America's Growth Cities
Atlanta, Georgia, the state capital, was founded in 1837 as a transportation hub for two intersecting railroads. A traveler making airline connections in Atlanta these days would find that the city has maintained the spirit of its origins, and that Atlanta International Airport well deserves its title as the world’s busiest.
Atlanta is also a hub for company startups, two of which Ted Turner grew into the media giants CNN (Cable News Network) and TBS (Turner Broadcasting System). Atlanta chemist John Pemberton invented Coca-Cola 132 years ago with the intention of marketing it as a patented medicine. He changed his mind, however, and partnered with businessman Asa Candler to market Coke as we know it now, and started the world’s largest soft-drink company.
Today, information technology and its related startups have steadily gained a larger percentage of Atlanta’s economic output. Live In America EB-5 frequently hears the city referred to as Silicon Peach.
Other major companies headquartered in Atlanta include Delta Airlines, AT&T Mobility, UPS and Home Depot. In fact, Atlanta has the country’s third-largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies. An educated workforce was, and still is, a major asset in making this happen – almost 50% of Atlanta adults have at least a 4-year college degree.
With more than 30 colleges and universities located in the city, Atlanta has established itself as a center for higher education. The Georgia Institute of Technology conducts its classes midtown and ranks among the country’s top public universities that offer technology-related degrees – engineering, computer programming, the sciences, architecture and energy among them. Georgia State University is a major public research university also located downtown, and which has a positive economic impact on the Atlanta economy of more than $1.4 billion annually. The school has embraced the slogan “a part of the city, not apart from the city.”
Emory University is a private research institution in the Druid Hills suburb of Atlanta that incorporates the Emory School of Medicine, and also operates Emory Healthcare, the largest health care system in Georgia.
The best public high school in the Atlanta Metro Area is the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology in the suburb of Lawrenceville, a school whose name is what its curriculum is about. Both Niche and U.S. News & World Report rank Gwinnett as #1 out of 416 public high schools in Georgia. Students are admitted by lottery after meeting stringent academic requirements,
The #2 high school in Georgia, as ranked by the state, is DeKalb School of the Arts, located in the Avondale Estates suburb of Atlanta. DSA is a performing arts magnet school of 400 students that has won several major awards, including being named a National Blue Ribbon School. DSA actors, singers and dancers appear often on TV and film, and in hit Broadway shows like Cats, Wicked and Disney’s The Lion King. Students audition for acceptance at DSA.
Atlanta’s cultural offerings are manifold – the city has resident companies in all the performing arts: orchestral music (Atlanta Symphony), ballet (Atlanta Ballet), opera (Atlanta Opera), and theater (Alliance Theatre). A wide range of touring Broadway shows, concerts and art exhibitions come through Atlanta in a steady flow. The city’s High Museum of Art is widely considered to be the South’s preeminent art museum, and, in step with the airport, one of the most visited museums in the world.
The sports scene in Atlanta is equally well furbished, the city home to Major League teams in baseball (Atlanta Braves), football (Atlanta Falcons), basketball (Atlanta Hawks) and soccer (Atlanta United FC). The Braves won the 1995 World Series and had an extraordinary run of 14 straight divisional championships, from 1991 to 2005. The Falcons have won their division title six times and made two trips to the Super Bowl, losing to the Denver Broncos in 1999 and the New England Patriots in 2017.
Two popular parks among Atlanta’s many are Chastain Park, the largest, which houses an amphitheater for live music concerts, and Centennial Olympic Park, a legacy from when Atlanta hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics. Atlanta is often described as a “city in a forest” thanks to its canopy of trees. Expert opinion is that it’s the densest of any city in America. The main boulevard in town is appropriately named Peachtree Street.
Many recent migrants to America have successfully made Atlanta their home, adapting to the traditional Southern culture while adding flavors of their own. This is evident in the multi-cultural businesses springing up throughout the city, in retailing, the arts, fashion, technology… Live In America EB-5 would be pleased to work with EB-5 investors in exploring this hospitable city to consider for their American home. An email to firstname.lastname@example.org will quickly receive a response.
Coldwell Banker lists the median price for a home in Atlanta at $560,000.