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Aug 3 2017

United States Geography for Kids: Georgia #film #school #in #georgia


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Population: 9,919,945 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)

Major Cities: Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Savannah, Athens

Borders: Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, and the Atlantic Ocean

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $433,569 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)

Key Industries:
Agriculture including peanuts, peaches, cotton, and poultry
Timber, carpet, textiles, and paper products

How Georgia got its name: Georgia was named for King George II who signed the charter for James Oglethorpe to start the colony.

Georgia State Symbols

State Nickname: Peach State

State Slogan: Georgia on My Mind; also its state song

State Motto: Wisdom, justice, and moderation

State flower: Cherokee Rose

State bird: Brown Thrasher

State fish: Largemouth bass

State tree: Live Oak

State mammal: Right whale

State foods: Grits, Peaches, Vidalia Sweet Onions

Becoming a State

Date admitted: Wednesday, January 2, 1788

Number admitted: 4

Prior Name: Province of Georgia, then sovereign state in Confederation

Postal Abbreviation: GA

The Geography of Georgia

Total Size: 57,906 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)

Geographical Low Point: Atlantic Ocean at Sea Level (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Geographical High Point: Brasstown Bald at 4,784 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Towns-Union (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Central Point: Located in Twiggs County approx. 18 miles southeast of Macon (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Counties: 159 (source: National Association of Counties)

Bodies of Water: Chattahoochee River, Savannah River, Lake Lanier, Lake Hartwell, and the Atlantic Ocean

Famous People

  • Jim Brown – Professional football player
  • Jimmy Carter – 39th President of the United States
  • Ray Charles – Singer, songwriter, and piano player
  • Ty Cobb – Professional baseball player
  • Jeff Foxworthy – Comedian and actor
  • Hulk Hogan – Professional wrestler
  • Dwight Howard – Professional basketball player
  • Calvin Johnson – Professional football player
  • Martin Luther King Jr. – Civil rights activist
  • Spike Lee – Film director and actor
  • Julia Roberts – Actress
  • Jackie Robinson – First African-American to play in the MLB
  • Ryan Seacrest – Host of American Idol and TV personality
  • Clarence Thomas – U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Fun Facts

  • Atlanta, GA hosted the 1996 Centennial Summer Olympic Games.
  • It is the largest state east of the Mississippi River.
  • There is a giant carving (3 acres large!) on the side of Stone Mountain of Confederate leaders Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis. You can see a laser show projected onto the carving at night during the summer.
  • There are over 50 streets with the word ‘Peachtree’ in their name in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • It is also called the Goober State because of all the peanuts they grow there.
  • Georgia Tech once beat Cumberland University 222 – 0 in a football game. This was the worst defeat in the history of college football.
  • The first woman US Senator, Rebecca Latimer Felton, was from Georgia.
  • Why didn’t the chicken cross the road in Quitman, Georgia? Because it is illegal there!
  • The world’s largest college campus is Berry College.
  • President Jimmy Carter was born in Plains, GA.

Professional Sports Teams

  • Atlanta Braves – MLB (Baseball)
  • Atlanta Falcons – NFL (Football)
  • Atlanta Hawks – NBA (Basketball)

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