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Economy of Atlanta

The Coca-Cola world headquarters

Atlanta is one of ten U.S. cities classified as an "NCR, Oxford Industries, RaceTrac Petroleum, Southern Company, SunTrust Banks, Mirant, and Waffle House. Over 75% of the Fortune 1000 companies have a presence in the Atlanta area, and the region hosts offices of about 1,250 multinational corporations. As of 2006 Atlanta Metropolitan Area ranks as the 10th largest cybercity (high-tech center) in the US, with 126,700 high-tech jobs.[3]

Dominant sectors

The top employment sectors in Metro Atlanta are (November 2011, excludes agriculture):[4]
Sector Employees (thousands)
Trade, transportation, and utilities 530.3
Professional and business services 391.4
Government 311.9
Education and health services 282.3
Leisure and hospitality 218.3
Manufacturing 146.5
Financial activities 128.5
Other services 90.5
Construction 83.9
Information 73.7
Mining and logging 1.4


Atlanta has a sizable financial sector. SunTrust Banks, the seventh largest bank by asset holdings in the United States,[5] has its home office on Peachtree Street in downtown.[6] The Federal Reserve System has a district headquarters in Atlanta; the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, which oversees much of the deep South, relocated from downtown to Midtown in 2001.[7] Wachovia announced plans in August 2006 to place its new credit-card division in Atlanta,[8] and city, state and civic leaders harbor long-term hopes of having the city serve as the home of the secretariat of a future Free Trade Area of the Americas.[9]

Invesco Ltd., an independent investment management company is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and has branch offices in 20 countries. Its common stock is a constituent of the S&P 500 and trades on the New York stock exchange. In December 2013, Invesco reported assets under management (AUM) of $778.7 billion[10]

Healthcare and biomedical

Atlanta is also home to a growing Biotechnology sector, gaining recognition through such events as the 2009 BIO International Convention.[11] Atlanta is also the headquarters of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Region II.

Unincorporated DeKalb County is also home to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Adjacent to Emory University, with a staff of nearly 15,000 including: engineers, entomologists, epidemiologists, biologists, physicians, veterinarians, behavioral scientists, nurses, medical technologists, economists, health communicators, toxicologists, chemists, computer scientists, and statisticians. CDC has 10 other offices throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, and other staff in 45 countries around the world.[12]


The auto manufacturing sector in metropolitan Atlanta has suffered setbacks recently, including the closure of the [13]

Media and communications

The city is a major Cumberland district northwest of downtown Atlanta.

DeKalb County,[16] is the third-largest cable television service provider in the United States.[17]

Film and television

Atlanta is also a major center of television production and is the hub of the nation's fourth-largest film industry. Atlanta counts the presence of Turner Studios, which produces content for the Turner Broadcasting family of stations; since 2008 the Tyler Perry Studios in Southwest Atlanta; and since 2010 the EUE/Screen Gems soundstages in Lakewood Heights, south Atlanta. Atlanta is the setting for popular TV shows such as the Real Housewives of Atlanta and Tyler Perry's series. Due to Perry, the "Housewives", and others, Atlanta is also known as a center of black entertainment in the U.S.[18]

Films set in Atlanta include two pictures that were awarded the Oscar for Best Picture:, Gone with the Wind (1939) and Driving Miss Daisy (1989). Other films set in Atlanta include Little Darlings (1980), Sharky's Machine (1981), Outbreak (1995), Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns (2008), Life as We Know It (2010), and Contagion (2011).

Well-known television shows set in Atlanta include, from Tyler Perry Studios, House of Payne and Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, the CBS sitcom Designing Women, and numerous HGTV original productions. Since moving to BET for the 2011 season, The Game - as of January 2012 the highest rated ad-supported sitcom ever on cable - has been shot in Atlanta.[19] Williams Street Productions has produced multiple Adult Swim series as well as Freaknik: The Musical at their Midtown Atlanta studios.

Horror and zombie themes

Atlanta serves as the filming location for many horror themed productions, including the TV series The Walking Dead, Teen Wolf, Vampire Diaries, and Drop Dead Diva, and the 2009 comedy Zombieland. In addition, the horror festival Atlanta HorrorFest is held yearly in October, and features the Buried Alive Film Fest, bands and a zombie walk. These factors prompted Atlanta magazine to dub the city the "Zombie Capital of the World",[20][21] and the New York Times to recognize Atlanta's stature in the genre.[22]


Delta Air Lines headquarters

Delta Air Lines is the city's largest employer and the metro area's third largest.[23] Delta operates the world's largest airline hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and, together with the hub of competing carrier AirTran Airways, has helped make Hartsfield-Jackson the world's busiest airport, both in terms of passenger traffic and aircraft operations. The airport, since its construction in the 1950s, has served as a key engine of Atlanta's economic growth.[24]

Top employers in Metro Atlanta

Employer Number of employees
Delta Air Lines 22,257
AT&T 21,915
Emory University 21,000
Cox Enterprises 13,583
United Parcel Service 10,745
Wellstar Health Systems 10,112
SunTrust Banks 7,700
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics 7,531
IBM Corporation 7,500
Georgia Tech 7,342
Northside Hospital 7,100
Turner Broadcasting Systems 6,600
Georgia Power 6,000
AirTran Airways 6,000
The Home Depot (HQ only) 5,500
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta 5,220
Coca-Cola 5,136
Wachovia Corp. 5,100

Source: Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, 2007/2008. Figures are for HQ only, not retail stores.

List of companies headquartered in Metro Atlanta

The following is a list of the most notable companies that were founded or have their corporate Atlanta or the surrounding metro area.

Housing market

According to the Case–Shiller index, home prices in Atlanta increased 19.1% between March 2012 and March 2013. [47]


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