Home to more than 5.5 million people and considered the third largest metropolitan region in the Southeast, Atlanta is a bustling area that's the perfect hotspot for job seekers, Fortune 500 companies, tech gurus, growing families and more. There's an abundance of employment opportunities, housing options, school selections and much, much more to keep you and your family busy and happy upon relocating to the area.
• CNNMoney named it a Top 10 City People are Moving To: "Even though it was hit hard by the recession, Atlanta has claimed the top spot on Penske's list for four years running. Home to The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot and roughly a dozen other Fortune 500 companies, the city offers a range of job opportunities. And the cost of living is pretty cheap — less than half the cost of Manhattan — with much warmer weather."
• 2015 Forbes Lists: No. 14 for Best Places for Business and Careers; No. 83 in Cost of Doing Business; No. 98 in Job Growth; and No. 39 in Education
• Major industries: financial services, technology and telecommunications
• Gross metro product: $281.7 billion
• Median household income: $56,854
• Median home price: $138,100
• Job growth (2014): 3.7%
• Cost of living: 0.9% below national average
• College attainment: 35.3%
• Net migration (2013): 5,840
• The population projection for 2030 is 12 million
• Between 2010 and 2013, the Atlanta population increased by nearly 7%, or 27,500
Sources: CNNMoney.com and Forbes.com
• $12.2 billion: amount spent annually in the U.S. on corporate relocation by Worldwide ERC member corporations
• $17.7 million: average annual amount each company spends to transfer its employees
• 244,595: Estimate of the annual collective U.S. domestic transfer volume for Fortune 500 companies
• Approximately 37% are new hires and 63% are current employees
• Approximately 38% are homeowners and 62% are renters
Source: U.S. Domestic Transfers: Relocation Statistics, published in 2014, based on 2013 data. Worldwide ERC members represent a significant portion of organizations that manage sizable relocation programs.