Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and the states most populous city. It is located in the Northwest part of the state and is the seat of Fulton County.
Atlanta was founded as a transportation hub in 1837. The city was almost entirely burned to the ground during the American Civil War. Since then it has rebounded to become the ninth largest metropolitan area in the United States, the unofficial capital of the New South.
Atlanta’s economy is the eight-largest in the country and is home to many global companies including The Home Depot, Delta Air Lines, CNN, TBS, Cox Enterprises, The Weather Channel, The Coca-Cola Company, AT&T, and UPS. The city has an extremely educated work force which attracts many corporations. 75% of Fortune 1000 companies conduct business operations in the city.
With a highly educated workforce, 45% of adults aged 25 or older have a minimum of a four-year college degree, you would imagine the city has its share of excellent colleges, and you would be correct. Atlanta has over thirty colleges and universities. Some of the top schools include Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Emory University, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, and Savannah College of Art and Design.
Sports are popular in Atlanta. Local teams include four professional franchises; the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Falcons, and Atlanta United FC. Major sports complexes include Suntrust Park, Philips Arena, and the newest complex, Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Centennial Summer Olympics were hosted in 1996. Two Super Bowls, PGA Championships, NHL All-Star Game, NBA All-Star events, and NCAA Final Four Men’s Basketball Championship events.
Atlanta has its share of parks, nature preserves, and gardens. Some local favorites include Piedmont Park, Centennial Olympic Park, Woodruff Park, Chastain Park, Chattahoochee River national Recreation Area, and the Atlanta Botanical Garden. If you leave the city you are not far to lakes and mountains, including the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and the Chattahoochee National Forest. Lake Lanier is a favorite boating spot for locals.
Tourism is a major form of income for the city. Atlanta is the seventh-most visited city in the US with over 35 million visitors a year. The most popular attractions include Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum, the World of Coca-Cola, Carter Center, Georgia Aquarium, and Zoo Atlanta. Major festivals include Atlanta Dogwood Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, and Music Midtown.
Atlanta suburbs include Sandy Springs, where Atomic Design began, Dunwoody, Buckhead, Marietta, Norcross, Union City, Ellenwood, Decatur, Brookhaven, North Druid Hills, Lilburn, Duluth, Alpharetta, Roswell, Kennesaw, Suwanee, Lawrenceville, Cumming, Woodstock, and Douglasville. Further out from the city you will find Conyers, Snelville, Buford, LaGrange, Carrolton, Adairsville, Jasper, Flowery Branch, Macon, and Columbus Georgia.
Atlanta is considered one of the best places to raise a family and wins numerous recognitions. In 2010 Forbes’ 2010 list of Best Places To Raise A Family in the U.S. landed Atlanta in the number three spot. Many people move away from the city only to return years later; they always come back. If you were raised in Atlanta, you know the weather can be harsh, especially the winters. You knew that no matter how much snow fell it wasn’t very likely that you would get a snow day and be able to stay home from school. The annual snowfall is 95 inches annually, so you grow up knowing how to drive in the snow and ice.
When talking about Atlanta you can’t forget that is a major commercial and transportation hub, boasting one of the busiest airports in the world. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been considered the busiest in the world since 1998, by number of landings and take-offs. Now it is considered the busiest in passengers and flights. The airport accommodates 100 million passengers per year.