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Did You Know These About Atlanta?

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Atlanta is a thriving metropolitan city, settled at the Appalachian Mountains foothills. The city has massive greenery among the United States cities, and boasts an array of attractions from the home of Coca-Cola to America’s largest aquarium. Did you know Atlanta is the birthplace of the Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? Read on a few fast facts about "the Gate City"-

Atlanta Interesting Facts
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Atlanta Geographic and Demographic Fast Facts

  • Atlanta is the capital city of Georgia.
  • It is the fifth capital of Georgia. Earlier, Milledgeville, Louisville, Augusta and Savannah were the capital of Georgia. 
  • It is the largest city of Georgia. 
  • Atlanta is located in the northwest part of Georgia.
  • The city is 1,050 ft above the seal level. 
  • It ranks at third position among the US cities in terms of the LGBT population per capita. 
  • The tallest building in the US is in Atlanta- The Bank of America Plaza, 1,023 ft tall. 
  • The ethnic composition of Atlanta includes: 53.9% Black or African American, 41.8% White, 37.1% Non-Hispanic, 5.3% Latino or Hispanic, and 4.3% Asian. 

Atlanta History Fast Facts

  • Hardy Ivy was the first European settler. 
  • In 1837, Atlanta was founded as Terminus and later in 1843 was formed as Marthasville, in honour of Martha, the ex-governor Wilson Lumpkin’s daughter.
  • In 1847, it was officially formed as Atlanta. 
  • It was the only city in North American that was razed due to Civil War. 
  • In 1868, it became the capital city of Georgia.
  • Atlanta got its present name from J. Edgar Thompson, the railroad engineer. It is a short version of Atlantica-Pacifica. 

Atlanta Economy and Government Fast Facts

  • The city is governed by the Atlanta City Council and a mayor.
  • It is known as a “world city”, or “alpha city”, positioned at thirty-sixth spot among the world cities.
  • The metropolitan area of Atlanta is the 8th largest economy in Georgia and seventeenth largest in the world. 
  • It ranks at the third position in having base of Fortune 500 companies.
  • The Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, UPS, The Home Depot, AT & T Mobility, CNN and many more have global headquarters in Atlanta.
  • It is the main center of the cable television programming.
  • It is the key transportation and commercial center of the southeast US. 
  • It is the main educational hub with many reputable colleges and universities. 
  • The city’s economy is diverse, with main sectors including business, logistics, media operations, information technology, and professional services. 

Atlanta Important and Interesting Fast Facts

  • Atlanta is nicknamed as “Hotlanta”, “The A”, “The Gate City”, “ATL”, and “The City in a Forest”.
  • It had four names earlier before being named as “Atlanta”. The names are-Terminus, Marthasville, Thrasherville, and the Atlantica-Pacifica. 
  • There are more than 55 streets with the name “Peachtree”.
  • Stone Mountain is one of the biggest pieces of exposed granite in the world.
  • Atlanta witnessed the fastest baseball game in the history, when the Atlanta Crackers was beaten by the Mobile Sea Gulls by 2-1 in 32 minutes.
  • The world’s largest drive-in restaurant is the Varsity, located in downtown Atlanta.
  • It is home to the world’s busiest airport- the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
  • The city’s symbol is a phoenix that indicates the fact that it’s the only city in the United States to be devastated by an act of war.
  • The world’s largest black gay celebration is in Atlanta-the Atlanta Black Pride. 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta in 1929.
  • It is one of the two cities in the world that houses two Nobel Peace Prize winners: President Jimmy Carter and Civil Right activist Martin Luther King Jr. 
  • Atlanta has the globe’s largest toll-free dialling area.
  • In the United States, Atlanta has the second largest shopping center space. 
  • Coca-Cola was given out for the first time at Jacobs Pharmacy in 1886.
  • The Atlanta’s main daily newspaper is the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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