Atlanta has a standard sales tax of 8%, with a twice yearly sales tax holiday. Average property taxes in the area are 1.157%.
According to a report by SmartAsset, a typical apartment utility bill in Atlanta (including electricity, heating, and water) will cost $169 per month. For internet, expect to pay an average of $45-$50 per month.
Food prices in the city are slightly higher than the national average. Expect to pay $14 per person for a casual meal, and upwards of $50 for a nicer meal for two (not including drinks). For groceries, Numbeo.com quotes a minimum cost per person of $334 per month. This assumes basic necessities and not organic groceries or high end ingredients, for instance.
Atlanta’s public transit system, named MARTA for short (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority), operates a network of bus routes linked to a light rail system. MARTA’s rail system provides a solid amount of coverage, however buses may be required in certain areas (like Emory and Cumberland). Prices range from $2.50 for a single ride to $95 for a monthly pass. Full pricing can be found on the MARTA site