The Atlanta Scene
The Atlanta Scene
Dominant Occupations: Two main buckets: 1) Working: Atlanta is home to the fourth most Fortune 500 companies in America, and many people here work for them in business or management functions: Delta, Coke, UPS, AT&T, Home Depot, etc. 2) Going to school: Georgia Tech, Emory, or maybe Georgia State. While there are some undergrads, most students are getting their Masters’ or PhD. Georgia Tech is home to more of the engineering crows, while Emory skews toward those in the medical field.
Average Age Range: 23-30.
ATL State of Mind: Hustlin’ — with a side of hospitality. In Atlanta, everyone is in a hurry to get somewhere and get things done. But that drive is tempered with a side of good ol’ Southern Hospitality, meaning some o the nicest people you’ll ever come across.
Girl/Guy Ratio: Roughly 2:1 girls to guys, UNLESS it’s summer, when all the “bug boys” (summer sales) roll into town. This shifts the ratio to about 3 guys to every 1 girl.
Hobbies: Shopping, exploring small southern towns, touristy city stuff, outdoorsy stuff like camping, hiking, and fishing…nice variety.
Local Hangouts and Hotspots: Stone Mountain (you can hike up a giant granite rock that has civil war general’s carved into the side of it), Piedmont Park (huge park in the city where there is always something going on, from the Dogwood Festival to Music Midtown), great shopping (Lenox or Perimeter Malls are superb and great for people watching), Vinings (great restaurants, trendy area), Lake Lanier, Lake Allatoona, and literally dozens of other great parks in and around the city. It’s also one hour from the mountains and three hours from the beach
Sports Scene: Everybody loves the Braves — you can’t go a summer without hitting up a couple games. There’s some love for the Falcons, but mainly because they just happen to be the closest team when football season rolls around. And if somebody tells you they’re Hawks fans, they’re full of it. Nobody likes the Hawks. They just jump on the bandwagon during a winning streak.
Cultural Scene: Intrue Hotlanta style, the real culture of the city is hip-hop. It’s more than just a genre out here. Besides rap culure, we have The Fox Theatre, which brings Broadway to Atlanta, and Little 5 Points for the odd, artsy, eclectic crowd. There are also some great touristy attractions like the Georgia Aquarium.
Diet: Diverse. AMAZING Southern soul food, some of the best BBQ you’ll ever have in your life, and chicken & waffles the way it was meant to be experienced. There’s also fantastic pizza, burger joints, and even Mexican and Chinese. And we’re always drinking some type of Coke (it was invented here, you can find every single kind ever, and ATL is also home to World of Coke, which is awesome).
THE CHURCH SCENE
Ward Breakdown: One singles ward here — the Northpoint Ward. There are a couple of branches, but most people go to the Northpoint Ward regardless.
Temple Proximity: The Atlanta Temple is on the same piece of property as the building where the Northpoint Ward meets. It’s a 30 minute drive for most members of the Ward.
Dating in ATL: With only one full-sized ward, the dating pool can feel pretty limited. However, turnover tends to be high with internships, summer sales, new jobs and new school semesters. So there are always plenty of new people to meet and get to know. On an average Sunday, there are 5-10 new people every week, and in the summer, that number jumps to around 20.
Resident Mormon Celeb: Usher, Luda, 2 Chainz, Big Boi, Jermain Dupri, Lil…oh wait you said Mormon celeb. Never mind
ODDS AND ENDS
Weather: Summers are hot. Southern, humid hot is a lot different than dry, western heat. You step outside in the summer and are sweaty before you even make it to your car. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the winter can get cold, and it’s the type of cold that goes right through you. 40 degrees feels like 30 and nobody goes out if there’s even a slight chance of snow.
Traffic: Is awful. MARTA transportation is awful. Commutes are painfully long.
OTP vs. ITP: Two geographic acronyms you’ll need to know — ITP (Inside the Perimeter) and OTP (Outside the Perimeter). Think of them as Atlanta’s versions of uptown and downtown — they’re what you reference when giving directions or describing where something is. Also, nobody really lives IN Atlanta; they live in suburbs around the the metro-Atlanta area.
Michael Vick: Don’t bring him up. Just…don’t.
Fast Food: Atlanta is home to the headquarters of Waffle House, Chick-fil-A, Church’s Chicken, Huddle House, Arby’s and many more. Fast food chains will often use ATL as a test market to try out new menus or products. It’s not exactly the healthiest city.
Southern Hospitality: Is real! People have manners, and they are nice just because. If you’re in New York and a random stranger smiles at you for what seems to be no apparent reason, it’s usually a homeless person that just pooped their pants. Here, it’s because people are genuinely trying to be friendly. If they’re not friendly, they’re probably not from around here.
Atlanta Might Be For You If: You want to work for a Fortune 500 company, love Southern cooking, and don’t mind a smaller community of Saints.