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Moving to Georgia (Part 1): The Best Atlanta Suburbs for Education, Arts, and Sustainability

May 9, 2018 | Moving

Between cultural, ethnic, and geographic diversity and historical significance, Atlanta has a lot to offer people living in and moving to the area. Atlanta is made up of a complex network of neighborhoods in its Metroplex. While the urban areas of Midtown, Downtown, and Buckhead are attractive for professionals and artists, the best Atlanta Suburbs attract people from all over the world.

The greater Atlanta Metro is connected by MARTA, the region’s public transportation network and Atlanta’s suburbs attract millions of tourists annually. The cultural heritage and historical significance of many of the best Atlanta Suburbs support local economies with endless festivals, activities, and another event that also serve to keep locals engaged with their community.

Moving season is well underway, and people are relocating all over the country. For many, moving signals the start of a new career after graduating from college. For others, moving to a new town offers the opportunity to start anew after a major life transition.

From Decatur and Stone Mountain to Marietta and Mableton, we look at some of the best Atlanta Suburbs for education, arts, and sustainability by combing through data from Neighborhood Scout and

The Best Atlanta Suburb for Sustainable Living

Norcross, GA

PlayScore: 39 out of 100 Score: 6-9 out of 10
Average Commute Time: 32 minutes
Median Home Price: $135,085

When it comes to sustainability, Norcross is a shining example of an eco-friendly, or green city.  Sustainability refers to development (buildings, homes, and parks) that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Norcross is Green Communities Platinum Certified (only one other Atlanta Suburb, Decatur, shares this level of eco-friendly distinction).

Obtaining a Green Community certificate is voluntary and requires Atlanta Suburb city governments (who choose to participate) to implement sustainable policies and practices in areas such as green building, energy efficiency, water use reduction, and more. Sustainable Norcross frequently hosts public information sessions and contests to engage and educate residents about the benefits of living a green lifestyle.

Located 25-minutes from Downtown Atlanta via I-85, Norcross is a hip, eclectic town full of music, food, and art. During the summer months, residents attend farmers’ markets, 4th of July Festivals, and flock to the free outdoor summer concert series in Thrasher Park.

Organizing and Moving in Norcross

Historic Downtown Norcross features century-old brick buildings and row houses that allow residents to walk to and from shops and restaurants easily. However, most people will choose to live in one of the 21 Norcross Neighborhoods—amongst the most expensive neighborhoods are Peachtree Corners and City Center while communities like Lia Hills Drive and Rockbridge offer more affordable housing options.

Norcross housing options include a nice mix of single-family homes, townhomes, and apartment complexes. As such, there is a high demand for renting storage units during moving, organizing, and downsizing projects.

Located less than 5-miles from Downtown Norcross, our climate-controlled Norcross storage units come in handy for everything from staging a home for resale to organizing closets and garages. Locals looking to create a little more space in their homes can turn to Metro Self Storage conveniently located at 5094 Singleton Road around the corner from Jalisco Super Market and across the street from Food Depot #55 for affordable, temporary storage solutions.

The Best Atlanta Suburb for Getting a Great Education

Marietta, GA  

PlayScore: 52 out of 100
Great Schools: 10
Average Commute Time: 15-30 minutes
Median Home Price: $211,500

For the segment of the population that prefers to rent rather than own a home, the Atlanta suburb of Marietta hosts more multifamily dwellings than many nearby cities. The most walkable Marietta neighborhoods are Oakton, Barrett Green, and Hardage Farm. More people rent than own homes in Marietta, and with the population brimming with almost 60,000 people, it is the 13th largest community in Georgia.

Marietta’s mild winter temperatures, it rarely drops below freezing making it attractive for residents who want to escape apartment life any time of year. Not just a College Town, Marietta is a great place to raise a family thanks to it’s highly rated schools. Marietta is also a trendy tourist destination, which means outdoor festivals and activities create a lively, vibrant atmosphere year round.

Elementary and High Schools, Universities, and Trade Schools in Marietta

Residents living within Marietta’s city limits send their children to Marietta City Schools, which include award-winning charter schools as well as a choice of schools that focus on different areas of academics.

Marietta is the home of several college campuses, including the Marietta campus of Chattahoochee Technical College; Kennesaw State University; Life University, which specializes in chiropractic medicine; and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University located near Dobbins Air Reserve Base. The variety of higher education institutions in Marietta gets our vote for one of the best Atlanta Suburbs for getting your degree.

Organizing and Moving in Marietta

Marietta Housing options range from small studio and two bedroom apartments to three bedrooms, two-bathroom houses. Due to the large number of apartments, colleges, and universities, there is a high demand for student storage units in Marietta. While college students can utilize short-term storage unit rentals, people moving into a new home often rent larger climate-controlled storage units as well as parking spaces for RV, boat, and commercial vehicle storage.

From staging a home for resale to organizing closets and garages, residents looking to create a little more space in their homes can turn to Metro Self Storage conveniently located on 1515  Cobb Parkway North in Marietta.

The Best Atlanta Suburb for People Who Love Arts and Culture

Lawrenceville, GA

PlayScore: 67 out of 100
Walk Score: 29 Score: Varies greatly by zip code
Median Home Price: $206,934

Located approximately 25 miles north of Atlanta, Lawrenceville is surrounded by performing arts, great dining, and unique shops. It’s why it gets our vote for one of the best Atlanta Suburbs for the arts and culture. History buffs will enjoy the Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament that combines a theater experience with centuries-old sport and dining in one memorable experience.

Lawrenceville’s revitalized Historic Downtown offers shopping, dining, and entertainment all within easy walking distance from nearby neighborhoods. For anyone seeking to further their education, Lawrenceville is home to a number of higher educational opportunities including Georgia Gwinnett College, the nation’s first four-year public college created more than 100 years ago.

Organizing and Moving in Lawrenceville

People moving to Lawrenceville can utilize short-term storage while they find the perfect neighborhood to call home. A population of over 30,000 people and 31 neighborhoods to choose from making Lawrenceville Georgia’s 31st largest community. Families who are moving to this Atlanta Metro ‘Burb can easily rent larger climate-controlled storage units.

Whether organizing for a family reunion, staging a home for resale, or moving the kids home from college over the summer break, Metro can help with your short- and long-term storage needs. Our state-of-the-art climate-controlled storage centers are conveniently located at 2220 Lawrence Highway near Alford Elementary School and at 1935 Buford Drive in front of Azalea Stables in Lawrenceville.

The Best Atlanta Suburbs Offer Something for Everyone

Atlanta Suburbs are some of the most vibrant, diverse neighborhoods in the country. Moreover, is an active visitors association that keeps cities like Sandy Springs, Marietta, Stone Mountain, and Roswell on the national tourism radar screen. If you are thinking of moving to Georgia, don’t miss considering what the Atlanta Metro has to offer.

Like most metro areas, Atlanta ranks as one of the most exciting cities to be an entrepreneur, start a career, get a college degree, or to work in the arts and entertainment industry. However, when it comes time to raise a family or retire, big cities can present their own set of challenges. The best Atlanta Suburbs offer a wide range of opportunities to increase the quality of your life.

Here at Metro Self Storage, we pride ourselves on helping out people just like you find secure, competitively priced storage solutions. We understand that finding a reliable self storage partner is an important part of many people’s life stories. The professionally trained Property Managers at Metro have years of experience and can offer tips designed to help you with every step of your storage experience.