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The Southernmost state on the Atlantic coast, the US state of Georgia is framed by the majestic Appalachian mountains in the North, the Mississippi River on the West, the states of Tennessee and North & South Carolina in the Northeast and the Atlantic Ocean in the South East.
When it comes to natural beauty, Georgia boasts of some of the most panoramic mountains, plateaus, and coastlines. The Piedmont plateau with its red-clay hills runs South through Georgia until it elevates down towards the coast.
Georgia has many islands surrounding it, predominantly along the Atlantic Ocean coastline and it boasts of the Okefenokee Swamp, the largest swampland in the Thirteen Colonies. Many rivers call Georgia home, and of these, the biggest ones are Flint, Ocmulgee, Chattahoochee, and Savannah. These function as commercial waterways for the State.
Georgia has the largest land mass, compared to all the states East of the Mississippi River.
Georgia's Ethnic history
2018 census puts Georgia’s population at 10.55 million, making it the 8th most populated state in the US. Of the 10.55 million, 51.3% is female, and 48.7% is male, and the median age of a Georgia resident is 36.2 years.
Ethnically, 59.8% of the population is white/Caucasian, 31.2% Black/African-American, 3.7% Asian, 2.8% ethnic minorities, 2.2% Mixed-race and 0.3% Native Americans/Alaskans. Although the most-predominant religion is Christianity at 79%, over 18% of the population has no religious beliefs or tendencies. The primary languages spoken in Georgia are English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, French and Mandarin.
Just like the other British colonies in the US, the state of Georgia had a diverse population of Native Americans who had forged roots centuries before the state was colonized. Muskogean was the primary language they used, and these tribes followed the Southeast Cultural belief system. Today, the tribes that remain in present-day Georgia include the Hitchiti, Apalachee, Choctaw, Timucua, Oconee, Muskogee Creek, Yamasee, Cherokee, Guale, Gucci, and Miccosukee.
Georgia has distinct bodies governing the executive, legislative and judicial systems of the state. The executive branch is led by the Governor. The current Governor of Georgia is John Nathan Deal, who has been in office since 2011. He is the 82nd Governor of the State. Formerly a Democrat, he became a Republican in 1995.
The legislative branch of Georgia is governed by the Georgia General Assembly, which is made of the State Senate and the House of Representatives. The judicial system of the State comprises of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, which have the highest legal power over the State of Georgia.
Two Republican senators, David Perdue, and Johnny Isakson are representing Georgia as Federal senators. They are currently serving as Class 2 and Class 3 senators respectively.
Georgia Top cities of Georgia
The heart of Georgia culture and commerce, the city of Atlanta, is the Capital city of Georgia. It is the county seat of Fulton County and is one of the most diverse cities in the State. Atlanta has a very colorful history, having been the backdrop for massive political movements helmed by people like Martin Luther King Jr and Ralph Abernathy.
Home to many of Georgia's museums and art galleries, Columbus is a city that is beloved to art connoisseurs everywhere. It is also an adventure enthusiast's haven, offering the longest and most-challenging urban whitewater rafting course in the world.
An important industrial and economic district, Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia. The backdrop of numerous events during the American Revolution and the Civil War, Savannah offers history buffs many landmarks worth-visiting. Today, it is known for its ethnic vibrancy and architecture.
Other important cities of Georgia are:
- Sandy Springs
- Johns Creek
- Warner Robins
Georgia's Most-lucrative industries
Georgia is the largest producer of pecan nuts in the world and agriculture is its most lucrative industry even today. Peanuts, peaches, and blueberries are other food which the state excels in producing. Georgia also has a massive poultry industry, one of the most successful in the US. Other important industries include:
- Film production
- Energy processing
- Automotive manufacturing and repair
- Residential/commercial security systems
Must-visit landmarks and places in Georgia
- Blue Ridge
- Dahlonega Gold Museum
- Fort McAllister State Park
- Old Fort Jackson
- Jefferson Davis Memorial
- Tybee Island
- Etowah Indian Mounds
- Pickett's Mill Battlefield
- Driftwood Beach
- Tallulah Gorge State Park
- Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
- Callaway Botanical Gardens
- Roosevelt's Little White House
- Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
- Chattahoochee River