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Sources for school statistics and data include U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
Source data obtained from U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)
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Large areas such as Atlanta require workers with all sorts of skillsets, from healthcare and education to technology and law. The Atlanta metro area added 18,500 jobs in the category of professional and business services from August 2014 to August 2015, resulting in a percentage of growth higher than the national increase. Employers know they can find an educated, talented pool of candidates in Atlanta. No wonder sixteen Fortune 500 companies are headquartered there!
Delta Airlines, AT&T, Northeast Georgia Health System Inc., and Cox Enterprises are some of the area’s largest employers. Plenty of start-up businesses also seek talent. Prospective educators often find employment in the region’s large public school system, and Emory University and other institutions of higher learning likewise create a wealth of career possibilities.
With roughly 450,000 residents, Atlanta is one of the largest cities in the Southern United States. There are more than 50 colleges and universities in the Atlanta region, each with its own vibe and role within a neighborhood. The overall urban setting offers an abundance of career opportunities, leading many graduates to stay in the area. Couples looking to combine proximity to work with a great environment to raise children often opt for residence in Chastain Park, Decatur, Garden Hills, Grant Park, or Morningside.
Whether they’re cheering on college teams from powerhouses Georgia Tech and Georgia State or attending pro baseball, basketball, or football games, Atlantans love their sports. The city also boasts a robust arts and culture scene, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art. And from trendy restaurants in Buckhead to Southern comfort joints in Midtown, great eats abound!
Atlanta attracts a diverse population, so odds favor finding your “type” somewhere in this bustling city. However, stats show that single women outnumber single men by about 80,000 (one of the largest such gaps in the country), which can be good news or bad depending on your preferences.