34 Facts About Atlanta GA

1. Atlanta GA is the capital and most populous city of the US state of Georgia.

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2. 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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3. 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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4. 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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5. On November 11, 1864, Sherman prepared for the Union Army's March to the Sea by ordering the destruction of Atlanta GA's remaining military assets.

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6. In 1895, Atlanta GA hosted the Cotton States and International Exposition, which attracted nearly 800,000 attendees and successfully promoted the New South's development to the world.

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7. 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 GA's Margaret Mitchell.

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

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

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10. On June 16, 2022, Atlanta GA was selected as a host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

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

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12. Atlanta GA is sometimes called "City of Trees" or "city in a forest", despite having lost approximately 560,000 acres of trees between 1973 and 1999.

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

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15. 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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16. 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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17. The latter is one of Atlanta GA's designated Landmark Historical Neighborhoods.

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

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19. Largest Hispanic ancestries in Atlanta GA are Mexican, Puerto Rican and Cuban.

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

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

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

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24. In Rugby union, on September 21, 2018, Major League Rugby announced that Atlanta GA was one of the expansion teams joining the league for the 2020 season named Rugby ATL.

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25. 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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26. The mayor of Atlanta GA is Andre Dickens, a Democrat elected on a nonpartisan ballot whose first term in office began on January 3, 2022.

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27. At the federal level, Atlanta GA is split between three congressional districts.

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

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29. 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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30. 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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31. Primary network-affiliated television stations in Atlanta GA are WXIA-TV 11, WGCL-TV 46 (CBS), WSB-TV 2 (ABC), and WAGA-TV 5 (Fox).

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

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

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