Moving to Atlanta
Atlanta is the capital of Georgia in the USA and is a historically, culturally and economically significant city in the southern part of the country.
Atlanta’s economy is made up of a diverse range of industries, including logistics, IT and business services. Media also makes up an important part of the city’s economy as Atlanta is home to the headquarters of the CNN and TBS television networks. Expats moving to Atlanta with expertise in any of these areas are sure to find career fulfilment.
The Georgian city experiences hot, humid summers with temperatures that can reach a scorching 100°F (38°C). During winter, temperatures fall well below freezing and January is the coldest month of the year. The warm summers, however, allow the opportunity to make use of some of Atlanta’s parks, and there are hundreds to choose from.
Downtown Atlanta is where most businesses and government organisations are based and it is likely that expats in the city will end up working in this area. Midtown Atlanta is a large business district where many law firms are based, and expats will also find many cultural attractions and universities there. Buckhead is Atlanta’s uptown area and is also a business hub, but it is surrounded by suburbs and the dense forests Atlanta is famous for.
Expats moving to Atlanta with children can rest assured that the city is known for its high standard of education. The city is home to some of the best universities in the US and there are also many excellent private and Roman Catholic schools in Atlanta.
The cost of living in Atlanta is relatively low compared to other US cities. High-quality accommodation is available for a reasonable price, and living in the suburbs instead of in the city is a good way to make money go further. Another advantage to the suburbs is the space; many houses are large with a garden and a swimming pool.
There is, however, one disadvantage to living in the suburbs of Atlanta, and that is the commute into the city for work. It is a large, sprawling city, notorious for high traffic congestion. Expats should consider living in an area where they have easy access to public transport. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) provides buses and trains. The railway connects all the main areas of Atlanta and can save commuters a lot of time and frustration. In some areas, there is a “park and ride” system for commuters who do not live within walking distance of public transport.
Atlanta continues to increase in popularity as an expat destination, and those relocating to the city can look forward to living in an exciting destination with a high quality of life.