What we here in Atlanta know to be true is finally public knowledge:
Now, we came in #61, which is too far down the list, in my opinion, but at least we're ranked, along with two other Georgia cities:
#4 - Columbus, Georgia
#85 - Augusta, Georgia
Best Life compared and evaluated 257 cities using a combination of the following criteria: "somewhere safe, where they can attend good schools with favorable student-teacher ratios, above-average test scores and respectable budgets. Plenty of museums, parks and pediatricians also contribute to a good quality of life, whereas multihour commutes, expensive houses and divorcing friends and neighbors do not." They also used data from a number of sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Education Statistics, the FBI, the American Association of Museums, the National Center for Health Statistics and the American Bar Association."
All that technical, statistical stuff aside, Atlanta really is a great place to live and a great place for families. We have great schools and beautiful parks. We have wonderful attractions such as Six Flags over Georgia, Lake Lanier, World of Coca-Cola, Stone Mountain Park, and the new Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the world. We have amazing historical landmarks, such as The Fabulous Fox Theatre, the Margaret Mitchell House, Oakhill Cemetery, and Kennesaw Battlefield. We have great sports teams - the Atlanta Falcons, the Atlanta Hawks, the Atlanta Braves, the Atlanta Silverbacks and the Georgia Gladiators.
There truly is something for everyone -- every age, every interest, every real estate price point!
Atlanta has so much to offer...and is a great place to raise a family! But don't take my word for it -- take Best Life's word for it or try it out for yourself!
Maura Gebhardt, ABR®
The Gebhardt Group
RE/MAX Greater Atlanta
10220 Medlock Bridge Road
Johns Creek, GA 30097