just need to know where to look. The trendiest neighborhoods in the city include Buckhead, Grant Park, Inman Park, Midtown, and Virginia Highland. If you’re on a budget and are looking for an up-and-coming neighborhood poised to become the next Midtown, look toward West End and Adair Park. Both of these historic neighborhoods display vintage charm and are experiencing a revival due to their accessible location, fair housing prices, and welcoming feel.

Oglethorpe Place Apartments in Atlanta
Rents at Oglethorpe Place in Atlanta’s West End neighborhood start at $531/mo.

How Is the Job Market?

In terms of living, Atlanta offers the best of both worlds: rent is significantly lower than other major cities and it also has a strong job market. In fact, Atlanta has the third highest concentration of Fortune 500 headquarters, with 13 based in Atlanta and another 18 scattered throughout the greater metro area. Some of these major corporations include Coca-Cola, Home Depot, Delta Airlines, and HD Supply. If you’d rather not work for a large company, consider a startup instead. Atlanta is the seventh best city to launch a startup due to its affordability and the strong growth already seen in many early-stage companies.

How Is the Traffic?

With over 450,000 residents, Atlanta is no small town. Like in other large metropolises, expect heavy traffic during rush hour — from around 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Georgia is the third most popular state for primary filming locations thanks to a 20 percent state tax credit, which means streets often close for movie and television filming as well. These are just two reasons why Atlanta ranks 12th in the nation for the worst traffic. Fear not, though, as traffic has been improving thanks to a bicycle-friendly movement. Over the next few years, Atlanta plans to double its bike lanes.

A Texas A&M study shows metro Atlanta commuters waste 52 hours a year stuck in rush hour traffic.
A Texas A&M study shows metro Atlanta commuters waste 52 hours a year stuck in rush hour traffic.

What’s the Weather Like?

Atlanta has some of the best weather in the South and, some locals would say, in the nation. The city enjoys the four seasons without extreme temperatures. While the summer months are humid — especially July and August — temperatures rarely surpass 90 degrees. In the winter, nighttime temperatures can drop below freezing, but daytime temperatures typically stay in the low 50s. Throughout the year, you’ll largely see sunshine, some rain, and very little snowfall. Make sure you invite family and friends to visit in springtime when the weather is pleasantly warm without as much humidity or rain.

What Are Popular Activities?

There is an endless number of things to do in Atlanta. If you enjoy nature, visit Piedmont Park — the Central Park of Atlanta — or the world’s largest aquarium, Georgia Aquarium. On the weekends, catch a game for one of the city’s many teams, including the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks, and Atlanta Falcons. When you aren’t attending a ball game, you can hit up a festival, from the Atlanta Film Festival to Dragon Con. And considering that Atlanta is the fast food capital of the nation, you can’t miss out on the fast food franchises, food trucks, farm-to-fork options, and fine dining establishments.

Atlanta from Piedmont Park
Atlanta from Piedmont Park. Image courtesy of Andrew Steele via Flickr.

A big move is never easy, but the more you know about your new city, the more at home you’ll feel. Now that you know the most important facts about Atlanta living, you’re ready for the Gate City of the South and all it has to offer.

This guest post was brought to you by Jonathan Deesing, community specialist at imove.

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Ama Otet is an online content developer and creative writer for RENTCafé. She loves all things real estate and strives to live beautifully, one green step at a time. You can connect with Ama on Twitter or via email.

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