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Tips for Moving to Atlanta and Where to Live in Atlanta

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So, you're moving to Atlanta? Welcome! It can be intimidating to move to a new city. Atlanta is a large metro area with lots of options for where to live. This article will include a few helpful tips on how to choose where to live in Atlanta.

Moving to Atlanta: City or Suburbs?:

Atlanta is a sprawling city with lots of suburbs and lots of traffic. One of the first decisions you'll want to make is if you want to live intown or in the suburbs. If you've already found a job in Atlanta, that will probably help you make your decision.

Atlanta is known for long commutes, so this will be a big factor in deciding where you want to live. Some other factors may include access to public transportation, school districts and the type of neighborhood you want to live in.

Public Transportation in Atlanta:

In and around Downtown Atlanta, the main provider of public transportation is Marta. Marta has both a rail system and a bus system to get you around town. The Marta rail system runs north, south, east and west - with the lines originating from Five Points Station in the heart of Downtown. In many areas, you can drive to the station and park for free if you aren't within walking distance.

Some of the neighborhoods and suburbs with easy access to Marta trains include:

  • North Atlanta: Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and the general Perimeter Mall area, Brookhaven, Buckhead (near Lenox Mall), Chamblee, Doraville
  • Intown: Downtown, Midtown, Grant Park, Inman Park, Candler Park, Edgewood, East Lake
  • East Atlanta: Decatur, Avondale Estates, parts of Stone Mountain
  • South Atlanta: Lakewood, East Point, Captiol View, College Park
This is not an exhaustive list, but includes some of the more popular Atlanta neighborhoods with easy access to Marta train stations.

The Best Schools in Atlanta:

The Atlanta area has some great public and private schools.

Some of the top schools in Atlanta are highlighted on this list of Georgia Schools of Excellence.

It may also be useful to review the Georgia Graduation Test Results by county. The counties with the highest performance include Cobb County, Fayette County, Forsyth County, Fulton County (does not include City of Atlanta Schools) and Gwinnett County.

Another way that Georgia measures school performance is through the CRCT, a standardized test. You can view CRTC scores by county.

Business Hubs in Atlanta:

Atlanta has a few major business hubs where you'll find a large cluster of offices. These areas areas are Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead, Dunwoody/Perimeter and Alpharetta. If you are still looking for a job in Atlanta, you may want to keep these areas in mind because it is likely that your office will be located in one of these business hubs.

Popular Atlanta Suburbs:

The Atlanta area enjoys a relatively low cost of living, and many people find that they can stretch their dollar even further by living in the suburbs instead of downtown. The Atlanta suburbs offer large, family-friendly homes. Many communities also have amenities like swimming pools and tennis courts. Some residents also feel that living in the suburbs is a safer option for raising a family.

Some of the popular suburbs in the Atlanta area include Dunwoody/Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Roswell, Marietta, Kennesaw, Chamblee, Norcross, Decatur, Peachtree City and Fayetteville.

Living Intown:

Living intown in Atlanta is becoming a more popular option, particularly with rising gas prices and long commute times. Some advantages of living in the city in Atlanta include easy access to public transportation, proximity to cultural activities and attractions, a variety of restaurants and bars and close-knit communities with walkable town squares.

Popular Atlanta neighborhoods for singles include Buckhead, Midtown, East Atlanta, Old Fourth Ward, Downtown, West Midtown/Home Park and Little Five Points. These neighborhoods offer vibrant nightlife and lots of activities.

Some popular intown neighborhoods for families include Decatur/Oakhurst, Candler Park, Inman Park, Morningside, Peachtree Hills, Collier Hills, Buckhead and Brookhaven. These neighborhoods offer proximity to Atlanta's many attractions and also boast some of the best schools within the city. They tend to offer single family homes with yards, as opposed to apartments and condominiums found in some other neighborhoods.

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