Considering Moving to Atlanta?

Atlanta has always been a transportation hub. The city was founded as Marthasville in 1837 (named for the governor’s daughter) at the end of the Western & Atlantic railroad line, and its name today pays tribute to that – Atlanta is the feminine form of Atlantic. Much of the city was destroyed during the Civil War, but the residents rebuilt and the railroad industry grew. Atlanta remains a major transportation hub today. Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport was the busiest airport in the world in 2015, with more than 100 million passengers in 2015, according to Airports Council International. Based on Census Bureau data, Atlanta is home to more than 463,000 people, but the metropolitan area surrounding the city is estimated over 5.7 million. It’s also the site of headquarters for some major national and international brands, including Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Chick-fil-A, and Ted Turner’s TV channels TBS and CNN. If you’re thinking about moving to Atlanta, GoodCall® has a roundup of important things to consider.

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Popular neighborhoods

The neighborhoods in Atlanta are all unique in both the look and feel as well as the people who live there. Take a look at some of the popular areas of the city with this information from Zillow:

Neighborhood Average % of homes that increased in value last year
Neighborhood Cabbagetown Rating 96.22
Neighborhood Bolton Rating 95.56
Neighborhood Reynoldstown Rating 95.41
Neighborhood Cross Creek Rating 94.65
Neighborhood East Atlanta Rating 93.12
Neighborhood Hills Park Rating 92.24
Neighborhood Underwood Hills Rating 91.77
Neighborhood Downtown Rating 90.86
Neighborhood Ormewood Park Rating 90.77

Things to Do

Atlanta is a major tourist destination, so you can be sure there’s plenty to do. Yelp reviews showed these were the best attractions in the city:

Name Rating Address
Name Piedmont Park Rating 4.5 Address 400 Park Dr
Name College Football Hall of Fame Rating 4.5 Address 250 Marietta St NW
Name Georgia Aquarium Rating 4 Address 225 Baker St
Name Atlanta Botanical Garden Rating 4 Address 1345 Piedmont Ave NE
Name World of Coca-Cola Rating 3.5 Address 121 Baker St NW

Best Restaurants & Bars

From Brazilian steakhouse to vegan, Creole to Mediterranean, Atlanta has plenty of dining options, a bustling nightlife and budding brewery scene. Yelp users ranked these as the top options:

Name Rating Address
Name Herban Fix - Vegan Kitchen Rating 4.5 Address 565-A Peachtree St NE
Name Marcel Rating 4.5 Address 1170 Howell Mill Rd
Name Desta Ethiopian Kitchen Rating 4.5 Address 3086 Briarcliff Rd NE
name Canoe Rating 4.5 Address 4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE
Name Heirloom Market BBQ Rating 4.5 Address 2243 Akers Mill Rd SE

Dog Friendly Places

You want your best furry friend to love your new home, too. Yelp has identified these places as dog-friendly:

Name Rating Address
Name ParkGrounds Rating 4 Address 42 Flat Shoals Ave SE
Name Brook Run Dog Park Rating 4 Address 4770 N Peachtree Rd
Name Oakhurst Dog Park Rating 4 Address 450 E Lake Dr
Name Piedmont Dog Park Rating 3.5 Address 1071 Piedmont Ave
Name Burger Dog Park Rating 3.5 Address 660 Glendale Pl

Media Outlets

Get to know Atlanta by getting to know its online news sources. GoodCall® put together a list of the ones that serve Atlanta.

Name Link
Name Atlanta Business Chronicle
Name Atlanta Daily World
Name Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Name Atlanta Voice
Name Buckhead Reporter
Name Creative Loafing Atlanta
Name DeKalb Neighbor
Name El Nuevo Georgia
Name Fulton County Daily Report
Name LikeTheDew
Name Mundo Hispanico Atlanta
Name Senior News

Moving with Pets

When moving with pets, it’s worth taking the time to make sure you are following the rules and regulations of your new city.

License Fees:

1 year unaltered animal = $25
1 year spayed/neutered animal = $10
3 year spayed/neutered animal = $60
Late fee (after 30 days) = $25
Replacement tag = $2

City Licensing Info

Animal Dogs Cats Ferrets Birds Rabbits
License or registration required? Dogs: Yes Cats: Yes Ferrets: No Birds: Yes Rabbits: Yes
Additional details Dogs: Certificates of Veterinary Inspection only required if entering by plane. Animals 12 weeks or older must have proof of a current rabies vaccination. Both 1- and 3-year vaccinations are recognized. Cats: CVI only required if entering by plane. Animals 12 weeks or older must have proof of a current rabies vaccination. Both 1- and 3-year vaccinations are recognized. Ferrets: CVI not required. Ferrets 12 weeks or older must have proof of current rabies vaccination. Ferrets 7 months or older must be sexually altered prior to entry except those exempted by license or permit. Birds: CVI required. Exotic and pet birds require a permit. All exotic and pet bird exhibitions and sales are required to obtain a permit at least 21 days prior to the opening of the exhibition or sale. Rabbits: CVI required.

Arts & Culture

Atlanta has professional companies for all the major performing arts (ballet, orchestra, opera, and theater) as well as art and history museums and music. Here are Yelp reviewers’ top recommendations:

Name Rating Address
Name Center For Civil and Human Rights Rating 4.5 Address 100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd
Name Martin Luther King Jr Center Rating 4.5 Address 449 Auburn Ave NE
Name Atlanta Shakespeare Company Rating 4.5 Address 499 Peachtree St NE
Name Jimmy Carter Library Rating 4.5 Address 441 Freedom Pkwy
Name High Museum of Art Rating 4 Address 1280 Peachtree St NE

Top Employers

Do you have a job in Atlanta yet? If not, this data from Glassdoor can help with details about top employers as well as open jobs and estimated salary ranges for those jobs:

Name Link Rating Industry
NameGeorgia Tech Rating 4.2 Industry Colleges & Universities
NameDelta Air Lines Rating 4.2 Industry Airlines
Name The Home Depot Rating 3.5 Industry Home Centers & Hardware Stores
NameTurner Broadcasting Rating 3.5 Industry TV Broadcast & Cable Networks
NameAT&T Rating 3.4 Industry Cable, Internet & Telephone Providers
NameCoca-Cola Company Rating 3.4 Industry Food & Beverage Manufacturing
NameIBM Rating 3.4 Industry Consulting
NameWalmart Rating 3.1 Industry General Merchandise & Superstores

Average Commute Time

How long it takes people on average to get to work, as well as how easy it is to get around without a car, will both contribute to your overall happiness. Take a look at Atlanta’s data from the U.S. Census Bureau:

Transportation in Atlanta, Georgia

Population with commute time under 30 minutes

66%

Out of 10,490 cities, Atlanta is in the top

47%

Data by census.gov

Cost of Living

Cost of living should definitely factor into your decision to move to Atlanta. These numbers from Numbeo take into account the prices of housing, groceries, transportation, utilities and other factors based on the cost of goods and services in New York City. A score of 70 for this city means this category costs 70 percent of what it would cost in New York City.

Cost of Living in Atlanta, Georgia

Median Home Price

$272,900

42.00% higher

Increase compared to the national median

Data by zillow.com

Consumer Price Index
Cost of Living Index 77.62
Rent Index 45.37
Groceries Index 79.72
Restaurant Index 74.62
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index 61.96
Local Purchasing Power 142.54

Data by Numbeo.com

Experts weigh in on Atlanta

How can you save money when moving to a new city?

Jennifer McDermott
Consumer Advocate
finder.com

Find your feet with a personal loan - In an ideal world, you would have months to save up for the costly experience of moving cities. However a number of circumstances may arise that mean you have to pack up and leave in a hurry. If your emergency fund hasn’t seen much love, you might want to consider a personal loan. There are a range of cheap personal loans available for comparison which will give you wiggle room to find your feet without the burden of high interest rates and impossible terms.
Garrett Ball
Owner
Secure Medicare Solutions

One of the easiest ways to save money when you move to a new city is by doing an insurance “checkup” (health, auto, homeowners). Insurance rates vary considerably from location to location and are often based on zip code. In addition, different companies service different geographic areas. You could save hundreds of dollars a year on the insurance line-item in your budget by simply comparing costs and changing to an equivalent, but lower premium, option in your new city.
Ali Wenzke
Blogger
The Art of Happy Moving

Register Your Change of Address with the USPS - When you register your change of address with the USPS, you get coupons and they're good ones. Typically, you'll find deals on things that you will need immediately after your move such as discounts to home improvement stores. According to the USPS website, you get instant access to over $750 in valuable coupons.

Top movers in Atlanta

Our Ranking Criteria

  • Accreditation. We started by gathering certifications from American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB), as well as interstate licensing from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) or a state Household Goods Mover/Intrastate Mover license.
  • Customer Satisfaction. We collected aggregate reviews from Google, Yelp, and MyMovingReviews along with the number of formal complaints filed, and weighted these based on the number of reviews (while also taking fleet size into account).
  • Professionalism. Finally we accounted for all-around professionalism, including polished websites, physical registered addresses and working phone numbers.
B & B Movers Inc.

160 Clairemont Ave Suite 200
Decatur, GA 30030
4.7
Average
Rating
A+
BBB
Rating
Certified ProMover
Accredited Business
24/7 Moving & Delivery

1130 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy NW # A
Atlanta, GA 30318
4.7
Average
Rating
A+
BBB
Rating
Certified ProMover
Accredited Business
Mark The Mover, Inc.

1504 Carroll Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
4.25
Average
Rating
A+
BBB
Rating
Certified ProMover
Accredited Business
Berger Atlanta Movers

750 Progress Industrial Blvd
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
3.80
Average
Rating
A+
BBB
Rating
Certified ProMover
Accredited Business
Beltmann Group

4897 Lewis Road
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
3.20
Average
Rating
A+
BBB
Rating
Certified ProMover
Accredited Business
Atlanta Peach Movers, Inc.

2911 Northeast Pkwy
Atlanta, GA 30360
2.90
Average
Rating
A+
BBB
Rating
Certified ProMover
Accredited Business
Coleman Worldwide Moving

7280 Graham Road
Fairburn, GA 30213
2.90
Average
Rating
A+
BBB
Rating
Certified ProMover
Accredited Business
Atlantic Relocation Systems

1314 Chattahoochee Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
2.53
Average
Rating
A+
BBB
Rating
Certified ProMover
Accredited Business
A-1 Horton's Moving Service, Inc.

5315 Tulane Dr SW Ste N
Atlanta, GA 30336
2.25
Average
Rating
A+
BBB
Rating
Certified ProMover
Accredited Business
ALS Van Line Services, Inc.

6025 Lagrange Blvd SW Ste B&C
Atlanta, GA 30336
2.00
Average
Rating
A+
BBB
Rating
Certified ProMover
Accredited Business

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