The City of Atlanta is the county seat of Fulton County, the capital of Georgia and the largest city in the state. A small portion of Atlanta extends into DeKalb County.
The city encompasses 132.4 square miles, of which 131.7 square miles is land and 0.7 square miles is water, and sits atop a ridge south of the Chattahoochee River.
It’s reputation as a postwar American city is reflected in its architecture and has often been the earliest, if not the first, to showcase new architectural concepts.
The most notable residential historic districts here include Druid Hills, with its parks and parkways, Inman Park with its Victorian mansions, Virginia-Highland with its Craftsman bungalows and Cabbagetown with its shotgun houses.
The three major high-rise districts within the city limits are Downtown, Midtown, and Buckhead. Downtown contains many notable skyscrapers. North of Downtown is Midtown Atlanta, a major employment center. Buckhead, a wealthy suburban area that developed into a major commercial and financial center, is located eight miles north of Downtown.
Atlanta has several urban neighborhoods that offer unique atmospheres of their own.
DowntownAtlanta includes Five Points, Centennial Park, Sweet Auburn, Hotel District, Castleberry Hill and is home to the state capitol, city hall, CNN Center, Georgia Aquarium and New World of Coca-Cola.
Midtown Atlanta is a major business and residential district with skyscrapers and nightlife area. This district includes Piedmont Park, Woodruff Arts Center and Georgia Tech campus.
Buckhead is several miles north of Midtown and surrounded by Brookwood Hills, Peachtree Battle, Lindbergh Center, and the Governor’s Mansion.
East Atlanta includes Virginia-Highland, Little Five Points, Candler Park, Poncey-Highland, East Atlanta Village, Virginia-Highland, Poncey-Highland and East Atlanta Village.
South Atlanta includes Grant Park and Hapeville.
Southeast Atlanta includes Turner Field (home of the Atlanta Braves) and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport along with the neighborhoods of Mechanicsville,Peoplestown and Lakewood.
West Atlanta includes Vine City, Bankhead, Historic West End, Collier Heights, and the Upper Westside.
Decatur is located just a few miles from downtown Atlanta and retains it’s own unique, small-town charm.
As of 2010, Atlanta is the seventh-most visited city in the United States, with over 35 million visitors per year.
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The median home value in Atlanta is $223,200 with home appreciation at -6.63% over the last year. The median age of Atlanta GA real estate is 39 years. Renters make up 44.11% of Atlanta’s population and 13.75% of houses and apartments in Atlanta are unoccupied.
As of 2011, its population is 543,504 with 4,020 people per square mile. The median age is 35.7. 22.02% of people that live in Atlanta are married and 12.12% are divorced. The average household size is 2.32 people. 37.01% of people are married with children in Atlanta and 51.53% have children and are single.
Atlanta has a humid subtropical climate and gets about 54 inches of rain per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 107. On average, there are 217 sunny days per year in Atlanta with July highs around 89 degrees and January lows around 34 degrees. The comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 34 out of 100 (higher is more comfortable).
Atlanta’s economy ranks 15th among world cities and sixth in the nation. The city ranks fourth in the number of Fortune 500 companies headquartered within city boundaries, behind New York City, Houston and Dallas. Atlanta is a center for services, finance, information technology, government, and higher education.
Metro Atlanta is the world headquarters of The Coca-Cola Company, Turner Broadcasting, The Home Depot, AT&T Mobility, UPS and Delta Air Lines.
Delta Air Lines is the Atlanta’s largest employer and operates the world’s largest airline hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest airport. Atlanta is the seventh most visited city in the United States with over 35 million visitors per year.
The unemployment rate in Atlanta is 10.70%, with job growth at -0.50%. Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 28.30%. Atlanta sales tax rate is 8.00% and income tax is 6.00%. Income per capita in Atlanta is $32,578, which includes all adults and children. Median household income is $46,992.
Population by Occupation
Management, Business, and Financial Operations 17.43%
Professional and Related Occupations 25.50%
Sales and Office 22.40%
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry 0.10%
Construction, Extraction, and Maintenance 5.67%
Production, Transportation, and Material Moving 9.69%
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