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Atlanta among cities with best infrastructure in U.S.

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When shopping for homes, one of the primary things people look at is its bones. And so, it makes sense that when changing cites that the bones of the cityscape should be examined. It may not be a scintillating aspect of house hunting, but a city’s infrastructure can have a huge impact on residents. Atlanta was recently dubbed one of the most organized and constructed cities in the United States.

According to a recent Realtor.com report, Atlanta has one of the country’s best infrastructure systems, ranking No. 10 out of the 150 metro areas analyzed. The following criteria was used to figure out which cities measured up in terms of layout, planning and overall infrastructure:

  • Percentage of roads in “good” or “fair” condition
  • Percentage of bridges that are “structurally deficient”
  • Transit performance score (tracking frequency and breadth of service)
  • Airport consumer satisfaction ratings
  • Bike friendliness, including bike lane access and public spending
  • Per capita government spending on drinking-water systems, electrical grids, highways, public transit, and sewage systems

“Cities that keep up with infrastructure needs are a big step ahead in attracting homebuyers,” said Scott Muldavin, chair of the Counselors of Real Estate. “[Homebuyers] want short commutes, transit options and quality roads. Time is money, and being near good infrastructure improves home value.”

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