Atlanta, GAAtlanta is the largest city in the south and the ninth largest metropolitan area in the country. The city itself has a population of approximately 500,000, and the surrounding metropolitan counties are home to 5.9 million people. The cost of living is reasonable as cities go, and housing gets less expensive as you move out of the area inside the perimeter created by the circular highway known as I-285. The climate is mild most of the year, and mass transit, commonly known as MARTA, is a good way to get around in downtown, midtown and Buckhead though a car is a requirement for most suburban living.
The city of Atlanta was founded as a terminus of the state run railroad, but soon became the meeting point for multiple railroad lines. During the Civil War, it was a major distribution point for troops and supplies which led General Sherman to burn the city to the ground in 1864. Due to this, and a wave of bulldozers in the 1980s, Atlanta’s downtown buildings have a modern flair. The vast amount of hotel space and large convention center makes Atlanta one of the leading places for corporations to gather for meetings. In addition, the downtown area hosts all the major tourist destinations including World of Coke, the Georgia Aquarium, and the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Atlanta is the headquarters for many international companies including home grown brands Coca-Cola and Home Depot. It is the main hub for Delta Airlines and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is one the busiest airports in the world. All of this has created economic prosperity in Atlanta that draws newcomers from all over the world.
The movie industry moved into Georgia in the early 2000s, and is mostly based in Atlanta at Pinewood Studios and Tyler Perry Studios. Netflix has filmed a number of its original shows in Atlanta, and movies filming on the streets downtown are a common sight. The city also has permanent companies for all the performing arts, and they are housed at the Woodruff Arts Center which is home to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Opera, and Atlanta Ballet. All the professional sports are represented with the NFL franchise Atlanta Falcons, The Atlanta Braves Baseball team, NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, and the newest arrival the MLS Atlanta United Football Club.
Atlanta is made up of small neighborhoods. Downtown is home to the majority of the office space. Midtown and Buckhead are mixtures of business and apartments. Older homes can be found in Grant Park and Decatur, and Little Five Points is full of small funky businesses. The Old Fourth Ward has massive development that has turned abandoned buildings into thriving office complexes.
You’ll find a variety of welcoming people in Atlanta. Life certainly has a southern flair, but people from all over the world call the ATL home, so the city is also cosmopolitan with much to offer newcomers.