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General Facts

For Georgia

 

Median Household Income: $ 45,894
Income (w/Children): $ 63,338
Population: 7,642,207
Land Area: 57,919 Square Miles
Population Density: 132 Persons per Square Mile
Nickname: Peach State
Capital: Atlanta
Date of Statehood: January 2, 1788
State Bird: Brown Thrasher
State Flower: Cherokee Rose
State Tree: Live Oak

  

Georgia is one of the South Atlantic states of the United States. Founded in 1733, Georgia was the last of the 13 original English colonies to be established in what is now the United States. Georgia emerged as a state during the American Revolution (1775-1783), and Georgians were among the first signers of the Declaration of Independence. On January 2, 1788, Georgia became the first Southern state to ratify the Constitution of the United States. Georgia developed slowly and did not begin to prosper until late in the 18th century. However, during the first half of the 19th century Georgia flourished as an agricultural state, with vast cotton and rice plantations. By 1860 Georgia was one of the wealthiest Southern states, and stately plantation homes graced the rolling hills of the coastal and central sections of the state.

The American Civil War (1861-1865) and its aftermath were major turning points in the economic and social life of Georgia. The state was devastated during the war, and after the abolition of slavery the plantation system was replaced by tenant farm neo-plantation form of agriculture that still focused on traditional agricultural products such as cotton, tobacco, peanuts, and grain crops. The state remained poor, and during the Great Depression of the 1930s it was particularly devastated as the boll weevil decimated the cotton economy. Migration to other states seemed to be one of the few ways of overcoming poverty. The state remained primarily agricultural in nature until the early 1950s, when the development of industry began to accelerate. By the early 1960s, industrial production far outranked agriculture as the chief source of income. In the mid-1990s Georgia had an economy based on manufacturing and service industries. Atlanta, the largest city and capital of the state, serves as an important economic center of the South and the nation.

The early colony was named in honor of King George II of Great Britain. Over the years the state has acquired many nicknames. Nicknames include the Buzzard State, in commemoration of an early state law to protect buzzards; and the Goober State, for the state’s enormous annual peanut crop. Georgia is sometimes referred to as the Cracker State, a term of uncertain origin. Several 19th-century authorities attributed the term to "the crackers, the lowest and most ignorant of Georgia citizens prior to the abolition of slavery." It may also stem from the custom of wagoners who cracked whips over the heads of their oxen. Two nicknames, however, are gaining frequency in use. Georgia is known as the Peach State, for the famous peaches grown there, and the peach emblem is on the state’s automobile license plates. Georgia is also known as the Empire State of the South. This nickname alludes to New York, which is known as the Empire State, and reflects Georgia’s size and the rapid development of its economy.

Georgia has a total area of 58,977 square miles, including 1,011 square miles of inland water and 147 square miles of coastal waters over which the state has jurisdiction. The state is the 24th largest in the country and has the largest land area of any state east of the Mississippi River. Georgia has a maximum dimension north to south of 320 miles and east to west of 274 miles. The mean elevation is about 600 feet.

The state’s coastline along the Atlantic Ocean is about 100 miles long. However, when all the river estuaries, bays, and islands are included, the coastline is 2,344 miles long. Saltwater tidal marshes are found in most river estuaries. Just off the mainland, separated from it by a narrow and sheltered waterway, lies a chain of low islands. The islands, which continue along the coast of South Carolina, are called the Sea Islands. Sandy beaches fringe the seaward sides of many of the islands. Several of these islands are now developed, but two, Sapelo and Cumberland, are mostly owned by the state and largely remain in a natural condition. Along the Coastal Plain and in much of the Piedmont, summers are generally hot, and winters are mild. The relative humidity is generally high throughout the year. In the mountains, in northern Georgia, cooler conditions prevail.

The average January temperature on the Coastal Plain and the Piedmont ranges from about 44° in the north to about 54° in the south. In the mountains, winter temperatures are in the lower 40°s in the valleys and considerably lower on the hills and more exposed mountain slopes. Occasionally in winter masses of colder air sweep into Georgia from the north. On such occasions, temperatures have dropped to the lower 10°s F.

Average July temperatures are in the lower 80°s on the Coastal Plain and the Piedmont, and range from about 74° to 78° in the mountains. Daytime temperatures are often in the lower 100°s and have risen occasionally to the lower 110°s. The high humidity makes very hot days exceedingly uncomfortable.

The Coastal Plain and Piedmont receive between 46 and 52 inches of precipitation (both rainfall and snowfall) a year, and the mountains receive between 56 and 76 inches. However, the amount of precipitation varies greatly from year to year, and prolonged dry spells, although infrequent, occasionally cause crop failures and water shortages. More than half of all annual precipitation falls during the spring and summer. Snow is rare in the lowlands, but there are sometimes heavy snowfalls in the mountains.