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re: Pros and Cons. Bottom line: lots to do, horrib - 4/11/2008
Atlanta does have a good job market but if you are a black woman like me, the mobility is not there. I use to go to school in Atlanta, majoring in Accounting. Didn't like it so decided to transfer back to my home, NYC. Since I transferred, I completed Bachelor's, did my Master's, received a job at one of the top public accounting firms, completed my CPA and now I've just been promoted to manager making well over six figures with a top corporation. A couple of my classmates from Atlanta who also majored in Accounting, finished their Bachelor's and the only opportunities available to them were bookkeeping positions. Six years later they didn't have the money or the drive to complete a Master's program or their CPA and they are still in the same bookkeeping positions. Cities like Atlanta drain you and make you think it's okay to be stagnant and what they call "comfortable." New York may be a tough ruthless city but it keeps me striving for more and every year the cost of living goes up, it makes me want to go out and get more for myself, while also having a good time in the city. I can't say the same for Atlanta.


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Matthew
Gainesville, FL

worst city for income and health care - 7/25/2016

moved to Atlanta when I was 14, left when I was 25 and don't want to ever back. It's impossible to live within 30 minutes of work if you're a member of the working class. People in San Francisco laugh at people in Atlanta who complain about the cost of living, but what they don't realize is that middle class incomes in San Francisco are about four times what they are in Atlanta. Minimum wage in Atlanta is the same as the federal, even though Atlanta is the most expensive city in the Deep South except Miami, even more expensive than Tampa. You have to live in the suburbs in order to buy a gallon of milk for less than $4. Also, the healthcare system is so crooked. People who can do yard work with no difficulty can get disability but thousands of residents with a real disability are told they don't qualify, probably because the state doesn't have enough revenue to give them disability because too much of their revenue is given to too many people who don't really need disability. And if you have a teenager who you think might have Asperger's but hasn't been diagnosed yet, stay as far away from Atlanta as possible. Only one autism center evaluates anyone over 14, and even that one has an age limit of 21. And outside autism centers, only private professionals evaluate people of all ages, and none of them accept insurance and they all charge at least $500 up front. If you have a disability, anywhere in the South outside east Florida is stuck in the 14th century

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Shalonda
Fairburn, GA

Home for sale - 6/9/2016

I live in Fairburn GA. It is in South Atlanta in a lake community, directly across from the lake. My home is currently for sale, 7955 Stillmist Dr. Fairburn GA. Please view.

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Shalonda
Fairburn, GA

Home for sale - 6/9/2016

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Tease
New York, NY

Moving to Atlanta - 3/2/2016

From NYC moving to Atlanta. Where to live (have my senior disabled mom with me)? I hear that Northeast, GA (Lawrenceville, Snellville etc.) is nice and mostly safe (There is no place on this earth that is completely safe and/or without DRAMA- This is not Heaven). So, thriving school and church areas etc., would be suffice. We are very Street Smart so Atlanta would not scare us. There has to be some decent areas in Atlanta. I wonder if Atlanta gets a bad rap due to the majority of the population being African Americans ( As Harlem and certain areas in Brooklyn NY).

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Darlene
Austell, GA

Atlanta is not a good place to live - 3/1/2016

I moved to this Atlanta thinking that they have many opportunities in the workforce. It is not true, I work in the medical field and cannot get a job here. I been living here too long, and ready to move from Ga. The people here have mistreated, lied, and broke into my home about 5 years ago. These people are very rude, backstabbing, and jealous. You cannot make friends with anyone because you will be afraid of what they may do behind your back. I have had a tenant that live next door to me, and I allowed her to come inside my home. She got very jealous of me, when she seen my furniture she begin to copy it. She put the same furniture in her house. And I went on Link IN these same woman copied some jobs from what I have on my profile. I do not trust these people in what they do they are serious backstabbers. I will be moving this year, cannot take this CRAP anymore!!

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Preston
Stockbridge, GA

Jacksonville or Tampa??? - 2/22/2016

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Shar
Lawrenceville, GA

I wish someone would have been able to warn me!! : - 2/20/2016

We didnt have a choice. NCR relocated world HQ to Atlanta after 120 years in Dayton. After a year looking in Ohio, we packed up my youngest daughter, left my oldest daughter, & son n law, my husbands 2 kids, ailing mother, hubbys father...entire family. My husband was with NCR for 27 years. April they kicked him to the curb. Said they didnt have a position for him any longer...27 years GONE. I have been in Medical Management for 25 years. I have already been through several offices here. People here are the flakiest people I have ever met. Just when you think you have seen it all. Weirdest thing is, most of them didnt originate here....has to be something in the water...probably extra floride. I have never been unemployed in my adult life, nor has my husband. Now BOTH of us have been looking for work for almost A YEAR!!! The numbers are padded, unemployment is off the chart, auto insurance cost more than twice what I paid in Ohio because people here drive like lunatics. Now both of us are out of work and cant even get a loan to move since we are both out of work. People here assume everyone else is a criminal, no trust, no love, no compassion. It totally feels like I have been dropped on another planet!!! I will say the lakes are beautiful here and we love the look of the suburbs, but I have never experiences such a cold place!!!!! I am however grateful to have 2 great neighbors. I guess I got lucky. People typically dont go outside, nor do they talk to each other. In the Midwest, all of us knew our neighbors and helped each other. I have seen others comments that match my own.. They are telling the truth. I didnt realize why most High School kids take the bus until we saw what it costs for insurance...its CRAZY because of the wild drivers. Maybe southern hospitality exists in Savannah but not in mecca Atlanta!!!!!!!! If you are looking for contentment, ATL is not where to find it! NO BALANCE AND if you are taking a job at NCR have a back up plan!

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Malka

Do Not Consider Relocating to Atlanta Georgia or S - 1/27/2016

My spouse's job relocated our family to the Atlanta Georgia area. I thought it was going to be a great move for our family. Prior to moving to Atlanta I heard that it was hard to find a job in Atlanta. I had hopes for Atlanta and thought that maybe it would be different for me. Turns out everyone who told me not to move here was right. The unemployment rate is ridiculous high, it is very hard to get a job here, and the schools are not diverse in affordable areas. Atlanta is very segregated; rich from the poor and black to white. Atlanta is a nice place to live in you are well off or have a decent paying job to live. If you are low income I repeat DO NOT MOVE TO ATLANTA!!! My spouse and I are middle class with just my spouse's income alone. I'm not happy being a stay at home spouse.

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Lawanda
Lithonia, GA

What the hellll - 9/26/2015

Someone told me not to move to Atlanta, but did I listen, he'll no. I've lived in alot of places but I have never lived in a place where people are killed EVERY DAY and robbery is ridiculous, they don't just rob but they have to shoot you and most killings are by these ugly scary looking varmints under the age of 25. And what the hell happened to the dam sidewalks, there's no SIDEWALKS here, pedestrians have no rights here, you and your family can't even take a walk nowhere , no sidewalks. People are getting ran over by cars all the time and the mayor don't do shit, he doesn't care. Someone is always scamming someone. I have never been a victim of fraud until I've moved here. I've been ripped off by a car lots, I'm in line filing taxes and 2 people in front of me are victims of someone filing taxes using their ss#, I'm feeling sorry for them on to find out when it was my turn I was also a victim, I flipped out. DMVS not turning in drivers license plates so I get a letter in the mail saying I been in an accident, good thing I had proof I didn't have the car anymore or I would of been going to court for an accident I am not even involved in. A whole school system going to prison for school fraud, meter people putting tickets on cars for no reason to meet a quota at work, water dept people going to restaurants and trying to get free steak meals by threatening to shut off water or something... and theres so much more, thIs craziness were all on the news. Dammit I will be out of here soon and never looking back.

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Jeannette
Philadelphia, PA

Moving to Atlanta - 8/25/2015

I want to move to Atlanta from Philadelphia, PA. My husband and 5 year-old will be moving as well. I'm a Librarian and my husband is a truck driver. We're African-American and are looking for a single family home no more than 200k. Any recommendations on a nice neighborhood with a good public elementary school.

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Natasha

Get a lot of house for a little a month!!! - 5/19/2015

Here in Atlanta, Ga. you can get a whole lot of house for little to nothing in comparison to most other major cities!

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Evan
Canton, GA

Don't ever move here!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 3/31/2015

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Nichelle
Atlanta, GA

Atlanta is not the black mecca you think it is - 3/7/2015

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Josh
Atlanta, GA

Excellent Bang for Buck - 12/20/2014

In Atlanta, you get a lot for your money. It's not the best city in a lot of categories but it's better than most other big cities in many ways. Quality of Life and Cost of Living intersect in Atlanta. You can spend more and live somewhere else that's better but if you want to get the most bang for your buck, Atlanta is your place.

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Rochelle
Morrow, GA

DO NOT MOVE TO ATLANTA!!!! - 12/4/2014

The worst place I have ever lived. There are NO jobs, too many people living in this one little area, people are ruder here than in NYC, rents are no longer cheap, people are not friendly, what else? I moved here because everyone kept calling Atlanta a mecca. Uh, no. Three years of my life wasted that I cannot get back. I am out of here the beginning of the new year and I wouldn't come back if you paid me. More hype than anything I assure you. So if you want to move where people aren't too bright or welcoming, the job market sucks, men have a bigger high heel collection than you do, this is your place! Me? back home here I come!. Hope this helps SOMEBODY from making the biggest mistake of their life. I warned you. :)

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Eric
Dahlonega, GA

Overrated - 10/9/2014

I've seen Atlanta described as pretentious, snobby, backstabbing, wannabes, generic, ghetto, and other less than flattering terms, and unfortunately they are all pretty much true. This city pretends that it is the same league with NYC, LA, and Chicago, but the only people who truly feel that way are those who've never been outside of Atlanta. Atlanta is Birmingham on steroids. Atlanta is a big fish in a small pond, and is completely delusional. Atlanta might be the NYC of the Deep South, but really, how big a deal is that? Craphole of a city.

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Sheila
Alpharetta, GA

RE: Do not move here if you don't do well in high - 8/22/2014

Atlanta is very green, but we do have orange, clay soil (used to make bricks). I am anxious to leave here as soon as possible. The summers are long, hot and humid. I long to open my windows and feel some fresh air, but that's not possible in the summer. The spring is much too short and, even though it may be pretty due to flowering shrubs, I still cannot open my windows because of all the pollen. In addition, I have allergies. The fall can be pretty, but, again, way too short. Cold weather comes too quickly. And, winters, though usually fairly mild, can be cold and still very humid. We do sometimes have ice storms. Because it is so hilly here, everything shuts down and grocery stores find their shelves have been cleared! You'll find most trees and shrubs have their roots growing close and even above ground level due to the heavy, clay soil. I need to get out of here! I've been here since January of 1992. There's a reason it's called "Hotlanta"! Even when it's 70 degrees in the morning, I'll find myself dripping wet when I'm outside because of this awful humidity. If spring, summer and winter weather is important to you, do not move to the Atlanta area. Midwesterners do not do well here at all.

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will
Atlanta, GA

no smart growth - 8/12/2014

I have lived in the area for a generation and it has grown by a factor of 10...yeah from 350K to 3.5million. A good ole boy mentality without a clue of how to grow a city that is not centered around SUV's clogging the streets and expressways.

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Randy
Chicago, IL

Laughable.... - 8/9/2014

I can't help but to shake my head with hysteria. I've patrolled every major city forum on this website. I've been visiting for years but decided to post my first comment. If you visit any forum about any city.......you're going to read more negative reviews than positive. It's in peoples nature to think negatively. It's easier. The "bad" reviews about Atlanta are way over the top. People seem to be looking for a utopia. It doesn't exist. Stop looking. Try to do the best you can with where you are.

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Damian
Atlanta, GA

Love ATL - 7/7/2014

Atlanta is awesome, born and raised here, it is rich with culture and opportunity for education.

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