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Atlanta’s Cost of Living and Housing

Cost of Living data from C2ER
Data: Council for Community and Economic Research, 2013

Atlanta is a very affordable city compared to many other major U.S. cities (Axios, Nov 2023). See how Atlanta ranks compared to other cities.

Atlanta ranked 6th place in a recent ranking of cities with the hottest housing markets predicted for 2024 out of the top 50 metropolitan areas by population. Factors contributing to Atlanta’s ranking are steady projected home values and job and population growth (, Jan 2024).

Education in Atlanta

Atlanta and its communities offer an abundance of education choices, from K-12 to universities and technical schools. City Schools of Decatur ranked #5 out of 180 for Best School District in Georgia, 2024 (, Nov 2023). K-12  private school options include Paideia, Woodward Academy, Westminster Academy, Pace Academy, the Lovett School, ranked in the top 10 Best Private Schools in Atlanta (, Nov 2023). Universities including Emory, Georgia Institute of Technolgy, Georgia State University, and University of Georgia less than 90 minutes away from Atlanta. Technical colleges include Atlanta Technical College, Piedmont Tech, and others. Four of the nation’s top HBCUs are in Atlanta: Morehouse School of Medicine, Clark Atlanta University, Spellman College, Morehouse College. 


Atlanta is home to many ethnic and cultural groups. Atlanta is ranked as one of the top 10 friendliest cities for the LGBTQ+ community, with an annual Pride Festival in October (, June 2022).

Atlanta is a racially and ethnically diverse city. Among the 50 metro U.S. cities Atlanta has the highest percentage of Black-owned companies with 7.4% (source: Black Enterprise).