Georgia

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Abbreviation GA
Source: United States Postal Service - Abbreviations
Capital Atlanta
Population 9,687,653
Source: Resident Population Data - 2010 Census
Governor Nathan Deal (Republican, to January 2015)
Entered the Union January 2, 1788
as the 4th state
Motto Wisdom, justice, and moderation
Nicknames The Peach State, The Empire State of the South
Flower Cherokee Rose
Bird Brown Thrasher
Song Georgia on My Mind
Professional Sports Teams Atlanta Hawks (Men's Basketball); Atlanta Falcons (Football); Atlanta Braves (Baseball); Atlanta Dream (Women's Basketball)
(sports listing policy)
Origin of Name In honor of George II of England
Historical Sites Confederate Memorial at Stone Mountain, Andersonville Prison Park and National Cemetery, Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Etowah Mounds, Antebellum Trail, Historic Savannah, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Martin Luther King, Jr. Historical Site
Points of Interest Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Cumberland Island National Seashore, High Museum of Art, Callaway Gardens
Bordering States Georgia borders South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina
Flag Georgia's flag

Follow these links to read articles about Georgia from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:

Official State Links

Other State Links

  • 50states.com: Georgia
    http://www.50states.com/georgia.htm
    The site provides a wealth of information about Georgia. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
  • Things To Do in Georgia
    http://www.thingstodo.com/states/GA/index.htm
    ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about Georgia's entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state's interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
  • Roadside America: Georgia Attractions
    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/map/ga.html
    Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions. This site offers reviews of "weird sites along the highway" in Georgia.
  • GeorgiaInfo Web Guide
    http://georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu/index.php
    Check out this site for weblinks to everything about Georgia!
  • FedStats: MapStat: United States: Georgia
    http://www.fedstats.gov/qf/states/13000.html
    Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on "economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more" in Georgia.
  • The Girl Scouts of the U. S. A. was founded in Georgia by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912.
  • The Cherokee Phoenix was the first known newspaper to be printed in a Native American language. It was published in New Echota in 1828.
  • The First African Baptist Church was the first African-American church in the U. S. It was founded in Savannah in 1788.

Some Famous People from this State

  • Presidents from Georgia with links to ipl2's POTUS (Presidents of the United States) page:
    • Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, was born in Plains on October 1, 1924.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., the great civil rights leader, was born in Atlanta on January 15, 1929. His birthday is now a national holiday.
  • Alice Walker, author of many books including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Color Purple, was born in Eatonton on February 9, 1944.
  • Gladys Knight, singer
  • Ty Cobb was born in Narrows on December 18, 1886. He is remembered as being one of the greatest baseball players of all time, and was the first player admitted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.