Future Residents, Lifestyle

Reasons to Live in (and Love) Atlanta

Often referred to as the heart of the South, Atlanta is an expansive metropolis that is home to top-rated universities, thriving food and music scenes, every type of professional sports team and possibly the most enticing feature: a low cost of living. Welcome to the ATL!

Low Cost of Living
If you’re looking for an expansive, bustling city that still offers a low cost of living, Atlanta might just be for you. Compared to the cost of living in other big cities in the U.S. (we’re talking about you New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston), Atlanta is surprisingly affordable – with rent being half (if not one-third or one-fourth) of what you’d paid for a similar home in those other cities. Click here to see the beautiful Progress Residential® rental homes currently available in the greater Atlanta area.

College and Post-College Life
Those looking for higher education opportunities will love the plethora of colleges in Atlanta – seriously, there are 118 colleges in the greater Atlanta area. Atlanta is home to world-renowned Emory University (and its School of Law), as well as the Georgia Institute of Technology (aka Georgia Tech), Georgia State University, John Marshall Law School, Morehouse College, Clark Atlantic University and the list goes on.
And graduates aren’t in a hurry to leave because Atlanta was recently ranked as the top city for new college graduates and young professionals! High median starting salaries plus the low cost of living is perfect for recent college grads. Plus, Atlanta is ranked among the top 25 cities for job opportunities as well according to Glassdoor.

Various Districts, Cities and Suburbs
The Atlanta metro area is so vast that there are dozens of cities and communities surrounding Atlanta proper, each with their own personalities. If you’re looking for a more suburban feel, check out Alpharetta and Cumming to the north, Marietta and Kennesaw to the west, Stone Mountain and Snellville to the east and McDonough and Stockbridge to the south. We have Progress Residential® homes in all of these areas; click here to see rental homes currently available. There are also three “downtown” type of areas within Atlanta itself: Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead. Midtown is known as the second “downtown” and is popular for nightlife. Buckhead is the third “downtown” and it offers upscale boutiques, designer stores and high-rise living; it’s known as the “Beverly Hills of the South.”

Food Scene
Foodies will rejoice when they discover all the amazing restaurants awaiting them in Atlanta. Our favorites are Aria, Home grown, The Optimist, Staplehouse, Canoe, Cooks & Soldiers, Majestic Diner and BoccaLupo. Atlanta is also a haven of international cuisine, so you won’t have any difficulty finding delicious Mexican, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Italian and the list goes on. And if you’re a fan of brunch, Atlanta takes brunch very seriously – check out the best brunch spots in town.

Outdoor Adventures
If you’re a lover of enjoying the great outdoors then don’t worry, Atlanta has plenty of opportunities for that too. While Stone Mountain Park is the perfect area to hike and enjoy the beautiful Atlanta sunsets, it also includes a theme park, a 363-acre lake for fishing, two golf courses and much more. Tallulah Gorge State Park is a popular spot for hiking and rock climbing, and you’ll be able to enjoy the stunning scenery while doing both. Anglers will love fly fishing in the Chattahoochee River, which also has some awesome trails. Don’t want to leave the city? No problem – the Atlanta Beltline boasts 33 miles of trails for walking, running or biking, as well as 1,300 acres of parks that extend from one side of the city to the other and back around.

While weather in Atlanta might initially bring to mind the unwavering heat and humidity that the South is known for, you may be surprised to hear that the average temperature is actually 61.4 degrees F. And if you think that sounds appealing, the average low is 52.5 degrees F and the average high is only 70.3 degrees F. Don’t believe everything you hear – Atlanta rivals Arizona and Colorado for amazing year-around weather.

Sports fans will feel at home with all of the professional and collegiate sports to enjoy in Atlanta. In Downtown you’ll find the Atlanta Hawks (football), the Atlanta Braves (baseball), the Atlanta United FC (soccer), the Atlanta Thrashers (hockey) and the Atlanta Falcons (football and definitely the city’s favorite). More of a college sports fan? Georgia Tech and Georgia State are both Division 1 schools in basketball, football and baseball.


Ready to make a move to Atlanta? Yep, we thought so – don’t forget to check out the rental homes currently available in the greater Atlanta area from Progress Residential®. If you’re already a local, let us know in the comments below what your favorite part about Atlanta is!


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