Moving to Georgia

If you are considering a move to Georgia, there are likely many things you will want to know about our great state. With that in mind, here are some answers to FAQs about Georgia living. We even have a list of our very best places to live in Georgia. For more information than we can place in this one webpage buy the book Relocating to Atlanta and Surrounding Areas: Everything You Need to Know Before You Move and After You Get There!.

CockSpur Lighthouse of Georgia

Georgia Employment:

Georgia has jobs for everyone. Whether you work in electronics, computers, manufacturing, office skills, or education and anything in between, you should have no trouble finding a job. The unemployment rate in Georgia is low compared to some states thanks to the diversity of jobs. Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 27.67%. Georgia is home to many large employers like Coca Cola, UPS, Atlanta Hartsfield Airport, AFLAC, SunTrust banks, The Home Depot, and Rubbermaid to name a few.

The job market is tough everywhere, but it's better here than in many places. Look at our Georgia job search page for ideas on finding work in the state and what tools to use to locate jobs.

Georgia is a leader in farming and other agrarian industries. Learn more about Georgia's agrarian industry.

Georgia Taxes & Cost of Living:

Georgia sales tax rate is 7.00%. Income tax is 5.89%.

Our cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means it is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means it is more expensive.

Overall, Georgia, GA cost of living is 88.17.

The income per capita is $24,930, which includes all adults and children. The median household income is $48,156.

With a low cost of living in Georgia you can enjoy shopping even more at the great malls of Georgia.


Homes in Georgia

The median home value in Georgia was $228,400 in 2008 and was 192,000 in May 2010. Despite this drop it's still much better than some states. Home appreciation is 0.32% over 2007. Renters make up 29.11% of the population. The vacancy rate is 8.18% of houses and apartments. It should be noted that the numbers above have changed with the recent real estate depression. Talk to a local Realtor to get the most recent numbers and to get help in navigating this new market. There are great opportunities for buyers and a Georgia real estate agent will know where to look.

Georgia has quiet neighborhoods, even in its largest cities, that are great for rearing your family. In smaller towns there are still many of the conveniences of the big city—you may just have to drive a bit to get to them. One community that is close to Atlanta but still has everything you want is Suwanee. Look at the Edgewater neighborhood for a great quality of living for a reasonable price. This little town has made some positive changes recently that are making it a very desirable place to live.

To find your way around Georgia use our map of Georgia cities that is an easy to use and adaptable map that can be printed or shared with your friends and family via blogs, email, and wireless phones.

When are you ready to move to the peach state, consider getting a Georgia Self Storage to temporarily store your items while you start your house hunt. This will give you the ability to search for the perfect house, without feeling pressured you have to find something right away. The real estate market in Georgia is quite diverse, so you want to make sure you look as many properties as possible.

Crime in Georgia

In Georgia violent crime, on a scale from 1 (low crime) to 10, is 3. Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The US average is 3.

Georgia property crime, on a scale from 1 (low) to 10, is 3. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. The US average is 3.

Georgia has been under attack from illegal immigration, but has been fighting this community destroying crime. The citizens of Georgia have spoken and some lawmakers have taken notice and are passing legislation to stop this crime and repair the damage that it has caused so far. Expect more action from Georgia lawmakers and legal citizens to fight this crime. Once we can stop all the grandstanding from politicians (This is directed at you Gwinnett County) and start taking real action this will be a problem/crime of the past.


Education in Georgia

Georgia has some great schools both public and private, but before you move to a new community it's best to check out the school system and the schools your children will be attending. An example is Clayton County that recently lost accreditation making in an undesirable place to move for those that care about their children's education. For private schools review our page on private schools in Georgia that has a list of the best private schools.

The Georgia schools spend $4,963 per student. There are 15 pupils per teacher, 402 students per librarian, and 622 children per counselor in schools.

Enrolling in Kindergarten in Georgia : What You Need To Know

To be eligible for kindergarten, your child must be at least 5 years of age.

Georgia state law requires that your child be 5 years old on or before September 1 of the school year in which he will begin kindergarten. However, if you lived in another state for 2 or more years before moving to Georgia and your child attended kindergarten there, she may begin kindergarten in Georgia if her fifth birthday is before December 31.

Although most states are fairly strict in enforcing the deadline date (if your child is not 5 by the designated deadline, he must wait until the following year to start kindergarten), some school districts may allow parents to enroll their children if they turn 5 in the middle of the school year. Most districts choose not to make an exception for these students because of space constraints and possible complications around promotion to first grade. If you feel strongly that your child should start kindergarten and his birthday does not meet the state deadline, it's worth contacting the school district office to see if they will make an exception.

You may be asked to provide the following:

• Proof of your child's age and identity
• Proof of residence, or any official document showing both your name and address.
• Records of vaccination and immunization against specified diseases.

Home Schooling in Georgia

If you are a homeschooler, then be sure to check out the material on or for current information and local groups to be involved in.

Religion & Politics in Georgia

In Georgia 44.51% of the people are religious. This means that they affiliate with a religion. The affiliation breakdown is as follows: 4.56% Catholic; 34.89% Protestant; 0.56% LDS; 2.92% are another Christian faith; 1.08% Jewish; 0.07% an eastern faith, and 0.45% affiliate with Islam.

Registered voters include 41.17%, are Democrats, 58.19% are Republican. And the remaining are independent: 0.65%.


Georgia Arts & Culture

Georgia has a unique and thriving arts and cultural scene. From painters like David Boyd Jr. to musicians like REM and the Zac Brown Band Georgia constantly produces top rate talent. If you like music visit Athens, Georgia for a great local scene. For paintings and drawings check out Savannah and the work of local artist and SCAD students.

The South has produced unique writing for the last couple of hundred years and there are many Georgia authors you’ll want to learn more about and read their writings.

* These figures have changed since this report and will change again, but these numbers are a good comparison to other locations.

Cockspur Lighthouse photo by Savannah Grandfather
Church Photo by Hyku