From friendly neighbors to green spaces galore, this gorgeous and diverse state is a great place to live. Georgia is known for its warm weather and there are plenty of places where you can enjoy it. Georgia has loads of beaches, and nearly 50 state parks besides. It shouldn’t be any surprise that The Peach State also has some of the best fresh produce around!
- If you have school-aged children, realize that schools down south start much earlier in the year than up north. Check with the school district to find out the exact date.
- Moving to Georgia during summer months will mean dealing with very hot temperatures, so stay hydrated on move day and consider hiring a moving company to take care of the heavy lifting.
- Try to schedule your move time around rush hour traffic. The big cities, such as Atlanta, are known for really long commute times. You may want to consider a weekend move.
Also, when moving to Georgia, you’ll want to update your address with the United States Postal Service so your mail is waiting for you when you arrive.
Cities and Metro Areas
Georgia is full of so many amazing cities, it may be hard to choose the one you want to move to. Whether you are looking for amazing nightlife, serene mountains, a golf course community or family-friendly parks, you’ll easily find what you want and more throughout the state. Best of all, Georgia’s mild climate will enable you to enjoy the outdoors all year round.
If you are a young family, the education system in Alpharetta will work wonders for your kids as the schools here are the best you can access in the entire state. Athens is a college town most ideal for the young at heart. Roswell has great schools and boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in the Peach State. History lovers will appreciate the Civil War museum and war reenactments in Marietta. Evans is ideal for anyone who doesn’t mind a small-town mindset, although the nightlife is absolutely buzzing!
Cost of Living
Not only does Georgia offer a warm climate and diverse geography, but the state also boasts an affordable cost of living. Being one of the country’s fastest-growing states, Georgia offers a wide variety of neighborhoods to accommodate its growing population. The median price for homes in Georgia was $359,500 in Sept of 2022, up 13.3% from Sept 2021. Home prices are up throughout the state, demand continues to be high, with homes selling at a fast pace. Rent, gasoline, and property tax are all cheaper than national averages as well.
If you’ve never experienced a summer in the Deep South, your first summer after moving to Georgia might be a bit of a shock. Even after summer ends it never gets very cold in the Peach State. You can probably get away with donating your winter coat before moving to Georgia, unless you plan on traveling to colder climes in winter.
Georgia has a very diverse geography including mountainous regions, coastal beaches, rivers and metro Atlanta. Known as The Peach State, Georgia is actually ranked third in peach production. In fact, Georgia leads the nation in peanut and pecan growth. The state is prime for this agriculture, receiving 40 to 50 inches of rain every year and typically only a light snowfall.
According to a recent report, Georgia ranks 7th in the nation for overall education quality. No matter which city or town you decide on when moving to Georgia, you’ll find an education option to fit your family’s needs. Current school rankings (elementary, middle and high schools), campus and district zoning/location maps, information and reviews are available online for parents moving to Georgia:
Georgia’s top elementary schools include:
- Britt David
- Marietta Center for Advanced Academics
- Daves Creek
Georgia’s top high schools include:
- Davidson Magnet School
- Johnson Magnet
- Savannah Arts Academy
Georgia’s best universities include:
- Emory University
- Georgia Tech
- University of Georgia
- Georgia State
- Savannah School of Art and Design
If you’re moving to Georgia and need government information, Georgia’s Official State Web Portal provides many of the things you will need to know about your new state. Here are a few important facts and specific resources:
- Register to vote in person at your county clerk’s office or fill out the Voter Registration Form.
- To apply for a Georgia driver’s license or register a vehicle, visit the Department of Driver Services.
- Find your local United States Post Office online.
Other Georgia Government Resources: