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The city of Atlanta is both the capital and the largest city in the state of Georgia. Its estimated population is at almost half a million people, making it one of the 50 most populated cities in the United States.
The Atlanta metropolitan area itself is home to almost 6 million people. Atlanta is the county seat of Fulton County. Atlanta was inhabited by Creek Indians before the arrival of European settlers.
The city came to be incorporated after the Georgia General Assembly decided to build the Western and Atlantic Railroad as a way of connecting the nearby port of Savannah with the Midwest. The area was first settled in 1837. Atlanta was a major hub for the distribution of supplies during the Civil War.
Although the city was destroyed during the war, it was eventually rebuilt. Atlanta became the state capitol in 1868 and the population continued to grow, as Atlanta became known as a center for higher education. Atlanta was a major shipping and manufacturing center during World War II.
It also played an important role in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. The city hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 1996 and has continued to grow, adding more residential areas, businesses, and transportation outlets.
Atlanta Area Schools
There are over two dozen colleges and universities in the city of Atlanta. Notable institutions include:
The Atlanta University Center
This consortium is comprised of Atlanta University, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Spelman College and a branch of the Savannah College of Art and Design.
This renowned private college is known as one of the best research institutions in the world. It is also home to Emory Healthcare, which is the largest healthcare organization in the state.
The university is located in downtown Atlanta and is the largest school in the University System of Georgia. It is also a key component in the local business district.
The University of Georgia
Founded in 1785, this college is widely known as one of the best public research institutions in the state.
There are also over 100 public schools in the city of Atlanta. These schools are attended by over 50,000 area students every year.
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Parks & Recreation
There are over 300 parks in Atlanta covering over 3,500 square miles. Over half of the city’s residents live within walking distance from at least one or more of these parks. Some of the more memorable parks in the city include:
1. The Chattahoochee Natural Recreation Area.
This 40+ mile stretch of river provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities for people of all ages and interests.
2. Chastain Park.
This park is known for its spacious amphitheater. It hosts several live music concerts every season.
3. Woodruff Park.
One of the most beautiful nature areas in Georgia. It is a fixture of the University of Georgia.
4. Centennial Olympic Park.
This park was created for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games that the city hosted. It is still a very popular tourist destination.
5. Grant Park.
This 130-acre park is the oldest park in Atlanta. It is home to Zoo Atlanta, which has been around for 130 years.
Atlanta is considered to have a subtropical climate. Winters are generally shorter and less severe than their northern neighbors. Their summers tend to be just as hot and humid as other nearby Southern states.
Atlanta averages 48 days below freezing and 44 days above 90 degrees every year. The city averages about 50 inches of rain and less than five inches of snow every year.
There are many things to see and do in the city of Atlanta. Sports enthusiasts have their pick of several professional teams.
The NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, MLB’s Atlanta Braves and the MLS’s Atlanta United FC all call the city home. Atlanta has hosted several Super Bowls over the years as well as several major PGA golf events.
Atlanta has also been referred to as “Running City USA.” Runners can participate in the annual Peachtree Road Race and the Thanksgiving day half-marathon.
Atlanta has been host to numerous movie and television productions over the last half-century. It is also a cultural center for all types of music, theater, and other art forms.
Notable musicians and bands that originated in Atlanta include country singer Travis Tritt, R&B artists TLC. Toni Braxton and Usher, the metal band Sevendust, and hip-hop performers Goodie Mob, Organized Noize, and Outkast.
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