The ATL has finally earned high rankings on a national list, y'all! This one is geared toward livability, and it uses rather unique data, with a focus on residents 35 and under. According to the "semi-exhaustive, mostly scientific" study by website Vocativ, Atlanta is the No. 7 city for the young-adult-to-not-quite-middle-age demographic. Bested by No. 1 Portland and Austin, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis (uh, brrr) and Las Vegas, Atlanta actually ranked top-5 in a number of categories, including: average salary ($73K), number of laundromats per 100,000 people (11.4) and number of coffee shops per 100,000 people (178.8). It was tops in number of vintage clothing stores and cheap takeout restaurants per 100,000 people (38.1 and 291, respectively), and No. 2 in music venues. Let's chant: We're No. 7! We're No. 7!
Outside of the semi-traditional categories, the Vocativ "study" includes areas like cost of a pack of cigarettes, cost of a mani-pedi and cost of a pint of Guinness. Out of America's 50 most populous cities, Atlanta ranks 27th in terms of price for a ounce of high-grade marijuana, determined via a site named PriceofWeed.com (probably NSFW?), and its average rent for a two-bedroom apartment is apparently $1,310. Perhaps most surprisingly, ATL ranks 12th in terms of public transportation ridership — though its 12 percent ridership isn't in the same atmosphere as NYC's 64 percent, San Fran's 44 percent or even Portland's 20 percent. Check out the full guide right here.
For what it's worth, we fared much better overall than on Walk Score's study released last week.
— By Curbed Atlanta contributor Tyler Estep
· The 35 Best U.S. Cities For People 35 and Under [Vocativ]
· ATL Fails On New Walk Score Charts, But Some 'Hoods Shine [Curbed Atlanta]