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With low living costs, pleasant weather, and big-name companies, it's no secret that Atlanta is booming. More than 6 million people call the area home, and while the city is quickly earning a reputation as a tech center, it also packs lots of history and culture. Here are a few of our favorite things about life in the city. (Just don't call it Hotlanta.)
- Lush greenery everywhere you turn
You're not imagining it: Atlanta has a lot more trees than other cities, and its green canopy has earned it the nickname "city in a forest." In spring, venture to Piedmont Park for the annual Dogwood Festival, a celebration of one of our most iconic trees.
- A sense of history
A nexus of the civil rights movement, Atlanta is where you'll find the the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, the birth home of King himself, and the new National Center for Civil and Human Rights. It's also where you'll find venues and memorabilia from the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, which were held in part on Georgia Tech's campus.
- A new kind of urbanism
Named one of the best smart-growth projects in America, the BeltLine (conceived by a Georgia Tech alumnus) is linking Atlanta neighborhoods with trails, transit and parks along an old railway corridor.
- Art and culture with a Southern accent
Just a short walk from Georgia Tech, you can see some of art's greatest masterpieces at the High Museum or watch a show at the Fox, one of the country's most gorgeous theaters. For a quirkier cultural fix, head to the Plaza Theatre for a movie and visit one of Atlanta's independent bookstores. And, if you like sports, cheer on the Yellow Jackets or follow one of the city's professional teams -- we've got you covered for baseball, basketball and football.
- People (and food) from every walk of life
Some of Atlanta's diversity is reflected on Buford Highway, home to dozens of shops and restaurants owned by people from around the world. If you crave tacos, banh mi or dim sum, you're sure to find it here.
- Booming business
About a dozen Fortune 500 companies are based in Atlanta, and the city boasts a burgeoning tech scene (with lots of Georgia Tech connections).
- Great living at an ever better price
From the leafy streets of Grant Park to the hip boutiques of Midtown, Atlanta has neighborhoods to suit every taste. And, with warm weather and a relatively low cost of living, the city is a great place to live no matter which neighborhood you choose.
- Easy access to the rest of the South...
Whether it's mountains or beaches you seek, you'll find it within driving distance. To the north lie the Appalachian foothills; to the south are the beaches of Florida and Alabama.
- ...And easy access to the rest of the world
The world's busiest airport is just a train ride away.