Tips for Moving to Atlanta

If you’re moving to Atlanta you have several advantages. One is the year-long mild climate. You won’t have to worry too much about snow – seldom seen in these parts, where the average winter low temperature is around 33 degrees Fahrenheit (1 degree Celsius).

Atlanta is not, however, immune from severe weather. On March 14 2008, downtown Atlanta was struck by a 135mph tornado, which caused severe damage to several neighbourhoods and was responsible for dozens of injuries and one fatality. Severe weather of any kind is not, however, the norm for Atlanta.

A second advantage is the high rate of employment. Atlanta has developed from a city of commerce to an international influence and importance. In the past two decades it has grown in population by over 20 percent, making Atlanta the fastest growing metropolitan area in the United States of America.

There is a downside to this. Because of the mild climate coupled with pollution from transport in such a highly populous area, the air quality is rated poor, and the incidence of asthma in Atlanta is high. In 2007, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America declared Atlanta the worst city in the USA to live in for asthma sufferers.

Atlanta is a place you should never be bored. There are parks to walk in, theatres and cinemas to visit, historical sights such as the King Centre and Margaret Mitchell House and museum; there is a world renowned aquarium, a zoological park and the famous World of Coca Cola. Restaurants and night clubs are plentiful,

Atlanta also plays host to teams from basketball, baseball, football and ice hockey, America’s four favourite sports. The city is served by a state-of-the-art metropolitan transport system known as MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) which encourages Atlanta residents and visitors to use a fast, reliable and cheap system of transport connecting the various districts of the city by both rail and bus.

Cyclists too are well catered for in this town seeking to continuously improve its green credentials.

You won’t need to look far in Atlanta to find whatever you need in terms of commerce. There are shopping malls in West End and Peachtree Centre, and you can also shop in Cumberland Mall, Greenbriar Mall, Lennox Square Mall and Northlake Mall. There is very little that cannot be bought in Atlanta within the city limits.

In terms of education, Georgia boasts the Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia Southern University. Little wonder then, that Georgia is such a modern, fast-growing, forward looking city. What a long way the city has come since it was razed to the ground during the American Civil War!