Like any other state, people have their pre-set stereotypes about Georgia. Well, if you know anyone contemplating moving to Georgia, this list will help set them straight. Here are 10 surprising things you may not expect when moving to Georgia:
The weather in Georgia is of course hot as all get-out in the summer, BUT it also gets really, really cold in the winter!
The traffic can get really bad near major metropolitan areas in Georgia. In fact, traffic in the Atlanta metropolitan area is some of the worst in the country.
3. It's not all country land.
When people think of Georgia, they may think cows, horses and rolling fields of cotton. While we do have that, that's not the whole picture of this great state. We have gorgeous mountains, beach side resorts and huge cities. Georgia is definitely a versatile state for sure!
4. Public transportation isn't all that great.
If you're moving from a northern city similar to New York or Philadelphia and you're expecting to continue riding public transportation, you'll be sorely disappointed. Yes, the subway is okay if you live near the city of Atlanta, (and there's also a bus line,) but it still needs a lot of improvement!
5. It's really diverse here.
Despite what others may think, Georgia is a culturally rich state. We have many ethnic conclaves and tons of businesses owned by minorities. Georgia is a great place full of many diverse groups.
6. We're also really educated.
Georgia has dozens of nationally ranked schools, colleges, and universities. According to the Department of Education, between 53-60% of Georgians will have college degrees by 2020.
7. It's expensive to live in some areas.
Even though it is true that Georgia as a whole has a cheaper cost of living than other places, it's still expensive in some parts of the state--particularly near Savannah and the city of Atlanta.
8. Highway 285 is a big circle.
When you visit Atlanta for the first time, you'll probably get caught on the 285 loop, which is basically full of people not knowing that 285 is one big circle! It's common for newcomers to get stuck going all the way around the city before they realize what's going on!
9. Anything outside of the city of Atlanta is not Atlanta.
Many Georgians tell their out-of-state family members that they live in Atlanta when they actually live 30 miles away from the city. Here in Georgia, if you live in Conyers, you say you live in Conyers--not Atlanta!
10. There's tons of green space.
You'd be surprised to know that much of Georgia is still green. As a result, we have more outdoor space to enjoy and more nature than other states with big cities. That's something we're very proud of!
What do you think about these notions? Are they true or not? Do you have anything to say to people thinking about moving to Georgia? Tell them in the comments below!