Atlanta 72 Excellent
Atlanta Livability #153 ranked city in Georgia#10,760 ranked city in the USARanks better than 63% of areas
A+ Atlanta Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D Atlanta Cost of Living Cost of living is 15% higher than Georgia
1077% more expensive than the US average
937% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Atlanta cost of living
B- Atlanta Crime Total crime is 26% lower than Georgia
Total crime
1,77324% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5724% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-67%Year over year crime is down
Atlanta crime
D Atlanta Employment Household income is 3% lower than Georgia
Median household income
$49,39811% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$38,68630% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%45% higher than the US average
Atlanta employment
C+ Atlanta Housing Home value is 46% higher than Georgia
Median home value
$222,30020% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9985% higher than the US average
Home ownership
43%32% lower than the US average
Atlanta real estate or Atlanta rentals
F Atlanta Schools HS graduation rate is 7% higher than Georgia
High school grad. rates
87%4% higher than the US average
School test scores
35%27% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:19% lower than the US average
Atlanta K-12 schools
D Atlanta User Ratings There are a total of 54 ratings in Atlanta
Overall user rating
56% 54 total ratings
User reviews rating
54% 11 total reviews
User surveys rating
57% 43 total surveys
all Atlanta poll results

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      Living in Atlanta, GA

      Atlanta is a highly populated city located in the state of Georgia. The city has a population of 456,378 residents. Atlanta has a population density of 3,420 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. Atlanta is mostly populated by White (40%) and Black or African American (52%) ethnic groups.

      Whether you’re moving to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Atlanta could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Georgia if you know where to look. The best areas in Atlanta and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from cost of living, weather, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Georgia and national averages.

      With a livability score of 63/100, Atlanta is ranked #20,075 in the United States and #347 in Georgia. There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. Atlanta ranks well for amenities (A+) and weather (B-). There are some categories that Atlanta scores poorly for, including: crime (F), education (F) and employment (D). It might be worth taking a closer look to figure out why.

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Atlanta, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Atlanta: Georgia Aquarium, NEW World of Coca-Cola, and Fox Theatre.

      Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Atlanta. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Atlanta are affordable. The median home price for Atlanta homes is $222,300, which is 45.9% higher than the Georgia average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Atlanta, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.5, which is 50% higher than the Georgia average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Atlanta will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Atlanta, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 14.3%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 14.3%.

      Atlanta transportation information

      Average one way commute26min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work68.6%79.6%76.4%
      Workers who carpool7.0%10.1%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit10.0%2.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.8%0.2%0.6%
      Workers who walk4.6%1.6%2.8%
      Working from home7.6%5.1%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Atlanta, GA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).