Living in Atlanta, Georgia is a true Southern city experience. Home of Coca Cola, and the world’s busiest airport for the past 14 years running, Atlanta is a bustling metropolis with heart. Nicknamed Hotlanta, Atlanta has a warm, humid climate with hot summers and mild winters.
In terms of employment, Atlanta is the city with the fourth largest amount of Fortune 500 companies in America. Average home rental prices are also much lower than in other major US cities, and though the city’s property market was hard hit by the housing market collapse, things are on the turn for ATL, and homes are beginning to increase in value. The Atlanta area is also great for education, home to some excellent colleges and universities, with Georgia Tech having ranked in the Top 10 US Universities list for over ten years running.
For fun, Atlanta has some excellent and fun attractions, Atlanta aquarium is one of the largest in the world, and visitors can come to view or even swim with whale sharks! The World of Coca Cola is another top attraction, with visitors coming to sample Coke’s drinks sold all over the world. Sports are a massive point of interest in Atlanta, with the city home to the NFL Falcons, NBA Hawks and MLB Braves. College ball is also hugely popular, and most city residents are either die-hard UGA Bulldogs fans or Georgia Tech Yellowjackets supporters.
Shopping is plentiful in the city, with some great malls such as outdoor Atlantic Station, and the gigantic Mall of Georgia is also nearby. For local cuisine, visit Varsity, the world’s biggest drive-in restaurant, is a favourite for locals and tourists alike to chow down on chili dogs and fries. Though a lot of the city seems to take on a “bigger is better” mentality, there are also some interesting and unique places to visit with a small-town vibe. Little Five Points features an eclectic selection of shops, vintage stores, bars and cafes.
And this Southern city is also starting to get a name in green initiatives and supporting an active lifestyle. Stone Mountain makes for an excellent escape from the pace of the city to hike for the day, and the Atlanta BeltLine project is a green incentive to bring the city together in a series of trails that link people to the city’s public parks via walking and bicycle paths.