Atlanta, GA
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Atlanta is a large city located in the state of Georgia. With a population of 463,878 people and 175 constituent neighborhoods, Atlanta is the largest community in Georgia.

Atlanta real estate is some of the most expensive in Georgia, although Atlanta house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Atlanta is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.60% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Atlanta is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Atlanta who work in management occupations (13.28%), sales jobs (11.83%), and office and administrative support (11.03%).

Of important note, Atlanta is also a city of artists. Atlanta has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Atlanta’s character.

Also of interest is that Atlanta has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Atlanta telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.65% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

In addition, Atlanta also has a very large population of students, making it a major college town. As often the case, having so many students around has a strong influence on the local culture. In fact, Atlanta is one of only a few big cities that are also major college towns, making it one of the nation's prominent intellectual centers. In addition, the presence of thousands of college students gives Atlanta a sophisticated style, and provides lots of diversions and entertainment for students. Being a big "college town" not only means that Atlanta has a burgeoning arts, music, and nightclub scene, but the innovation sector of the local economy receives a great boost from both the intellectual output of the faculty and the thousands of enthusiastic students who graduate every spring.

One of the benefits of being a big city like Atlanta is having a public transportation system, but in Atlanta the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Atlanta benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.

The education level of Atlanta ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Atlanta, 47.94% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Atlanta in 2010 was $37,175, which is wealthy relative to Georgia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $148,700 for a family of four. However, Atlanta contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Atlanta is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Atlanta home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Atlanta residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Atlanta include German, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Atlanta is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.