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Cost of moving: Atlanta

Atlanta was the home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Atlanta was the home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

There are those who call it "Hotlanta," but by any name, the capital of Georgia is a swingin' place to be. It's such a popular place to be that Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been ranked the busiest airport in the world for more than a decade - busier than Beijing, Chicago, London or Tokyo. With that in mind, it's probably a good idea to call up a moving company and have them deliver your stuff by truck.

Atlanta didn't get its temperature-related nickname from the local weather (although, with summer averages well above 80 degrees, it very well could have). Instead, this southern metropolis got the name Hotlanta thanks to its bustling nightlife. Check out the downtown skyline from the Sky Lounge atop the Glenn Hotel or grab a greasy late-night meal at the Majestic, Atlanta's oldest diner. The city is packed head to heel with comedy clubs, theaters, music venues and more, making it an attractive place for singles out on the town.

It's not just bachelors and bachelorettes who might want to start packing for a move to the Peach City. With a dozen Fortune 500 companies headquartered within the city, there are some fantastic job opportunities for people looking to raise a family. Look for opportunities at such major corporations as Home Depot, UPS, Delta Airlines or Coca-Cola. Your salary will get you a lot further in Atlanta than in some other cities, as well, according to the regional information website KnowAtlanta.com. A $50,000 salary here is roughly the equivalent of $84,000 in San Francisco or $113,300 in New York.

Atlanta is a city of history, as well as business. The Sweet Auburn historic district isn't just the home of century-old houses; it's also the home of Martin Luther King Jr., a part of history in his own right. The National Park Service operates the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, which features several places throughout the city that were associated with the legendary civil rights champion, from his childhood home on Auburn Avenue to the Ebenezer Baptist Church where he gave some of his first sermons.

Between its opportunities for employment, boundless nightlife offerings and place in the annals of history, it's hard to think of a reason not to call a moving company and head to Atlanta. If you're wondering what a home costs in the unofficial capital of the South, real estate expert Bert Sperling places the median home price at $223,200.