( The Peach State / The Empire State of the South )
Georgia, founded in 1732, is one of the original 13 states. It was named in honor of England's King George II. Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi; the state's large size and thriving industries have given it one of its nicknames, the Empire State of the South. During the Civil War, the fall of Atlanta was a crucial turning point in the defeat of the South. Today, Atlanta, which became Georgia's capital in 1868, is a thriving city with major national corporations, and it is considered the economic and cultural center of the Southeast. The natural beauty and famous seaside resorts of Georgia are a major attraction for tourists. Many beautiful monuments and parks, including reminders of important Civil War battles and heroes, dot the Georgia countryside.
Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Georgia include:
The Flag of Georgia|
Ratified the Constitution in 1788, as the fourth State; flag adopted in 1956. The pillars in the seal are for the three branches of government, defended by the State military forces. The Battle Flag of the Confederacy recalls Georgia's Southern heritage.
Largest Cities in the State|
(2000) Atlanta, 416,474; Augusta-Richmond County, 199,775; Columbus, 186,291; Savannah, 131,510; Athens-Clarke County, 101,489; Macon, 97,255; Roswell, 79,334; Albany, 76,939; Marietta, 58,748; Warner Robins, 48,804
Business and Trade in Georgia
Agriculture: Poultry and eggs, peanuts, cattle, hogs, dairy products, vegetables.
Industries: Textiles and apparel, transportation equipment, food processing, paper products, chemical products, electric equipment, tourism.
State Symbols and Emblems
- Bird: Brown Thrasher
- Flower: Cherokee Rose (rosa laevigata)
- Tree: Live oak (quercus virginiana)
- Song(s): Georgia on My Mind
- Motto: Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation
8,186,453 (141.4 mi2)
Geographic Area (mi2)
Rank 21st Largest
Pub & Prv Schools
College & University
Border States: Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
Illicit Drug Use
Housing: In Georgia, there are 3,281,737 housing units, averaging to 56.7 per sq mile.
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