Atlanta is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Georgia. It is one of the South's largest cities. Atlanta is known as a major business city. It is the home of Coca-Cola Company, CNN, AT&T, and Home Depot, as well as many other Fortune 500 companies. Atlanta's airport, called Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, is the busiest airport in the world. Atlanta is near the center of Georgia and is on the Chattahoochee River.
State capital of Georgia
|City of Atlanta|
From top to bottom, left to right: Downtown Atlanta skyline seen from Old Fourth Ward, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center, Ebenezer Baptist Church at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park, the Georgia State Capitol, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Midtown Atlanta skyline from Piedmont Park, Krog Street Tunnel, and Swan House at the Atlanta History Center
Resurgens (Latin for Rising again, alluding to the myth of the phoenix bird)
Interactive map of Atlanta
|City of Atlanta||December 29, 1847|
|• Mayor||Keisha Lance Bottoms (D)|
|• Body||Atlanta City Council|
|• State capital of Georgia||136.76 sq mi (354.22 km2)|
|• Land||135.73 sq mi (351.53 km2)|
|• Water||1.04 sq mi (2.68 km2)|
|• Urban||1,963 sq mi (5,080 km2)|
|• Metro||8,376 sq mi (21,690 km2)|
|Elevation||738 to 1,050 ft (225 to 320 m)|
|• State capital of Georgia||498,715|
|• Rank||38th in the United States|
1st in Georgia
|• Density||3,600/sq mi (1,400/km2)|
|• Urban density||2,500/sq mi (980/km2)|
|• Metro||6,020,864 (9th)|
|• Metro density||710.5/sq mi (274.32/km2)|
|• CSA||6,775,511 (10th)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
30060, 30301–30322, 30324–30334, 30336–30350, 30340, 30353, 30363
|GNIS feature ID||0351615|
|Primary airport||Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport|
Many African Americans live in Atlanta. Some people call it a "black mecca".
During the American Civil War, Atlanta was where several battles happened. Some of the battles were the Battle of Peachtree Creek, the Battle of Atlanta, and the Battle of Ezra Church. The city was burnt down and almost entirely destroyed. After the war, the city was built again, and got a nickname because it was built so fast: "the Phoenix City", after the bird which burns itself then rises from the ashes in old myths. A picture of the bird is on the city seal.
Atlanta became the state capital in 1868.
There have been racial problems in Atlanta. During riots in 1906, at least 12 people died and more than 70 other people were hurt. In 1913, a Jewish man named Leo Frank was tried in court for raping and killing a girl in a factory where he worked. He was found guilty, but then the government decided not to execute him because not everyone was convinced he had done it. This upset people who thought he had killed the girl, and there were more riots in 1915 and Frank was lynched (hanged with a rope until he died).
In the 1930s, the Great Depression came to Atlanta. Many people did not have jobs and were hungry. The city government was almost out of money and the Coca-Cola company gave the city some money to help. In 1935, the government built the first federal housing project in the United States.
Atlanta's airport is named Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. It is the busiest airport in the world. Delta Air Lines is an airline that has its main office in Atlanta, and it uses Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for many of its flights.
|1996||The Olympic Games took place in Atlanta.|
|2000||The census records Atlanta's population as 416,474 people.|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Atlanta.|
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