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|Low State Taxes Ranking: 18Low Cost of Living Ranking: 16
State Economy Ranking: 30
|Average Temperatures (Atlanta):
The Short of It
What food best represents Georgia?
- BBQ 1
- Peaches 2
- Fried chicken! 3
- Pecans 4
- Sweet tea and biscuits 5
What song best represents Georgia?
- Something country! 1
- Georgia On My Mind 3, 5
- Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band 4
How does GA refer to a carbonated beverage drink?
- Coke (it is the home of Coca-Cola, so…) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
If you could take a friend to one place in GA, where would it be?
- Savannah / Forsyth Park 1, 4, 5
- Piedmont Park 2
- Atlanta Aquarium & Zoo 3
Forsyth Park in Savannah (photo by jeffgunn)
The Long of It
Biggest misconception about GA?
- Rednecks and no culture…some areas yes but Atlanta has a lot to offer! 1
- Georgia is full of backwards rednecks. 2
- We aren’t all a bunch of rednecks! 😉 3
- Georgia is known as the peach state but most are actually grown in South Carolina. 4
- That it is full of simple minded country folk. So not true! It is full of neighbor loving, sweet tea on the front porch drinking, ready to lend a helping hand people. 5
Best aspect about living in GA?
- Even winter is pretty mild. Coming from the north I made it through winter wearing only heavy sweaters. Never had to bust out a coat. For those that like it warm, it’s great (I miss snow). It can get hot in summer but most communities have pools. Mine does not, but we are a block from town center that has awesome fountains for the kids to run in. In my town, schools are awesome and everything you need is within 5 miles, but you you feel secluded enough. Suwanee has been voted one of the 10 best places to live by some magazine! 1
- I love the landscape of the north Georgia mountains and the coastal areas near Savannah. Though I’m really into natural beauty of places… so… you may have noticed a pattern with this answer. Atlanta has so many great companies, schools, hospitals. Great place for a career. The Georgia Aquarium & Atlanta Botanical Garden are both amazing. Fun sports teams. Lots of great restaurants. There is a large culture of tennis there (I used to play). Lots of great public parks with great courts that have leagues, teams, etc. 2
- Looow cost of living. And the people are super friendly! 3
- The accessibility of the state. If you are in the middle of the state, you are just a couple hours both ways to either the ocean or the mountains or drive an hour and explore Atlanta or go the opposite direction and see beautiful Savannah. 5
Worst aspect about living in GA?
- Traffic. Most jobs and big companies are stationed in Atlanta, but nobody wants to live there. 20 mile drive in rush hour can take over an hour. Also, other than the trendy restaurants in ATL, the food leaves much to be desired. Especially Italian and Chinese! This from an NY/CT native! 1
- Deep sigh… well I lived in Atlanta proper so take all of this with a heavy side of Atlanta salt. Atlanta traffic, is notoriously terrible. My commutes were fortunately, never too bad but I know lots of people who had horrendous (1.5 to 2 hour) commutes. Outside of Atlanta metro, it’s primarily rural/small towns with high poverty, lack of jobs, poor public schools. Public schools in Atlanta (city of) can be terrible — read the news about the recent indictments of the school board/teachers charged with widespread nationalized test cheating. Although take that with a grain of my childlessness, as I had plenty of friends who were reared through suburban Atlanta schools and were intelligent. 2
- Bugs. Sand gnats on the coast and palmetto bugs (read: cockroaches) everywhere. EVERYWHERE. Oh, and the schools blow. 4
- Gnats and humidity! And if you are a runner: the Hills! 5
Summarize your feelings about Georgia in five words.
- Good value for quality living. 1
- I love it! 3
- Head north for summer. 4
- Southern hospitality, alive and well! 5
Our Freaking Take
My most vivid experiences with/in Georgia involve delayed flights in Atlanta. There’s always some delay in Atlanta. But I won’t hold that against you, Georgia. This might be the first state where Joanna and I are at odds with each others’ opinions. Joanna is from Alabama, and so she expects more of the same from Georgia — and that’s not necessarily a good thing. And since I’m a west-coaster, I’m fascinated by Southern culture. I love the traditions, the food, the people, etc. Atlanta is a pretty decent career hub for my industry and I know of a bunch of other big brands that call it home. But until I can convince Joanna that Georgia isn’t Alabama Jr., it might not make the cut.
How did these answers line up with your perception of Georgia? Have your thoughts on the state changed after reading this? Could you see it fitting your forever-place bill?