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ATLANTA AREA


A Great Place to Live and Work

Atlanta offers the energy, excitement and activities of a large city combined with the warmth, friendliness and lifestyle sometimes referred to as Southern Hospitality. It is a vibrant, prosperous, growing area with a high quality of life, a low cost of living … and great weather!

The economic engine of the Southeast, Atlanta is also a natural beauty – green trees and gently rolling scenery, and the not-too-distant North Georgia mountains and Atlantic coast. The Atlanta metro area is home to nearly 5 million people, 27 FORTUNE 1000 companies, and the world’s busiest airport, and an abundance of educational opportunities.

Whether driving or using public transportation (MARTA, CCT), there's easy access available to many major events, cultural and recreational activities, restaurants, and business and residential areas.

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Atlanta School Systems

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Sports Events

Atlanta’s world class facilities – including Philips Arena, Turner Field and the Georgia Dome – frequently host major sports events. They’re also home to six professional sports teams:

  • Braves – Major League Baseball
  • Falcons – National Football League
  • Hawks – National Basketball League
  • Silverbacks – American Professional Soccer League

There’s also NASCAR racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway and major college sports with Georgia Tech in the ACC and the University of Georgia in the SEC. Atlanta is also home to PGA golf events, the SEC Championship and the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Site of the 1996 Olympic Games, Atlanta has also hosted the NFL Super Bowl, the NCAA Final Four, and the Major League Baseball and National Hockey League all star games.

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Attractions

Atlanta attractions offer something diverse for everyone. The Georgia Aquarium, New World of Coca-Cola, Inside CNN Tour and Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta surround Centennial Olympic Park in downtown.

Other parts of the metro area feature attractions that include the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, Margaret Mitchell House, Jimmy Carter Library & Museum, Zoo Atlanta , and Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water.

There is never a shortage of activities and events listed on Access/Atlanta, and 50 Fun Things To Do In Atlanta, provides suggestions about a variety of things to do and see.

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Recreation

Atlanta offers many parks and trails. Jogging, biking or hiking – or just sitting and enjoying the blooming azaleas and flowering trees of spring – there are many various parks and trails that provide exciting opportunities to explore the natural beauty of Atlanta. Golf courses and tennis courts abound.

Challenges come with the Peachtree Road Race on July 4th and the U.S. 10K Classic on Labor Day. Up north, Amicolola Falls provides a hearty climb alongside a waterfall. Down south, Callaway Gardens provides a scenic, recreational getaway. Closer to the city, Stone Mountain Park has a variety of recreational and other activities. And Kennesaw Mountain has a steep trail and some Civil War history.  And the Silver Comet Trail is a favorite of runners and bicyclists.

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Culture

Atlanta's culture has something for everybody - concerts, exhibits, and theater. Just a few of the many facilities and groups throughout the metro area are the Woodruff Arts Center, High Museum, Atlanta Symphony, Alliance Theater, Marietta Theatre in the Square, and newly opened Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center - which is located across the street from INPO headquarters.

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Fun Facts

Some fast, fun facts and items about Atlanta that even some long-time residents may not know:

  • Average annual temperature – 61 degrees
  • Big Chicken – a tall Kentucky Fried Chicken landmark in Marietta
  • Education – ranked 7th in the U.S. for college graduates
  • Economy – if Atlanta were a country, it would be the 28th largest economy in the world
  • Engineers – Georgia Tech graduates more engineers than any other university in the country
  • Health care – nearly 18,000 physicians and 61 hospitals
  • Job growth – ranked among the top five in the nation over the last 10 years
  • Major media outlet – home of CNN, The Weather Channel, Cartoon Network, more than 70 radio stations, 20 television stations, 15 daily and 60 weekly newspapers
  • Median age – 33

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