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Overview of College Park

Looking for a small town that hints of a big city nearby? College Park, Georgia, may be everything you're searching for. Located roughly 20 minutes outside of Atlanta, College Park offers residents the best of both the urban and suburban worlds.

College Park apartments for rent can be found across the city and may even be kind to your budget.

Living in College Park, GA

College Park was founded when a land grant was issued in 1846. The city has one of the largest urban historic districts in the state, and includes businesses, schools and government buildings, in addition to homes. During the 1890s, the city was one of few that had a female architect involved in urban planning and design.

College Park has modernized and grown with the times. With a population of 14,360 as of July 2011, the community is not oppressively tiny, but manages to retain the small town feel that makes it so appealing to residents.

College Park Work and Study

College Park is known for being home to one of the largest independent day schools in the country. Woodward Academy provides students with the opportunity to engage in college preparatory instruction. The school serves students from pre-kindergarten through high school and attracts a diverse range of pupils from multiple counties.

Despite its name sounding like a university town, College Park is not home to any institutions of higher education. However, there are some universities within a reasonable distance, including  Georgia State University. The institution, which was founded in 1913, provides students with the opportunity to study an enormous variety of academic subjects. With more than 250 degree programs, a law school and a nursing program, it is easy for pupils to find a course of study that suits their needs and interests.

Those who are not seeking a degree in College Park may want to search for a career with some of the city's largest employers. The aviation industry is a main source of employment for many residents in the city. The top employer in College Park is the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA is closely followed by Eagle Group International, Woodward Academy, Sysco Corporation, Atlantic Southeast Airlines and AirTran Airlines.

Rentals in College Park, GA, and Cost of Living

The U.S. Census Bureau shows that apartments in College Park typically range from $600 to $1,000 per month. The median gross monthly rent is $712.

Those who call College Park home may be attracted by more than the relatively inexpensive rent. The area is a transportation hub, with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport located nearby and Old National Highway passing through the city. Its close proximity to Atlanta is also a draw for many residents.

College Park Attractions and Special Events

College Park is home to Cityfest, an annual event that features well-known music acts, events for kids and plenty of entertainment. This free event brings the community together, as residents socialize with friends, family and neighbors while enjoying live music.

Becoming actively involved with the College Park community is easy. The city boasts a wide variety of societies, clubs and organizations residents can join to meet locals and participate in their hobbies or interests. From the Young-at-Heart Club to the Historical Society, there's something for everyone in College Park. 

Because College Park is close to Atlanta, it's easy to escape for a day and enjoy the big city. Football-lovers will be excited to head to an Atlanta Falcons game, while those who prefer baseball can cheer on the Braves. Those who want to explore the area's history can spend an afternoon at the Atlanta History Center, which is an educational treat for the whole family. 

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