Recent years have been some of the best years that the housing market in Georgia has had since 2007, and the market there is now stable and strong. Prices for current homes on the market are increasing, and there has been an enormous increase in new construction. The growth in Georgia's real estate market is largely due to the strong job growth there.
No matter which one of Georgia's fine cities you choose to live in, its Southern hospitality will make you feel right at home. Atlanta is home to more than half of Georgia's residents, and this city continues to grow. Atlanta's expanding music industry has led to a steady stream of new residents, earning it the nickname "Hotlanta." With its many production studios and popular filming locations, Atlanta is also called the "Hollywood of the South." A large hub for those employed in the military, Augusta is the second largest city in Georgia. It has some of the most reasonably priced real estate and is a main trading center for Georgia. The historical sites and abundance of colleges in Savannah make it both old and new at the same time. It is Georgia's fourth largest city, and its residents enjoy an eclectic mix of the arts and booming business opportunities.
Corporate business is among the top-growing industries in Georgia. Delta, The Home Depot, UPS, Bell South, and Coca-Cola are some of the thirty-one Fortune 500 companies that have headquarters in Georgia. The state also has a huge industry in agriculture. Georgia is ranked first in national production of blueberries, peanuts, and pecans, second in cotton production, and third in lumber, tomato, and peach production. Tourism is also a popular industry in Georgia, accounting for almost half a million jobs. Approximately 14 million people each year come to see attractions like Jekyll Island, the Georgia Aquarium, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, and the World of Coca-Cola.