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Statehood:  January 2, 1788, the 4th state

Capital:  Atlanta

Total Area:  24th among states, 152,750 sq km (58,977 sq mi)

Water Area:  2,740 sq km (1,058 sq mi)

Highest Point:  Brasstown Bald 1,458 m (4,784 ft)

Total Population:   9th among states
2010 census -  9,687,653

Population Density in 2010:  168.4 people per sq mi

Distribution in 2000: 71.6% Urban, 28.4% Rural

Gross State Product - $404.6 billion (2010)
Personal income per Capita - $33,786 (2009)

Largest cities in 2010: 
Atlanta:  410,003
Augusta:  195,844
Columbus:  18

  • The Cyclorama Building, in Atlanta, contains a 109 m (385 ft) long painting, said to be the largest mural in the world, which depicts a panoramic view of the Civil War battle of Atlanta.

  • Most of Georgia's large lakes are artificial bodies of water constructed by utility companies for power generation, or by the United States Army Corps of Engineers for flood control.

  • The Little White House, at the city of Warm Springs, was built for the use of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He died there, and the structure and grounds, including a museum, now serve as a memorial in his honor.

  • Colonized in 1732 by James Edward Oglethorpe, Georgia was the last of the original thirteen English colonies. 

  • Named for King George II of England, Georgia became the fourth state after ratifying the United States Constitution on January 2, 1788. 

  • Georgia had four previous capital cities: Savannah (1733-1786), Augusta (1786-1795), Louisville (1796-1806), and Milledgeville (1807-1868). Atlanta became the capital in 1868.

  • Georgia was the first state to allow 18-year-olds to vote. 

  • The Varsity in Atlanta is the world's largest drive-in fast food restaurant. 

  • Each year Georgia serves as a host to the International Poultry Trade Show, the largest poultry convention in the world. 

  • The Seven Wonders of Georgia include Providence Canyon, Warm Springs, Okefenokee Swamp, Tallulah Gorge, Amicalola Falls, Stone Mountain, and Radium Springs.

  • Historic Saint Marys Georgia is the second oldest city in the nation.

  • Stone Mountain near Atlanta is one of the largest single masses of exposed granite in the world. 

  • Georgia is the nations number one producer of peanuts, pecans, and peaches.