Serving as the capital of Georgia, Atlanta is a beautiful place on the south of the imposing Appalachian Mountains to live, work, go to school, raise a family or just visit. Atlanta was almost burnt to the ground during the Civil War but managed to bounce back and become a city with strong insurance, finance, manufacturing, communications, and retail sectors, and a place many large corporations like Coca-Cola call home.
At the moment, the U.S. Census estimates the city of Atlanta to have a population of more than 486,000, with the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta GA Metro Area population exceeding 5.8 million — making it the 9th largest metro area in the United States.
Relocating to Atlanta
Atlanta receives a large number of people from all over the country who choose to move to the city for a variety of reasons. Yet, housing remains affordable despite the high demand so you will find plenty of accommodation options to either rent or buy.
Compared to the national average, unemployment is slightly higher in Atlanta. Nevertheless, the presence of a wealth of companies that are headquartered here (Delta Airlines and UPS, for example) provide enough job opportunities for those that seek employment. After all, Atlanta is the city that has the 3rd largest concentration of Fortune 500 organizations.
Tip: If you’re relocating your business to Atlanta or simply moving to a nearby location, you can rent comfortable and affordable office space, or use our commercial warehouse spaces as a temporary or long-term storage solution for your business inventory.
Avoid theft from your doorstep; let us keep your packages safe by having them delivered to your Life Storage store. A store manager will put them in your space for you.
Did you know?
- There are 6 self storage facilities within the Atlanta city limits.
- We have 37 facilities that offer cooling or climate-controlled units.
- Our lowest priced units in Atlanta average $38 per month.
- 1151 people have reserved units in the Atlanta area in the past 30 days.
Things to Do in Atlanta
Atlanta is a lively city that hosts many annual events and festivals. Some of the most popular ones are the Dragon Con, Music Midtown, Atlanta Pride, Dogwood Festival, Atlanta Turkish Festival, National Black Arts Festival, and the Festival Peachtree Latino, where the entire town turns into a huge party scene.
Other than that, the city with the 7th busiest airport in the world by annual passenger traffic – the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport - offers plenty of soul-pleasing things to do in your free time, given the active music scene and the large number of historical points of interest and museums.
What is even more charming about Atlanta is that although it is densely populated, green spaces occupy a big portion of the city, offering lots of opportunities for recreational activities. As for those into sports, Atlanta is a great sports town featuring the Falcons, Hawks, Braves, Dream, United FC and several great college teams.
Did you know? Our storage facilities in Marietta and Atlanta have been used as a set for the hit FX series Atlanta and our storage facility in Norcross was used for TBS’s Miracle Workers.
- Electricity – Georgia Power is the primary electricity company in the city.
- Water – The City of Atlanta manages water services. Visit www.atlantawatershed.org to learn more.
- Gas – There are 5 gas providers to choose from. Make sure you pick one that serves your neighborhood.
- Recycling – The City of Atlanta recycling programs provide frequent curbside collection of both recyclables and trash.
- Transportation – Public transit is available via train, shuttle, and train. Now, if you need an Atlanta driver’s license, ensure you schedule an appointment with the Department of Driver Services and obtain it within 30 days of moving in. It should be noted that specific parts of the city need special parking permits.
While staying in Atlanta, three neighborhoods definitely deserve a visit, each for its own special reason:
- Midtown - Home to Piedmont Park, a favorite go-to place for families with kids and the grounds where most of the festivals take place, Midtown is the beating heart of Atlanta and the place that combines business with architecture and art.
- Buckhead – This Atlanta neighborhood is sometimes referred to as the “Beverly Hills of the East” due to the high-end shopping streets, top-notch restaurants, and luxury hotels located in this affluent district.
- Sweet Auburn – The birthplace (and burial grounds) of Martin Luther King Jr. and the site that houses the International Walk of Fame where you can find the shoe prints of iconic figures of the civil rights movement. Sweet Auburn was pronounced a national landmark in 1976.
- Westside or West Midtown – The location with a rich history and quaint cobbled, tree-lined paths. Beautiful, restored historical buildings now serving as hip dining facilities or trendy lofts adorn the streets. Many people say that strolling the old alleyways gives them an old-world sensation when horse-drawn carriages were the only transportation seen crossing the roads.
Tip: Self-storage units are a great option to consider for those items you don’t use often (Christmas decorations, etc.) and seasonal items (camping gear, etc.) as well as jewelry, motorcycles, cars, and electronics. No matter where you move in Atlanta, we have self-storage units conveniently located off of the main roads and interstates such as I-75, I-85, and I-285. You can find us near the Perimeter Mall ( facility #847 ), Mercedes-Benz Stadium ( facility #778 and facility #407 ), the Waffle House Museum ( facility #378 ), and 20 minutes from Suntrust Park (facilities #56 , #289 and #45 ). We extend South in the city, too, as far as Peachtree City as well as Riverdale (facilities #30 and #44 ) and College Park.
Attending one of the many colleges or universities in the greater Atlanta area? We’ve got convenient locations for you, too. Facility #778 is only a four-minute drive up Decatur for Georgia State students and facility #412 is only five minutes away from Kennesaw State University.
And for more tips and suggestions about where to live in the area, check out our list of the Top 8 neighborhoods in Atlanta.
The accommodation options in Atlanta will not leave you empty-handed if you decide you relocate here. This means that you will definitely find housing that fits your bill. From homes at affordable prices to deluxe, gated communities, the city has it all. And, even though the prices have slightly spiked the past few years, they are still considerably lower than the country’s median.
Tip: Self-storage units also provide you with space when you are moving to another city or renovating your home or during peak times when you need to stock extra inventory. However, it is not uncommon to see individuals running an entire business from a self-storage unit in Atlanta.
Renting out your home as an Airbnb for one of the many major sporting events hosted in our fine city? Stash your personal belongings and valuables in one of our Atlanta-area storage units for safe-keeping.
Our specially outfitted wine storage units are temperature and humidity controlled to ensure the stability of your collection. We keep the temp between 60-65℉ and the humidity at 60-65% with a dedicated HVAC system.
Atlanta has more than 30 notable universities and colleges, including Clark Atlanta University, John Marshall Law School, Emory University, Morehouse, American Intercontinental University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Georgia State University, and is highly regarded as a center for higher education. Also, besides the Atlanta Public Schools system that operates public schools, you may opt for private and charter schools as well.
Atlanta does not experience any extremely harsh weather. The temperatures here are highest in July and lowest between December and February and there are 6 days of rain on average every month. Overall, the climate is hot and humid.
Tip: If looking for some extra storage space for your items, the hot and humid climate may require a controlled climate storage unit, especially if you need to store sensitive to extreme weather conditions items like appliances, clothing, furniture, and electronics.