Georgia Facts

State Location Georgia Location In The US
State Abbreviation GA
Statehood Jan. 2, 1788
State Capital Atlanta
State Size Total (Land + Water): 59,425 sq miles; Land Only: 57,906 sq miles
Number of Counties 159
State Population (2015)10,214,860
State Population Density176.4 people / square mile
Electoral Votes16
State Quarter Issue Date July 19, 1999
State Motto Wisdom, justice, and moderation
State Flower Cherokee rose
State Tree Live oak
State Bird Brown Thrasher
Nickname Peach State, Empire State of the South
State Flag Georgia State Flag
State Gas Tax$0.3102 / Gallon
State Cigarette Tax$0.37 / Pack
Area Codes 229, 404, 470, 478, 678, 706, 762, 770, 912
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Atlanta (420,003)
Augusta (195,844)
Columbus (189,885)
Savannah (136,286)
Athens (115,452)
Major Sports Teams MLB: Atlanta Braves
NFL: Atlanta Falcons
NBA: Atlanta Hawks

Georgia Fun Facts

  • Georgia was named for King George II of England.
  • Georgia was founded in 1732 by British Member of Parliament James Oglethorpe. Oglethorpe's original intention was to use the colony as a place for debt-ridden people to get a fresh start.
  • Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River.
  • Georgia has seven official natural wonders: Amicalola Falls, the Okefenokee Swamp, Providence Canyon, Radium Springs, Stone Mountain, Tallulah Gorge, and Warm Springs.
  • Coca-Cola was invented in May 1886 by John Pemberton in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • The popular theme park - Six Flags Over Georgia, was actually named for six flags that flew over the lands that comprise of present-day Georgia. The six flags are that of England, Spain, France, Confederate States of America, United States, and Georgia.
  • In Georgia, it's illegal to live on a boat for more than 30 days during a calendar year.
  • Wesleyan College in Macon was the first college in the world established as a full college for women. It started in 1836 as Georgia Female College.
  • Georgia is the only state with an official State Crop, peanut.
  • The Hatsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world's busiest airport in terms of number of passengers served.

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