Moving to the ‘City in a Forest’
Moving from New York to a diverse and large city like Atlanta can be exciting and terrifying at the same time. Home to 343 parks, gardens, and nature preserves, the city has a higher tree coverage percentage than the national average, which explains its “City in a forest” nickname. As of 2016, Atlanta has a population of 472,522, while the wide Atlanta metropolitan area that spans over 14 counties, is the ninth-largest in the US with a population of 5.8 million.
Atlanta’s weather, except for a few days here and there, is nice throughout the year. Compared to New York’s humid subtropical climate and humid continental climate, Atlanta falls into the region of humid subtropical climate with an abundance of rainfall year-round, (something you’re probably used to in New York anyway). You will experience a few snowy and freezing days during the winter, but overall, winters are definitely more manageable than New York.
Housing, neighborhoods, and living costs
Since Atlanta is split into 242 neighborhoods it might get difficult to choose the space that fits your character. Among the best neighborhoods we can suggest are: Midtown, Buckhead, Old Fourth Ward, Little Five Points, Atlantic Station, Buckhead Forest, and Castleberry Hill. Rent prices will vary based on the neighborhood you choose.
According to the Zumper National Rent Report, Atlanta ranks in the 18th position with the most expensive rental market in the US. Median prices vary from $1,370 for a one bedroom apartment to $1,750 for a two bedroom apartment, but expect to find cheaper prices across the city as well. These prices are still way cheaper when compared to New York City. Overall, living costs in Atlanta are 43% cheaper, while housing costs are 67% less expensive.
Economy and employment
Home to Coca-Cola headquarters, AT&T Mobility, Chick-fil-A, Delta Airlines, UPS, Home Depot, and a few other major corporations. Atlanta metro area ranks 18th in the world, and 7th position in the US, with a GDP of around $320 billion.
Its vibrant and continuously growing economy offers plenty of opportunities in various sectors such as logistics, media operations, professional and business services, and information technology. The information technology sector in particular offers 85,000 jobs in the region — the fourth-largest number of jobs in this sector in the entire nation.
Due to its booming technology sector, Atlanta is often called the ‘Silicon Peach’.
Things to see and do once you move to Atlanta
With a lovely weather most of the time, Atlanta offers you plenty of opportunities to enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, rock climbing, and fly fishing. One thing you should prepare yourself for, is the abundance of all types of festivals such as Atlanta Jazz Festival, Inman Park Festival, Sweetwater 420 Fest, Dogwood Festival, Candler Park Festival, Fiesta Atlanta, Sweet Auburn Springfest, Decatur Arts Festival, and Music Midtown.
Moving to Atlanta with a car
As Atlanta is very spread out, in some particular residential neighborhoods, having a car will be a necessity most of the time. Since you are moving to Atlanta with a car, you will need to register it with the Georgia Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) within 30 days after you establish your move. Just keep in mind that in order to properly register your vehicle, first, you will need to get a Georgia driver’s license, purchase your car insurance based on Georgia standards, and if required, complete your vehicle inspection too.
How long does it take to ship a car from New York to Atlanta?
Shipping a car from New York to Atlanta takes about 3 to 6 days. Due to the nature of the industry time is always an estimate. Weather, traffic, truck failures or other customers’ delays may affect the exact time of shipping.
What documents do I need when shipping a car from New York to Atlanta?
Shipping a vehicle to Atlanta is easy. We do not need car titles or even the VIN number. All we need is the keys when we arrive to pick up your car, and the name of a designated person at pick-up and delivery who will release and accept the car.