Welcome to Georgia
"The Peach State"
It might be tempting to come up with a "peach" pun when describing Georgia, but the practice would be a little limiting—the forth state has much more to offer than plentiful fuzzy fruit. In fact, if the state of Georgia were a country it would have the 28th largest national economy in the world. (Ironically, the actual country of Georgia ranks 109th.) While the state's agricultural output is impressive (in addition to peaches, it produces everything from poultry to peanuts), Georgia is also home to soft drink behemoth Coca-Cola, shipping giant UPS, and mega-chain The Home Depot.
Culturally, Georgia boasts a vibrant, eclectic music scene, from the "college" rock of Athens to the R&B, blues, and hip-hop of Atlanta. A military and Protestant stronghold, the state's overall culture has a fairly strong conservative streak. In some ways Georgia still hasn't managed to shake its Antebellum and Confederate past (the Confederate symbol wasn't even removed from the state flag until 2003). But with a population of nearly 10 million, Georgia has become truly modern and cosmopolitan—a trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Atlanta will probably yield nary a reference toGone with the Wind.
State Name: Georgia
State Nickname: "The Peach State"
State Motto: "Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation"
Name for Residents: Georgian
Time Zone: Eastern, GMT/UTC -5 / -4 (Daylight Savings Time)
Capital City: Atlanta
Date of Statehood: January 2, 1788
Statehood Rank: 4th State
Area: 59,425 sq mi (153,909 km²)
Area Rank: 24 of 50
Number of Counties: 159
State Population: 9,685,744 (2008 estimate)
Atlanta - 537,958 (2007)
Augusta - 192,851 (2007)
Columbus - 188,660 (2007)
Savannah River - Length: 350 mi (560 km)
Ogeechee River - Length: 245 mi (394 km)
Satilla River - Length: 200 mi (320 km)
Highest Point: Brasstown Bald, 4,784 ft (1,458 m)
Lowest Point: Atlantic Ocean (sea level)
Bordering States and Countries:
North Carolina (North)
South Carolina (East)
Florida (South and Southwest)
Record High Temperature:
August 20, 1983 at Greenville
Record Low Temperature:
January 27, 1940 at CCC Camp F-16
Georgia State Flag
Georgia State Seal
Georgia Location Map
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