Atlanta vs. Nashville: Where Should You Move?

by Dusty Rhodes on Mar 19, 2021  in 
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Do you prefer the country vibe of the Music City or the sprawling metropolis of “Hotlanta?” When it comes to choosing where to live, these two southern cities both have a lot to offer. Both cities are considered to be miniature versions of New York City, with their flair for live music and entertainment and both stack up pretty well when it comes to amenities and things to do. However, if you are trying to decide which city is right for you, let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of both cities so you can get a feel for which one is the right fit for you.


Nicknamed the Music City, this southern Tennessee city is known for its love of all things country. From the famous Grand Ole Opry House to Ryman Auditorium, Nashville is home to some of the best music venues in the country. This traditionally southern city also has all the charm you would expect from a southern town along with the amenities you would find in a big city. This “it-city” is ranked among the best places to live in America according to U.S. News and World Report and it won’t take long to see why.


Nashville is also among the fastest growing cities thanks to its booming job market. With an unemployment rate of just 2%, it doesn’t usually take residents long to find a job. In fact, Nashville has ranked among the top 5 cities in the country for job growth so it’s a great place to start a new career. Not only is Nashville a great place to find a job, but it’s also one of the most affordable big cities to live. The median home price in Nashville is just over $200,000 while the average rent is just $869. It has even been ranked #12 for real estate investment markets. Furthermore, Tennessee is one of only six states that does not have a state income tax so that means more money in your pocket!


Although the climate in Nashville is generally mild compared to other northern cities, you can expect very hot summers and high humidity. If you can endure the sticky hot summers, you will find that the winters are generally mild and snowfall is rare.


Nashville also proudly boasts a fantastic restaurant and bar scene. If you love spicy food, barbeque, and southern fare, you are in for a treat. Hot chicken is one of the city’s staples and you will also find a number of fabulous local restaurants featuring unique southern cuisine. In addition to great food Nashville offers exciting nightlife, great sports, and loads of live music venues. With so much to do, however, be prepared to endure lots of traffic. The city lacks adequate public transportation so you should plan to sit in traffic jams. Overall, however, Nashville is an exciting city that offers everything you want from a big city at a price you can actually afford.



Packed with awesome sports teams, great neighborhoods, a world-class airport and exciting attractions, Atlanta is considered by many to be the most exciting city in the south. Not only is Atlanta the capital of Georgia, but it’s also the state’s largest cultural and economic center. It’s the combination of this booming economy and a low cost of living that draw many newcomers to this southern city.


Atlanta is a great city for those who love the arts, music, and entertainment. There are plenty of places to enjoy live theater, shows, music, and more and it is even the place to be for those who want to be part of the action. Atlanta has been nicknamed the “Hollywood of the South” thanks to big film and television productions that take place in the city. It also plays host to a number of music festivals, art festivals, and street fairs so there is always something fun and exciting to do.


Atlanta is also a great place to find a job and offer plenty of opportunities for young professionals. With 16 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the city, along with universities, and hospitals, Atlanta has plenty of opportunities for job seekers. Not only will you be able to find a good job, but Atlanta is also a very affordable place to live and the cost of living is just slightly higher than Nashville.


Do be prepared for some hot and humid weather in Atlanta. Nicknamed “Hotlanta” for its extreme heat and humidity, summers in this southern city can be scorchers.  Much like Nashville, you also need to be prepared for heavy traffic. Despite the heat and traffic, Atlanta has plenty of great things to offer including fabulous restaurants, thrilling sports teams, great live music and entertainment, and access to the outdoors.

Making Your Decision

Moving to a new city is a big decision and one that requires a great deal of thought and planning. Both Nashville and Atlanta have great things to offer and loads of amenities that would appeal to new residents. Make a list of which priorities are most important to you and decide which city will best fit your needs.

Dusty Rhodes