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Atlanta Georgia's airport is the world's busiest

If you grew up and were educated in a small rural town and suddenly found yourself at the centre of Hartsfield Jackson International airport, you’d be forgiven for staring open-mouthed at the number of flights due in and the general volume of activity taking place around you. It’s impressive what the fleet-management consultant sitting next to you on the plane had to say: ‘Apparently, 80 percent of the US population is within a two-hour flight, and – favourably for my industry – 80 percent of US markets are within two ground delivery days.”

More chats and online research reveal that Atlanta’s international airport (104 million passengers in 2016) has been the world’s busiest for 19 years, since 1998, only due to be overtaken by Dubai International Airport (94 million passengers in 2016), which has grown rapidly in the last decade, and possibly Beijing Capital (83 million passengers in 2016), if current trends continue.

It offers non-stop flights to 160 US locations and 70 destinations in 45 other countries too. Additionally, Hartsfield Jackson hosts 16 major air-cargo carriers that enjoy two million square feet (185 806m2) of cargo-handling space and convenient transferral onto the Southeast’s most extensive rail system, of which Atlanta lies at the heart.

While Georgia has a network of smaller public and private airports, a significant number of the 471 175 aviation jobs on offer in the state (worth a total payroll of US$ 17.7-billion according to the latest Statewide Aviation Impact Study) are at the capital’s airport, which can be said to fuel not only its own economy but the global economy in which it plays.

Hopping into your rental car and heading out on one of Atlanta’s three major interstate highways leading from the airport (I-75; I-85; and I-285), you’d be forgiven for seeming a tad distracted from the main job at hand – making it on time and with your wits in tact to a job interview at McKesson Corporation.

Taking its place as the US capital city with the third-highest concentration of Fortune 500 headquarters (including Coca-Cola, CNN, Delta Air Lines, Home Depot and United Parcel Service, to name just a handful of the 16), Atlanta has also been named the South’s technology, innovation and entrepreneurship hub. An impressive 47% of the population 25 years and older have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher (66 colleges and universities provide this pipeline of talent for numerous industries other than IT; the most recent being film and TV production), and you’ll be pleased to join their number if this interview works out in your favour.

In developing niche flip opportunities in the United States for South African property investors, it’s been a strategic choice of YDL’s to focus its efforts on a city that’s alive with opportunity; one that combines a challenging business environment with an ideal lifestyle, as this new recruit to an IT company quickly discovers.

Sales prices have grown by 5.3% year-on-year.

According to UK’s Telegraph newspaper, Atlanta’s airport is the world’s busiest. See chart and graph, available here.

Metro’s population to SURGE (*)

The eight million-strong population figure that this IT recruit found online may, in fact, be an understatement, according to the US Conference of Mayors. Last year, Atlanta’s population stood at 5.8 million but, if growth estimates of 48.7% are correct, that figure will rise to 8.6 million by 2046.

The Mayor’s Report, in which the Atlanta population explosion was predicted, was issued to mark Infrastructure Week and backed up the argument that transit andinfrastructurespendingare absolutely crucial in this thriving metro.

You’ve done your research and have the necessary stats at your fingertips: Atlanta has the fourth-largest concentration of IT jobs in the country, and boasts a tech community with strengths that lie in mobile and healthcare technologies, financial transactions processing, internet security and software development. And it’s not only this situation that saw it voted the easiest US city to recruit to: there’s a plethora of reasons related to quality of life which you’ve not had time to explore in detail just yet.

In the interview, you discover that your skills were never in question and you are, in fact, here so that they can plug these lifestyle drawcards relentlessly. These, and the fact that found in a 2016 study that Atlanta’s cost of living is 1.7 percent lower than the national average.

You’re told that Atlanta has been ranked eighth in a George Washington University study of the US’s ‘Most Walkable Cities’, which suits your inclination towards keeping fit; and that an economic development to the tune of US$1.5 billion is underway – including a mixed-use retail and food market, new football stadium and the Atlanta BeltLine, which will connect 45 historic neighbourhoods with new and renewed public parks, trails and walkways encircling its popular and culturally vibrant downtown area.

On travelling down triumphantly in the McKesson Corporation lift, a podcast on Atlanta’s population growth sends more stats your way: by 2040, the city’s population is likely to be upwards of eight million(*), all of whom will need housing. If you weren’t such an IT whizz, you could have made your fortune in real estate. A lower cost of living should put home ownership in easier reach here than elsewhere in the US.

The next step in your quest to settle in will be to find your ideal home – preferably renovated to your liking and located in the vicinity of the Atlanta BeltLine, where early evenings can be spent walking, jogging, roller-blading or cycling, without the need to get back into the car. Perfection.

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