Animal Planet: Atlanta ranks No. 6 for rats

In some cases, placement on the list is rooted in ancient history; Deshnoke, India, for instance, is home to a temple where rats are worshipped. In Atlanta, on the other hand, the staggering rat population is due to a more recent event: the Great Recession. According to Animal Planet, an already high rate of urban poverty, combined with rampant foreclosures, has left an excess of abandoned buildings here, attracting droves of vermin. Rats thrive in overgrown lawns and derelict structures. If this isn’t the beginning of a real-world The Walking Dead, then perhaps the list can at least draw our attention to the ecological effects of prolonged urban abandonment.

Report: Atlanta No. 1 for recent college grads

Commencement season is almost wrapped up, Memorial Day has come and gone, and across the country, 1.6 million recent grads are beginning the summer ritual of starting new jobs or, more likely, moving back home. Perhaps more of them should just move to Atlanta: A study by Homes.com puts the ATL on top of a “Top 10 Cities for New Grads” list.

Forbes: Atlanta’s more miserable than Poughkeepsie, less than Detroit

So, according to the numbers-crunchers at Forbes, metro Atlanta is the sixteenth most miserable city in the country. Civic boosters should probably be thankful that the magazine dropped two of its misfortune indicators—pro sports and political corruption.

The best place to live in Georgia is . . . Canton?

While the folks at the real estate blog Movoto.com think Atlanta excels in nerdiness and redneckery, they’ve concocted a new list where, oddly enough, the city doesn’t place at all. Movoto’s “10 Best Places in Georgia” roster doesn’t include the state’s capital.  That’s right; Atlanta evidently doesn’t rate. The most peachy keen of Georgia’s places to live is none other than (drum roll, please) Canton.

Movoto’s explanation: a data-and-statistics-based formula used to identify real estate Utopias by ranking total amenities, crime, tax rates, employment, commute time, and weather (uh, humid). The rankings don’t include access to mass transit, but do include a multifaceted “quality of life” tabulation that assesses the cost of living, median home price, median rent, median household income, and student-to-teacher ratio in public schools.

Movoto’s List of the Best Places in Georgia

How stressed are we?

While Hawaii residents are least likely to say they feel stressed on any given day and West Virginians are most likely to be stressed, Georgians are about right in the middle.

Infographic of the Day: Georgia has the No. 1 unemployment rate

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly unemployment report card and let's just say that Mississippi will be feeling pretty good, because Georgia has now claimed the top spot. Indeed, ours is the...

Report: Atlanta is the most sprawling big metro in the U.S.

The study examined the correlation between sprawl and economic mobility. People who live in high-sprawl metro areas have lower rates of economic opportunity than those who live in more densely developed cities. “A low income person in a compact area has much better access to jobs,” said lead research Reid Ewing.

Race for Governor: Carter, Deal throw jabs in a testy debate. This round goes to Carter.

If Deal seems vexed, it’s understandable. In a state that favors incumbents and still leans right, the GOP governor should be cruising to re-election. But this race, which is Deal’s to lose, remains tied and possibly headed for a run-off.

Atlanta: The top “Winter Wonderland” in America?

Start spreading the news! Although Atlantans almost never get to experience the joys of building snowmen in meadows and all visions of making snow angels are dashed by the realities of Decembers marked by alternating frigid rain and balmy days in the 70s, a new ranking of "Top Ten Winter Wonderlands," trumpets Atlanta as number one.

Forbes: Atlanta No. 2 for ‘sports misery’ in 2013

No self-respecting, self-loathing Atlanta sports fan will be shocked to learn that we registered prominently on Forbes annual list of the most miserable sports cities. We’re just surprised we’re not No. 1.

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