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Atlanta, GA

Atlanta leans liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides
479,655
Atlanta Population7
$
54,907
Median Income6
7.8
%
Unemployment Rate17
 

City Score

 

Population

Since 2010, the population of Atlanta has grown 157% faster than the national average, partially driven by the segment of the population that is 25- to 34-year olds which grew by 26%

Age

33.2
Median Age7
16.0
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

Atlanta residents are mostly Black and the city is slowly becoming less diverse as the Black community has grown by 9.9% since 2010, while the white community, 2nd largest in the city, has grown by 14.3%

Race

53.2
%
Georgia Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

Atlanta has warm summers and mild winters. The temperature drops to 32°F or below 44 days per year with an average temperature in July of 80°F

Weather

32
%
Chance of Rain12
60
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature45

 

Housing

The average home value in Atlanta increased by 71% since 2010 which is 29% higher than the national average and 25% higher than the state average

Rent

$
1,800
Monthly Average13
57
%
Renters46

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

Atlanta is a slightly high tax location with property tax 18% lower than the national average, but income tax 31% higher than the national average and sales tax 30% higher than the national average.

Other

0.91
%
Property Tax21
8.9
%
Sales Tax19
0.0
%
Vehicle Tax21

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)47

 

Employment

Atlanta has a low employment rate of 92% which is 1% lower than the national average. The largest employers are The Home Depot and United Parcel Service

Income

14.4
%
<$25,0006
23.2
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry17

 

Politics

Atlanta leans liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides

2016 Presidential Election Results49

Representatives

Mayor28 Keisha Bottoms
Democratic
House of Representative28 John Lewis
Democratic
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Northside Hospital Forsyth, is 30.0 miles from the center of Atlanta, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, Atlanta VA Medical Center, is 11.1 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, Northside Hospital-Atlanta, is 4.2 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical29 CBD oil only
Decriminalized29 No
 

Safety

In Georgia, 37.7% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, which is a decrease since 2000 when 46.7% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

No
Universal Background Checks30
No
Permit to Purchase Law30

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Fun Facts

  • The world's busiest airport by passenger travel since 1998, seeing more than 110 million passengers per year38
  • The tallest building in the United States outside of New York or Chicago
  • The world's largest drive-in restaurant. It can accommodate 600 cars outside and 800 people inside. The Varsity makes two miles of hot dogs, 2500 pounds of potatoes, 5000 fried pies and 300 gallons of chili from scratch daily
  • The site includes Martin Luther King Jr.'s boyhood home and the original Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where Dr. King was baptized. Visitors can learn about his childhood and life. Admission is free
 

Top Destinations

  • Dr. John S. Pemberton, a pharmacist in Atlanta, invented Coca-Cola. Dr. Pemberton's bookkeeper suggested the name "Coca-Cola" and penned the flowing script that is used for its logo today39
  • Atlanta's symbol is a phoenix. It represents the city's rebirth after being burned down during the Civil War, making it the only North American city destroyed as an act of war40
  • AJC Peachtree Road Race takes place annually on July 4th every year and is the world's largest 10K event41
 

Recognition

#44 2020 Best Cities to Live by Niche31
#45 2020 Best Cities to Retire by U.S. News & World Report32
#42 2020 Best Cities to Retire by Niche33
#74 2020 Best Cities for Families by Niche34
#57 2019 Best Cities to Live by U.S. News & World Report35
#30 2019 Best Cities to Retire by WalletHub36
#49 2019 Best Cities for Healthcare by healthgrades37
 

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