Life in Georgia
Thriving cities and charming towns, beautiful countryside connecting mountain vistas with white-sand beaches, plus a temperate climate offering all four seasons make Georgia one of the very best places to live in the South. Across the state you will find world-class entertainment, professional and recreational sports, and restaurants providing cuisine from around the world. Come experience and enjoy life in Georgia.
Below-average housing costs, low taxes — and a cost of living that’s lower than what you’ll find in many other U.S. cities — all combine to make Georgia an affordable place to live.
Georgia offers a wide variety of activities to suit people of all ages and interests.
- Arts: A thriving arts scene features some of the nation’s finest interactive museums, unique galleries and award-winning music venues. The renowned Woodruff Arts Center offers the world-class Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art and Alliance Theatre in a single enterprise. Throughout the state exist opportunities to experience folk art, sacred art, outdoor art, and more.
- Music: Georgia also gave rise to some of the nation’s most significant musical performers — Otis Redding, R.E.M., James Brown, Ray Charles, Zac Brown Band and Ludacris to name just a few. Across the state, you can experience a vast array of musical genres – bluegrass, country, classical, hip hop, rock, soul and gospel.
- Attractions: Families love Georgia because there’s so much for people of all ages to enjoy. Ride the rides of Six Flags Over Georgia, wonder while you wander through the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, take in the butterfly center at Callaway Resort & Gardens, visit the Center for Puppetry Arts, or thrill in the Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park. No matter what you do, you’ll find that Georgia is family friendly.
- Outdoors: Reconnect with nature while exploring a multitude of state and national parks, dozens of waterfalls, canyons, and beaches. Both casual and experienced outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the variety of challenges presented by the state's hiking trails, walking paths, and cycling courses. There are hundreds of acres for permitted hunting, fishing in beautiful rivers and streams, paddling the Okefenokee Swamp, or whitewater rafting on the world's longest urban whitewater course.
- Film Tours: See where your favorite movie or television show is filmed. Georgia is the No. 1 production center in the U.S. for top grossing feature films released at the U.S. box office in 2017 (Film L.A.). On any given day, you'll run into a production crew or two somewhere in the state.
- History: You can’t experience Georgia without encountering history. It’s everywhere - American Indian sites, antebellum mansions, coastal forts, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, and many more places offer an opportunity to take a step back in time. Speaking of steps, there are more than 30 historic sites on Georgia’s Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Trail. Whatever your area of interest, Georgia’s got a lot to teach.
We're Serious about Sports
Across many playing fields youth, amateur, and professional athletes compete year round in hundreds of games, contests, races and tournaments. In 1996, Atlanta was proud to host the Summer Olympic Games, and a few former Olympic venues are still in use today. In 2018, Lake Lanier was the 1st destination in the Americas to host the ICF Dragon Boat World Championship; and in 2019, Atlanta will once again welcome the Super Bowl. Annually, the state hosts a variety of national prominent competitions, for example:
- The Masters Tournament
- SEC Football Championship
- Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
- The Peachtree Road Race
The Georgia climate is a major reason so many people continue to move to the state. While Georgia climate varies among the state’s six land regions, all areas of the state are colored by four well-defined seasons:
- Summer brings an average temperature of 80 degrees and the added benefit of warm days and cool evenings well into October
- Autumn is brisk, with brilliant fall foliage throughout the state, particularly in the mountains
- Winters are brief, with average temperatures in the upper 40s and light snowfall several times a year in the north
- Springtime is glorious -— Georgia is famous for its dogwoods, azaleas and other flora