Georgia State Facts, Symbols and History
Georgia Fast Facts
Capital: Atlanta (metro population) 5,376,285 (2008 est.)
Georgia population: 9,919,945 ( 2012 est.) (8th)
The Georgia Quarter The Georgia quarter is the fourth quarter released in the United States Mint’s 50 State Quarters® Program.
Georgia was admitted to the Union on January 2, 1788, becoming our National 4th State. Called “The Peach State,” the Georgia quarter features an outline of the peach, the Live Oak tree, and the state’s nickname.
The hanging banner of the coin bears the inscription “Wisdom, Justice, Slow”.
Language: English, others
Largest Cities: (by population) Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Savannah, Athens, Macon
Nam:e name, Georgia, in honor of King George II of England
Statehood: January 2, 1788 (4th state)
- Amphibian: Coral-toed Lithoria
- Bird: Brown Thresher
- Butterfly: forked tiger tail
- Fish: trout perch
- Flag of Georgia
- Flower: (official state) Cherokee rose
- Fruit: peach
- Gemstone: Quartz
- Marine Mammal: Right Whale
- Motto: “Wisdom, Justice and Slowdown”
- Nicknames: (most used) Peach State, State of the Empire of the South
- Song: “Georgia on My Mind”
- State seal
Georgia is the fourth state in the southeastern United States to sign the United States Constitution in 1788. The capital and largest city is Atlanta. The population of the state is 9,815,210 (2011). See cities and towns in Georgia.
Georgia’s official nicknames are “Peach State” and “Imperial State of the South”.
In the North, Georgia borders on the states of Tennessee and North Carolina, in the east – on South Carolina and the Atlantic Ocean, in the south – on Florida, in the west – on Alabama.
In the north of the state is the Blue Ridge (a spur of the Appalachians).
- AbbreviationFinder: Demonstrates how the two-letter acronym of GA stands for Georgia and a list of frequently used abbreviations related to the state of Georgia.
Prior to the Spanish colonization of America, there was an Indian culture in Georgia, described by Hernando de Soto in 1540 and completely disappeared by 1560. For some time, the Spaniards dominated here, at the end of the 17th century they began to clash with the British for the right to own the region. In 1724, the British established their rule over the area, declaring the establishment of the “Colony of Georgia” in honor of King George I.