Atlanta has been rising up like the Phoenix that symbolizes it (the city was burned down during the Civil War) in terms of growth economically and culturally. The City in the Forest has the third largest concentration
of Fortune 500 companies in the United States as well as ranking sixth in the United States and fifteenth in the world for total GDP. The Big Peach was also recently ranked as the no. 1 place for young entrepreneurs
among medium-sized cities and also as the best place to start a business
because about 46 percent of the population is educated and tech-savvy.
The ATL is also a cultural focal point in the South for music, food, and art. In the last decade or so, many famous hip-hop artists have come out of Atlanta, nicknaming the city “the Mecca of Hip-Hop.” The Fox Theater
is host to over 250 live shows a year and earned its fame by serving as a movie house and dance hall since it’s founding in 1929. The city also plays host to many music festivals
including the Virginia Highlands Summerfest and Music Midtown.
The Georgia capital also enjoys its fine cuisine
, from southern comfort food to Asian styles of cooking
along Buford Highway. The city is home to a huge diversity of food while maintaining it’s Southern charm in homestyle cooking; Atlanta also happen to love it’s fast food because it has the thirteenth largest
concentration of food food places per capita. Some of Atlanta’s mainstays are sweet tea, Coca-Cola, the Varsity
, and of course the peaches. Speaking of peaches, it’s interesting to know that over 66 streets in Atlanta are named “Peachtree,” so don’t be surprised if your GPS device freaks out when trying to find your destination in the ATL.
You’ll also find plenty of visual arts in the ATL, giving way to the Living Walls Conference
, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival
, and the High Museum of Art
. If you are a sports fan, the Big Peach has you covered with the Atlanta Falcons
for football, the Braves
for baseball, the Hawks
for basketball, and the Silverbacks
for soccer. For those of you nature and outdoor activity lovers, Atlanta has plenty of forest coverage at about 53.9 percent
of the city land, and also offers many trails and green space on the Beltway
; if you’re in the mood to just float down the Chatahoochee River, grab an inner tube and go “shootin’ the hooch.”
Though the housing market was hit pretty hard by the housing crisis, Atlanta’s real estate is coming back and going fast. The average home
inside the Perimeter (Highway 285) or outside goes for about $275,000, so home values are on the rise from just a few years ago to accommodate the influx of younger business professionals and others. Homes in the northern part of the city tend to be above the average while homes to the southwest tend to be below average in price, so find a neighborhood that works well within your budget. Travel in the city can be very busy, so be prepared for travel time; additionally, the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
is considered one of the busiest in the world because of it’s close proximity to many major American cities.
If you’re looking for a quintessential Southern city that is on the rise like the Phoenix, Atlanta has something for everyone, especially the food.