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holly
Atlanta, GA

Very Dangerous city - 12/28/2013

I moved to Atlanta 2 years ago from San Jose, CA for a job in an area with a lower cost of living. Both are major metropolitan areas. The cost of living is lower, but the violent crime and traffic is horrible. I can't get used to it and plan on moving as soon as I'm able to. I'm using this site this time and research crime rates. All metros are not the same.

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steven
Phoenix, AZ

tghrt - 12/2/2013

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Joe
Atlanta, GA

Tell Me its a bad dream - 10/7/2013

I moved here in 2011. I've lived in California, Arizona, and Illinois. I am a single female with a 25 year old son living away from home. I have thought about moving away since about a week after I got here but I need my job and it's rough after you reach a certain age anywhere. The things that have affected me most are: no less than 10 times have I been approached by a beggar asking for money for gas or food. Sounds normal on the streets of Chicago or San Fran. But I'm talking at the pump at a station or in a Linens store, Target parking lot. Just crazy places. Then, the feeling my IQ has decreased by about 10 points because of those I work with. These are degreed people who seem to think that proves they are really someone. I'm thinking the degrees here are pushed through for statistics sake. In fact, I think some grade or high school Administrators are in hot water over this very thing now. Really low quality common sense and logic. People are slow - in mind and body here. There is a difference in laid back and slow. This is SLOW. Traffic here isn't bad - try driving in L.A. or Chicago. This is nothin'! But, the bad part of it here is the mix of us aggressive Northern drivers mixed with that SLOW, ILLOGICAL, NO COMMON SENSE, and it's a recipe for disaster. Everywhere is gated. - Being gated used to mean it was special multi bazillionaires keeping stalkers out etc...here...it's the norm because break ins are the norm. No area is immune. Why should I need a gate? Is it to keep me in or keep them out. And, they're broke most of the time...or the break-in is by your neighbor anyway. They've got the code too. There is no rental price ceiling as I understand it. So your rent can go up $200 from one yr to the next. I've noticed an upward trend matching that of a coastal apartment in Cali or Lincoln Park in Chicago. For what? The roaches? The spiders? Bad bug population-I've been thinking of collecting rent from them. The best part of Atlanta is the airport - it's big and you can get outta here for the weekend quickly. Other than those things noted - it's a great place (sarcasm)!

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Heidi
Atlanta, GA

Get Out Of Atlanta Before It Swallow All Your Life - 9/22/2013

150% agree. You covered a lot but might I add cliquish in every sense of the word, very limited men to choose from, someone is always trying to sell you on another house, condo, apartment, neighborhood its like like ENOUGH ALREDY! It's all the same. Funny, I have been trying to convince my spouse to let's go, almost broke our little gamily apart with conflict of work, stressful over worked managers, unpleasant leadership in the workplace, oh lets not forget the work bullies.......Well my spouse didn't see it at first he's from Alabama sweetest guy you can ever meet, once he realized he would always say, Alabama honey is right next door to this state and our thinking is world apart. Now we are hoping to find somewhere else that may be more suitable for us but our daughter who is 7, LOVES IT!!She attends a great public school which is Jackson Elementary in Buckhead but suffers a little socially but I was expecting school to be more divorced. Although she has been involved with after school activities it's just not enough. So as we're restarting for the last time, I hope our financial means will finally allow us to break free. I never experienced slavery but many times I felt like I was on someones cotton field...I'm sorry and I am WHITE!!!

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Tommy
Tallahassee, FL

Vile quality of life - 7/27/2013

Look, I grew up in the city, went to a prominent Catholic high school there . . . the place reeks of corruption, pretension, and sleaze. At my school there may have been 2 black folk in the entire place. Whites and minorities to this day STILL do not get along. Money, money, money is all that counts in Atlanta. Very sad because I enjoyed it growing up. It was a fun place, and not so crowded. Left in 2002. The only plus I will give Atlanta is that on occasion one will find a bit more economic opportunity. But you give up decency, respect, courtesy, and lifestyle for that . . . and it is not THAT much more than what one finds elsewhere. Not kidding. Leave the septic tank. Now. At once. Escape. And live : )

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Kelli
Atlanta, GA

Not for the faint of heart - 5/16/2013

Atlanta, GA, much like Austin, TX, is a liberal haven in a red state. If you are from a blue state expect to read billboards stating such slogans as "Listen to talk radio 90.8 (fake), liberals HATE it!". Upon first arrival I was quite apprehensive about the jokes Atlanta DJ's would toss out, such as one using Ethiopian children as a punch line. While in a Walmart an older Caucasian woman began innocently enough by asking my opinion on which product was better before rolling out offensive anti-Jewish opinions without provocation. I was weirded out for the first year or two, often choosing to move closer to the city as I figured I'd have less run-ins with the old guard. Well, it's been almost 8 years now and I'm still offended and looking to move. If you're not bothered by peoples personal politics on race/ethnicity/culture or lack thereof, Atlanta will be a great place to live. It's cost of living is low in comparison to most large cities, there's an active club scene, and the job market isn't bad. But if you're easily offended by random ignorance, be warned.

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jane
Atlanta, GA

Don't Move to ATLANTA. Dont' BUY REAL ESTATE HERE - 2/5/2013

Do not buy real estate or move to Atlanta. Sounds really cheap and lures you in until you realize you will never find work here that will support you for the long term. Hucksters, scam artists exist just as well on a street corner as in the corner office or in your realtor's office, and there is NO LAW TO PROTECT YOU! It is a huge problem with hucksters wanting to take your money, from the nice Southern talking blond bimbo real estate agent and her mansion and wealthy husband/fammily to her associate who makes the mortgages happen. Then, you will find yourself hundreds of thousands under water, with an HOA (they are hard to avoid here) who takes hundreds of your dollars every month and NEGLECTS the property. There are some really arrogant people who have money who look down on the rest of us while they're living high on the pile of shit hog here. Don't even think about moving here. You will have trouble getting out because you will run out of financial means to do so. Oh and when you do find a job, expect to be treated like a piece of shit. Remember, they mastered slavery here and while you may be free they still act like they own you, I don't care the color of your skin. The saddest part is when Northerners move here and turn into the oppressive boss. Pathetic.

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jay
Atlanta, GA

Dont move to ATL - 2/1/2013

Garbage city, bad attitudes, dating stinks, too many desperate people,shady pay scale, lack of union prescence which means they make their own flunky rules for greed and abuse.Dont do it this is a beautiful country with so many other options for your family.Most who love it there no nothing else but Atlanta.Good for a weekend trip only.

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cj
Portland, OR

smog? - 1/26/2013

How bad is the smog in Atlanta? I'm considering a job transfer there, but I do have asthma. It couldn't be any worse than LA right?

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Romero
Atlanta, GA

Anyone Considering to move to Georgia think again - 1/6/2013

I am from Georgia and it is not the place!! Jobs here you would not find, the pay is low!! You can not live off what they give you. I have had a few friends move from Georgia and they doing much better. Lord will I will be moving myself and family from here May 2013. Crime,Rude People, and Racisim is in America period. Atlanta is not the place to be its a struggle I have applied to job openings here and in another state. I receive a response in the other state not Georgia. For many years I have stalled about moving this year I am out of here. I am not stating this out of bitterness nor out of work but some of the blogs statements about Georgia is not the place is so true. One thing I can say positive about Georgia its better looking then some other states I have been Georgia should be consider like Florida a tour attraction but not a place to live

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Olivia
Decatur, GA

Lived here all my life, never want to move! - 12/27/2012

I love Georgia. The weather is great. The public schools, not so great. When living in Atlanta the best schools are to private schools Pace,The Paideia School, St. Tommas More, and the city of Decatur schools. If moving to Atlanta for a job downtown the best place to move is the town next door, Decatur, it is a short drive to Atlanta and the schools are great. If you want to send your kids ages 11-14 to public school DO NOT move to Tucker. The schools there are the worst. Decatur is by far the best area for middle class families. If you are looking for bigger houses you should consider moving to Buckhead. Buckhead has great schools and a huge park, swimming pool, walking trail, horse barn, and tennis courts. The only downside it coming in/out of this part of the city has traffic 24/7. Georgia can be a great place to live if you choose your house carefully! Good luck :)

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Julia
Atlanta, GA

Atlanta - 12/19/2012

it's great

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Stalisha
Riverdale, GA

Turn back around - 10/23/2012

Not a good place to live unless you make big money there are no resources her for the lower class and I've have not come up since being here for 4 years. There is no help here, I have a job and still feel like someone who is unemployed can't get ahead. If I was you turn back around. Do your research before moving here. School systems are way behind not cool don't let the nice weather fool you and the beautiful homes dig deeper to the dark side and you will see.

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Stalisha
Riverdale, GA

Georgia - 10/23/2012

I lived in Atlanta, GA for 4 years and its not all that. There is no resource for people stuggling. Yea the cost of living is low and so is the pay. You have to be making big money or upper class to make it down here. I have not came up since I've been here and plan on leaving. Alot of people I talk with that are not from Atlanta are having a hard time making it here and the ones from here that are lower class struggle alot and its not right. If I were you turn back around!

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Ed
Atlanta, GA

Atlanta As Good as It Gets - 9/8/2012

I am a native of Atlanta. Spent most of my life here. Being gay in the South, this is about the best it gets other than a few Florida locations. Because I'm in my 60's now, I don't do the bars, but there are plenty of places to go and things to do. Atlanta is very accepting (inside the Perimeter). Crime is a problem, but that seems to be true in most cities.

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Bp
Marietta, GA

Ready for a new state/town and city - 6/24/2012

been here approx 9yrs. and if not for my house, and losing money if i sell now, I would be sooooo out of here..hate it! Racist too.

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Monica
Alpharetta, GA

Atlanta -- Don't move here - 6/12/2012

Atlanta IS boring, unless you moved here from somewhere even more boring, then "bless your hearts" you found your Graceland. For me Atlanta sucks because there are more stupid, shallow, two-faced, ignorant, and arrogant clowns per capita here then anywhere else I have ever lived or visited. Atlanta is the capital of the south, and the place that attracts more wannabes than most educated well-traveled people can stomach. Want to be a rapper, move to Atlanta. Want to find a rich guy, move to Atlanta. Are you a total loser where you live now, then move to Atlanta and reinvent yourself -- as a total fraud. Atlanta - home of some of the most obnoxious self-absorbed people you can imagine. Most people who move here eventually leave, so spare yourself the aggravation and don't bother.

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Abhd
Atlanta, GA

Beautiful Place, Terrible People - 5/30/2012

I've lived in a few different places and I have to say that Atlanta, GA is by far the worst. The city itself is beautiful but most of the people here are either extremely racist or completely self-centered and rude. I transferred here for a job a couple of years back and came excited with an open mind. But I knew something was wrong when I attempted to say hi to a few people and, instead of acknowledging me, they quickly looked to the ground. It has been this way everyday since. Also, I have NEVER been a racist person and have had quite a few African American friends in my lifetime, but the way I've been treated here is appalling, hurtful and honestly surprising. Not EVERYONE is like this and I have met a handful of nice people, but not enough to stay. My guard has completely gone up since being in Atlanta and I look forward to moving next month before I turn into a misserable person.

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keeven
Atlanta, GA

racism in atlanta - 4/26/2012

atlanta is very racist towards blacks and other people of color!

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Armandinho
Atlanta, GA

Atlanta - 2/15/2012

I have several friends moving to Atlanta from Brazil. By reading these postings, they were put off by the city. I have lived in Atlanta most of my life and call the city home. Although there is racism, I would claim that Atlanta would have to be one of the least racist places I have visited or lived. Atlanta has a very large population of all different cultures competing to just get by. This competition stems from survival, not racism. The majority of my time is spent in the suburbs, and they are not housing "rednecks." The suburbs are actually a place that houses families and people just trying to escape a life in the city. Although the city can be dangerous at times, Atlanta is an amazing place to live. With the abundance of cultures, Atlanta is a melting pot for all different languages and heritages. Clarkston, is known in the US as the most diverse region. This little part of Atlanta houses hundreds of languages and a refugee center that helps to introduce refugees to the city/country. Racism is everywhere, but in Atlanta, I feel that the only racism comes from the idea of congregating with those like yourself. Although I will not be living In Atlanta for much longer, I would recommend the city to anyone.

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