The diverse economy of Atlanta is ranked 15th in the world and 6th in the nation which is dominated by professional & business services, logistics, information technology and media operations. Atlanta city is at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and at more that 300m above sea level it is the highest major city to the east of the famous Mississippi River.
The areas surrounding the east side of Atlanta city are made up of suburbs, villages, residential streets and are a haven for the upper middle classes. Whereas the west side has former factories and warehouses that are now converted into housing, art galleries, retail outlets transforming this former industrial area into a smart up market area. The Olympic Games was held in Atlanta in 1990 giving the economy and tourism an enormous boost and putting Atlanta & Georgia as a much sought after location.
Atlanta has subtropical humid climate with four seasons. Summers are hot and humid with temperatures up to 90 °F (32.2 °C) and winters are cool with temperatures of 43.5 °F (6.4 °C) with the occasional temperature drop to freezing. The warm air coming in from the Gulf of Mexico is known to bring mild winds and strong arctic winds. Rainfall is distributed evenly throughout the year and snow is reasonably rare.
Atlanta has a typically south culture although this is rapidly changing to a multi cultural nation due to the immigrants that have settled in the USA. In 2010 Atlanta was the 7th most visited city in the USA with more than 35 million visitors per year. Atlanta attractions include museums, historical sites, galleries, the world’s largest indoor aquarium the preserved childhood home or Dr Martin Luther King, the Civil War Museum and many more which include country walks, botanical gardens and national parks. The city is also home to much musical, art, craft and film festivals throughout the year.
Atlanta has a vast variety of cuisine from around the world. Ranging from coffee shops, bistros, cafes and restaurants serving southern USA, Ethnic, Italian, French with Atlanta emerging as a sophisticated restaurant town and of course the fast food and drive in outlets.
Atlanta has an excellent education system ranging from pre-school kindergarten through to excellent universities catering for all education and training needs. With excellent transport links which include local and national bus companies, train stations and International airports connecting Atlanta with the rest of America and around the world.
Atlanta is a thriving city with a lot to offer therefore makes it an ideal time to purchase property for sale in Atlanta, whether for permanent living, a holiday home and for the property investor to purchase for the ever increasing buy-to-let market.