29 Facts About Atlanta GA

1. 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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2. Atlanta GA averaged 1.31 cars per household in 2016, compared to a national average of 1.8.

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

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4. Atlanta GA is mostly encircled by Interstate 285, a beltway locally known as "the Perimeter" that has come to mark the boundary between "Inside the Perimeter", the city and close-in suburbs, and "Outside the Perimeter" (OTP), the outer suburbs and exurbs.

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

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6. Atlanta GA is served by many private schools, including Roman Catholic parochial schools operated by the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

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7. 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's visual art community.

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8. Atlanta GA is home to nationally renowned private colleges and universities, most notably Emory University, a leading liberal arts and research institution that consistently ranks among the top 25 universities in the United States and operates Emory Healthcare, the largest health care system in Georgia.

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9. At the federal level, Atlanta GA is split between two congressional districts.

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

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

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

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13. Atlanta GA hosts the nation's largest Thanksgiving day half marathon, which starts and ends at Georgia State Stadium.

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

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15. Atlanta GA has had its own professional ice hockey franchises, both of which relocated after playing in Atlanta less than 15 years.

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16. Since the turn of the 21st century, Atlanta GA has emerged as a sophisticated restaurant town.

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

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18. Atlanta GA attracts many touring Broadway acts, concerts, shows, and exhibitions catering to a variety of interests.

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19. Atlanta GA is one of few United States cities with permanent, professional, and resident companies in all major performing arts disciplines: opera, ballet (Atlanta Ballet), orchestral music (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra), and theater (the Alliance Theatre).

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20. Atlanta GA has, indeed, been nicknamed the "Silicon peach" thanks to its burgeoning technology sector.

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

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22. 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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23. Atlanta GA sits atop a ridge south of the Chattahoochee River, which is part of the ACF River Basin.

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

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25. On December 15, 1939, Atlanta GA hosted the premiere of Gone with the Wind, the epic film based on the best-selling novel by Atlanta's Margaret Mitchell.

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26. Atlanta GA has topographic features that include rolling hills and dense tree coverage, earning it the nickname of "the city in a forest.

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27. Atlanta GA was originally founded as the terminating stop of a major state-sponsored railroad.

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28. Atlanta GA is the seat of Fulton County, the most populous county in Georgia.

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29. Atlanta GA is the capital of, and the most populous city in, the US state of Georgia.

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