Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and a city in the United States of America. Atlanta is the 37th most populous city in the USA. Atlanta is situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. It originated as the terminus of a state-sponsored railroad. But over time, it became the convergence point among multiple railroads, initiating its rapid growth. Atlanta's name derives from the Western and Atlantic Railroad's local depot.
Atlanta is organized into 242 officially defined neighborhoods. Atlanta embraced the global modernist trends, especially regarding commercial and institutional architecture during the later twentieth century. The city's Latin motto is 'Resurgens' which means 'rising again' in English.
Data and Facts
- As of 2018, the estimated population of Atlanta is 498,044.
- The city's population density is 3,669/square miles.
- The racial proportion of Atlanta is 54% African American, 38.4% White, 3.1% Asian and 0.2% Native American.
- The income per capita for the city is $35,463.
- 22.6% of people are living below the poverty line.
- City's 12.8% population identified itself as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
- Atlanta's economy is the tenth-largest in the country.
- 83.3% of the city's population spoke only English.
- As of 2014, 45% of people aged 25 or more have a 4-year college degree.
- Atlanta, as of 2010, is the 7th most visited city in the USA.
Atlanta is governed by a mayor and the Atlanta City Council. There are a total of 15 representatives in the Atlanta City Council, one from each of the 12 districts and three at-large positions. As the state capital, Atlanta is the kernel of most of Georgia's state government. Atlanta serves as the regional center for many arms of the federal bureaucracy, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the CDC. Atlanta also plays a significant role in the federal judiciary system.
The Atlanta metropolitan area has a GDP of $385 billion. This makes it the 10th largest in the country and among the top 20-largest in the world. Atlanta also hosts the global headquarters of various corporations like The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, AT&T Mobility, UPS and The Home Depot. Corporate operations play a paramount role in Atlanta's economy. Many corporations are drawn to the city because of its educated personnel. The economy of Atlanta also depends on the media, railroads, and logistics. The film and television industry contributed $9.5 billion into Georgia's economy with Atlanta garnering the most of it. The same is with the media. Atlanta is a major cable television programming center. CNN and TBS have their headquarters in Atlanta.
Atlanta claims the nation's third-largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies. Atlanta is the home of over 1,250 multinational corporation's offices. Over 75% of Fortune 1000 companies manage business operations in Atlanta. As of 2013, Atlanta contains the fourth-largest congregation of information technology jobs in the country, numbering approximately 85,000. Like other sectors, information technology companies are attracted to the educated workforce provided by the city of Atlanta. It is roughly calculated that companies will invest over $1 billion into new technology over the next five years in Atlanta. The efficient human resources reduced regulation, and the accessible airport has made Atlanta a preferred city for doing business.
Atlanta has originally originated as a railroad town, so it is different from the traditional 'southern' cities. Many of Atlanta's landmarks share architectural traits with buildings in the Northeast and Midwest.
The transportation infrastructure of Atlanta comprises a very sophisticated network that includes a heavy rail rapid transit system, a light rail streetcar loop, a multi-county bus system, multiple freight train lines, an Interstate Highway System, several airports and over 45 miles of bike paths.
Atlanta has a few universities which provide world-class resources for research. And because of this, Atlanta attracts many technology-based companies. The Georgia Institute of Technology, which regularly ranks among the nation's top ten public universities, offers highly ranked programs in engineering, the sciences, design and industrial management. The University of Georgia is one of the best research universities in the USA with "Highest Research Activity".
Social Wellness and Human Resources
Atlanta is the hub of nationally renowned colleges and universities. 55,000 students are enrolled in 106 schools in Atlanta Public Schools across the city. Education plays an important role in Atlanta's economy also.
Atlanta has played a vital role in the development of various genres in American music. In the 2000s, Atlanta was recognized for its indie rock scene which revolves around the various live music venues. The governmental bodies have also encouraged the musicians in various ways.