I caught up with a friend who’s working for an investment firm in New York City. In a wide-ranging conversation, we compared housing and transportation costs in New York and surrounding cities with those in Atlanta. New York is one of the top real estate markets in the world, which factored into my expectations, but what my friend shared today surprised me (especially regarding transportation). The cost of housing in the areas he frequents is still rising significantly, as is the cost of commuting into, around, and out of the city.
It’s one conversation with one friend—anecdotal for sure. But it reminded me how attractive Atlanta is from the perspectives of affordability and quality of life. And this is after the city has experienced some of the worst inflation in the nation.