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What Renters Like and Dislike

What Renters Like and Dislike About Atlanta

I love that my neighborhood has a strip of different businesses that you can go into. It makes it convenient.

The location is great. I am close to the interstate with easy access to I-20 and I-285. I am 15 min drive from downtown Atlanta and all it offers such as the Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Park, and the Atlanta Zoo. I am 17 min from the airport and the Fox Theater. I am 5 miles from Whole Foods.

I like how peaceful and pleasant the neighborhood is. The neighbors are really nice and look out for each other. Local businesses add so much value to the neighborhood as well.

It's a nice convient place to live but crime is on the rise due to bad politics and extremely poor city leadership.

The homes are well kept and neighborhood is peaceful. The grocery stores and farmers market are close but and I enjoy going to the park with friends to relax.

No you have a lot of stores nearby everything is a really convenient and the people are friendly you know we have low Gatherings from time to time community events

Who Lives Here

Atlanta Demographics

Education

High School

19%

Associate's

14%

Bachelor's

20%

Master's

10%

Doctorate

36%

Family Size

2 people

51%

3 people

23%

4 people

16%

5 people

7%

6+ people

4%

Household Income

0-50k

44%

50-100k

25%

100-150k

13%

150-200k

6%

200k+

12%

Age

0-10

11%

10-20

11%

20-45

45%

45-65

22%

65+

12%

Affordability

How expensive is it in Atlanta?

Percentage: 3/53/5

Renters gave this area a 3 out of 5 for affordability

Rent Trends

Studio1 Bed2 Beds3 Beds
Nov '23$1689$1910$2487$3224
Oct '23$1665$1913$2511$3201
Sep '23$1732$1977$2551$3217
Aug '23$1738$1986$2552$3249
Jul '23$1713$1985$2555$3224
Jun '23$1740$2008$2595$3278
May '23$1760$2017$2604$3274
Apr '23$1805$2021$2591$3233
Mar '23$1805$2004$2407$2428
Feb '23$1834$2020$2437$2408
Jan '23$1812$1940$2510$2537
Dec '22$1790$1960$2465$2454
Nov '22$1795$1939$2462$2465

*The rent information included in this summary is based on a median calculation of multifamily rental property inventory on Apartment Guide and Rent.com over the past 12-months and is for illustrative purposes only. This information does not constitute a pricing guarantee or financial advice related to the rental market.

Getting Around Atlanta

Atlanta Transportation

Commute Time

0-15 Mins

19%

15-30 Mins

43%

30-40 Mins

18%

40-60 Mins

11%

60+ Mins

8%

Transportation Scores

Percentage: 5555

Walk Score®

Walkable

No

Say 65 of 113 renters

Has Sidewalks

Yes

Say 61 of 113 renters

Percentage: 4646

Bike Score®

Bike Friendly

No

Say 65 of 113 renters

Percentage: 4949

Transit Score®

They Are Located Near Public Transportation

Yes

Say 68 of 113 renters

Need A Car

No

Say 75 of 113 renters

Top Scores: Grocery, Restaurant, Coffee

Things To Do In Atlanta

Top Score

Grocery Stores

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

There are some super markets around here.

  1. A high number of grocery stores per resident
  2. Significantly more grocery stores than average
  3. 7% fewer grocery stores than areas of a similar size

Restaurants

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Great service and no need for reservations. A great place for food.

  1. A high number of restaurants per resident
  2. Significantly more restaurants than average
  3. A standard number of restaurants compared to areas of a similar size

Coffee

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

We're full of beans for Atlanta's coffee shop scene.

  1. A high number of coffee shops per resident
  2. Significantly more coffee shops than average
  3. 27% fewer coffee shops than areas of a similar size

Nightlife

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Get your dance shoes on, Atlanta looks good for nightlife.

  1. A high number of bars and clubs per resident
  2. Significantly more bars and clubs than average
  3. 30% fewer bars and clubs than areas of a similar size

Parks

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Atlanta is team green. Parks get a high score.

  1. A high number of parks per resident
  2. Significantly more parks than average
  3. A standard number of parks compared to areas of a similar size

Retail Shops

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

A shopaholic favorite. Atlanta has a lot of style.

  1. A high number of shops per resident
  2. Significantly more shops than average
  3. 10% more shops than areas of a similar size

Health and Fitness

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Pumped and lifting a solid 4.5 stars for fitness.

  1. A high number of gyms per resident
  2. Significantly more gyms than average
  3. 13% more gyms than areas of a similar size

Pet Services

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Atlanta is real pawsitive for your pets.

  1. A high number of pet facilities per resident
  2. Significantly more pet facilities than average
  3. 16% fewer pet facilities than areas of a similar size

Fine Arts

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

This place gets the picture when it comes to art.

  1. A high number of fine art centers per resident
  2. Significantly more fine art centers than average
  3. 16% more fine art centers than areas of a similar size

Medical Care

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

The great medical care here is just what the doctor ordered.

  1. Few medical facilities per resident
  2. Significantly more medical facilities than average
  3. 32% fewer medical facilities than areas of a similar size

Gas Stations

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

You won't have to drive far to fill up around here.

  1. A high number of gas stations per resident
  2. Significantly more gas stations than average
  3. 31% more gas stations than areas of a similar size

What Renters Are Saying

Atlanta Features

Area Has Litter

No

Say 99 of 113 renters

Noise Late At Night

No

Say 95 of 113 renters

Good Place To Raise A Family

Yes

Say 89 of 113 renters

Area Has Potholes

No

Say 84 of 113 renters

Mostly Older Buildings

No

Say 80 of 113 renters

Busy Streets

No

Say 76 of 113 renters

Near Grocery Stores

Yes

Say 75 of 113 renters

Nearby Parks

Yes

Say 67 of 113 renters

Near Schools

Yes

Say 65 of 113 renters

Pet Friendly

Yes

Say 60 of 113 renters

Safe For Families

Yes

Say 60 of 113 renters

Near Highways

No

Say 57 of 113 renters

Quiet Area

No

Say 61 of 113 renters

Area Has Kids Play Outside

No

Say 63 of 113 renters

Tree Lined Streets

No

Say 69 of 113 renters

Near Downtown

No

Say 72 of 113 renters

Well Lit

No

Say 72 of 113 renters

Maintained Yards

No

Say 73 of 113 renters

Mostly Newer Buildings

No

Say 83 of 113 renters

Nice Views

No

Say 83 of 113 renters

Atlanta Education

Schools

Percentage: 3/53/5

School Score

How satisfied do renters feel with the schools in this area.

Top Schools in Atlanta

10/10

Pharr Elementary School

Grades PK, K-5 • Public

10/10

Level Creek Elementary School

Grades PK, K-5 • Public

10/10
9/10

Mary Lin Elementary School

Grades K-5 • Public

9/10

Sope Creek Elementary School

Grades PK, K-5 • Public

9/10

Mountain View Elementary School

Grades PK, K-5 • Public

Information provided by GreatSchools. To verify school enrollment eligibility, contact the school district directly.

What You Need to Know

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All About

Living in Atlanta, GA

Atlanta Rent Calculator

It's recommended that you spend no more than 30% of your annual income on rent. To determine how much to budget each month for your apartment, use our Atlanta rent affordability calculator.

Getting to Know Atlanta

The options for Atlanta apartments are seemingly endless! What else would you expect in a city with top-ranking higher education institutions, a diverse and growing economy, and a cultural arts community that rivals other major cities across the country? Whether you rent an apartment downtown or in an outlying area, you're well within reach of numerous local attractions and favorite local spots. Read on to explore this southern city affectionately known as Hotlanta and the ATL.

Atlanta Attractions and Culture

The renowned Georgia Aquarium is one of the world's largest, and a popular excursion among locals and tourists. Nearby, check out the iconic World of Coca-Cola, where you can take a tour, get a history lesson, and sample more than 100 different beverages. If you prefer art, take a trip to the High Museum of Art in Midtown Atlanta, or try the Fox Theatre for live performances.

Fun Atlanta Facts

As a newcomer to the city, some parts of its geography may be confusing. The Perimeter is Interstate 285, which loops around the city. You'll often hear someone referring to a place as inside the perimeter (ITP) or outside the perimeter (OTP). 

Another confusing part is that almost everything is named Peachtree. According to the Atlanta Regional Commission, there are 71 streets with "Peachtree" in the name, such as Peachtree Road, Peachtree Street, Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, and Peachtree Battle Avenue, to name just four. Pay very close attention to your direction to make sure you're really on the right street. 

Best Places to Live in Atlanta

Here are our picks for the best places to live in Atlanta:

  • Downtown: Downtown Atlanta living puts you near Centennial Olympic Park, the epicenter for delicious dining and electrifying entertainment.
  • Midtown: Fast-paced and fun, the Midtown area guarantees you'll be on the go from sunup to sundown thanks to walkable destinations like Piedmont Park and the High Museum of Art.
  • Buckhead: This Uptown neighborhood straddles Peachtree Street, an energetic thoroughfare dotted with trendy restaurants, cozy pubs and upscale bars.
  • Eastside: From the public parks and gardens of Inman Park to the charming boutiques and pubs of the Virginia-Highland area, the Eastside offers diversity.
  • Westside: For city-dwellers looking for an industrial feel, the Westside delivers with warehouses turned shops, galleries, restaurants and lofts.

No matter where you decide to dig in, whether you score an industrial loft in the Westside or an eclectic apartment in Midtown Atlanta, you'll be impressed by this city's confluence of Southern heritage and modern flair.  

Atlanta Transportation

Atlanta's public transportation system (MARTA) runs from the airport to Buckhead and beyond, plus east and west through the city's bustling neighborhoods. If you're milling about in the convention and entertainment district, you can catch a lift to the Sweet Auburn area using Atlanta's newest mode of transportation, the Atlanta Streetcar, which runs on a 2.7-mile loop.

Atlanta Business and Industry

If you've completed school and are now entering the workforce, you'll be pleased with Atlanta's growing economy and opportunity. Several Fortune 500 companies call Atlanta home, including Delta Airlines, The Coca-Cola Company and The Home Depot. There's also a growing movie and TV industry in Atlanta, with major productions including The Walking Dead and Marvel movies being filmed at Pinewood Studios and many other locations around the city, in addition to Turner properties such as CNN and Cartoon Network that have been based in Atlanta for decades. 

Fun Things to Do in Atlanta: Festivals and Events

Popular local events like Atlanta's Dogwood Festival attract long-time residents and visitors alike. Dogwood Festival artists and exhibitors come from all across the southern region to showcase their work. During the festival, the beautiful Piedmont Park turns into an outdoor, open-air art market featuring live music and food stands from local restaurants. Once you've moved in to your apartment in Atlanta, you can enjoy everything from festivals and the 10K AJC Peachtree Road Race to the summer outdoor movie series, Screen on the Green.

Free Things to Do in Atlanta

Maybe you don't want to spend money exploring the city. Start with Centennial Olympic Park, home to the Fountain of Rings water feature that provides fun for kids and a cooling-off spot for park joggers. If you want to stay out of the water, it's a mesmerizing backdrop for picnics in the park and the centerpiece for many outdoor events in Atlanta. For a feast for the eyes, head to Castleberry Hill in the Warehouse District and take the free guided tour of art studios and galleries.

Sports around the City

The ATL is famous for spectator sports, including MLB's Atlanta Braves at the new SunTrust Park, about 10 miles from downtown Atlanta. Bobby Dodd Stadium, located downtown, is home to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team. Not far away is Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home to the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer's Atlanta United, a recent and very popular addition to the city's sports scene.

Family Fun in Atlanta

For a fun family outing, check out Zoo Atlanta, featuring two playgrounds and more than 1,500 animals, including giant pandas. For even more interactive fun, plan an afternoon at Imagine It! Children's Museum of Atlanta, geared toward kids 8 and younger with exhibits designed to ignite creativity in children and adults alike.

Higher Education in Atlanta

You can find an apartment for rent near one of Atlanta's premier colleges and universities. Pursue advanced education in engineering at Georgia Tech, just five minutes north of downtown Atlanta or study business in one of the top-rated programs in the nation at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. Spelman College and Georgia State University offer residents of Atlanta great opportunities for education in a wide variety of disciplines.

Outdoor Living in Atlanta

This quintessentially southern metropolis comprises a number of great parks, including Piedmont Park, where you can take your pooch for a stroll, satisfy your competitive edge on the volleyball court or fill your grocery tote with fresh products at the Green Market. There are also many hiking trails along the Chattahoochee River, meaning you don't even need to go outside the perimeter to spend some time in the outdoors. 

Fun Day Trips from Atlanta

When you need to get away, pack your swimsuit and golf clubs and head four hours east to beautiful Hilton Head Island, SC. If cobblestone streets and horse-drawn carriage tours are more your speed, set your sights on Savannah, GA, just three-and-a-half hours east of Atlanta.

What is Atlanta most known for?

Atlanta is often referred to as the capital of the South and is well-known for its southern hospitality, hot weather, sports teams (namely the Braves, Falcons and Hawks), diverse musical history and being the birthplace of Coca-Cola and Martin Luther King Jr. Atlanta is also home to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CNN, Delta Airlines, The Home Depot, Marvel (Pinewood) Studios and the world's busiest airport (Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport). The city is often called Hotlanta, the ATL or the Big Peach.

Is Atlanta a growing city?

According to 2018 U.S. census figures, the Atlanta metro area has approximately 5,949,951 residents, 1.9 percent more than the prior year, giving it the fourth-largest population increase in the country that year.

What are some interesting facts about Atlanta?

Over the last decade, the film industry in Atlanta has exploded. There are now more movies shot in Georgia than California (as of 2017). Atlanta also has a large hip hop music scene, with artists such as Ludacris, Childish Gambino and Outkast coming from or building a music career in Atlanta. Another interesting fact, Atlanta has the highest percentage of urban tree cover of all major U.S. cities.

Is Atlanta a safe city to live in?

WalletHub ranked Atlanta 125 out of 182 cities in the U.S. in its safest cities in America report . The biggest factor in this is financial insecurity, though it was also below average in home and community safety.

Does Atlanta have good schools?

According to U.S. News and World Report , Atlanta schools score slightly lower than those in other metro areas of about the same size. It does, however, have a number of really strong high schools, making its list of best in the country, and two universities ( Emory and Georgia Tech that make its Best Colleges ranking. Need an affordable apartment near a high-rated public school, check out this list.

What is Atlanta like for families?

In their analysis of best cities to raise a family , WalletHub put Atlanta right in the middle of the 182 cities it reviewed. The city scored well in family fun and affordability, while education received an average ranking.

What are some fun things to do in Atlanta?

If you're looking to explore local attractions, the World of Coke, Georgia Aquarium (largest in the country), College Football Hall of Fame, CNN Studios, Carter Presidential Center and MLK Center are all close to each other in or near downtown Atlanta. If you're looking for something a little less touristy, check out the Krog Street or Ponce City Markets, which are right next to the BeltLine, an enormous urban bike and walk trail. If you're into the outdoors, there are a surprising number of hiking trails and parks within close reach of the city core, letting you walk, ride or relax in nature with the city skyline still visible on the horizon.

How expensive is it in Atlanta?

According to the Council for Community and Economic Research , Atlanta is just barely (1.8 percent) above the nationwide average cost of living.

How much do utilities cost in Atlanta?

According to the Council for Community and Economic Research , the average electric bill in Atlanta is $128 per month. Due to summer heat, expect this to vary a lot by time of year.

What are the most affordable neighborhoods in Atlanta?

If price is a big concern, Browns Mill Park , Harland Terrace , Fort Valley , Campbellton Road and Bolton all have an average 1-bedroom rent under $800 a month, while Riverside , Southside , Embry Hills , West Highlands and Garden Hills cost $1,000 a month or less on average.

What are the best neighborhoods in Atlanta?

Old Fourth Ward , Poncey-Highland , Inman Park and Midtown are some of the most attractive (and most expensive) in the city. If you're looking for somewhere close to big employers, Buckhead and Lenox are great places to live.

What do I need to know about moving to Atlanta?

Atlanta is big. The city of Atlanta itself has about a half-million residents, but the metro area is physically larger than the state of Massachusetts and contains nearly six million people. Most of what's considered the city lies inside of I-285, and whether you want to live inside the perimeter or outside the perimeter (ITP and OTP, respectively) is a big question you'll have to answer. The traffic is kind of crazy, drawing the dubious distinction of being frequently compared to Los Angeles in recent years. Everything seems to be named Peachtree. There are 71 roads in the area with "Peachtree" in the name and many landmarks with "peach" in the name, so double check your directions to make sure you're headed to the right place. As a last note, if you like Pepsi, you'll be hard-pressed to find it in most restaurants. Coke has the Atlanta market cornered.

Do I need a car to live in Atlanta?

You most likely will need a car. There are good public transportation options (including MARTA), but not enough to satisfy all of Atlanta's chaotic sprawl and geographic challenges (hills, forests, lakes and rivers). It's also not a bike-friendly city, with very few bike lanes to be found.

What's the weather like in Atlanta?

The summer is long, hot, humid and quite sunny. Winters tend to be cool but not cold. Spring and fall are a little warm, and rainfall is spread relatively evenly throughout the year.

What is the average cost of rent in Atlanta?

The average rent of a studio apartment in Atlanta is $1,404 per month, up 2.9 percent from 2018. For a one-bedroom apartment, it's $1,575 per month, up 5.3 percent from 2018. For a two-bedroom apartment, the average rent is $2,287per month, up 12 percent from 2018.

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