A Newcomer's Guide to Living in Atlanta

Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, America
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Although it might seem overwhelming to move to a new city, especially one as large and diverse as Atlanta, it can be an adventure getting to know the unique culture of its many neighborhoods, restaurants, bars and social venues.

In fact, there's never been a better time to live in Atlanta, which features some of the top attractions in the region that make this city exciting for travelers and residents alike.

Home to dozens of parks and gardens, miles of trails and an abundance of nature preserves and green amenities, Atlanta is best explored outdoors—this city actually has a higher percentage of tree coverage than the national average. What's more, the weather in Atlanta is comfortable nearly year-round, with mild seasons and an average annual temperature of 61 F. Other than a few snowy and freezing days in the harshest winter months and sweltering days in the summer, you'll have ample opportunities any time of year to explore this arboreal city.

Atlanta Neighborhood Guide

You can explore local guides to Atlanta neighborhoods organized by a number of different factors including Atlanta's most walkable neighborhoods and Atlanta's safest neighborhoods, all of which provide useful information for new residents. When you're trying to determine which neighborhood is right for you, it all really comes down to location and the type of living you expect to do. The well-kept lawns and relatively quiet residences of Virginia-Highland, for instance, are just north of the burgeoning Old Fourth Ward and Poncey-Highland neighborhoods while Edgewood and Cabbagetown have seen an influx of hipster cafes and boutique shops as well as increased rent to keep up with the gentrification.

Alternatively, you can also learn more about Atlanta's suburbs, which stretch for miles outside of Atlanta city limit but are still easily accessible by public transit or car. Whether you decide to live in the in the city or in bordering neighborhoods, though, really depends on how close you want to be to all the action. For the best of both worlds, consider the suburb city of Decatur. Just 15 minutes east of downtown via the MARTA metro, Decatur is one of the hottest areas due to its buzzy bars, charming shops and leafy parks.

Traveling Around Atlanta

Get ready for driving in Georgia as there's no doubt about it: Atlanta is a car city. Whether you need to transfer your out-of-state driver's license, register your vehicle, or renew your tag, the process is relatively simple.

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) provides more than 400,000 passengers with service between the City of Atlanta and Fulton and DeKalb counties daily, offering routes for trains, buses and para-transit vehicles. Whether you're traveling from the airport or just from your home to one of Atlanta's trendy neighborhoods, MARTA will get you where you need to go.

Atlanta is also home to one of the world's busiest airports, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), whose airport code is where Atlanta gets one of its most popular nicknames (ATL). This massive airport serves more than 100 million passengers annually and has been ranked the "World's Busiest Airport" since 1998. With service to hundreds of destinations around the world, ATL is the ideal airport for international travel from the Southern United States.

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