Best Cities 2010: Atlanta, GA

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Best Cities 2010: Atlanta, GA

Dr. King started the civil rights movement here, and now Atlanta, Georgia has one of the highest teacher-student ratios in the country

City: Atlanta

State: Georgia

Best Cities Overall Rank: 86

About Atlanta:

Atlanta is the only city in North America that has been destroyed by fire as an act of war. (Rhett and Scarlett were there!). It’s also home to the Atlanta Ballet, the oldest ballet company in the nation.

Dr Martin Luther King started the worldwide civil rights movement in Atlanta. The Centennial Olympic Games were held here in 1996. Atlanta’s teacher-student ratio of 13.1 to 1 is one of the highest in the country.


County: Fulton

Population: 537,958

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitors’ bureau website

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta blogs:

My Brown Baby
Toddlers, Tech and Stilettos
Kim’s Blank Canvas

Atlanta‘s Facebook page: Follow Atlanta on Facebook

Atlanta‘s Twitter page: Follow Atlanta on Twitter


Education rank: 20

High School graduation rate 2008: 71.70%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 15

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 2.78

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 47

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 8.73

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 260

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 13.30

Total Expenditures Per Student: $13,780


Health rank: 84

Quality children’s hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.18

Quality Pediatricians: 3

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.55

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 4.33


Safety rank: 79

Violent Crimes, 2008: 7,403

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 1,376.12

Sex Offenders: 1002

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 186.26


Economy rank: 83

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 26.2

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 10.80

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1000.56

Median Home Sale Price: $180,900

5-Year Home Value Index: -3.75%

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 0.49.68%


Recreation Rank: 74

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 3,786

Photo courtesy of Daneil Mayer