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About Georgia

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Settled in 1733 by James Oglethorpe, Georgia was the 13th colony formed. Since then, Georgia has overcome hardship and become one of the top places to do business in the country.

Atlanta, GA, was the home of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. and hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics.

More on the foundation and development of Georgia on our History page.

Quick Facts

Capitol
Atlanta

Nickname
The Peach State

Motto
Wisdom, Justice, Moderation

Size
24th largest state (land area)
9th most populous state

Check out our Facts and Symbols pages and Georgia Facts infographic for more!

Business

Georgia is one of the nation's top states for business. Georgia's business highlights include:

  • Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, home to Delta Air Lines
  • CNN
  • Home Depot
  • Coca-Cola

More on business in Georgia with the Georgia Department of Economic Development.