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re: - 7/28/2011
It's slightly offensive to see that one of the reasons you dislike Atlanta is because of all of the gay people that live there. There are gay people that don't shove it in your face. I'm a young college student at Georgia Tech, a damn hard worker, and I don't appreciate being lumped into one category. That's all.

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re: - 5/31/2012
these reviews are hilarious lol but i must say atlanta is "ATLANTA" lol i was born in houston and moved here when i was 11 im 27 now. when atlanta was fun i was to young to do anything but my brother was having the time of his life lol but once i turned 21 and actually saw what was going on i had to change some things in my life so i can make a change. dont get me wrong atlanta is a nice place (even nicer if you live outside the city) but im just tired of it. i made friends,had fun, and partied hard. Now i have 2 sons and i have to make some changes for them. but i will say this yes crime is bad (what do you expect when u live in the inner city) traffic is traffic lol, u better take MARTA if u work a 9-5 literally cuz traffic is horrible sometimes it can take up to 2 hours to get home

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re: - 4/11/2014
i agree with jay , get out while u can , if u dont u will become a beast ...

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re: - 2/20/2012
A word of caution about Atlanta , don't waste your time or life moving there.

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re: - 8/7/2011
Nothing wrong with Atlanta. Yes,the city is mostly black and gay but who cares ? They provide a colorful atmosphere.This is the south and anywhere you go on the east coast,inner cities have crime problems.So why single out Atlanta ? You just have to overlook these things if you want to be here. Gays can live anywhere,as in most all gay communities there are great restaurants,good hotels,funky shopping well kept neighborhoods. As a single,straight male,it's to my advantage since there are lots of gorgeous women here lured by constant growth,decent jobs,and a very resonable cost of living for a large metro area. If you don't want to live in town,go out to Alpharetta,Woodstock,or Canton.The north Georgia mountains are a little over an hour away. All big metros have terrible traffic,deal with or set your own hours. It's a lot better in Atlanta than Charlotte,Raleigh,Memphis,Columbia,or any other southern hub city.Any person who's a bit eclectic,thinks outside of the box,or bohemian would die of boredom in any of those places.

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re: - 2/25/2014
I moved here from Chicago almost 6 years ago and have not regretted it one bit. My god brother is relocating here from Chicago and I cannot wait! He sent me the link to this site to see what I thought, and after reading some of the posts I'm sitting here in aw at some of the things I've read. I'm in aw because, in my 6 years of living here I haven't seen half of the negative things people post here. The troubling thing is, I fit into a lot of categories; i'm a northerner (Chicago), i'm a young Black male (under 40), i'm a gay black male, I have no college degree my list can go on an on. I'd like to address some of the statements I've read to give a slightly better description of Atlanta to future residents. Atlanta is a beautiful city, yes, does it have its share of problems yes. Racism against blacks, whites, indians, etc is here, yes. I can say that i haven't encountered it at all. I work for a Fortune 500 company, making a very nice salary commensurate with my experience and comparable to a person with a degree. In my years of living here, I've been approached by less fortunate individuals (aka "beggars") a couple times, but felt it my duty to help out with a meal or something to drink or just conversation. But i haven't been approached more than 5 times in 6 years. I've lived in gate communities, secure buildings, and undated communities and never once had a violent incident or burglary. Traffic here, yes its a headache at times, but coming from Chicago i'm used to it. I would say, native Georgians cannot drive, so i've adjusted i drive for me and them and pay attention to them and not the signal they may occasionally use. In Chicago the news was filled with murders and senseless violence, the news here is filled with accidents, senseless ones plus the usual crime. Some of the reviewers and posters here have made it seem like Atlanta is supposed to be the garden of eden, there's no city in America that will be the best. What matters is, how you take it and make it work. If someone like me with all the, hypothetical odds stacked against me, can and have made it work for me , then surely anyone else can. My advise, yes, read the negative postings, but be smart enough to read through them. People are quick to post negative, but it takes an act of congress to post positive. Anyone seeking to move to Atlanta, I say come on, Atlanta has the best universities, is a major hub for technology advancement and medical research, has the busiest airport, BEST restaurants, dining and shopping experiences. Atlanta is the best of the South, come and experience it for yourself.

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re: Horrible place to live - 12/16/2007 - 2/1/2008
I have lived in lots of places and of course if you live in any city it is going to be bad. I live about an hour outside of Atlanta and it is fine. I just moved back to Atlanta from Orlando and believe me Atlanta is much better. The people where I live are friendly, there is little traffic on the roads, the schools are pretty good, the community has a great family feel to it. I would never live in Atlanta.... or any city.

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Ga Peach

re: Horrible place to live - 12/16/2007 - 1/24/2011
Hi, Im a Atlanta Native 29 yrs old born and raised in the City. I have to say moving is a hard experience, no matter where your moving too. Growing up in the city, didn't seem like much of a city at all. Back in the days it was pretty queit and country. Traffic was perfect, 2-3 lanes expressways and no transexuals and teenage boys with skinny jeans jumping in the grocery lines infront of you. Infact it was to freaking peaceful, when I was a teenager I wanted to move north for some excitment. Atlanta made it's biggest change after the Olympics. That moment on our population begun to climb from 4 million to now almost 10 million. People came to take advantage of cheap living, to excape there home towns and be free. The gay people I know, I didn't run into until my College years and 90% will tell you there not from here they came here to be free and get away from there families. So yes Atlanta has managed to take in allot of gays. I agree the customers service sucks but what do you really expect from fast food and grocery stores and again I say most of these people came here thinking they would make it big and now are broken hearted and waiting on customers & hating everyone in the city just like you. Some of you spoke about rascism it's the south I think when people move from up north they forget about that. Blacks do not make up 55% of Atlanta population. Yes Black people do seem to have some angry and may not be the best of friends with most whites. But then again I don't see many white people handing out open invations for friendship. Honestly most black people in Atlanta, mainly natives are just trying to make a living and provide for their families. Traffic? What do you think is going to happen when a city take on 6 million additional people and don't forget about the illegals, that managed to jump the boarders and recieved over 30million dollars of medical coverage for thier new americans babies to be born and food stamps to go along with it. Blacks gave 300 years of free work and most of them are still being sterio typed. So yes some maybe angry, but it's funny because I may walk into some Asains stores to this day and they will put my money on the counter instead of in my hands. Some how they manage to get a loan to open a business in the city but I go to work everyday and graduated college and can't get a home loan. So enough with the black/white/purple and green stuff. No one likes being the underdog. To show you that there some civilized Atlantians, I apologize for yah'll unpleasant visit and I wish you luck in your next move. Good Blessings

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re: Horrible place to live - 12/16/2007 - 12/28/2010
I moved away from Atlanta when it was not so bad but when I did move, I was happy, never had a problem with finding a job in places where I used to live like Charlotte, NC, Chicago, etc... But Atlanta just was not the token place they hyped it up to be. I moved from here at 19 and returned after Grad School in 2005, "what a mistake just when the economy started to shut down bad on everyone" and when it gets that way crime goes up and even as an innocent person; it is easy for you to get into serious trouble here and it is not the people on the streets bothering you; "It is the untrained eyes of society gun ho' unseasoned cops" unlike what they used to call officer friendly. I do not place any of my bad experiences on anyone else or jump on the bandwagon telling people they should not move here, because their experience may not be like mine. I am a young man with a masters degree in Criminology and it is hard to even get a job as a Security Officer here in Atlanta part time. My background is law enforcement and security and my side talents makes me the most money as a barber. I would recommend that anyone who have worked hard all their lives mos def do a good review on Atlanta before moving here, buying, or even investing in a business/ spending their retirement on something they will regret. I am from up North and what I found is that most Northerners come here, they don't like it. There are a large number who do not like it for a good reason and there's a percentage who do not like it for very stupid reasons like party life, they say the people are too slow, or they frown up at everything and call it wack when they were not doing anything better than just hanging on the corner on their blocks anyway with no jobs, no future, and mainly opportunity is up North; in particular "NEW YORK". If you can make it there you can make it anywhere. New York and other Northern states may not have nice places to live at a good an reasonable price like Georgia, but the pay and opportunity for whatever it is you are trying to do is better there. These are the following reasons I think a person should not move to Georgia: 1) Less Pay, No Union, Laws conflict right to work state issues and you can be fired at any given time without a reason. 2) Cobb County/ Kennesaw, Gwinett (the duluth areas), Conyers, Covington, Jonesboro, Coweta are all redneck places and Police Departments based on the Good Old Boy System that will harass you, stop you daily just for going to your local gas station even if you are legit with valid license, insurance, and will attempt to search your vehicle without probable cause against your will. These counties for years have been getting away with malicious acts and the racist judges let them do it. DO NOT MOVE TO THESE COUNTIES ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE NON-WHITE OR NON-WHITE LILLY WHITE. Very bad place to live and if you do not have a record, they will make sure you have one before you leave and decide to move out. They are doing their best to run law-abiding/ career bound or just all types of black people and other nationalities out of their towns because they dont want you there anyway. 3) Unemployment and Public Assistance will not help out as much and you have to qualify just like credit to receive anything concerning medical or food and they don't care if you are on your dying bed. 4) Most of the churches are divided "especially black churches" and no matter how much you tithe or give love offerings to the church even in the 1000's "if you need help; they will give you the run around while your good works and loyal deeds as a member go neglected and unrecognized" 5) If you are a hairstylist, Atlanta is not a good place for you because there's a hair shop on every corner and the hair shops they have are very unprofessional in the black communities. They have these new weave shops that are like $50 for a full sew in and the sew ins are very incorrectly done. This price causes everyone to have to go down on theirs so basically all hairstylists are making the same amount here. If you do move here get into your own shop where you wont have problems with a jealous owner due to your craft and professionalism. Tabitha from BRAVO is very much needed here. 6) Atlanta is not a place for families and a happy marriage. Husbands turn DL and eventually gay due to the things he's introduced to and gay does not come very open these days or feminine. It is the gym, the homeboy hanging while the girls are out type thing that is going on here. Secret DL sex parties with nothing but men. Not only do the men get introduced to the gay or bi life, females do too as well, and eventually sons and daughters. If you are a family move upper Gwinett by Buford/ the Mall of Georgia area but by all means not Duluth. Upper Gwinett is a family oriented spot. College Pk in the very nice homes are nice as well, and Lithonia and the very nice parts of Dekalb County/ Ellenwood. 7) If you are chasing your dream as a recording star/ artist, "hang it up... "Jermain Dupri, V103, and Ludacris have you fooled." U a rap star and you are Northern from VA on up, stick to your up North tactics so that you may become an international mainstream star. Atlanta is not for you unless you meet up with an Atlanta Star that can take you there as a producer. So many Rap stars and R&B artists only go but so far due to promotion and production and it only rotates locally. The music here is garbage and bubblegum... Where is real hip hop? 8) Buying a car here can be a bit if a mess even if you have Cash to pay for it/ or a big down payment. The customer service is so bad where they wont even look at you without having a sense or sniff that you might have good credit while not realizing that people who do can hardly pay their bills. People with no credit are the ones with money and pay everything on time the most. 9) Some clothing are overpriced here but if you are a good bargain shopper you will look pass that. However most dont know how to give a deal, they rather see you walk out than to give you a deal even $1.00 off. Well I think I covered some of the things except traffic, but traffic is everywhere... "JUST THAT THE PEOPLE IN GEORGIA/ WHO ARE FROM HERE AND OTHER COUNTRY STATES CANNOT DRIVE" They will hold traffic up like they are site seeing and will stay 2 minutes at a green light before moving... LOL

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re: - 12/3/2008
Hey, I couldn't said it better myself. Way too many ppl are blinded by the insistant boasting that the City does. I am glad that I am not the only one who sees this. Atlanta encouraged hordes of ppl to move here but, it rey ha maor problems handling the masses that already did. This was a formula for disaster and that is the current state. Corruption and nepotism in high places is prevalent (from law enforcement to commerce and gov't).

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re: Horrible place to live - 12/16/2007 - 7/7/2011
re:my aunt lives with here family and her mom, they r bout to lose their house and lost evrything in atlanta, they thinking about moving 2 Chicago, New York, or LA

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re: - 3/6/2012
Well Adebongio pretty much narrowed down all of the questions I had with his answers. I am a native of Baltimore, MD. I have lived here pretty much all my life with the exception of moving to Arizona twice for short periods of time. And after reading more than enough reviews I must say that I dont think I would fit in down in Atlanta. I am a 30 year old CDL Driver (female) and I have two children ages 6 and 13. I was strongly considering moving to ATL because I was told so many nice things about it, and I just wanted a fresh start after ending a long term relationship and becoming so distant with relatives living within a few miles of my doorstep. And for the record I must say RACISM IS EVERYWHERE!!! Trust me when I tell you. I am of african descent and I have driven across the country before for months at a time, and while I havent experienced any horrific racist experiences I can honestly say people will hate on you and your accomplishments in any town for any reason. I have Black Men here in Baltimore that are jealous of me at work for various reasons and will step on toes to get to the top. SO, Im not scared away by racism, but what does concern me is Traffic and Home loans, since I do have kids and are looking to soon buy my first home, and because I drive for a living, I dont want to run into a two hour drive to work everyday before driving AGAIN at work! But I thank all that posted of their personal experiences. They were VERY HELPFUL! Seeing is believing tho, I'll book a trip there ASAP.

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re: - 7/26/2012
Aaron, I'm interested in reading your opinion being a gay man yourself. Does their racism extend to homophobia? I'm straight, but I would absolutely hate to live in a city that is racist AND homophobic. It would drive me off the wall and I'd be getting into lengthy debates/fights with a lot of close minded people like I already do in Manhattan, KS.

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re: Horrible place to live - 12/16/2007 - 4/11/2008
I use live in Atlanta and to be honest your making it more exciting and dramatic then it really is. Atlanta = Boring.

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re: Horrible place to live - 12/16/2007 - 9/12/2008
Actually you don't want to move to Savannah. Savannah is rosy and romantic on film but in real life it's war zone. I went to SCAD and it was common to hear about students being killed or beaten up. It happened to me! I was beaten up by a gang and had my car stolen. Savannah sucks. Stay away from it. Atlanta is heaven compared to Savannah. Savannah is also rampant with roaches. They scatter away from your feet as you walk on the sidewalks at night. Savannah = Disgusting

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re: Horrible place to live - 12/16/2007 - 12/27/2007
Gosh, i was planning on moving to Atlanta from Mobile by Jan 09, is it really that bad?

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Ellijay, GA

Never Again - 10/1/2016

Reading some of the negative reviews here about Atlanta is refreshing, but it needs much more. I have lived in Atlanta almost all of my life save for my years of infancy and a few years I spent away for college. I developed an emotional attachment to ATL because, well, it's not exactly the worst place to be for several reasons. It's very green, and it gets a lot of rain. Summers are hot and humid, and the winters are cold to mild. The cost of living is a tad bit lower than in other major cities like San Fransicko, although it's still pricey. There is a lot of diversity and a lot of people from just about anywhere. Farmers markets, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and others are very convenient for organic shopping. It has sprawling suburbs to live in if you still want to be close to the city. There is no shortage of things to do. Just about everything is there. However, this isn't about the climate or activities to engage in. This is about the culture, and this isn't limited to just Atlanta. People. I have seen others review Atlanta and raving about how nice and courteous everyone is along with that good ol' "southern hospitality". That's not true at all. People in Atlanta (and in most of AmeriKKa) are very socially inept (practically incapable), flaky, lazy, ignorant, stupid... you name it! They're all in to the typical sports culture and television and can't converse about much else, and if they do, it doesn't last long. That goes for just about anywhere you go, though. There are oodles of rednecks. Throughout my years as a young adult male living in and around Midtown, I cannot describe to you how city atmosphere in AmeriKKa strangles your social life. Just total wimps the people are, and that goes for everybody. Try saying hello to your neighbor and listen to their squeaky little responses. Almost everyone in the stores are little drones, and I understand their tumultuous demeanor when they are working for $9/hr., but judging upon the quality of character that ATL locals have to offer, they can stay there because they are not worthy of anything else. You will find that people love their pets and their cell phones and material items far more than their neighbors as human interaction is devalued in city life. The women?? Oh, now we've got trouble. Atlanta women are very outwardly unattractive (especially the white women) because of their inward shortcomings. While I was still living there, I couldn't even SEE an attractive woman let alone find one with a reasonable attitude and who leaves her phone in her purse. If you are a heterosexual man who is seeking love with a truly attractive woman, do NOT go to Atlanta!! You will end up hating them and blogging and making videos about them or even telling them off in person as I have (women-suck.blogspot.com). I think a lot of men are experiencing that more as well across the modernized world as the quality of people drops like a stone in water (especially when it comes to women). There are other reasons contributing to the rise in homosexuality like chemicals in can liners and plastic bottles (BPA), fluoride in the tap water, women acting like mental patients, the media's influence, but I'm surprised no one on this site has mentioned how flaming gay Atlanta is. Don't go driving in town during the middle of October because all of midtown practically shuts down for the pilgrimage of the fags for the annual pride parade (them walking naked in the streets and claiming how oppressed they are). Gay culture in Atlanta is pervasive, and it tends to pressure people to accepting their lifestyle as normal. I don't have to approve. What's even stranger about this city is that I have had more success with women in some of Atlanta's gay bars than almost anywhere else. I don't attribute this to mean that the gay community is so much more "open and accepting". I have my own theories, but if I have to go to homosexual hang-outs to meet an attractive black woman who isn't on a power trip, something is wrong. Freedom. Political ignorance abounds in ATL, and business owners do everything to comply with the criminal mandates of government. Atlanta is not like Texas or New York where people get angry when their politicians throw away public funds on useless junk or impose new mandates. ATL has no heart and rolls over more than a lot of other cities. If people in AmeriKKa (and ATL) would read a book and turn off the celebrity gossip for just a New York second, that knowledge will become power, and power becomes freedom, and freedom becomes wealth and prosperity (and a way out of working dead-end grocery cashier and restaurant server jobs). The economy of jobs in Atlanta is terrible just like other people are mentioning. There is demand for a lot of IT and techie jobs in ATL, which is good; however, for everybody else, you'll be bringing your college diplomas with you to apply to bag groceries at Kroger and printing your motor vehicle record to bring in an attempt to be a server at a run-down Taco Mac. There are too many people hurting and trying to find jobs, so many recruiters and hiring managers will hardly give you the time of day. Just like any major city, you will find lots of homeless in the "land of the free", and people that have enough funds to feed themselves and go out for a Friday night will not give a dime to those in need. So many people are receiving welfare, and they don't really care to try to do anything to pull themselves from government dependency. All in all, Atlanta will make you hate your life, especially if you are a straight man. If you're successful enough in business to provide for yourself in ATL, there is still a wealth of other things in life like activist groups, romance, family life, etc. that Atlanta (again, like most other cities) just can't offer. I got to a point where I just let my apartment rent lapse. I filed some motions with the court to prevent the eviction action, but when it came time to leave, I will never look back or go back to Atlanta because I hate it so much. I had pretty much everything out of my little city apartment (that had very little space for high costs), but still, you see the resident police officer trying to bully you and toss whatever they can find out on to the streets because people in Atlanta have very bad hearts and tons of personal issues, and that's why they are so mean-spirited. You can't bully me, though, as I have given you a piece of my mind the entire time I hated my life as I drowned along with you in that damn place. Now, I'm not in the city, and while it may not have some of the perks of being in the city and the conveniences it offers, people around here greet each other and treat each other with respect. Seriously, Atlanta and AmeriKKa can sink to the bottom of the ocean, and I know the worst is yet to come because not only is the government illegitimate, but the people in these places do not understand what it takes to be fully independent adults. I have tons more to add, but this is enough.

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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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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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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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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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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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Stockbridge, GA

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

Ready to leave Atlanta, GA where I was born and raised because of overpopulation and the traffic that comes with it. Lived in New Smyrna Beach, FL for a short while years ago and loved it but the job market is poor for what I do (CNC machinist). Lots of jobs in Tampa and Jacksonville but I've never spent time in either so some advice on which place is better would be greatly appreciated. Keep in mind that the quality of the beach is very important!

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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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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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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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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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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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Canton, GA

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

I moved to Georgia two years ago for a position within an engineering company. I grew up in California, have lived in Las Vegas, and Portland, Or. Whatever you do don't move to Atlanta, in fact don't move to Georgia in general. 1. Traffic. I thought California was bad, but atlanta has some of the worst traffic I've ever experienced. The drivers in Atlanta are also the worst I've shared the road with. People act like they own the road, I'm not even sure they realize there are other cars on it! 2. Crime. The crime is horrible here, even if you live in the "safe" areas, you're not safe because when someone that wants to rob you knows the wealthy areas to go and get you. Happens everyday. 3. If you live too far away from Atlanta, you enter redneck territory. I had to do some work in Jasper, Ga which is 30 to 45 minutes north of ATL. I heard two men talking about our president saying, "if that n-word walked in her right now I'd kill em!". Dealing with people in Jasper was like experiencing a Jerry Springer episode first hand. 4. People here are the rudest people probably on earth. Southern hospitality is a damn lie!!! Do yourself a favor move any where else. Ps. The good schools are a joke compared to public schools in other states.

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Atlanta, GA

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

I moved to Atlanta after being convinced by family and friends that it would be a great plus for my career since black professionals are doing so "well." What I found is that this is a slave state and most companies are run off contractors or what they call consultants. They do this in order to pay mediocre salaries and not pay full benefits. There are very few jobs so you can be a professional with a graduate degree and years of experience, but have to settle for almost minimum wage to survive. I have gone into interviews and been given a questionable glance or even in some cases asked, So "you" are the candidate? As if they didn't expect me to be black. I think mainly because of the well-known companies that I have had the privilege to work for and my training. It is surprisingly segregated here. There is even a noticeable difference in neighborhoods. In almost every area I traveled (and city data I researched), the gated and plush communities are usually less than 15 percent minorities and the run down areas where buildings are abandoned are usually inhabited by over 80 percent minorities. This was not the case in the large city from where I relocated. In my old area, it was common to see upscale areas that were diverse. In Atlanta, you can literally drive across the street from the upscale area and see a failing area. It's as if a line was drawn and the minorities were told not to cross it. I know racism exists everywhere, even in my previous city, but I was surprised at the racism I saw in the workplaces in ATL, which of course is where minorities are usually contractors (not full-time) and everyone else is a Director, Manager, etc. I want to leave here so badly that I almost feel like moving back to my other city without a job and take my chances on finding one when I get there.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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