So you have decided to move to Georgia. This southern state can be a great place to live, work, and raise a family, but there are a few things that you should know before you take the plunge and relocate to Georgia.
Thing to Know #1: Be prepared for traffic.
Like many major metropolitan areas, Atlanta, GA has traffic problems. There is no denying it. If you can manage to live, work, and go to school in the same area, you can avoid a lot of the congestion. If not, be prepared for a longer than usual commute time. Atlanta has the 9th worst traffic in the United States and there is no viable public transportation in many of the outlying suburbs.
Thing to Know #2: Georgia has very diverse terrain.
In Georgia, it is possible to go from the city to the mountains or to the beach in just a few hours. You will have tons of vacation destination right at your fingertips. The mountains of North Georgia are home to the beginnings of the Appalachian Trail and the coastline rivals that of
some of the better known beaches in Florida and South Carolina.
Thing to Know #3: Georgia has relatively affordable housing.
When compared to other states with major metro areas, the real estate in Georgia is surprisingly affordable. The median list price for homes in Georgia is just $200,000. However, it is important to note that the homes in some parts of Atlanta can sell for much more than this. Check out different areas and see where you can find a great property that is within your price range.
Thing to Know #4: Georgia might become a swing state.
Like many southern states, Georgia tends to lean towards the conservative side when it comes to politics. However, the state’s metro areas are becoming increasingly likely to vote Democrat. Because of this, there are a lot of Georgia residents with very strong political opinions one way
or another. While this historically Republican state has stayed that way so far, it could change in the near future as more and more people choose to relocate to Atlanta.
Thing to Know #5: Georgia has all 4 seasons.
This can be a plus or a minus, depending on your perspective. Many people that move south expect warm sunny weather year round. This is not the case in Georgia. While the spring, summer, and fall is usually warm and sunny, Georgia can experience snow and even ice in the wintertime. While this is nothing compared to the winter weather in New England, do not be too quick to get rid of your winter clothes before relocating to Georgia. Having said that, if you are not used to the heat and humidity, summer and Georgia can be a rude awakening.
If you are aware of all of these things and you are still interested in moving to Georgia, contact our team at North Creek Homes and find out what steps you can take to make your relocation a reality.