About Georgia

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Georgia was admitted as a state in 1788 and was one of the Confederate States of America. It was once primarily a farm state, producing large amounts of cotton, but has since become a major manufacturing and service industry state. Georgia is named for George II of England. It is bordered by Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama, North Carolina, and Florida. The population of the state is estimated at about 8,186,453. Caucasian people make up about 71% of Georgia's population, while African-Americans account for about 27%. The rest is mostly Chinese, Koreans, Hispanics, and American Indians. About 63% of Georgia's people live in urban areas, such as Atlanta, Columbus, Savannah, and Macon. It is the 10th largest state by population. The capital of Georgia is Atlanta. The motto is "Wisdom, justice, and moderation". Its nicknames include Empire of the South, the Buzzard State, the Goober State, and the Peach state. The state song is "Georgia on My Mind". The state tree is the live oak. The state bird is the Brown thrasher. The state flower is the Cherokee rose. Georgia has 15 electoral votes, 13 U.S. representatives, and two senators. Natural resources in Georgia include clays, granite, marble, iron, softwood lumber to make paper, citrus growth, and manganese deposits. Six main land areas are in Georgia. They are the Atlantic Coastal Plain, the Gulf Coastal Plain, the Piedmont, the Blue Ridge province, the Ridge and Valley province, and the Appalachian Plateaus. The coastline of the state is about 100 miles long. The major river is the Savannah River. Most of Georgia's lakes have been made artificially, mostly for water conservation. The total area of Georgia is 59,425 square miles and is the 24th largest state in the country.... ... middle of paper ... ... systems and many museums. The Carnegie Library is an important library, as is the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library. Some important museums are the High Museum of Art, Georgia Museum of Art, and the Atlanta History Center and SciTrek. Some famous Georgia people are Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Henry "Hank" Aaron, Jim Brown, Jackie Robinson, Gladys Knight, Ty Cobb, Newt Gingrich, Sidney Lanier, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and William T. Sherman. Some other facts about Georgia are that 69% of its power comes from fossil fuel power plants, visitors spend $15.5 billion annually in the state, it has 9 civilian airports, in 2002 it had 115,777 miles of road, Atlanta is the leading commercial center of the state, in 2002 there were 127 AM and 130 FM radio stations, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is one of the best in the South, there are two national forests, and 59 state parks.
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