The cost of living in Atlanta might not be cheap, but it's far lower than that of many other major American cities. The biggest living expense in Atlanta will likely be accommodation, but for those willing to commute, cheaper alternatives can be found in the outlying areas and suburbs of the city.

Mercer's Cost of Living Survey for 2023 ranked Atlanta 29th out of 227 cities, which makes it considerably cheaper than New York City (6th), Los Angeles (11th), San Francisco (14th) and a number of other major US cities.

Cost of accommodation in Atlanta

Housing will likely be the largest expense for expats living in Atlanta. There's a range of options for accommodation to suit all tastes and needs, from houses to apartments and everything in between.

Demand for accommodation in Atlanta is high, with new developments constantly springing up, so rental and purchasing costs in some areas can be pricey. Budget-friendly options are available but can be difficult to find, so if house hunters are lucky enough to find a good deal, they should snap it up before someone else does.

Cost of education in Atlanta

The cost of education in Atlanta varies considerably depending on the school. The city is home to a number of excellent public, private and international schools. Costs for public schools are minimal, but private and international schools are usually associated with high fees. 

Cost of transport in Atlanta

Most people living in Atlanta tend to own a car. While petrol is affordable, the cost of maintaining a car can quickly add up. Parking can be expensive, and car owners will also have to account for insurance costs as well.

Alternatively, Atlanta is served by reliable and comprehensive public transport links, with buses and trains travelling all over the city.

Cost of groceries in Atlanta

The cost of living in Atlanta is easily the highest in the state, and groceries are roughly on par with the national average. Budget-conscious buyers can visit a big-box store like Costco for bulk specials and farmer's markets for reasonably priced fresh produce.

Cost of entertainment and eating out in Atlanta

The City of Trees is blessed with a multitude of outdoor spaces, making it easy for residents to enjoy a wallet-friendly outdoor lifestyle. This transport hub also boasts plenty of shopping options and a vibrant nightlife and restaurant scene, with options to suit all budgets and preferences.

Cost of living in Atlanta chart 

Prices may vary depending on product and service provider. The list below shows average prices for February 2023.

Accommodation (monthly rent)

Three-bedroom apartment in city centre

USD 3,300

Three-bedroom apartment outside of city centre

USD 2,300

One-bedroom apartment in city centre

USD 1,910

One-bedroom apartment outside of city centre

USD 1,520


Eggs (dozen)

USD 3.91

Milk (1 litre)

USD 0.90

Rice (1kg)

USD 4.25

Loaf of white bread

USD 2.77

Chicken breasts (1kg)

USD 11.89

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)

USD 7.50

Eating out

Big Mac Meal


Coca-Cola (330ml)

USD 2.08


USD 4.71

Bottle of local beer


Three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant

USD 65


Mobile-to-mobile call rate (per minute)

USD 0.23

Internet (uncapped ADSL or cable – average per month)

USD 74

Basic utilities (per month for small apartment)

USD 207


Taxi rate (per kilometre)

USD 2.17

Bus/train fare in the city centre

USD 2.50

Petrol/gasoline (per litre)

USD 0.89

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