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What You Should Know About the Cost of Living in Atlanta

By Bri Hand | May 14, 2021

When you think of big-name cities across the United States, places like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago likely come to mind. However, up-and-coming cities like Atlanta, Georgia, can offer the same urban vibe, career opportunities, easy transportation, and exciting nightlife as the big three—and can even be significantly cheaper! 

If you’re planning on relocating to Atlanta, it’s important to understand how to budget for your new cost of living, keeping in mind factors like your average rent, transportation, groceries, and utilities. Before you take the leap, here’s what you should know about the cost of living in Atlanta and what your wallet can expect from a move.

Rent prices in Atlanta

Housing costs account for the largest portion of your living expenses. The median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Atlanta is around $1,500, which puts it on the list of the 20 most expensive cities to rent in the U.S. However, if this is a stretch on your budget, there are plenty of options for more affordable housing in different neighborhoods around town.

For example, while you might shell out more for a nice apartment in downtown Atlanta, you can still find a great apartment in a popular neighborhood that will be more in your price range. Depending on your living preferences, you should be able to find a place that won’t break the bank. 

Utilities costs in Atlanta

When considering the cost of renting in Atlanta, be sure to also factor in your monthly utility costs. Fortunately, utilities costs in Atlanta are closer to the national average. Things like heat, gas, electricity, and water will usually cost you around $150 a month, while Wi-Fi and cable will be an additional $50 to $100 a month. 

Food costs in Atlanta

The cost of groceries in Atlanta is similar to any other part of the U.S., but if you prefer eating out, it may be a little more expensive than you’re used to. As with any big city, a casual meal will cost you between $15 and $20, while a nicer night out will cost between $50 and $100, depending on whether you decide to order drinks.

Transportation costs in Atlanta

Atlanta has a large metropolitan area that is full of commuters, and luckily for you, it has a great public transit system. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) offers public transport inside the city and to surrounding neighborhoods. If you want unlimited rides, you can invest in a weekly or monthly pass, or pay $2.50 per ride. Taking advantage of public transportation may mean buying a public transit pass, but it can save you money on car payments or gas prices. Plus, you’ll have a great way to explore your new city!

Career opportunities in Atlanta

While the cost of living in Atlanta may be a bit higher than you’re used to, there are also plenty of opportunities for you to grow your career and start earning more. Atlanta is a great city for tech startups, or you could start with one of the many Fortune 500 companies based in the city. Young professionals can thrive in the business district and easily afford the cost of living.

Kick-start your move to Atlanta

Figuring out if you can afford the cost of living in a new city starts with finding an apartment that suits your needs—and your budget. Landing offers comfortable, fully furnished apartments in Atlanta. With flexible lease terms, concierge services, seamless transfers, and all the amenities you need, Landing is a new way to live—and a new way to move. Browse our available apartments in Atlanta, or contact us to learn more about how it works.

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About the author

Bri Hand

Bri Hand is Landing's Content Marketing Manager. She currently lives in Salem, Massachusetts, with her partner and dog, Arlo, but relishes any opportunity she can to travel so she can try new foods, see gorgeous sights, and daydream about living somewhere new after visiting there for less than 24 hours.