Atlanta Moving Guide

Moving to Atlanta, Georgia? Read Our City Guide

As Georgia's capital city, Atlanta is a central location for visitors and residents alike. The city was founded in 1837 and has been a hub for American and southern culture, as well as notable events, including the Civil Rights movement and the 1996 Olympics. Today, Atlanta has a diverse population and growing economy that makes it one of the best cities to live in the South. Take a look at our Atlanta City Guide to learn all that Atlanta has to offer:


Atlanta has several nicknames, including modern and historical nicknames. Here are some common nicknames for the city that you may hear around town:

•    "ATL"
•    "A-Town"
•    "Dogwood City"
•    "Gate City"
•    "Hot 'Lanta"
•    "The Big Peach"

Populations Stats

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 472,522 people call Atlanta home. The city also has about 189,343 homes.

Atlanta Attractions, Parks and Landmarks

Atlanta offers hundreds of beautiful parks, natural preserves, attractions and landmarks worth visiting. Here are a few popular places to put on your must-see list:

•    Atlanta Botanical Garden
•    Atlanta History Center
•    Centennial Olympic Park
•    Georgia Aquarium
•    High Museum of Art
•    Historic Fourth Ward
•    Little Nancy Creek Park
•    Martin Luther King Jr. Center
•    Olmstead Linear Park
•    Perkerson Park
•    Six Flags Amusement Park
•    Stone Mountain Park
•    World of Coca-Cola
•    Zoo Atlanta


Colleges and Universities

Atlanta is home to notable colleges and universities, including:

•    Clark Atlanta University
•    Emory University
•    Georgia Institute of Technology
•    Georgia State University
•    Morehouse College
•    Spelman College
•    University of Georgia


Sports Teams

From baseball to football, Atlanta is a sports aficionado's mecca. The city hosts several sporting events every year, including the Celebration Bowl, and you can also check out one of the many professional sports teams right in Atlanta, including:

•    Atlanta Braves (Major League Baseball)
•    Atlanta Dream (WNBA)
•    Atlanta Falcons (NFL)
•    Atlanta Hawks (NBA)
•    Atlanta Silverbacks (National Premiere Soccer League)
•    Atlanta United FC (Major League Soccer)


Atlanta Neighborhoods and Districts

With 242 unique neighborhoods and distinctive districts, Atlanta offers several places to consider for calling home. Some popular districts and neighborhoods to explore, include:

•    Buckhead
•    Cabbage Town
•    Candler Park
•    Downtown
•    Grant Park
•    Midtown
•    Old Fourth Ward
•    West End  



Atlanta is home to great dining options, including restaurants with Southern style-cooking and soul food and eateries with Japanese cuisine. Check out some of the most popular restaurants in the city:

•    Staplehouse
•    Miller Union
•    Masterpiece
•    Spring
•    Cakes & Ale

Here are some lists from popular review websites of the restaurants:

•    Yelp
•    TripAdvisor
•    Zagat  



Atlanta offers a variety of nightlife and entertainment options, including bars, live music venues and comedy clubs, such as Allora, the Fox Theatre and Atlanta Magic Theater.


Atlanta offers great shopping including, malls, outlets, boutiques and antique stores. Check out shopping districts, such as Little Five Points or popular malls or shopping centers, such as the Shops Buckhead Atlanta, for unique finds.


From private schools to public schools, there are several educational facilities to choose from to meet academic needs. Use the Atlanta Public Schools Zone Locator to determine the public school that is zone based on your address.

Major Cities

Atlanta is close to other major cities which are worth a weekend road trip across state lines. Explore major cities such as Birmingham, Alabama and Chattanooga, Tennessee which are both around two hours’ drive from Atlanta. Nashville, Tennessee is a little farther at a four hour drive, and you can get to Charleston, South Carolina in under five. 

Important City Links

Esri. Find stats on Atlanta based on your ZIP code.

DMV/Licenses. Get your Georgia state ID or driver's license at local Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) office in Atlanta.  You can also view the closest DDS location based on your address by using the DDS Customer Service Center map.

Voting Locations. Find your polling location based on your address by using the Fulton County Polling Place Lookup tool, DeKalb County's polling location listing or via the Georgia Secretary of State's Election Division's Advanced Voting Location tool.

Hurricane and Emergency Shelters. When disaster strikes, it is vital to be prepared by knowing what emergency shelters to go to. Since shelters change based on the emergency, consider utilizing the NotifyATL service to get information regarding emergency shelters that open up in Atlanta. The Red Cross also makes it easy to find open shelters in the event of an emergency.

Evacuation Maps for Natural Disasters. Use the ESRI-powered evacuation map provided by the Georgia Department of Transportation to locate crucial evacuation zones in Atlanta.

Utilities Companies. Atlanta offers several utility services, including electricity from Georgia Power, natural gas service from Georgia Natural Gas, and water and sewer services provided by Watershed Management.

Trash and Recycling Services. Atlanta's Office of Solid Waste Services helps take care of trash collection and its recycling services. The city also offers bulk trash collection and provides a schedule for when to expect local pickup.

Cable and Internet Providers

•    AT&T
•    Comcast
•    Google Fiber



Median Home Prices. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Atlanta, Georgia homes have a median value of $222,300.

Average Income. Atlanta's median household income is $49,398.

Largest Employers. Some of Atlanta's largest employers include Delta Airlines, AT&T, The Home Depot, and Emory University.

Metropolitan Map. Find where you need to go in Atlanta by using this Metro Atlanta Regional Map.

National Parks. Atlanta is home to national parks and recreation areas, such as the Chattahoochee River national recreation area, where you can enjoy both fishing and wildlife. Atlanta is also home to the Martin Luther King, Jr. national historical park.

Clubs. You will find that both Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA have local chapters in Atlanta, including the YMCA of Metro Atlanta and the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta.

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