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Atlanta
Atlanta
Georgia
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Member of the World Health Organization Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities

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Atlanta is the capital and most populous city of the state of Georgia in the United States.

With an estimated 2016 population of 472,522, it is the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, home to 5.8 million people and the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the United States. Atlanta is the seat of Fulton County and a small portion of the city extends eastward into DeKalb County.

Atlanta was founded as a transportation hub at the intersection of two railroad lines in 1837. After being mostly burned to the ground during the American Civil War, the city rose from its ashes to become a national center of commerce and the unofficial capital of the "New South". During the 1960s, Atlanta became a major organizing center of the civil rights movement, with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph David Abernathy, and many other locals playing major roles in the movement's leadership.

In the decades following, the city earned a reputation as "too busy to hate" for the relatively progressive views of its citizens and leaders compared to other cities in the "Deep South". During the modern era, Atlanta has attained international prominence as a major air transportation hub, with Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport being by far the world's busiest airport since 1998. Atlanta is rated a "beta(+)" world city that exerts a moderate impact on global commerce, finance, research, technology, education, media, art, and entertainment. It ranks 18th among world cities and 7th in the nation with a gross domestic product of $320 billion.

Atlanta's economy is considered diverse, with dominant sectors that include logistics, professional and business services, media operations, and information technology. Atlanta has topographic features that include rolling hills and dense tree coverage, earning it the nickname of "the city in a forest." Revitalization of Atlanta's neighborhoods, initially spurred by the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, has intensified in the 21st century, altering the city's demographics, politics, and culture.

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There are a lot of college students that live in the community and older retired adults that have been staying in my community for a while. The area is very livable, the colleges are close by, marta transportation is everywhere to get where you need to go. When it comes to community engagement we dont really do too much engagement because most of the people are at work or school.
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I believe that my neighborhood is age friendly. The general area is nice and updated. I like my neighbors and leasing office. Pretty much everyone I've come into contact with so far is friendly. The leasing office hosts events for the tenants every week which I really enjoy. And since the MARTA bus comes to my side of town, it's easy to navigate through the city. I would rate my neighborhood 4 out of 5 on friendliness.
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I have only been in Atlanta for a month plus and everyone has been friendly to me so far. There are good transport links in some places with lifts and ramps, it could be better. I am able to get out and about on my own , I've been to an art exhibito Ion and malls on public transport alone.
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It's a senior community that my mom lives in and I have had patients in this community that needs assistance with care, transportation to doctor office visits.
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They have activities throughout the whole summer, book reading, swimming, basketball, recreational activities. Also in the winter time, they have Christmas activities for the children.

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How did Georgia earn the grade of A? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Georgia has a state sales tax of 4.00%. Of particular interest is that Georgia does not have taxes on social security. There are no estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. Georgia has an effective property tax rate of 0.93%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Georgia earned its state tax grade of A.

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