Moving To Atlanta: 7 Things To Consider

If you’re looking for a bustling metroplex, with great food, deep cultural roots, captivating history, a huge music and film scene, and plenty of things to do- Atlanta is where you want to go. The vibrant melting pot of Atlanta Metro is home to over 6 million people and is expected to continually grow. Moving to Atlanta is unsurprisingly gaining popularity.

It’s a major entertainment and transportation hub (Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is one of the busiest in the world), and one of the best places in the US to do business. The food scene in Atlanta is unparalleled, and the cost of living is reasonable. For those on the fence about moving to Atlanta, here are 7 things to consider.

Sunset view of Atlanta Metro

Flourishing Economy

The Atlanta Metro region ranks as one of the ten largest metropolitan areas in the United States, according to Wikipedia. With over 6 million people living and thriving here, and a forecast of continual growth, it’s no doubt that the region’s economy is booming.

In fact, in 2021, Atlanta was home to sixteen major Fortune 500 companies such as Delta Airlines, Inc., The Coca Cola Company, and the United Parcel Service (UPS). These mega-companies nurture a healthy number of opportunities for jobs and careers in the area.

The Atlanta Metropolis also boasts a number of major healthcare facilities, prominent entertainment studios, and some of the country’s top universities. All of which support the bustling economy and provide thousands of job and career possibilities. Metro Atlanta predicts an addition of 1.2 million jobs over the next 30 years, ARC.

Higher Education Hub

If you’re looking for a metropolis abundant in educational opportunities, Atlanta should be a top contender. Major colleges and universities like Georgia State, Emory, and Georgia Institute of Technology, bring in a diversity of culture, a variety of activities, and copious employment opportunities. For families with up and coming college students, living in Atlanta Metro offers an attractive possibility to save money, by allowing students to live at home while commuting to nearby campuses.

View of Atlanta's downtown greenspace and trees.

The Great Outdoors

One of Atlanta’s many nicknames is The City in a Forest, thanks to the lush canopy of trees that cover about half of the entire city. From dogwoods and maples, to cedar and birches, a large part of Atlanta’s landscape is lush and green, not that of your typical major metropolitan area. Atlanta residents (and visitors) enjoy a variety of parks with large green spaces, trails for hiking and biking, nature preserves, lakes, and rivers. It’s truly a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.


If you love the idea of possibly bumping into a celebrity at your local grocery store, then Atlanta is where you want to shop (and live). The area is home to many A-list entertainers, artists, and athletes, thanks to several major entertainment studios, like Tyler Perry Studios, over 300 music recording studios, and five professional sports teams.

Some of Atlanta’s famous residents include: Zac Brown, Ludacris, Elton John, Dwayne Johnson, Tyler Perry, and Dwight Howard, just to name a few.

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Atlanta is much more reasonable when compared to other major metropolitan areas, such as Los Angeles or New York City. For a major metropolis, peppered with celebrity residents and a thriving economy, you would expect the cost of living to be through the roof, (much like California or New York). However Atlanta has attractively stayed more affordable than its rivaling metropolitans- check out this recent cost of living report by Expatistan.

Centennial Park in Atlanta, Georgia

Things To Do

Brimming with culture and history plus an exciting nightlife, music, and an award-winning food scene – activities in Atlanta never run short. The bustling metroplex has a little bit of everything for everyone, on every kind of budget. Here are 11 fun (and free) things to do in Atlanta.

Family-friendly activities include museums, public art displays, and endless parks and trails to explore. If live music, night clubs, and comedy acts are more your cup of tea, Atlanta’s nightlife will impress you for sure. And with major event centers and ample green spaces, there’s always a concert or festival to check out.

Dining in Atlanta definitely attracts, and satisfies, some serious foodies. With numerous award winning restaurants, plus the cultural diversity that makes up the Atlanta Metro area, eating in Atlanta is an exciting and unmatched experience.

Real Estate

All of these things make the Atlanta Metro area an attractive place to call home. Whether you prefer to buy or rent, there are plenty of options to choose from and finding the perfect place to suit your needs, within this large 29-county area, won’t be difficult with an experienced Atlanta realtor by your side. With so many neighborhoods and business districts, we definitely suggest using a realtor to help you locate your new home.

If your goal is to invest in an income-producing property, real estate in Atlanta Metro can be very lucrative in the right neighborhoods. Short term rentals and long term rentals are always in demand with the constant influx of college students and tourists. Having the guidance of experienced Atlanta investors is key when going this route.

Jerry and Nadav from JNL Smart Realty

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