Atlanta Named One of the Hottest Cities in America for 2015

Posted on January 30, 2015

That’s right, Atlanta claimed a stake as one of MSN’s 15 hottest American cities for 2015. How did this happen, you ask? Is it our booming economy? The restaurant and art scene? An appealing real estate market? Perhaps its the diverse and innovative culture of Atlanta drawing in a range of “young creative types?”

Well, according to MSN’s criteria, it’s all of the above and then some. To be considered hot or not for 2015, cities were judged based on:

  • Job growth
  • Population growth
  • Affordability
  • Livability
  • Health/Well-being of residents in that area

Atlanta was one of five cities in the Southeast deemed by MSN as the hottest around. Find out which of Atlanta’s “neighbors” also made the cut. A few may surprise you.

Atlanta, Georgia

Thanks to revitalization efforts, including the nationally recognized BeltLine project, the Atlanta real estate market is piquing the interest of homebuyers and developers alike.

Not only that, Atlanta has become a hot spot for artists, musicians and filmmakers. From famous venues like the Fox Theater and The Tabernacle, to landmarks like Piedmont Park and the rapid development along the BeltLine, Atlanta has a lot to offer these innovative, creative types.

In 2015, the real estate market will continue to boom as people flock to Atlanta to take advantage of the burgeoning culture for creative industries, and of course, the enviable restaurant and art scene.

Nashville, Tennessee

Predominantly known as a hot spot for country music and the setting for a hit tv show, Nashville is rapidly becoming a popular city for the automotive and healthcare industries as well.

According to MSN, all of the factors mentioned above have made Nashville the second most popular city for recent college grads.

Mobile, Alabama

Not only does Mobile house the ninth-largest port in the U.S., but it is in a prime location for trading with Central and South America. The amount of international trade that goes through Mobile, especially coal, fuels the economy and job growth.

Trade is expanding in Mobile and MSN predicts that it will soon become the southern trading hub of the United States.

Austin, Texas

Recently named the best-performing city in the U.S. by the Milken Institute, Austin made the list for its appeal to a young and talented workforce. Its draw for young professionals lies in the predicted job growth, tech scene and booming construction industry.

Houston, Texas

Since 2000, the number of residents between 25 and 34 years old has increased faster in Houston than anywhere else in the country, according to MSN. This influx of young professionals is attributed to the fact that Houston is the biggest job-creating city in the country, housing more Fortune 500 companies’ headquarters than anywhere else.