Relocation Guide

Relocating to Atlanta for employment or education at Georgia State University?  Want to get the skinny on this capital city of the South?
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Basics

Atlanta, the ninth largest metropolitan area in the United States, is home to more than 5.4 million residents in the 28 county area. It is a sprawling community with a variety communities, cities and neighborhoods from urban to intown suburban, traditional suburban and exurban neighborhoods. With its temperate climate and a well-known canopy of trees, Atlanta is an urban forest.

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Cost of living

Atlanta is below the national average for cost of living, making it an ideal relocation home for many across the U.S.

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Industry

Home to dozens of Fortune 500 companies, Atlanta is the headquarters for AT & T Mobility, Coca Cola, Delta Airlines, The Home Depot, Newell-Rubbermaid, and UPS. It is also home to numerous media organizations – CNN’s studios are downtown, Turner Broadcasting is located in midtown Atlanta and The Weather Channel has studios in suburban Cobb County.
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Health care

Health care is another industry with strong roots in Atlanta. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters are located in close in east and northeastern suburbs. The headquarters of the American Cancer Society and CARE USA are located in downtown. In addition, Atlanta has numerous high quality medical centers including a nationally ranked children’s hospital and specialty spinal and head injury facility (Shepherd Center).
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Education

The Atlanta metro area is home to more than 835,623 public school students in its 15 county and 4 city school systems. In addition, hundreds of private, religious and independent schools are located in the metro area. These can be searched on sites such as the Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools http://www.aaais.org/.
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Higher Education

More than 30 colleges and universities are located in the metro Atlanta area. Most notably are Clark –Atlanta University, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Georgia State University, Morehouse College and Morehouse School of Medicine and Spellman College. Additional regional public and private colleges and universities include Agnes Scott College, Columbia Seminary, Clayton State University, Georgia Perimeter College, Georgia Gwinnett College, Kennesaw State University, and Oglethorpe University.
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Transportation

Atlanta is home to the busiest airport in the world, Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Most major carriers including American, Southwest, United, US Airways and of course, Delta fly out of Hartsfield-Jackson. Numerous regional carriers and international airlines such as American Eagle, Republic Airlines, Skywest Airlines, Air Canada, Air France, British Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Airlines, and Lufthansa also use Hartsfield-Jackson.
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Culture

Home to many arts programs from fine art to music and theater, Atlanta boasts both small regional arts programs as well as world class programs from the Atlanta Ballet and Atlanta Symphony to the Woodruff Arts Center.
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Attractions

Atlanta Botanical Garden, CNN Center, Carter Presidential Library and Museum, Fox Theater and many more!
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Sports

Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks and many more!
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Personal Fitness

Numerous fitness and sports clubs around the metro Atlanta area.
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Landmarks

Atlanta’s most notable landmarks include Centennial Olympic Park, Freedom Park, Grant Park, Oakland Cemetery, Piedmont Park and Stone Mountain Park.
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