What city is one of America’s cultural and business capitals, and nicknamed after a fruit? No, not the Big Apple. Welcome to Atlanta – The Big Peach. A cultural and economic powerhouse, Southern, but far from parochial, Atlanta is among America’s finest cities. Chock full of history, arts, industry and charm, Atlanta will steal your heart.
The capital of Georgia and the ninth most populous city in the U.S., A-town is hoppin’. Career opportunities, shopping, resident ballet, theater and opera, and don’t forget that Soul Food. What’s more, apartments for rent are cheaper than in other major U.S. cities like New York or San Francisco. Use your savings to travel. Atlanta kills the transportation game – it’s the busiest transportation hub in the United States, and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest in the world. Want to stay local? No problem. Buy a ticket to the Atlanta Ballet, Opera, or theater. Atlanta is a great city for the athlete. Jogging, in particular, is a hit. The Peachtree Road Race, the world’s largest 10k, is held every Independence Day. Atlanta’s famous Piedmont Park is a popular running spot and has apartments for rent nearby. Golf and tennis are also local favorites, and the Chattahoochee River provides water sports enthusiasts all kinds of fun – go kayaking, tubing, or canoeing here.
Atlanta is a truly musical city – with something for every taste. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs classical music and puts on fun events. In October, get yourself in the Halloween spirit when you watch the Nightmare Before Christmas – with the soundtrack performed live by the Atlanta Orchestra. For contemporary acts, the Tabernacle (or just the Tabby) brings performers like Adele, Die Antwoord, and Guns and Roses to Atlanta on a regular basis. Usher’s RBMG record label is also based in Atlanta. Other musical celebrities living in Atlanta include Andre 3000 and Justin Bieber.
Don’t be fooled by Atlanta’s easy going Southern reputation. Business is straight booming here. Atlanta’s GDP is the eighth highest in the U.S. and thirty sixth highest in the world! Atlanta is home to the third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the nation and ranked #5 in Forbes’ “Best Places for Business and Careers”. In addition to corporate operations and finance, IT is also huge - Atlanta is sometimes called the Silicon Peach. Young professionals love Atlanta, and with so many industry giants in town, students have great opportunities for networking and internships too. Top employers include Delta Airlines, Coca-Cola, Emory University, Cox, AT&T, Georgia Tech and Georgia State University.
They call it “Hotlanta” for a reason. Summers are hot and humid. There is rainfall year round, and about 50 days of freezing temperatures in the winter.
Ethnically, the city is mostly African-American (54%) and White (38%). Atlanta’s population has grown every year since 1990 – the current population is about 448,000 people. 8% of Atlanta’s population was born outside the United States. The median income for a household is about $48,000.
The World of Coca-Cola is a must see. Every kind of Coke you can imagine can be tried here. The Chattahoochee River for watersport action. Zoo Atlanta, the Historic Oakland Cemetery, Six Flags (intense roller coasters), Underground Atlanta (great shopping), the Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Site, the Center for Puppetry Arts (fun for kids), the High Museum of Art, the Georgia State Capitol.
Atlanta is just as hot at night as it is during the day. So grab your friends, put on your dancing shoes, and discover Atlanta’s nightlife. Tongue and Groove: operating for nearly twenty years in Buckhead, Tongue, and Groove is one of Atlanta’s nightlife gems. Two dance floors split between Top 40 and house. Eddie’s Attic: Intimate concert venue. The best place to see Americana in Atlanta. Cold beer. MJQ Concourse: This super cool dance club is Atlanta’s best-kept secret – it’s literally underground. The club has no online presence, and you need to find out where it is from a friend. Probably ask the coolest one. Sweetwater Brewing Company: Delicious Atlanta craft beer can be had here. Brewery tours are also available. Remember, Atlanta is a big city - so if you want to walk to the party and back, definitely look at apartments for rent near the center.
Atlanta traffic can be heavy, and a car is the best way to navigate it. If you want to use public transport, there is a city-wide bus system, and the MARTA, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority - located around Five Points station downtown.
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The “Heart of The Arts” - Midtown is bursting with Atlanta culture. Piedmont Park is located here. Go for your morning run, and then grab coffee and breakfast – Atlanta’s food trucks frequent Piedmont. Rent a pet-friendly apartment nearby and your dog can enjoy the park too! Midtown is the proud home of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, why not impress a special someone with tickets? Midtown also offers classic Georgia dining. Come on down to Glady’s Knight’s Signature Chicken and Waffles for heaping plates of, you guessed it, chicken and waffles – served with sauce and soul. The Georgia Institute of Technology is located in Midtown, see student apartments for rent nearby.
Chic and prestigious, Buckhead is Atlanta at its most upscale. High-rise apartment and office buildings form a dense urban core along Peachtree road. Choose from many luxury apartments for rent, look at townhouses, or check out one of the single family homes that sprinkle Buckheads rolling hills. Moondogs nightclub, on Peachtree Road, attracts the partygoing weekend crowd. People interested in history should visit Buckhead's Atlanta History Center. High-end retail also available here.
Old Fourth Ward
Sometimes abbreviated O4W. This historic neighborhood is best known for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site – but that doesn’t mean O4W is just a museum piece – some of the best nightlife in Atlanta is right here. O4W apartments for rent offer easy access to hip joints like the Bookhouse pub or dance the night away at The Sound Table.
Little Five Points
Atlanta’s favorite neighborhood for hipsters. Swing by the voodoo-themed Vortex restaurant for the great Atlanta burger, or grab some vinyls at Criminal Records. And, don’t forget a selfie with the seriously dope street art. There are lots of townhouses and apartments for rent here.
Quiet residential area with plenty of retail and dining options, and stunning views of Atlanta’s skyline, Atlantic station is a great place to find apartments for rent. Retail options include Target, H&M, GAP, Dilliards, IKEA, Banana Republic, and more. They also have those movie theaters with the cool reclining chairs.
Nestled in rolling hills just outside of Buckhead, Buckhead Forest offers breathing room. Wake up in a lovely townhouse, surrounded by forest. Quiet, but not isolated, Buckhead Forest is just a short walk from the Buckhead center. Ideal for families, and for people who want a little distance from the downtown Atlanta hustle.
Lots of new buildings, houses and apartments for rent here. For an authentic Atlanta dining experience, try Fat Matt's Rib Shack - a delicious no-nonsense barbeque joint. Afterwards, burn some calories at the Morningside Nature Preserve, which offers great outdoor activities.
Atlanta’s oldest railway runs through Castleberry Hill, and the district is on the national register of historical sites. Less than 5 miles from Georgia State University, it’s an ideal location to find student apartments for rent or check out the warehouses and lofts that have been converted into long-term apartment rentals. Every second Friday, the neighborhood "art-stroll" tours the various local galleries.