64 Facts About Atlanta GA


Atlanta GA was originally founded as the terminus of a major state-sponsored railroad, but it soon became the convergence point among several railroads, spurring its rapid growth.

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The largest was the Western and Atlantic Railroad, from which the name "Atlanta GA" is derived, signifying the city's growing reputation as a major hub of transportation.

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The region surrounding Atlanta GA was the location of several major army battles, culminating with the Battle of Atlanta GA and a four-month-long siege of the city by the Union Army under the command of General William Tecumseh Sherman.

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In three decades' time, Atlanta GA's population tripled as the city limits expanded to include nearby streetcar suburbs.

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Atlanta GA was sentenced to death but the governor commuted his sentence to life.

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Atlanta GA played a vital role in the Allied effort during World War II due to the city's war-related manufacturing companies, railroad network and military bases.

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Atlanta GA was selected as the site for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

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The city of Atlanta GA was the subject of a massive cyberattack which began in March 2018.

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Atlanta GA developed on a ridge south of the Chattahoochee River, which is part of the ACF River Basin.

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Yet architecturally, the city had never been traditionally "southern" because Atlanta GA originated as a railroad town, rather than a southern seaport dominated by the planter class, such as Savannah or Charleston.

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Downtown Atlanta GA contains the most office space in the metro area, much of it occupied by government entities.

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Midtown Atlanta GA is the city's second-largest business district, containing the offices of many of the region's law firms.

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Northwest Atlanta GA contains the areas of the city to west of Marietta Boulevard and to the north of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The gentrification of Atlanta GA has its origins in the 1970s, after many of Atlanta GA's neighborhoods had declined and suffered the urban decay that affected other major American cities in the mid-20th century.

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Under the Koppen classification, Atlanta GA has a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons and generous precipitation year-round, typical for the Upland South; the city is situated in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 8a, with the northern and western suburbs, as well as part of Midtown transitioning to 7b.

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Typical of the southeastern U S, Atlanta receives abundant rainfall that is evenly distributed throughout the year, though late spring and early fall are somewhat drier.

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Some middle and upper class African-American residents of Atlanta GA followed an influx of whites to newer housing and public schools in the suburbs in the early 21st century.

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Since 2010, the Atlanta GA area has seen very notable growth with immigrants from India, China, South Korea, and Jamaica.

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Atlanta GA's dialect has traditionally been a variation of Southern American English.

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Atlanta GA has a thriving and diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

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Metro Atlanta GA has numerous ethnic or national Christian congregations, including Korean and Indian churches.

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Atlanta GA started as a railroad town, and logistics has been a major component of the city's economy to this day.

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Atlanta GA serves as an important rail junction and contains major classification yards for Norfolk Southern and CSX.

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Partly due to the airport, Atlanta GA has been a hub for diplomatic missions; as of 2017, the city contains 26 consulates general, the seventh-highest concentration of diplomatic missions in the US.

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Atlanta GA has emerged as the all-time most popular destination for film production in the United States and one of the 10 most popular destinations globally.

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Atlanta GA is one of few United States cities with permanent, professional, and resident companies in all major performing arts disciplines: opera, ballet, orchestral music, and theater .

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Institutions of higher education contribute to Atlanta's art scene, with the Savannah College of Art and Design's Atlanta campus providing the city's arts community with a steady stream of curators, and Emory University's Michael C Carlos Museum containing the largest collection of ancient art in the Southeast.

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Atlanta GA has become one of the USA's best cities for street art in recent years.

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Atlanta GA has played a major or contributing role in the development of various genres of American music at different points in the city's history.

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Also in the 2000s, Atlanta GA was recognized by the Brooklyn-based Vice magazine for its indie rock scene, which revolves around the various live music venues found on the city's alternative eastside.

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Atlanta GA is considered a hub for filmmakers of color and houses Tyler Perry Studios and Areu Bros.

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Atlanta GA has more festivals than any city in the southeastern United States.

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Atlanta GA contains a notable number of historical museums and sites, including the Martin Luther King Jr.

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Visitors seeking to sample international Atlanta GA are directed to Buford Highway, the city's international corridor, and suburban Gwinnett County.

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Atlanta GA is best known for its barbecue, hamburgers, Southern fried chicken, and lemon pepper chicken wings.

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Atlanta GA Falcons have played in Atlanta GA since their inception in 1966.

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In 2019, Atlanta GA briefly hosted an Alliance of American Football team, the Atlanta GA Legends, but the league was suspended during its first season and the team folded.

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Atlanta GA Hawks were founded in 1946 as the Tri-Cities Blackhawks, playing in Moline, Illinois.

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In 1998 the Atlanta GA Silverbacks were formed, playing the new North American Soccer League.

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In 2017, Atlanta GA United FC began play as Atlanta GA's first premier-division professional soccer club since the Chiefs.

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In ice hockey, Atlanta GA has had two National Hockey League franchises, both of which relocated to a city in Canada after playing in Atlanta GA for fewer than 15 years.

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The Atlanta GA Flames played from 1972 to 1980, and the Atlanta GA Thrashers played from 1999 to 2011.

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Atlanta GA has long been known as the "capital" of college football in America.

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Also, Atlanta GA is within a few hours driving distance of many of the universities that make up the Southeastern Conference, college football's most profitable and popular conference, and annually hosts the SEC Championship Game.

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Atlanta GA additionally hosted the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship.

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In 2001 and 2011, Atlanta GA hosted the PGA Championship, one of the four major championships in men's professional golf, at the Atlanta GA Athletic Club.

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In soccer, Atlanta GA has hosted numerous international friendlies and CONCACAF Gold Cup matches.

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Atlanta GA will serve as one of the eleven US host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

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Atlanta GA offers resources and opportunities for amateur and participatory sports and recreation.

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Atlanta GA serves as the regional hub for many arms of the federal bureaucracy, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta GA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .

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Atlanta GA plays an important role in the federal judiciary system, containing the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

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Much of southern Atlanta GA is in the 13th district, represented by Democrat David Scott.

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Georgia State University is a major public research university in Downtown Atlanta GA; it is the largest in student population of the 29 public colleges and universities in the University System of Georgia and is a significant contributor to the revitalization of the city's central business district.

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Atlanta GA is home to nationally renowned private colleges and universities, most notably Emory University, a leading liberal arts and research institution that operates Emory Healthcare, the largest health care system in Georgia.

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Atlanta GA contains a campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design, a private art and design university that has proven to be a major factor in the recent growth of Atlanta GA's visual art community.

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In 2018 the City of Atlanta GA annexed a portion of DeKalb County containing the Centers for Disease Control and Emory University; this portion will be zoned to the DeKalb County School District until 2024, when it will transition into APS.

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Atlanta GA is served by The Atlanta GA Journal-Constitution, its only major daily newspaper with wide distribution.

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Atlanta GA magazine is a monthly general-interest magazine based in and covering Atlanta GA.

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Atlanta GA has a network of freeways that radiate out from the city, and automobiles are the dominant means of transportation in the region.

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The heavy reliance on automobiles for transportation in Atlanta GA has resulted in traffic, commute, and air pollution rates that rank among the worst in the country.

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The City of Atlanta GA has a higher than average percentage of households without a car.

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Crime is down across the country, but Atlanta GA's improvement has occurred at more than twice the national rate.

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Atlanta GA in January 2017 declared the city was a "welcoming city" and "will remain open and welcoming to all".

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Atlanta GA has a reputation as a "city in a forest" due to an abundance of trees that is rare among major cities.

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