I am from Atlanta and I love it. I know that compared to CA the cost of living is much lower. Will you have a car? A car is important in ATL if you like the outdoors. So much to do and see, especially in North GA. Everyone is so nice there but it is a big city, but I think you get the best of both worlds. And as you know, you can fly almost anywhere without a connection from ATL! Good Luck!