Founded in 1837 as Marthasville, Atlanta is a city of over 420,000 people. It is the largest city in Georgia, as well as the state's capital. According to U.S. census estimates, the Atlanta metropolitan area is the ninth largest metropolitan area in the United States with a population of over 4.7 million people.
Atlanta is located in north/central Georgia. It is home to over 10 Fortune 500 companies, including household names such as The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Airlines, Home Depot, and UPS. In fact, as of 2005, the Atlanta metropolitan area was ranked third behind New York and Houston on the list of cities with the most Fortune 500 headquarters.
Atlanta was ranked as the fourth "Most Fun U.S City" in a survey conducted in 2003 by Cranium Inc. Factors taken into account in the ranking include the number of sports teams, restaurants, dance performances, toy stores, the amount of a city's budget that is spent on recreation, and other factors.
Atlanta was founded in 1837 as Marthasville at the end of the Western & Atlantic railroad line. It was officially incorporated as Atlanta in 1847. At that time, Atlanta consisted of little more than 30 stores, a few hotels and schools, one church, and approximately 2,500 residents.
Some key dates in Atlanta's history include:
Atlanta is a vibrant and rich center for arts and culture. Atlanta offers museums, the performing arts, a presidential library, and more. Atlanta has resident companies in the four disciplines of the performing arts: ballet, symphony, opera, and theater. Some of Atlanta's more notable museums include:
For patrons of the performing arts, Atlanta is home to many world-class performing arts attractions. Some of the more notable include:
Atlanta also pays host to many arts festivals, including the Georgia Shakespeare Festival, and Music Midtown.
Atlanta has plenty to offer even the most avid sports fan. Atlanta is home to the following major sports teams:
Atlanta is also home to the NCAA College Football Peach Bowl.
As one might expect of a city in a sub-tropical climate, outdoor activities abound in Atlanta. Opportunities for outdoor recreation include: boating, camping, fishing, golfing, kayaking and rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing, swimming, tennis, and more. There are even three Six Flags Amusement parks in Atlanta (Six Flags Over Georgia, Six Flags Whitewater, and American Adventures).
Atlanta has attractions too numerous to do justice in a simple list. Some of Atlanta's more notable and unique attractions include:
Atlanta's nightlife is legendary. The city has more bars and nightclubs than it does places of worship. Atlanta offers just about everything imaginable from dance clubs to sports bars. Many establishments offer live entertainment, including some excellent rhythm and blues. Atlanta's bars and clubs are typically open seven days a week, until 2 or 4 AM. The best place to look for coming events is the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Friday "Weekend Preview" or Saturday "Leisure" sections. Atlanta Magazine and Atlanta Magazine Online are also good sources of information about dining, events, and attractions.=
Comparing Atlanta to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Georgia (State):
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