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City Guide
What'll ya have?

Atlanta's has an array of rental options. It is a sprawling place where land is not at a diamond premium as in other premier cities. Expect to encounter amenity-rich complexes with functions, fountains, and racquetball. There are downtown high-rises and bungalows in the social heart of the city. Also, with summer temperatures well over 90 degrees many of the apartment communities have awesome ways to help you beat the heat: outdoor areas with built in bbqs, pools and gyms. Some choose row houses near universities and in developing neighborhoods. Yes, you can even live near the Varsity if you crave those hot dogs that much... What'll ya have:

Cumberland-Smyrna: Edge cities to Atlanta, the Cumberland-Smyrna areas are scaled down amalgams of financial districts and mega-family centric zones. Home to offices (more space here than in Miami), malls, hotels, and, recently, The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. This area, especially if you work herein, is one of those places you may rarely leave. It's clean and has a little bit, but enough of everything to keep you content. Of course, if it's more of Hotlanta you seek, downtown is 10 miles Southeast. Complexes galore in this area with 1 BR apartments at $600 - $900 per month - be selective at the lower end; the higher end of this range can include non-standard features such as jacuzzi tub in unit, or bonus rooms. 2 BR pads available for around $1,050.

Emory-Deactur: Technically, one of the nation's premier universities has an Atlanta zip code, but it reaches into abutting Decatur to fulfill some of it housing, dining, and general entertainment overflow. This is a clean, historic district of Atlanta et al. With quaintly titled neighborhoods like Briarvista and Druid Hills, you can either expect this area to be green space peppered, comfortable and satisfying, or the setting of a David Lynch movie. From experience, I assure you it's the former. You'll find a smattering of cozy parks, restaurants, cafés, and tree-canopied walks in these environs. If you want nightlife, you can go either 2, 4, or 6 miles away (Brookwood, Virginia Highlands, and Buckhead Village, respectively) depending on the desired amount you wish to retain of memory, the next morning, in Emory. Expect to pay around $800 - $900 for a 1 BR in a professionally managed building. 2 BR places have a wide range of $1,000 - $1,500 and tend to feather into Atlanta's more tony nooks.

Brookwood: In between midtown Atlanta and its iconic Buckhead neighborhood, Brookwood lies magically close to downtown and major business districts, and has easy highway access. Brookwood has much big city appeal but is largely shielded from big city encroachment. This is especially true of Brookwood Hills - one of Atlanta's most exclusive neighborhoods, with a one-road-in, one-road-out design. What Brookwood Hills may lack in complex infrastructure, they more than make up for with a tireless enthusiasm for political ping-pong. In fact, putting a cold stop to Brookwood proper’s planned expansion is their pet (with emerald encrusted collar) project. Brookwood is a small, non-touristy area with a nice offering of walkable restaurants, parks, and nighttime outposts. Brookwood Hills... forget about it. Not without the password.One bedroom apartments starting around $900; two bedroom apartments around $1,250.

Buckhead: Originally dotted with estates and rolling hills, Modern Buckhead is now home to an abundance of mansions and has been known (at various times) as the wealthiest, most chic, most exclusive area of Atlanta with little exception, as well as the one most out of favor with other Atlantans. Buckhead apartments are known for being very well appointed, having the best amenities. It's almost a given that any unit you rent will have in-unit washer and dryer, hardwood floors and of course air conditioning. A lot of buildings in this area will also full time doormen to receive packages and let guests into the building.

Buckhead Village (the more urban section of Buckhead): received its share of funny looks when it began its pursuit to corner the market on Atlanta's nightlife. The good news - they succeeded. The bad news - they succeeded. For a short time, Buckhead Village was a destination in and of itself. That gave way to nightly, rowdy gatherings. While fun for a while, and certainly a boon to local coffers, Buckhead knew it was time for an utter rebranding. While this plan was taking effect, Buckhead Village became increasingly unpleasant with a "nobody really goes there anymore" feeling. Now, Buckhead, specifically the village, is thoroughly successful in its reinvention. It's fancy, and well heeled (it never stopped being the latter - its fall from grace was precipitous bet reversible). Still, and once again, the largest concentration of luxury hotels, dining, and shopping are within easy reach in Buckhead. 1 BR $900 - $1,200. 2 BR $1,200 - $1,550.

Virginia Highlands: Many cities refer to unique enclaves and niches within their limits as "villages." This usually translates into "small and wealthy". Virginia Highlands is a village, seven, in fact, that comprise a prism of residential settings with opportunities for relaxing, exercising, people watching, diversion, and money spending. With sidewalk cafés, bistros, trendy dining, parks, pets, boutiques featuring the sublime to the far out, Virginia Highlands has a deceptively comprehensive urban vibe. It's as if Epcot designed it - X paired oddly, but perfectly next to Y and it goes on for several blocks, then stops. Bungalows and craftily built homes largely define Virginia Highlands residential landscape - a sweet respite from big. Figure $850 per person per BR and you won't go wrong.

What won't ya have?

An unmanageable problem with paperwork or pets. Atlanta is large with a good combination of family, wealth, and bohemian - that translates into choice and general flexibility. Most non-home apartments have weight limits on pets that tend to run on the high side. Chances are Fido is welcomed. Some top it at 35 lbs. so assume nothing. Metro Atlanta has around 24 dog parks, making it one of the best cities to find a pet friendly apartment in. Cat parks - Zero - but millions of laundry hampers and windowsills.

Lack of traffic. The Weather Channel ranks Atlanta the third worst city in the U.S. for traffic, which is like Hooters stating that Montpelier, VT is the third hardest state capital to spell. Both companies are based in Atlanta anyway. Yet Atlanta doesn't balance out choking road congestion with a welcoming, convenient public transit system. It's good, but not Atlanta Braves, 11 playoff appearances in a row good. Keep your car. And if you're keeping your car, make sure that you've got your parking options at your apartment covered. Assigned parking and covered parking are common, but finding a garage is more unusual, unless you are looking to live in the more dense downtown area.

An ability to buy beer, wine, or liquor in stores on Sundays.

That pretty much covers it.

The view is great from Terminal D

Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the world's largest in terms of passengers. In fact, the number of passengers annually transiting through ATL (88,000,000) is over 200 times the size of the ATL itself. What does that mean? In a nutshell, a peanut shell (this is Georgia after all) Atlanta is big and small. The metropolitan area is enormous statistically, while the city itself is relatively compact (around 420,000). As such, some of the desirable neighborhoods in Atlanta, aren't actually in The Big Peach - but close enough to easily be called the peach fuzz.

Rent Report

September 2017 Atlanta Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2017 Atlanta Rent Report. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Atlanta rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro and nation.

Atlanta rents increase sharply over the past month

Atlanta rents have increased 0.6% over the past month, and are up moderately by 2.6% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Atlanta stand at $1,010 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,170 for a two-bedroom. This is the seventh straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in January. Atlanta's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 3.5%, as well as the national average of 3.0%.

Rents rising across the Atlanta Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Atlanta, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Atlanta metro, all of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Douglasville has the least expensive rents in the Atlanta metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,160; the city has also experienced the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 10.3%.
  • Over the past month, Newnan has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 0.8%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,190, while one-bedrooms go for $1,030.
  • Alpharetta has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Atlanta metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,430; rents fell 0.2% over the past month but rose 3.1% over the past year.

Atlanta rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

Rent growth in Atlanta has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases; in contrast, rents in a few cities have actually declined. Atlanta is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

  • Other cities across the state have seen rents increase, with Georgia as a whole logging rent growth of 3.5% over the past year.
  • Atlanta's median two-bedroom rent of $1,170 is slightly above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 3.0% over the past year compared to the 2.6% increase in Atlanta.
  • While rents in Atlanta remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Seattle (+5.4%), Charlotte (+3.9%), and Augusta (+2.9%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,710, $1,110, and $760 respectively.
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Atlanta than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,070, which is more than two-and-a-half times the price in Atlanta.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Atlanta $1,010 $1,170 0.6% 2.6%
Roswell $1,200 $1,390 0.4% 9.0%
Alpharetta $1,230 $1,430 -0.2% 3.1%
Marietta $1,120 $1,300 0.1% 6.5%
Smyrna $1,070 $1,230 0.2% 3.4%
Newnan $1,030 $1,190 -0.8% 6.1%
Douglasville $1,000 $1,160 0.9% 10.3%
Kennesaw $1,180 $1,370 1.3% 5.1%
Lawrenceville $1,130 $1,310 0.0% 4.5%
Duluth $1,220 $1,400 0.4% 3.7%
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Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.


Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

Atlanta Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Atlanta ranks on:
B+ Overall satisfaction
C+ Safety and crime rate
B+ Jobs and career opportunities
B Recreational activities
B+ Affordability
C+ Quality of schools
B+ Weather
C+ Commute time
B+ State and local taxes
B- Public transit
C+ Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
Full data available when viewing on a non-mobile device.
Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released Atlanta's results from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters nationwide, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters across the country.

"Atlanta renters expressed general satisfaction with the city, with average or above average scores across most categories," says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “This city seems to be especially popular for young renters.”

Key findings in Atlanta include the following:

  • Atlanta renters give their city a B+ overall for satisfaction.
  • The city's renters give Atlanta a score of B+ for weather, state and local taxes, and cost of living. These are the city’s highest ratings.
  • Other well-rated aspects of the city were its access to major roads and freeways, and access to parks. Both of these received a B rating from Atlanta’s renters.
  • Renters here seem to be primarily concerned about the quality of local schools and safety (C+), as well as commute times. Toni G., a renter in Atlanta, shared: “I love how convenient/close it is to get anywhere but the traffic is always bad at all times of the day.”
  • Millennial renters seem to really enjoy living in Atlanta, giving it an above average rating of A- satisfaction overall. Renters who are parents gave the city an average satisfaction rating of C overall.
  • Renters in Savannah, GA gave the city an overall satisfaction rating of A-. Nashville, TN received a B+, and Charlotte, NC received an A-.
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.

Renters say:

  • “Atlanta is the land of opportunities. There’s a little bit of everything for everyone. The city isn’t too big or too small. Although the weather is so bipolar.” —Stefanii
  • “I appreciate the cost of living in my city…Since I am a senior, my income seems to go further, primarily because of lower taxes and rents, especially with the amenities you receive at many of the rental properties.” —Yvonne S.