Atlanta

Welcome to Atlanta

Atlanta has the beguiling combination of Southern charm and urban savvy that you might expect from the biggest city in the South. It's slower than New York but livelier than Savannah, and there's all the Civil War and civil rights history you could want, but with a thriving cosmopolitan culture to remind you that it's not a city stuck in the past. In fact, it keeps on growing and growing.

Since hosting the 1996 Summer Olympics, Atlanta has been more on the radar for visitors and transplants. Of particular attraction is its robust arts and culture scene, flourishing throughout the city with young crowds, museums, cafes and bars. The abundance may be overwhelming, but the city's distinct neighborhoods with their own personalities offer a small-town vibe even as they make up a part of this dynamic city. For upscale glam, tour Buckhead by car; for historic homes and boutique shops, walk around Virginia-Highland; and for industrial chic, check out the cool happenings on the Westside.

Still, despite the metropolitan gleam, the city feels particularly green and lush, with magnolias, dogwoods, and oak trees swaddling bungalows and modern skyscrapers alike. And the Southern cliché of hospitality is apparent at every corner. Noticeably friendly, Atlanta is a big, busy city, but one in which people smile when they pass you on the sidewalk, hold open doors for those behind them, and say 'excuse me' when you brush shoulders--Southern charm that welcomes visitors and makes them feel like neighbors.

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Quick facts

  • Inhabitants in United States:
    Approx 314,000,000
  • Inhabitants in Atlanta:
    Approx 433,000
  • Official language
    English
  • Currency
    US Dollar
  • Time zone
    EST
  • Emergency number
    911
  • Constitution
    Republic
  • Country phone code
    404, 770, 678
  • Country code
    +1
  • Local transportation
    Rail system, bus, taxi