Atlanta Ranks as #16th Best City in U.S., Crime Keeps it From Ranking Higher


Atlanta landed on Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s “America’s 50 Best Cities” list, ranking at No. 16.

The ranking evaluated 100 of the country’s largest cities, looking factors including the number of restaurants, libraries, museums, sports teams and park acreage, as well as educational facilities, economic factors, crime and air quality.

BusinessWeek noted as positives Atlanta’s combination of entertainment, cuisine, and parks. It then lauded the city’s greatest invention — Coca-Cola.

Atlanta by the numbers:

  • Bars: 146
  • Restaurants: 1,566
  • Museums: 37
  • Libraries: 37
  • Pro sports teams: 5
  • Park acres per 1,000 residents: 7
  • Colleges: 12
  • Percent with graduate degree: 12.7
  • Median household income: $59,345
  • Percent unemployed: 10.2

Bloomberg BusinessWeek also said Atlanta’s high crime rate keeps it from placing higher on the list.

Source: Jacques Couret, Atlanta Business Chronicle

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