City ranks #1 in 50 best places to live
On September 29, Money magazine published its annual list of the 50 best places to live in the United States, and top of the list is Atlanta Georgia. It's the second time in 3 years that a town or city in Georgia has topped the list; in 2020 Evans, Georgia was number 1, while in 2021 Chanhassen, Minnesota claimed the top position.
Opportunity and equality
The headline reasons for its popularity were the prosperity of the city in terms of the economic growth and the jobs market which make it a city of opportunity.
Atlanta has a lower rate of unemployment than the U.S. average, and its job-growth figures have consistently outpaced the wider United States for more than the last 12 months, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Just as important in securing its 'top of the list' status is it's so-called 'eye on equality'; Atlanta is the fourth biggest black-majority city in the United States behind Detroit, Memphis and Baltimore.
A sporting city - home of the Braves!
Atlanta is a city with a proud sporting heritage too - earlier this week, the 2021 Baseball World Series Champs - the Atlanta Braves - attended a reception with President Biden at the White House. The special occasion saw President Biden presented with a personalized jersey.
The event was marred only by a misguided remark from White House Press Secretary that the team's name - the Braves - was perhaps outdated, might cause offence for Native Americans and should perhaps be changed.
Georgia's Governor Brian Kemp immediately pushed back on that suggestion.
It's good for Atlanta to be recognized in such a significant list and for many who live in the city it will no doubt affirm what they already felt about their home.
What do you think of Atlanta? Do you think it's a worthy place to be at number 1 in such a list? Do you live there or would you like to? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.