3 must-know facts about living in the Atlanta region

November 26, 2017

Thousands of Americans have their sights set on Atlanta, Georgia, for their next move. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, this metro area came in No. 4 for largest population increases in the U.S. in 2016. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that close to 5.7 million citizens now call Atlanta home, a 1.6 percent increase from 2015.

In addition to the massive influx in population, the jobs economy is strong. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that total non-farm employment increased 2.5 percent year over year in September 2017, amounting to 2,752,900 positions. Of the largest dozen metro areas in the country, Atlanta was No. 2 for rate of job growth and No. 3 for number of jobs added – both impressive figures that surely contribute to the increasing population.

With so many new people flocking to Atlanta, it’s inevitable that many will need storage space, whether to help with their move or stash away seasonal yet valued items. As such, SecurCare Self Storage is excited to welcome 12 new Atlanta area storage facilities:

There’s always something new to learn about this exciting, vibrant Georgia city. Here are three must-know facts about living in the Atlanta area:

1. Clean energy is celebrated

In May 2017, Atlanta became the 27th U.S. city to set an official goal to adopt clean energy, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The city is aiming to convert all government buildings so they run purely on renewable energy sources by the year 2025. Within the decade that follows, it intends to update the entire city so it relies solely on renewable sources.

The move is expected to bring about myriad benefits, including cost savings on the government and citizens as well as a generally more healthy atmosphere. City council member Kwanza Hall noted it will be good for the job scene as well.

“We know that moving to clean energy will create good jobs, clean up our air and water and lower our residents’ utility bills,” Hall said, according to the Journal-Constitution. ” … We have to set an ambitious goal or we’re never going to get there.”

Atlanta has set ambitious renewable energy goals.Atlanta aims to become 100 percent powered by renewable energy by 2035.

2. Sometimes the weather gets intense

Atlanta generally has a mild climate, and residents can expect to enjoy all four seasons. But sometimes, the weather can become dangerous, and it’s important for residents to watch out for these instances.

A winter storm at the beginning of 2017 prompted Gov. Nathan Deal to issue a state of emergency spanning 78 counties, according to local ABC affiliate station WSB-TV 2.

Additionally, Hurricane Irma had a major impact on Atlanta and the surrounding region. Strong winds trailing off the hurricane’s path led to dozens of school closures across the region for a few days at the beginning of September 2017, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.

Citizens are wise to prepare for these events by having snow removal equipment, salt or sand to make walkways safer during icy conditions and a space to store their outdoor essentials like patio furniture or toys during the stormier times of the year.

3. High-quality education is abundant

Atlanta isn’t just a great place to live; it’s also a great place to learn. The region is the proud home to Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, and the list goes on. In fact, according to College Simply, there are a total of 53 colleges within a 50-mile radius of Atlanta.

All these educational opportunities helped local teen Kimora Hudson expand her knowledge from a young age. At just 13 years old, ninth grader Kimora enrolled in a dual-study program at the University of West Georgia, becoming the youngest student on campus, according to the Journal-Constitution.

Kimora’s mom Fawn Hudson always encouraged her daughter’s educational journey, enrolling her in online programs through Duke University and a residency program with Vanderbilt University. Kimora said she would like to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is headquartered near Atlanta as well.

Whether you’re a student, a long-time resident or new to the Atlanta area, there are plenty of self storage options for you. Contact SecurCare Self Storage to find your perfect location.

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