Metro Atlanta offers an exceptionally high quality of life at a comparatively low cost.

Lower cost of living in Atlanta for major expenses like housing, clothing, food and gasoline help keep the region’s cost of living below the U.S. average - and well below those of most major metropolitan areas. In 2013, the cost of living in Atlanta Georgia index averaged 95.3, below the national average of 100 (C2ER Cost of Living Index, 2013). That’s despite the fact that the Atlanta region is the now the 9th largest metro area in the nation, with a population of 5.5 million. Its quality of life and lower costs have not gone unnoticed: since 2000, metro Atlanta has grown by more than 1.1 million people – a 26 percent increase in 12 years.