|City of Atlanta|
|Nickname(s): The City in a Forest, ATL, The A, Hotlanta, The Gate City. (See also Nicknames of Atlanta)|
|Motto: Resurgens (Latin for rising again)|
City highlighted in Fulton County, location of Fulton County in the state of Georgia
|Georgia, United States & North America|
|Country||United States of America|
|City of Atlanta||December 29, 1847|
|• Mayor||Kasim Reed (D)|
|• Body||Atlanta City Council|
|• City||134.0 sq mi (347.1 km2)|
|• Land||133.2 sq mi (344.9 km2)|
|• Water||0.8 sq mi (2.2 km2)|
|• Urban||1,963 sq mi (5,080 km2)|
|• Metro||8,376 sq mi (21,690 km2)|
|Elevation||738 to 1,050 ft (225 to 320 m)|
|• Estimate (2016)||472,522|
|• Density||3,360/sq mi (1,299/km2)|
|• Urban density||2,540/sq mi (979/km2)|
|• Metro||5,710,795 (9th)|
|• Metro density||660/sq mi (255/km2)|
|• CSA||6,365,108 (11th)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP codes||30060, 30301-30322, 30324-30334, 30336-30350, 30340, 30353, 30363|
|GNIS feature ID||0351615|
Atlanta is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Georgia. It is one of the South's largest cities. Atlanta is known as a major business city. It is the home of Coca-Cola Company, CNN, AT&T, and Home Depot, as well as many other Fortune 500 companies. Coca-Cola, which is made in Atlanta, is drunk all over the world and its factory is a favorite tourist destination. CNN is also a big tourist attraction. Atlanta's airport, called Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, is the busiest airport in the world. Atlanta is near the center of Georgia and is on the Chattahoochee River.
History[change | change source]
During the American Civil War, Atlanta was where several battles happened. Some of the battles were the Battle of Peachtree Creek, the Battle of Atlanta, and the Battle of Ezra Church. The city was burnt down and almost entirely destroyed. After the war, the city was built again, and got a nickname because it was built so fast: "the Phoenix City", after the bird which burns itself then rises from the ashes in old myths. A picture of the bird is on the city seal.
Atlanta became the state capital in 1868.
There have been racial problems in Atlanta. During riots in 1906, at least 12 people died and more than 70 other people were hurt. In 1913, a Jewish man named Leo Frank was tried in court for raping and killing a girl in a factory where he worked. He was found guilty, but then the government decided not to execute him because not everyone was convinced he had done it. This upset people who thought he had killed the girl, and there were more riots in 1915 and Frank was lynched (hanged with a rope until he died).
In the 1930s, the Great Depression came to Atlanta. Many people did not have jobs and were hungry. The city government was almost out of money and the Coca-Cola company gave the city some money to help. In 1935, the government built the first federal housing project in the United States.
Atlanta's airport is named Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. It is the busiest airport in the world. Delta Air Lines is an airline that has its main office in Atlanta, and it uses Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for many of its flights.
Education[change | change source]
Atlanta's public school system has about 100 schools and 48,000 students. It tests the academic performance of students. The job performance of teachers and administrators are based on the results of these tests. In 2009, 178 teachers and administrators seem to have cheated to raise their student's test scores. Of the 178, 82 admitted to cheating. As a result, several area superintendents and school principals lost their jobs. The school board hired Erroll Davis Jr., a retired energy executive, as an interim school superintendent in July 2011. The Atlanta cheating scandal is one of the biggest in the nation.
Events[change | change source]
|1996||The Olympic Games took place in Atlanta.|
|2000||The census records Atlanta's population as 416,474 people.|
|1991||The birth of Hilary Fisher, Atlanta Superstar and Socialite. Hilary became famous after her infamous 21st birthday evening in Buenos Aires|
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References[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Atlanta, Georgia.|
- ""Atlanta May No Longer Be the City in a Forest", WSB-TV". Retrieved October 28, 2014.
- "The service, dubbed the Atlanta Tourist Loop as a play on the city's 'ATL' nickname, will start April 29 downtown." "Buses to link tourist favorites" The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
- "Because we're the only city easily identified by just one letter". Creative Loafing. November 23, 2011. Retrieved October 7, 2012.
- ""Love it or loathe it, the city's nickname is accurate for the summer", Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 16, 2008". Retrieved October 28, 2014.
- "Our Quiz Column". Sunny South. p. 5.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015 – Metropolitan Statistical Area; and for Puerto Rico – 2015 Population Estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015 – Combined Statistical Area; and for Puerto Rico – 2015 Population Estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
- The term "Atlantans" is widely used by both local media and national media.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
- Martin, Timothy (July 13, 2011). "Atlanta School Scandal Sparks House Cleaning". Wall Street Journal. p. A3.