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Atlanta VS Miami: A Guide On Which City is Right for You

Posted by Joshua Jarvis on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 at 4:22pm.


Atlanta vs Miami Real EstateAtlanta vs. Miami: Which Will You Choose?

Atlanta and Miami are both cultural hubs with lots of history waiting to be taken in by tourists and residents alike. When you decide to live somewhere, it can be a whole lot different than just visiting for the weekend. This is why we decided to create a comparison guide for people wanting to learn more about the differences and similarities between Miami and Atlanta.  Read on to learn which factors unite the cities and which factors define the differences between the two southern gems.

The Weather

Miami is known for being a hot climate with generally warm weather year-round and for Atlanta, this same warm weather can be felt throughout spring, summer, and autumn, but come winter, you’ll find yourself quite cold if you’re used to the average temperature of 68F in Miami during January. Atlanta is on average 45F during the winter and this can drop a bit further as well. So if you’re someone who wants to avoid anything below 60F, you may want to choose Miami as your new residence.

Recently, with hurricane Irma, both cities felt the effect.  While some damage to Miami was catastrophic in Atlanta power was knocked out but damage was minimal.  This isn't meant to "knock" Miami but rather point out the difference.  

The Traffic

Atlanta is known for it’s terrible traffic, whereas Miami tends to have the occasional traffic jam, but nothing compared to ATL. Atlanta’s traffic is the result of being the epicenter for the area which surrounds it. Many people choose to live in the suburbs surrounding the city and the overall lack of efficient public transportation creates a dynamic which resembles a spider-web of red-filled streets with high-traffic warnings when viewing the maps on your device. This is one of the biggest complaints of people who decide to make the move to the greater Atlanta area and have to commute to their job during the week. If you want to avoid the traffic, Miami may be a better bet.

The Culture

Both cities offer a multitude of cultural history, food, and overall vibes which resonate with each and every individual who decides to visit either Miami or Atlanta. Miami has a great Latino community which offers wonderful food, culture, shops, and festivals. Atlanta has a great African-American community with a long history of being a music capital, offering fantastic southern food, and being home to many excellent sports teams. Whichever city you decide to live in, you’ll be happy with the culture in both.  In fact, one thing that unites both cities is diversity.  You'd be hard pressed to find a more diverse city than these two. 

The Schools

The public schools in Miami are considerably better than the public schools in Atlanta, according to Zillow’s rating system of public schools. Miami has 25 public schools which have a perfect rating of 10 while Atlanta only has 5 public schools which have a perfect rating of 10. If you are planning on starting a family or already have a family and are planning on enrolling your children in public schools, Miami will most likely be the better choice.  Atlanta natives will argue against this but that's because for this study we're comparing schools in the city. 

The Cost of Living

The cost of living in Atlanta is much more affordable than Miami. Your purchasing power goes much further in the Atlanta. If you’re on a stricter budget for nearly everything, Atlanta will be the place to choose as it offers everything you’ll need at a much lower price point.

The Homes

 A $500K Home in Miami - 3 Car Garage, 3,400 SQFT, No Basement, 5 Bedrooms, 4 bathrooms. A $500K home in Atlanta -3 car garage, 5,500 SQFT, Basement, 6 bedrooms, 6 baths 

Truth be told the real estate in Miami looked a lot nicer than what is available in Atlanta and the real estate agents in Miami certainly know how to get professional photos vs those in Atlanta. Miami has smaller lots but offers a more luxury real estate feel for home that are over $300,000.


There is huge job growth in Atlanta and whether you want to be a digital marketer in Atlanta or a entertainer in Atlanta's growing movie and tv production town, it's here.  Miami doesn't have growth but, then again Miami is where you want to be.  Even the digital marketers for the finance industry want to be there, even when their jobs could be anywhere.  Miami has more hospitality jobs than Atlanta as well as banking and finance. 


I'd say Atlanta is the winner, but I'm biased. In a recent study, Atlanta gains more residents from Miami than it loses according to Lawnstarter. So take their word for it, not mine. Real estate and cost of living, when combined, can pose a strong influence on your decision to purchase a home and start a new life in the city of your choice, but with Jarvis Team Realty we’re here to help you make the best decision which suits your needs. Feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to show you any home which you have an interest in. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Joshua JarvisPost Author: Joshua Jarvis

Joshua Jarvis is the owner and founder of Jarvis Team Realty.  Joshua is a follower of Jesus, husband and father.  Joshua loves technology and helping connect others.   An Atlanta native and a graduate of Georgia Tech, Joshua is often called a "homer" because he's all about local Atlanta teams and loves the diversity that is the calling card of the "ATL."

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