Welcome to Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta, the seat of Fulton County and the state capital, sits at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains near the Chattahoochee River in north central Georgia. Atlanta's wide variety of beautiful, blossoming trees earns it the name Dogwood City.
Atlanta has much to offer from its growing economy to the international influence of the 1996 Olympics. Yet the city’s allure runs deeper than its opportunities for success. With a delightfully mild, four season climate, beautiful landscapes and legendary dogwoods, Atlanta continues to rank among the nation’s top housing markets.
Atlanta is large enough to find the right community and life style for you. There are 20 distinct counties and smaller neighborhoods within these counties. This has resulted in a wide range of lifestyles for single young professionals, or two income families with or without children. Your choices include in-town living, suburbia or even a more rural setting. Atlanta has much to offer from its growing economy to the international influence of the 1996 Olympics. Yet the city's allure runs deeper than its opportunities for success. With a delightfully mild, four season climate, beautiful landscapes and legendary dogwoods, Atlanta continues to rank among the nation's top housing markets. Atlanta's wide variety of beautiful, blossoming trees earns it the name Dogwood City.
Atlanta was founded in 1837 as the end of the Western & Atlantic railroad line (it was first named Marthasville in honor of the then-governor's daughter, nicknamed Terminus for its rail location, and then changed soon after to Atlanta, the feminine of Atlantic -- as in the railroad). Today the fast-growing city remains a transportation hub, not just for the country but also for the world: Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport is one of the nation's busiest in daily passenger flights. Direct flights to Europe, South America, and Asia have made metro Atlanta easily accessible to the more than 1,000 international businesses that operate here and the more than 50 countries that have representation in the city through consulates, trade offices, and chambers of commerce. The city has emerged as a banking center and is the world headquarters for 13 Fortune 500 companies.
Atlanta is the Capital city of the southeast, a city of the future with strong ties to its past. The old in new Atlanta is the soul of the city, the heritage that enhances the quality of life in a contemporary city. In the turbulent 60's, Atlanta was "the city too busy to hate." And today, in the 21st Century, Atlanta is the "city not too busy to care".
For more than four decades Atlanta has been linked to the civil rights movement. Civil Rights leaders moved forward, they were the visionaries who saw a new south, a new Atlanta. They believed in peace. They made monumental sacrifices for that peace. And because of them Atlanta became a fast-pace modern city which opened its doors to the 1996 Olympics.
Die-hard Southerners view Atlanta as the heart of the Old Confederacy, Atlanta has become the best example of the New South, a fast-paced modern city proud of its heritage.
In the past two decades Atlanta has experienced unprecedented growth -- the official city population remains steady, at about 420,000, but the metro population has grown in the past decade by nearly 40%, from 2.9 million to 4.1 million people. A good measure of this growth is the ever-changing downtown skyline, along with skyscrapers constructed in the Midtown, Buckhead, and outer perimeter (fringing I-285) business districts.
Since the late 1970s dozens of dazzling skyscrapers designed by such luminaries as Philip Johnson, I. M. Pel, and Marcel Breuer have reshaped the city's profile. Twenty-first Century, in Atlanta, history is being written...
The City of Atlanta is committed to the success of Downtown. It is the heart of the City and the State and if it is healthy, the rest will be healthy. Downtown Atlanta is the gateway to the state of Georgia and the rest of the Southeast region. It is the epicenter of government in the Southeast; most Federal regional offices, many State of Georgia offices, Fulton County offices, and the City of Atlanta offices are located here. Atlanta is one of the nation’s top convention center locations and home to major sporting events and tourist attractions, including the new Georgia Aquarium, said to be the largest in the US. More than 3.5 million delegates and tourists visit annually, most coming Downtown. Over 137,000 workers commute into Downtown and more than 40,000 college, graduate and professional students attend classes daily.
Downtown's For Everyone
What kind of person lives Downtown? It seems Downtown Atlanta is attracting people from a host of different walks of life, different areas of the city, and different income levels. Downtown residents walk to work while others sit in traffic; they enjoy incredible views of skylines and parks while others view sprawling parking lots of discount malls. Downtown residents even get world-class entertainment and sporting events delivered to their front yard versus ordering pay per view.
Residence in Downtown
A few of the focal points within the city are Atlanta's ever-changing Downtown, Midtown, and Buckhead districts. These vibrant core communities boast significant architecture designed by such world-famous names as I.M Pei, Philip Johnson and Marcel Breuer. But you will also find designated open and green spaces, public areas lined with trees and colorful landscaping. These areas also incorporate many examples of the mixed-use concept of residential and commercial spaces within close proximity to one another.
Residents here take deep pride in their city's history, its present, and its future direction. There are approximately thirty five separate neighborhood associations throughout the city, working to preserve their particular district's history, beautify public areas, and sponsor a variety of exciting fairs, festivals and events.
Newcomers to Atlanta will discover a bountiful array of housing options that are a mix of single-family homes and multi-family complexes. Whether you are looking for an affordable starter home, a chic urban loft, or a sprawling executive-style estate, you options in Atlanta are nearly limitless. As the city's population continues to grow, so have housing starts. Atlanta consistently ranks in the "Top Five Metro Areas in New Home Construction".
Because the city maintains an affordable cost of living, long-time residents and newcomers alike will quickly discover that home ownership in Atlanta is a reality rather than a dream. Potential home buyers will find the home of their dreams in neighborhoods designed to suit every taste, budget, and lifestyle. Recent real estate reports indicate that the average purchase price of a home within the city of Atlanta is currently around $487,105.
Downtown Housing is growing everyday. Downtown Atlanta offers many residential options with apartments, lofts and condominiums located throughout Downtown in both new and renovated buildings.
Today, over half of the population of entire state of Georgia resides in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. Within the city, there are approximately 424,868 residents, with a median age of thirty three years old. This number swells to just over four million people when the surrounding Metro area is included. Of Atlanta's working age population, around forty one percent of residents are employed in a professional or managerial capacity. An additional twenty eight percent work in the service industry, while around fourteen percent of locals are employed in an administrative capacity. The average household income within the city of Atlanta is currently around $34,770 per year.
Located in the foothills of the southern Appalachians in the north-central part of the state, Atlanta has a mild climate that rotates through all four seasons. The city's elevation and relative closeness to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean moderate the summer heat; mountains to the north retard the southward movement of polar air masses, thereby providing mild winters. Most precipitation falls in the form of rain, with the heaviest concentration in March. Snowfall is negligible, the yearly average being one-and-one-half inches, though a snowstorm of about four inches occurs about every five years. Tornado activity is also fairly frequent in the area.
Area: 132 square miles (2000)
Elevation: 1,010 feet above sea level
Average Temperatures: January, 40.5° F; July, 79.1° F; annual average, 64.2° F
Average Annual Precipitation: 50.77 inches
Average weather in Atlanta, Georgia
A regional as well as a national leader in the field of health care, the Atlanta metropolitan area is home to more than 50 hospitals supporting 40,000 medical personnel and more than 10,000 beds. Twelve hospitals are located in the city proper. One of the major full-service institutions is Grady Health System, used as a teaching hospital by the medical schools of both Emory University and Morehouse College. Grady has operated a separate, state-of-the-art care facility for HIV and AIDS patients since 1994. In February 2005 it also received a grant to assist the CenterPregnancy program that focuses on prenatal care for immigrants and Spanish-speaking mothers. Emory University Hospital received high scores in 2004 from Best Hospitals, particularly their heart and heart surgery department and geriatrics. Other institutions in the city include Children's HealthCare of Atlanta, Georgia Baptist Healthcare System, Piedmont Hospital, and the 460-bed Atlanta Medical Center. Atlanta also serves as the home of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Public Health Service for the Southeast.
Approaching the City
Often referred to as Atlanta's number-one economic asset, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been distinguished as "the world's busiest passenger airport." The huge, ultramodern facility, only 10 miles from downtown on 4,700 acres of land, is served by 25 passenger airlines that fly non-stop or one-stop to more than 200 national and international destinations along with 19 cargo airlines. Terminals are connected by an automated underground train system. General aviation facilities in the Atlanta area number 19 (including Hartsfield-Jackson).
Three major interstates—I-75, I-20, and I-85—route traffic into and out of Atlanta, making it one of the leading interstate highways centers in the nation.
Amtrak provides passenger rail service to Atlanta; travelers can go west to New Orleans (via Birmingham, Alabama) or east to Washington, D.C. (via Charlotte, North Carolina). Greyhound has limited service into and out of the city at the Amtrak station.
Traveling in the City
Atlanta can present a challenge to drivers for several reasons. For instance, the city is not laid out in a grid pattern, so there are few rectangular blocks or square intersections. Five main streets converge downtown in an area known as Five Points; these streets roughly divide the city into geographic quadrants (northeast, northwest, southeast, and southwest). Further complicating matters is the fact that more than 30 avenues, lanes, drives, and other thoroughfares in Atlanta contain the word "Peachtree," but only Peachtree Street is truly a main road.
Public transportation in Atlanta is operated by the train- and bus-based Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, or MARTA.
Elementary and Secondary Schools
The Atlanta system is located in the city of Atlanta, as well as in unincorporated portions of Fulton and DeKalb Counties. Policies are formed by the nine-member Atlanta Board of Education, all elected positions. The Atlanta schools work closely with parents and
Part of the Henry W. Grady High School Campus in Midtown Atlanta.
The public school system (Atlanta Public Schools)
local businesses to "stay the course and focus on student success," as Superintendent Beverly L. Hall, Ed.D. explained. Special programs within the Atlanta schools system include Early Childhood Development Centers, three planetariums, two teen parent programs, evening/community high schools and Alternate Schools, programs for exceptional children, exchange student programs, and the Atlanta Area Technical Schools.
Several schools have received state and national awards, including the 2003 National Blue Ribbon Award for Brandon Elementary, and Grove Park Elementary received a 2004 Georgia School of Excellence. In the state of Georgia, any student who graduates from high school with at least a B average is eligible for free college tuition and a $300 per academic book allowance at any of the state's colleges or universities. Those who choose a private college in Georgia get a $3,000 grant. The program is called HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally).
The following is a summary of data regarding Atlanta's public schools as of the 2004–2005 school year.
Total enrollment: 51,000
Number of facilities
elementary schools: 62
middle schools: 16
senior high schools: 10
other: 7 charter and 4 alternate schools
Colleges and Universities
Metropolitan Atlanta is home to 43 post-secondary institutions, including several of the most prestigious in the United States. They feature more than 300 programs of study and offer a variety of associate and undergraduate degrees, as well as graduate degrees in such fields as medicine, law, and theology. Among the city's principal schools are the 11,300-student body Emory University, nationally recognized for its business and medical research programs; Georgia Institute of Technology, with 16,000 students is famous for its research programs in dozens of different high-technology disciplines; and the Atlanta University Center, the largest assemblage of African American institutions in the world. The center is comprised of five colleges: Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Spelman College, and the Inter-denominational Theological Seminary (it previously included a sixth member, Morris Brown College, which lost its accreditation in 2002). Other notable facilities in Atlanta include Georgia State University; Mercer University's Cecil B. Day Campus, its Stetson School of Business and Economics, and its Southern School of Pharmacy; Oglethorpe University; and Art Institute of Atlanta. The Atlanta Technical College offers more than 70 programs in a variety of fields including health and human services, information technology, and skilled trades. The metropolitan area also has large public two-year and four-year colleges to serve students, including Clayton College & State University and several schools that offer specialized vocational and religious instruction.
Welcome to Zoo Atlanta
We strive to inspire the citizens of Atlanta and Georgia and all visitors to the Zoo to value wildlife on Earth and to help safeguard existing species through conservation.
We do this by:
- Providing an informative, educational, and engaging experience,
- Being respectful and responsible stewards of the animals and the physical and financial assets entrusted to us, and
- Engaging in related conservation activities and research.
Come test your skill against the clock and your friends to see how quickly you can climb 24-feet up a rock wall while being safely harnessed in an auto-belay system.
Nabisco Endangered Species Carousel
Kids of all ages can take a ride on some of the world's most endangered species at Zoo Atlanta!. The Nabisco Endangered Species Carousel takes zoo guests for a whimsical spin upon 38 hand-carved wooden animal figures. The ride also features a series of hand-painted murals depicting endangered mothers and babies in their natural habitats. The carousel is located in the Children's Zoo, and is housed under a colorful pavilion that protects it from the sun and rain. For more information please see Nabisco Carousel.
Norfolk Southern Zoo Express Train
Kids and adults love to ride Zoo Atlanta's Norfolk Southern Zoo Express. Funded by the Norfolk Southern Corporation, the "C.P. Huntington" train is a handcrafted replica of an original 1863 locomotive which can carry over 100 adults or 140 children. It features wide comfortable seats, covered passenger coaches for protection from the sun, lights for night rides and it is fully accessible. The Atlanta Braves, Northside Hospital and Publix Super Markets are additional partners in making the Zoo Express possible. A parent gets to ride for free with any child under 42" of height.
The KIDZone Playground
The Kids Interactive Discovery Zone (KIDZone) Playground is open daily (weather permitting) during regular zoo hours. Younger zoo visitors will enjoy playing on this playground featuring rocking elephants, turtles, bears, rabbits and lambs. The ark features steering wheels, compasses, binoculars, a telegraph station, climbing nets and a slide. The ark encourages imagination and role-playing.
For more information please visit www.zooatlanta.org
Six Flags Over Georgia is located on Interstate 20, just west of Atlanta.
We want your visit to Six Flags Over Georgia to be as smooth as it is fun.
Six Flags Over Georgia has unleashed a GIANT in 2006. Soaring over 200 ft. above the park and covering an area 8.5 acres in size, this much-anticipated steel monster is appropriately named: GOLIATH.
SUPERMAN - ULTIMATE FLIGHT
The South's ONLY Flying Coaster - State of the art thrill ride technology, the Superman - Ultimate Flight adventure begins flying face-first through 2759-feet of tortuously twisted steel track including a series of sharp dives, high-banked curves and spirals uniquely designed to enhance the flying experience.
Fast Forward Blast Backward on the maximum boomerang rollercoaster, Djˆ Vu. The world's tallest and fastest of its kind, Djˆ Vu combines state-of-the-art thrill ride technology with a brand new twist - riders fly forwards and backwards over a twisting, looping inverted steel track. One time forward, one time backward it's Deja Vu
THE GEORGIA SCORCHER
Put Your Feet To The Fire on the Southeast's tallest and fastest stand-up roller coaster. It's the 8th of the coaster thrills at Six Flags Over Georgia.
THE GEORGIA CYCLONE
A wooden roller coaster with a series of drops, high-speed banks and turns. (48")
Come join the fun with us Today
Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum
TAKE YOUR PLACE IN HISTORY
Home of the world's largest painting, "The Battle of Atlanta" and home of the historic Civil War locomotive, "TEXAS" (hero of the "Great Train Race"). Through spectacular music, art and sound effects, history comes alive as you step back to July 22, 1864 and become part of the battle.
The HiFi Buys Amphitheatre has been the premier concert venue in the Southeast since its debut season in 1989. HiFi Buys Amphitheatre was built specifically for popular music, designed to offer a state of the art musical experience for both patrons and performers. Superior sound reproduction, advanced lighting capabilities and clear, unrestricted sightlines make HiFi Buys Amphitheatre the favorite summer concert site for the avid music fan. Our two expansive hospitality plazas feature a wide variety of food and beverage options and plenty of tables amidst lushly landscaped grounds for pre dining. And complete handicapped accessibility insures that every music fan has a fun and relaxing time. The spacious backstage facilities are an artists dream, a relaxing dose of southern hospitality that has inspired some truly historic performances by the world's most incredible live performers Steve Miller Band, Tim McGraw, Sting, Dave Matthews Band and Jimmy Buffett just to name a few.
For more information on relocating to Atlanta Georgia, please visit www.atlantaga.gov
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