Harmonizing classic, small-town Southern hospitality with all of the cosmopolitan sophistication and world-class amenities of a 21st century international city, Atlanta stands in a class of its own. Greater Atlanta is home to scores of Fortune 500 and 1000 companies, boasting one of the highest concentrations of Fortune 500 in the nation. Ensuring the area’s continued prosperity, public and private partnerships with business, financial, and non-profit communities are proving successful in spurring quality job creation and investment throughout the city’s neighborhoods.

Atlanta is also home to the world’s busiest airport, leading-edge research universities, excellent mass-transit facilities, and one of the lowest costs of doing business in the nation. Newcomers will be delighted to learn that the exceptional quality of life comes with a favorably low cost of living. Little wonder that Metro Atlanta is consistently ranked by national magazines among the best places in the nation to live, work, and play. As the South’s shining star, Atlanta plays a critical role in driving the Southeast’s reputation as the fastest-growing region in America.

State-of-the-art services guarantee a livable and convenient lifestyle in Metro Atlanta, underlined by educational systems that range from award-winning schools to world-renowned institutions of higher education. More than 130,000 students enrolled each year in more than 45 colleges, universities, and technical institutions—pursuing degrees, certifications, and training in more than 500 distinct programs. Some of the nationally known regional colleges include Emory University, Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology or Georgia Tech, Agnes Scott College, and Kennesaw State University. Atlanta University Center with five private institutions is the largest consortium of historically black colleges and universities in the nation. As a region noted for groundbreaking research, Atlanta ranks near the top nationally for higher education research spending. The commitment to education is evident at every turn, including the HOPE Scholarship that provides free tuition and books for Georgia residents who qualify with a B average and then attend a Georgia public college. Students can also use the scholarship toward a financial grant for an in-state private institution.

Advanced healthcare is available throughout the metro area, which is home to approximately 60 hospitals. Among them are the Atlanta Medical Center, Grady Memorial Hospital, Children’s at Egleston or Hughes Spalding, Columbia Dunwoody Medical Center-Emory, Emory Crawford Long Hospital, and Emory University Hospital. More than 18,000 skilled physicians maintain private practices or group clinics, representing every major specialty and nearly all subspecialties. While Metro Atlanta provides some of the nation’s most progressive and respected hospitals and medical centers, the region is also well known for its proactive approach to health and wellness. Programs are available throughout the area for exercise training, nutritional education, support groups, and affordable health screenings. Throughout the region, newcomers will discover a strong network of support facilities like long-term care, rehabilitation, and centers of excellence that meet every need from routine to advanced care.

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