Atlanta is the capitol of the state of Georgia, with the metropolitan area being the 8th most populous area in the United States of America. It is no surprise considering that many large sized companies elect to establish their headquarters here.
Additionally, the Japanese cultural and economic presence is very alive and well in Atlanta. The Japanese Consulate General’s office, as well as a myriad of other Japanese companies, societies, and events truly creates a unique Japanese-American community that everyone can be a part of.
Heartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is one of the world’s busiest airports and has been serving as a critical hub for not only passengers but logistic services for more than 10 years. Additionally, an interstate highway system links Atlanta with other large cities across the nation. Since major highways are toll-free, anyone can easily visit several state parks and explore the Greater Atlanta area.
For public transportation, Atlanta is home to MARTA (the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transport Authority). Working in tandem with surrounding entities such as CCT (Cobb Community Transit) and GCT (Gwinnett Community Transit), Atlanta’s public transportation provides accessibility to many of the most populous areas via trains and buses. Elderly and disabled accommodations are also available.
Atlanta is located in the south-eastern United States and experiences relatively mild temperatures and weather conditions. Atlanta sees all four seasons, and is often free from the threat of hurricanes due to its separation from the ocean. While Atlanta is a metropolitan city, it also manages to retain the elements of forestry the state is known for. Non-natives are quick to state that they have never seen so much greenery!
The weather in Atlanta also allows for relatively reliable air-transportation across the seasons.
Predictable weather patterns typically project temperatures reaching about 95°F at the peak of summer, while winter temperatures hover amidst the upper 20°F’s.
The average annual rainfall is 50.2 inches (1,280 mm), while snowfall is typically light at around 2.1 inches (5.3 cm) per year. On very rare occasions, it may snow lightly every few years.
Atlanta is home to many famous universities such as Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Emory University, which are institutions for researchers and scholars alike. Similarly, there is a number of Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU).
There are many attractions in Atlanta, such as a the Coca-Cola Museum as well as gardens, aquariums, and theaters. Atlanta is also home to the Atlanta Braves (MLB), the Atlanta Falcons (NFL), and the Atlanta Hawks (NBA). With each of the stadiums being in the city, things are always lively at any point in the year.
Many Fortune 500 companies, such as the Coca-Cola Company, the Home Depot, Delta Air Lines, and AT&T Mobility set their headquarters in Atlanta metropolitan area. The city focuses on multiple industries in order to create a balanced economy. Trading companies take the advantage of the location to develop their businesses, with logistics in Atlanta being of great benefit for manufacturers in the area.
Additionally, with a well-known governmental institute sitting in the city, Atlanta also has become an important city when it comes to healthcare and biomedical research. The IT industry is another growing industry.
In recent years, due to the stable weather and affordable price, Atlanta has become a new star city for filming as well. With the CNN's HQ located in the heart of the city, Atlanta is currently the leading city for media-related businesses in the United States.