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Atlanta, Georgia
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Flag Official seal of Atlanta, Georgia
Nickname(s): The City in a Forest,[1] ATL,[2] The A,[3] Hotlanta,[4] The Gate City.[5] (See also Nicknames of Atlanta)
Motto(s): Resurgens (Latin for rising again)
City highlighted in Fulton County, location of Fulton County in the state of Georgia
City highlighted in Fulton County, location of Fulton County in the state of Georgia
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Coordinates: 33°45′18″N 84°23′24″WCoordinates: 33°45′18″N 84°23′24″W
Country United States of America
State Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia
Counties Fulton, DeKalb
Terminus 1837
Marthasville 1843
City of Atlanta December 29, 1847
• Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D)
• Body Atlanta City Council
• State capital and 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)
Population (2010)
• State capital and city 420,003 (US: 38th)
• Estimate (2017)[9] 486,290
• Density 3,547/sq mi (1,370/km2)
• Urban 4,975,300
• Urban density 5,180/sq mi (1,999/km2)
• Metro 5,789,700[6] (9th)
• Metro density 1,350/sq mi (522/km2)
• CSA 6,451,262[7] (11th)
• Demonym Atlantan[8]
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
• Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
ZIP Codes 30060, 30301–30322, 30324–30334, 30336–30350, 30340, 30353, 30363
Area codes 404/678/470/770
FIPS code 13-04000[10]
GNIS feature ID 0351615[11]
Atlanta (/ætˈlæntə/) is the capital city and most populous municipality of the state of Georgia in the United States. With an estimated 2017 population of 486,290,[12] it is the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, home to 5.8 million people and the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the United States.[6] Atlanta is the seat of Fulton County and a small portion of the city extends eastward into DeKalb County.

Atlanta was founded as a transportation hub at the intersection of two railroad lines in 1837. After being mostly burned to the ground during the American Civil War, the city rose from its ashes to become a national center of commerce and the unofficial capital of the “New South”. During the 1960s, Atlanta became a major organizing center of the civil rights movement, with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph David Abernathy, and many other locals playing major roles in the movement’s leadership. In the decades following, the city earned a reputation as “too busy to hate” for the relatively progressive views of its citizens and leaders compared to other cities in the “Deep South”.[13] During the modern era, Atlanta has attained international prominence as a major air transportation hub, with Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport being the world’s busiest airport by passenger traffic since 1998.[14][15][16][17]

Atlanta is rated a “beta(+)” world city that exerts a moderate impact on global commerce, finance, research, technology, education, media, art, and entertainment.[18] It ranks 18th among world cities and 7th in the nation with a gross domestic product of $320 billion.[19][20] Atlanta’s economy is considered diverse, with dominant sectors that include logistics, professional and business services, media operations, and information technology.[21] Atlanta has topographic features that include rolling hills and dense tree coverage, earning it the nickname of “the city in a forest.”[22] Revitalization of Atlanta’s neighborhoods, initially spurred by the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, has intensified in the 21st century, altering the city’s demographics, politics, and culture.[23][24]Atlanta



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