You just moved to Atlanta, now what?
So. You just moved into the great ATL-the Big Peach- into the deep South of Hotlanta, and are ready to start your new life as a city slicker. Well, maybe you already come from a big city where hours of six lane bumper to bumper traffic in humid 90+ degree temperatures where even the devil himself would refuse to sunbathe is normal, but hey, nothing like living it up in the hottest (literally) scene in the South. In spite of the heat, Atlanta holds something for everything. Food, fun, affordability, education, occupation, and relaxation are things you can find as you explore your new home.
Atlanta is a food lover’s paradise. The eclectic diversity of its occupants brings restaurants, café’s, diners, and hole-in-the-wall eateries that offer a taste for everyone. Not only does the Taste of Atlanta festival brings over 90 Atlanta restaurants together for one weekend every October, you can also dine at the Varsity for more casual but flavorful burgers and fries. The Varsity has been an Atlanta icon for over 75 years and is the world’s largest drive-in restaurant. You can find food trucks throughout the city, but also pick up your own organic and local foods at the many street markets found around the city. Whether dining in, taking out, or trying it on your own at home, Atlanta foods will not disappoint.
With all that Atlanta has to offer, one paragraph will never suffice to fully inform you on the fun. Sports fanatic? Check out the Falcons, the Braves, or the Hawks, two of whom boast new stadiums that alone are worth the visit. Love shopping? Check out Atlanta’s Underground Mall. More into animals and leisurely strolls? Atlanta holds the world’s largest aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, the 1996 Olympic Centennial Park, the Botanical Garden, and the CNN Center. Fly high at Six Flags over Georgia, take a short drive to Stone Mountain, or walk, run, or bike on the Atlanta Beltline. Price point is never a concern with Atlanta entertainment, as options abound for the tightest of budgets.
Speaking of budgets, even housing in Atlanta provides something for everyone. Given the demand for housing, rates are comparative to other major cities yet listed among the top ten lowest of major cities across the country. Living in the suburbs offers even more affordable options, and the convenient MARTA system provides cheap and efficient transportation to and from the city. Even airline tickets are cheaper, given that Atlanta hosts the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the busiest airport in the world.
There are 57 colleges in the Atlanta area, and according to the Metro-Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta is a national leader in attracting college-educated 25 to 34 year olds. Georgia State University is one of the leading research universities in an urban setting, while the Georgia Institute of Technology is a top-10 public university distinguished by its world-class academics emphasizing science and technology. From its array of technical, community, gender-specific, and even selection of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, achieving higher education goals and dreams can come true in Atlanta.
According to Marketwatch.com, Atlanta holds the number one spot for top 10 U.S. cities for recent college graduates and young professionals. Various reports show the median salary for recent college grads being over $50,000 per year. The ATL is also home to several Fortune 500 companies, some of which include Mercedes-Benz, Home Depot, UPS, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines and Aflac.
Although moving can disrupt your rhythm, you can find it again as you explore Atlanta. Between the golf courses, spa options, natural landscapes of Piedmont Park, taking in an event at the famed Fox Theater, floating the Chattahoochee River, or meandering through the art displays at High Museum of Art, there are plenty of places for you to unwind after your move to the big city. And if you prefer to settle in on your comfy couch in your new home, you can always check of the Atlanta Channel to find out what is happening around you.
We are quite confident you won’t want to finish unpacking and settling into your new residence before exploring the great new world around you. Let’s be honest, those boxes of Christmas decorations or winter blankets can wait a few more days. We aren’t saying procrastinate on everything, but go ahead and reward your hard work and moving efforts with a trip downtown or short stroll through Centennial Park. Don’t forget, all work and no play makes Atlanta living a dull chore.