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Summers are hot and humid with average July temperatures around 88 degrees. Winters are short and mild with rarely any snow.

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atlanta, ga

atlanta at a glance

The cost of living in Atlanta is approximately 9% above the national median. Home values are just over $314,000, and the average cost of rent is around $2,101 per month.

The largest employers include Emory University, Delta Air Lines, Northside Hospital, Piedmont Hospital, and Home Depot.

Approximately 372,000 people commute by car throughout the Atlanta metro area. MARTA is the largest public transportation provider.

The Atlanta school system has a total of 137 public schools and 496 private schools. Colleges include Georgia State University, Emory University, Clark Atlanta University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Living in Atlanta, Georgia provides a unique experience with its vibrant arts scene, rich history, and warm Southern hospitality. With the help of CEND, you can make a smooth move to this exciting city and start enjoying your new life.

where to live, have fun, and explore


 Buckhead is known as one of the best places to live in Georgia. Most of its population of just over 1,300 are young professionals and retirees. Homes have an average cost of around $560,000, and approximately 61% of the city’s residents rent.

 This suburb has an urban feel with plenty of local parks and green spaces. Approximately 73% own their own homes, and more than half the population is age 45 and older. 

In this densely populated suburban neighborhood with more than 20,000 residents, the most residents are single, young professionals between the ages of 25 and 44.

Piedmont Park attracts single professionals with a median age of 35. The average household income is around $46,000 and approximately 50% own their own homes. 

In this historic neighborhood east of downtown, young professionals between 25 and 34 make up about 20% of the population, and the average home value is $348,000. 

The Beltline features plenty of hiking trails, large oaks, and streams. The average age of residents in the Beltline is between 20 and 34, and the median household income is around $42,644. 

One of Atlanta’s most desirable historic neighborhoods, Inman Park has tree-lined streets and a vintage feel. The average household income of the young professionals and families here is $184,925.

The median household income in upscale Poncey-Highlands is $95,998. Young professionals and families make up the majority of the population. 

On the northern side of Atlanta, Sandy Springs has a population of around 108,000. The average age of its residents is around 37 with a median household income of $80,998. 

Cabbagetown residents are single professionals between the ages of 25 and 34, and the median income is around $138,068 per year. 

The average age of residents is 34. Most own their own homes, which have a median value of around $550,000. 

 East Atlanta Village has a small-town feel. The neighborhood is made up of young professionals with an average age of 36, most of whom have no children and have an income of around $110,000 per year. 

 Downtown Atlanta has a population of just over 500,000. Most are ages 25 to 34 with incomes of around $69,000 per year

One of the most progressive neighborhoods in Atlanta, Castleberry Hill has a population of around 239. The average rent is $1,700, and only 30% own their own homes.

Many young professionals between 25 and 44 call Summerhill home. The average home value is $351,430, and the median household income is $46,159.

This historic neighborhood is ideal for young families. The average home price is $367,000, and the median age is 39.

Approximately 77% of people living here are over 21. Individual incomes are around $76,269 per year, and approximately one in 10 residents has a college degree.

Known for its walkability, Virginia Highland is home to many young families and professionals between 25 and 44. The average household income is $112,245 per year.

Sprawling green spaces and Victorian homes add to the ambiance. The average age here is 36, and homes have an average value of $575,000.

Densely populated Decatur offers lots of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, parks, and shopping. The average age is 38, and nearly 50% of households have children.

things to do in atlanta, ga

Shaky Knees Music Festival: Annual music festival held every May in Central Park, featuring indie rock bands.
Atlanta Jazz Festival: One of the largest free jazz festivals in the country, held every May in Piedmont Park.
Atlanta Dogwood Festival: Free art and music festival featuring local fine artists. The event is held every April in Piedmont Park.
SweetWater 420 Festival: Annual music festival held in April at Centennial Olympic Park featuring beer, food, and fun.
Atlanta Film Festival: Held every April at various theaters, it presents 150 to 175 independent works from over 10,000 submissions.
Piedmont Park Arts Festival: One of the top arts festivals in the nation, held every August in Piedmont Park and features arts and crafts. Admission is free.
Imagine Music Festival: The Imagine Music Festival is an immersive electronic festival held each September in Kingston Downs.
Atlanta Pride Festival: Held each October in Piedmont Park, the Atlanta Pride Festival celebrates the LGBTQ community with parades, marches, games, and food.
Christmas Parade: Takes place each December in downtown Atlanta. It features large floats, marching bands, an ice rink, and a tree-lighting ceremony.
Tunes from the Tombs: Takes place each June in the Historic Oakland Cemetery. It features live music, food trucks, craft beer, and souvenirs.

Atlanta takes its sports seriously, with top-ranked teams including the Falcons, Braves, Hawks, and the Atlanta Dream. For those who enjoy soccer, Atlanta United FC plays each season in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. If collegiate sports are more your thing, Atlanta’s home to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Georgia State Panthers, Kennesaw State Owls, and the Emory University Eagles.

Atlanta speakeasies: Atlanta speakeasies offer unique Prohibition-style vibes. Top spots include the Red Phone Booth, The Blind Pig Parlour Bar, Jojo’s Beloved, and Himitsu.
Late-night bowling: A popular pastime for night owls, with Midtown Bowl, The Painted Pin and The Painted Duck offering cosmic bowling.
Drink & play: Game bars are for those who want to drink, socialize and play golf or games. Immersive places to play include Puttshack, Ormsby’s, Topgolf, Skyline Park, The Roof at Ponce City Market, and Punch Bowl Social.
Comedy clubs: The Punchline and the Laughing Skull Lounge deliver laughs nightly. Other hotspots include Dad’s Garage, Uptown Comedy Corner, Village Theatre, and the RoleCall Theatre.
Late-night diners & restaurants: The Landmark Diner and Waffle House are both open 24/7 for those all-night cravings. Vegan options include the Slutty Vegan. Other less healthy selections include R. Thomas Deluxe Grill, The Continent, and El Rey Del Taco.
Unique experiences: Fernbank After Dark, for ages 21 and older, serves up fun events and cocktails at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. History After Hours, held once a month at the Atlanta History Center, offers live music, history lessons, and dessert, as well as the free Party with the Past for younger adults. Other unique experiences include High Frequency Friday at the High Museum of Art and Sips Under the Seas at the Atlanta Aquarium.

Georgia Aquarium: The largest aquarium in the world, it’s home to more than 100,000 sea creatures, including whale sharks and beluga whales.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History: A nonprofit natural history museum with a giant screen theater and an old-growth forest.
Centennial Olympic Park: Site of the 1996 Olympic games, Centennial Olympic Park has a splash pad, water gardens, sculptures, and plenty of places for picnics.
Zoo Atlanta: Home to more than 1,000 animals, some of which are endangered. Children learn about elephants, zebras, giraffes, and warthogs.
The Wren’s Nest: Author Joel Chandler Harris’s home, featuring a children’s story hour.
World of Coca-Cola: The World of Coca-Cola details the history of the soft drink, with exhibits and beverage samples from around the world.
Legoland Discovery Center: Ideal for children 3 to 10, Legoland Discovery features a wide range of Lego exhibits.
Atlanta Botanical Garden: Home to more than 50,000 plants, as well as a model-train garden and an amphitheater.
Piedmont Park: The park has 200 acres of green space with a dog area, basketball courts, jogging paths, and food vendors.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta: This hands-on museum allows children to explore a wide range of educational exhibits.
Center for Puppetry Arts: The world’s largest organization devoted to puppetry, with hands-on exhibits and displays of iconic puppets such as Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.
Chattahoochee Nature Center: Enjoy trails and exhibits that cover more than 127 acres on the Chattahoochee River.
Stone Mountain Park: Features the largest Confederate monument in the world, along with camping, hiking, and a railroad.
Lake Lanier Islands: Located on one of the largest manmade lakes in the South, it features a waterpark, restaurants, camping, and a 214-room lodge.
Ponce Market Rooftop Arcade: Activities for adults and kids include Putt-Putt and photo booths.
Southeastern Railway Museum: Located in Duluth, with more than 90 rail cars to explore.
Delta Flight Museum: Displays the history of Delta Air Lines, including several planes up close, plus a gift shop and memorabilia.
Illuminarium: Features laser-themed exhibits and an outdoor patio with a café.
Buford Highway: Offers some of the best restaurants for kids, plus the Mall of Georgia and Buford Dam.
Tiny Doors ATL: A large, free exhibit of 7-inch sculptures.

City Dog Market: Located on Peachtree NE, the City Dog Market is a large pet store that offers food, toys, treats, and clothes.
Brewhouse Cafe: The Brewhouse Café’s large outside patio area welcomes dogs. This pub features wings and pizza.
Dog Park at Piedmont Park: The dog park at Piedmont Park is one of the best in the city, with 3 acres for your pet to run off-leash.
Buckhead Village: Buckhead Village is a large shopping center with numerous dog-friendly shops.

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atlanta restaurants & breweries

  • Hippin Hops Brewery: Those who love craft beer will love Hippin Hops Brewery. The restaurant offers deviled eggs, macaroni and cheese balls, seafood, po’ boy sandwiches, and chicken.
  • Torched Hop Brewing Company: This locally owned pub offers classic burgers, Korean wings, and grilled cheese sandwiches along with bold-flavored beers.
  • Best End Brewing Company: Offering live music, beer, food and cocktails, the Best End Brewery is located near the center of town, serving up smoked Cajun chicken salad, cauliflower nuggets, and wings.

Halfway Crooks Beer: Halfway Crooks Beer features Belgian-style lagers and ales and food choices such as schnitzel sandwich and goulash fries.

environmental standards

The greater Atlanta area has more than 3,200 EV charging stations, 507 which are free, in addition to 306 Tesla Superchargers. Atlanta has a recycling rate of around 12.5% or 12,000 tons annually. Rewards programs that encourage recycling include RecycleBank and Waste360.

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atlanta moving & storage

If you’re planning on moving to Atlanta, CEND offers a simple, efficient and eco-friendly way to transport your belongings. Choose from the white glove service that packs your belongings for you, or save money by packing your boxes on your own. Simply order your shipping and moving containers and allow us to take care of the rest. When you arrive in Atlanta, we can also unpack for you so you can spend more time exploring the city. For more information on what we offer, contact us to schedule your move or receive a quote.