There’s something about a southern town. Is it the charm of having the door held open for you or the hospitality of being invited over for sweet tea? While some things never change and are absolutely rooted in the history and culture of a geographic area, as time passes and the population increases, some things are bound to shift.
If you’re thinking of moving to Atlanta, or you’re already a resident and still feeling like a newbie, you may feel like there’s so much to uncover in this big city. It can be a bit overwhelming. After all, Atlanta is one of the country’s fastest growing metro areas. Today, the region is home to nearly 6 million people.
In a space that’s growing and changing as much as this, you may need to update yourself on what you thought you knew about it. Use this guide to living in Atlanta in 2018.
Looking to buy a home? You’re in luck. Homes in Atlanta are reasonably priced and well below the national average. That’s why it was rated one of the best places for recent college graduates to get started in their careers. There are options for every budget in this great city and in 2018, the market is hot! Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, now is definitely a great time to do so.
Atlanta isn’t necessarily a city that fares well for pedestrians or bicyclists either…so if you’re planning on moving to Atlanta you’ll certainly need to have a safe and reliable car to get where you need to go each day.
Because the city doesn’t have many options for transportation, the average commute time is above the national average at 30.7 minutes – so be sure you have a car you don’t mind sitting in. You’ll want to leave your house early each morning in case your commute ends up being on the longer side. You’ll be better off making your coffee at home than stopping along the way. That said, the city is growing and improving each and every day. MARTA, the city’s public transportation system, is expecting new train cars this year.
Each new year brings a fresh new take on cuisine everywhere. Living in Atlanta in 2018 means you’ll need to give these up and coming restaurants a shot before the year comes to an end and an entirely new crop of hip places to eat comes to be.
- If you like coffee and you like tacos, stop by Muchacho. This unique coffee house channels a 70’s style California surf shack. The fun vibe combined with attentive service will leave you wanting more.
- If you like true Southern heritage food, try Rose+Rye. This new restaurant is run but an all-female team with a focus on “refined American fare with a global reach.”
- If you like fine meats and oysters, visit Noona. This classic steakhouse features American favorites with pulled inspiration from Korean cuisine.
Any good city understands the importance of a good bar experience. Whether you’re seeking a fair-priced happy hour on a weekday or planning for a girls’ night out, there’s something nearby to accommodate your needs and give you the kind of experience you’re seeking. Here are just a few places that proved popular in 2017 that you need to visit if you haven’t already.
- For a jack of all trades, stop by Establishment. This spot is great for a cheap happy hour, classic cocktails and even clears space for a DJ later in the evening.
- For a fun summer experience, visit The S.O.S. Tiki Bar. This place is exactly what it sounds like. It’s the perfect spot to go and close your eyes to pretend you’re on vacation.
- For some New Orleans-esque drinks, plan a trip to Bon Ton. Classics like the hurricane and the sazerac vacation here.
Did you move to Atlanta for a job? Or did you move to make a change and are still looking for work? Every year The Atlanta Journal-Constitution accepts nominations for AJC’s top workplace awards. In 2017 over 2,500 companies were nominated. Two hundred seventy five of those companies agreed to participate and their employees were surveyed based their satisfaction. The top three large companies included Woodward Academy, Alston & Bird LLP and Resurgens Orthopaedics. If you’re looking for work, you may want to consider sticking to this list as it takes into consideration the opinions of Atlanta’s every-day worker.
Whether you’re working on your bucket list for 2018 or trying to prepare for some notable life changes – this guide should help you prepare and live life to the fullest throughout 2018. If you’re looking to make Atlanta home in 2018 Chrishena Stanley at 404-53607400 for all your house hunting needs.