Access to suburban settings, a fast-paced city lifestyle and hip locales makes DeKalb County a popular relocation option for young professionals, students and established business executives. Situated just minutes from Downtown Atlanta and easily accessible to all areas inside and outside of the Interstate 285 perimeter, the county sits adjacent to Interstates 20, 85, 285, 675 and Highway 78, as well as a local airport, multiple MARTA hubs and the nearby Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Given its prime location and resources, the area's career options vary across a wide spectrum with strong opportunities in education, engineering, trade, finance, construction, retail, management and manufacturing. More than half of the Fortune 500 companies with a presence in Atlanta also have operations in the county. Top employers include Emory University, the DeKalb County School System, Delta Air Lines, Walmart and BellSouth Corp.
Educational opportunities abound at Emory University, DeVry University, The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, Laurus Technical Institute, Columbia Theological Seminary and Agnes Scott College, as well as in the successful DeKalb County and Decatur City school systems.
Your DeKalb Farmers Market, an indoor world market, is a point of pride for residents with its array of locally-grown produce, farm-fresh meats and exotic spices, while youthful Decatur (the county seat) is home to eclectic shops, tantalizing restaurants and a nationally ranked beer bar, The Brick Store Pub. Stone Mountain State Park — home to the world’s largest free-standing piece of exposed granite — serves as a family-friendly tourist attraction, while East Atlanta Village receives kudos for its lively hipster vibe.
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Avondale Estates is known for its close-knit community, beautiful setting and diverse architectural styles. Residents enjoy the closeness of a “small-town intown” with a large number of local businesses operated from homes and shops in the commercial district. Today, the city is known as one of the first planned cities in the Southeast.
Brookhaven is DeKalb County’s newest and largest city. The urban town center on Dresden Drive features many mixed-use developments and is bordered by residential neighborhoods. Highly accessible along the Interstate 285 corridor, Brookhaven is home to many parks and major universities, including Oglethorpe.
A mere 14 miles from downtown Atlanta, Chamblee is a vibrant city with a diverse community and plenty of international flair. From the South’s largest collection of antiques to the extensive myriad of auto dealerships and restaurants featuring cuisines from all over the world., Chamblee is an exciting city to explore.
Home of the central campus of Georgia Perimeter College, the city of Clarkston is noted for its diversity and is known as a big walking and biking community. The city fosters outdoor activities through their renovated parks and playgrounds, an ADA walking trail, bike paths and a Wildlife Nature Preserve.
Decatur stands alone as home to the most and best festivals, many of which take place in the heart and soul of the city. The square is a quaint town quad that is surrounded by a list of diverse and award-winning restaurants and shops for every taste, perfect for indulging your artistic sensibilities.
Doraville has become an attractive destination because of its close proximity to Atlanta, its MARTA public transit station and the promise of a new town center. With one of the largest concentrations of mid-century modern homes in metro Atlanta and located where interstates 285 and 85 meet, the city of Doraville is convenient for those commuting in and out of the city.
Even though it is one of the metro area’s youngest cities (incorporated in 2008), Dunwoody has quickly established itself as a shopping, dining and cultural hotspot. The city is convenient to Perimeter Mall and is home to fun events like the annual Dunwoody Music Festival and Dunwoody Green Market.
Made up of less than one square mile, Lithonia’s name is derived from the Greek words for “rock” and “place” because of its abundance of Gneiss granite. Close to Stone Mountain Park, the unincorporated community located outside the city limits includes some of the most affluent neighborhoods in DeKalb County.
Pine Lake is a village close to nature where residents treasure and help protect the environment. A vast artist community exists here, harbored by monthly community Lounges and the city's annual LakeFest.
People travel from far and wide to rest atop the brilliant granite rock of Stone Mountain. The largest exposed granite dome on the continent, Stone Mountain is etched with famous Confederate leaders from the Civil War. A family-friendly place to visit and live, the mountain and Main Street Stone Mountain make up the heart of the city.
From the large annual festivals, the golf course, park and close proximity to the Little Five Points business district, there is always something to do for young and the young at heart in Candler Park. Great restaurants, quaint homes and unique shops await.
The charm of East Atlanta is its ability to be eclectic and edgy while also comfortably suburban. East Atlanta Village is an intersection well-decorated with artists murals and packed full of bars, restaurants and coffee shops—it even has its own local gym, nightclub and a farmers market every Thursday, rain or shine.
Edgewood's easy proximity to Downtown Atlanta, beautiful and unique housing, booming retail and entertainment sectors and the diversity of its residents contribute to its vibrancy as one of Atlanta’s earliest Intown “suburbs." Iconic Edgewood Avenue comes to life at night with some of the city's most notorious restaurants and bars.
Kirkwood has houses with yards, quirky shops and restaurants, while alternative, locally owned shops and restaurants abound. The community is strong with urban forests, parks and festivals. The Kirkwood Urban Forest community garden is a great, green escape from the city, with fruit trees aplenty, a rain garden and devoted gardeners.