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Moving to Georgia? Here’s What You Need to Know

Mary Ellen Vanaken

Mary Ellen was born and raised in Long Island, New York. After graduating from college, she worked on Wall Street for JP Morgan in New York City...

Mary Ellen was born and raised in Long Island, New York. After graduating from college, she worked on Wall Street for JP Morgan in New York City...

Jul 15 5 minutes read

If you’re thinking about relocating to Georgia, you may be wondering what types of jobs are available. Fortunately, this article can help give you answers to some of the most pressing questions you may have. 

Today, The Mary Ellen Vanaken Team outlines everything you need to know about relocating, the job market, and what kind of housing options are available. We’ll also discuss what you need to know about the cost of living in Georgia.


State of the Job Market 

Georgia’s unemployment rate has consistently been below the national average, and job growth in Georgia has outpaced that of most states over the past year. 

The unemployment rate in Georgia is 3.1%, which is lower than the US unemployment rate of 3.6%. So if you’re planning on finding a new job once you arrive, you’ll find many opportunities.


Cities Best Suited for Job Searching

Various factors will determine which city is best suited for job hunting, but many experts agree that Atlanta is the most popular place to find a job. Atlanta is a large and growing city with a diverse economy, so there are jobs in a variety of industries. 

The cost of living in Atlanta is also relatively low compared to other states. The average home is priced at around $390,000. As far as rentals go, you can expect to pay around $1,800 on average a month for an apartment in Atlanta. This is lower than big cities like Los Angeles or New York City.

Food and entertainment costs are slightly below the national average, with a meal for two averaging around $50.


Finding Housing 

If you’re planning to move to Georgia, you’ll need to find a home. The good news is that you have a lot of options. Georgia has a very diverse housing market, which means you have a lot of different neighborhoods to choose from. And second, housing and rental properties are comparatively affordable.


Finding Employment

In order to find a job in Georgia, you’ll need to know where to look. If you’re thinking about relocating to the state, you may want to start your job search early. Many employers in Georgia will look at applications from people who apply early in the hiring process, so it’s important to start looking now. 

Most cities and states have job search resources online. The Georgia Department of Economic Development offers job search resources online, and the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce also has a job search website. 

People who are looking for jobs may also want to consider networking with people in the industry they want to work in. People in your field may know of job openings that have already been filled, or they may know of other people they trust who might know of openings, as well.


Finding a Doctor

The next step is to get set up with a new doctor. Luckily, these days, you have no shortage of options – including online. In fact, you can get set up and schedule your doctors appointment from the privacy of your own home.

Starting a Business

Georgia is a business-friendly state with many opportunities to network. Once you have a great business idea, the next step is to put together a business plan. This document will outline your business goals, strategies, and how you plan to achieve them. It will also include information on your target market, your competition, and your marketing and sales plans. Once you have a business plan in place, the final step is to start putting your plans into action. This means finding funding, building a team of employees or contractors, and developing your product or service. With hard work and dedication, you can turn your great business idea into a successful reality.


Bottom Line

Moving to a new state can be a challenging process, and relocating to Georgia is no exception. Knowing where to look for jobs and finding a place to rent can make the transition a little easier. 

With the right preparation, moving to Georgia can be a rewarding experience, and you may end up loving the state so much that you decide to stay.


The Mary Ellen Vanaken Team can help you find your dream home in the Alpharetta area. Call 678-665-2887.

Article via Jim Vogel with Elder Action. Image via Pinterest.

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