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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.65% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

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 citizens of Atlanta are among the most well-educated in the nation: 47.94% of adults in Atlanta have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's 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.