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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.65% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 is a major college town. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Atlanta have a strong influence on the local culture and music scene. In fact, Atlanta is one of only a few big cities that are also major college towns. This combination of big city status and thousands of college students gives Atlanta, on one hand, a sophisticated style, while on the other also providing lots of diversions and entertainment for students. In fact, Atlanta is one of the biggest "college towns" in America. This elevates both the status of the city and the knowledge sector of the local economy, which is sustained by a steady output of new college graduates every spring.

Atlanta, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of Atlanta are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.

Atlanta is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 47.94% of adults in Atlanta have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

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.