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View Poll Results: Which city is better for living?
Atlanta 44 51.16%
San Diego 42 48.84%
Voters: 86. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-09-2018, 07:39 PM
 
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About 10 years ago there was a poll between the two cities and Atlanta got crushed. Let's see how much has changed since then. Here are the categories:

- Weather
- Scenery
- Safely
- Cost of living
- Transportation
- Architecture
- Culture
- Nightlife
- Food scene
- Education

Of course San Diego will win in the safety category, but Atlanta would win the cost of living category.
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Old 07-09-2018, 07:53 PM
 
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I think most of the things that give SD the advantage over Atlanta (for those who voted for SD) haven't changed (e.g., weather, culture, location, etc).
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:02 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee and Atlanta
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- Weather: San Diego
- Scenery: San Diego
- Safety: San Diego but not by a ton
- Cost of living: Atlanta
- Transportation: San Diego
- Architecture: Atlanta
- Culture: Atlanta
- Nightlife: Atlanta
- Food scene: Atlanta
- Education: Atlanta

I think Atlanta wins it for me. San Diego seems rather sleepy, if I'm being honest, compared to Atlanta. There is not as much dynamic energy or vibe of a "happeng city" there.
San Diego's weather is prime, the mountains and coast are prime. But it's not booming like Atlanta jobs-wise/economy-wise. Taxes in CA are going up, real estate up, salaries level.

Atlanta wins due to easier cost of living overall, and better jobs/economy.
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Miami, The Magic City
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Loved my 2 years in Atlanta when I got my MBA from Emory in the early 80’’s and have been back a few times since...Atlanta assets would be COL, food, education....San Diego has driving access to LA, Vegas, Phoenix, mountains, desert and TJ, but Atlanta has access to nice places as well—Savannah, Callaway Gardens, Athens, Charlotte, Charleston, Pensacola, great white water rafting, Great Smoky Mountains, etc....traffic worse in Atlanta but also access to major hub airport with more direct flights, including international. Very good sports town. Good economy/opportunities/corporate presence in Atlanta. San Diego climate and access to ocean superior to Atlanta (Lake Lanier doesn’t cut it)....love the people in Atlanta.
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Old 07-09-2018, 09:40 PM
 
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I would choose Atlanta to live in over San Diego
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Old 07-10-2018, 12:45 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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San Diego for me. Atlanta is landlocked and too far from the beach.
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Old 07-10-2018, 01:53 AM
 
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Atlanta.
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Old 07-10-2018, 05:49 AM
 
Location: DMV Area
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About 10 years ago there was a poll between the two cities and Atlanta got crushed. Let's see how much has changed since then. Here are the categories:
I grew up in San Diego back in the 80s and 90s and lived in Atlanta for about a decade starting in the mid-2000s. I lived in Los Angeles for awhile a few years back and would visit San Diego quite a bit. San Diego seems to be a lot sleepier and laid-back, and other cities in the region like Las Vegas and Phoenix feel more dynamic and have grown a lot over the past 30 years. Vegas is catching up with SD in some ways plus Phoenix has surpassed it quite a bit. The weather, beaches and scenery practically sell themselves in San Diego, and that isn't changing in the foreseeable future.

However, the city punches below its weight economically due to the strong military presence (the biomedical field there is relatively small in comparison) and the big monster of LA to the north and tech being centered in Silicon Valley/Bay Area even further north. Salaries are also lower compared to LA/OC and the Bay Area and don't keep up with the cost of living. Atlanta has finally recovered from its Great Recession woes and has a lot of corporate relocations and a far more diverse economy than San Diego. Due to its location, its a large logistics and transportation hub, serves as a tech hub of the southeast, and a large financial center (although Charlotte is more substantial in this category), and a hub for government jobs as well as manufacturing. A lot of people don't like Atlanta due to it being in the South, in a red state, and all the misconceptions and stereotypes that come with that, compared to the more positive perception San Diego gets. Also, some people have a problem with its demographics and dismiss Atlanta as being "ghetto," and dismiss the city and metro area outright. Its unfortunate, but that's the world we're in now...

Location-wise, San Diego is a good due to its proximity to Los Angeles, Orange County, the Mountains, Mexico, and Las Vegas. Atlanta is no slouch with it being within a 2-hour flight of 80% of the nation's population, but there aren't any significant cities of comparable size within a reasonable drive (yes, there are several mid-sized metro areas like Nashville or Charlotte though), and while it's very close to the mountains, the closest beaches are about 4-5 hours away depending on whether you go to Tybee Island or to the beaches along Florida's Panhandle. I'm currently in the DC area and even though the closest beaches are 2-3.5 hours away, I find myself heading to the coast more here than I ever did in Atlanta.

- Weather - San Diego
- Scenery - San Diego, but Atlanta is no slouch if you prefer greenery
- Safety - San Diego
- Cost of living - Atlanta
- Transportation - San Diego (it has the Trolley and Commuter Rail). People in metro Atlanta still complain about paying taxes to extend MARTA
- Architecture - Atlanta
- Culture - Atlanta
- Nightlife - Atlanta
- Food scene - Atlanta
- Education - Atlanta
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Old 07-10-2018, 06:11 AM
 
Location: Miami, The Magic City
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With respect to safety SD wins from a crime standpoint. Atlanta wins on public health safety. As a result of the huge SD homeless population there was a citywide hepatitis epidemic last year and there currently is a shigella outbreak this year. Meanwhile, sewage spills from the Tijuana River have effected SD’s southern beaches for years.

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Of course San Diego will win in the safety category, but Atlanta would win the cost of living category.

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Old 07-10-2018, 05:27 PM
 
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With respect to safety SD wins from a crime standpoint. Atlanta wins on public health safety. As a result of the huge SD homeless population there was a citywide hepatitis epidemic last year and there currently is a shigella outbreak this year. Meanwhile, sewage spills from the Tijuana River have effected SDs southern beaches for years.
These are two ridiculous statements. There was no "citywide hepatitis epidemic" last year. There was an outbreak of Hepatitis among the homeless population but so far as anyone can tell, no one outside that population was affected/infected. The shigella outbreak is a nationwide issue, though a number of local health authorities issued warnings. This is not unique to SD.

You're becoming a certifiable troll on the topic of San Diego, elchevre!!
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