52 Interesting Facts About Georgia (United States)

Last updated on July 10th, 2021

41. The world’s longest urban whitewater rafting course–WhiteWater Express–is in Columbus, GA.[19]

42. Include Columbus in your itinerary if you love parks, museums, and arts. It boasts of museums like Columbus Museum, Springer Opera House Museum, and Lunchbox Museum. Some of its famous parks include Standing Boy Creek State park, Heritage Park, and Flat Rock Park. Lovers of art can visit the Bradley Theater, Springer Opera House, and Liberty Theater.

43. According to stateofobesity.org, Georgia has the 24th highest adult obesity rate in the nation, and the 18th highest obesity rate for youth ages 10 to 17.[20]

Ripe peaches in basket.
Ripe peaches in basket.

44. There are about 4 dozen varieties of peaches from Georgia. Peaches contain vitamins, fiber, and potassium.[15]

45. When compared to the other towns, cities, and CDPs (Census Designated Places) in Georgia, Cusseta ranks in the upper quartile for diversity index and in the lower quartile for population density. As of July 1, 2019, there were only 10,288 inhabitants in the United Government of Cusseta-Chattahoochee County.

46. Incorporated in 1838, and positioned on the banks of the Flint River, Albany is the hub of Southwest Georgia for recreation, healthcare, education, shopping, and culture. It provides the comforts of a small town along with amenities found in big cities.

Cumberland Island national seashore, Georgia, United States.
Cumberland Island national seashore, Georgia, United States.

47. Located along the southern border of Camden County, St. Mary’s is the gateway to the Cumberland Island national seashore. It is also home to the Crooked River State Park, the St. Mary’s Submarine museum. Adjust your visit so that you can enjoy the annual St. Mary’s Rock Shrimp Festival.

48. If you love experiencing local history, having picnics, or taking photos visit the Callaway Memorial Tower. Also referred to as the Callaway Monument, it is surrounded by an attractive green lawn, perfect for exploring, sunbathing, or picnicking with your family. Do not forget to visit other attractive venues like the Lafayette Square, Southbend Park, and much more.

49. Visit the Lowndes County Historical Society and Museum to know more about Valdosta and its surrounding areas. Covering an area of approximately 10,000 sq. ft. this museum boasts of a huge archive of documents and photographs from the city’s early days and a huge research library full of genealogy records, government documents, and books.

50. Unarguably one of the best places to live in Georgia, Canton lies in Cherokee County, is a suburb of Atlanta, and has a population of 27,127. It is chock full of young professionals. Most residents also rent their homes. If you want to live in a place that offers a dense suburban feel, then Canton is the right place for you.

51. Famous for its performing arts community, mountain vistas, and wine country, Dahlonega is full of great restaurants, places to stay, and full of things to do. Visit the Crisson gold mine to understand the techniques of gold mining first-hand. Try your luck by panning for gemstones and gold. The only working stamp mill of Georgia lies here. 

52. Johns Creek was dotted with trading posts besides the Chattahoochee River in the early 19th century. Some of these trading posts became crossroads communities in which pioneer families such as the Medlock, Cowart, Buice, Findley, McGinnis, Rogers, and others gathered to visit and sell their crops.

Georgia state – quick facts and state symbols

State AbbreviationGA
State CapitalAtlanta
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State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 59,425 sq miles; Land Only: 57,906 sq miles
Population
10,519,475
(Estimate July 1, 2018 from United States Census Bureau)
StatehoodJanuary 2, 1788
State rank by population8th
State rank by date of formation4th
State rank by area24th
Number of Counties159
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DemonymGeorgian
Bordering StatesAlabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
Official LanguageEnglish
Highest PointBrasstown Bald
4,784 ft (1,458 m)
Lowest pointAtlantic Ocean
Sea level
Mean elevation600 feet above sea level
Length298 miles (480 km)
Width230 miles (370 km)
GovernorBrian Kemp (R)
Lieutenant GovernorGeoff Duncan (R)
Electoral Votes16
State MottoWisdom, justice, and moderation
State NicknamePeach State;
Empire State of the South
% Water2.6
Nobel Prize WinnersMartin Luther King Jr. (Peace, 1964)
Jimmy Carter (Peace, 2002)
Famous PeopleRichard Dent (Pro Football Player)
Frank Thomas (Baseball Player)
Teresa Edwards (Basketball Player)
Julia Roberts (Actress)
Kanye West (Singer)
U.S. President Born in Georgia1. James Earl Carter Jr.
State Song Georgia on My Mind
FossilShark tooth
State Dog
Adoptable Dog
State AmphibianGreen tree frog
State InsectHoneybee
State FlowerCherokee rose
State WildflowerAzalea
State BirdBrown thrasher
State Game BirdBobwhite quail
State ReptileGopher tortoise
State GemQuartz
State TreeLive Oak
State FruitPeach
State CropPeanut
State FishLargemouth bass
State MineralStaurolite
State Marine MammalRight whale
State VegetableVidalia onion
State ButterflyEastern tiger swallowtail
Longitude80.840 – 85.605° W
Latitude30.356 – 34.985° N
Time ZoneEastern Time Zone
Websitewww.georgia.gov
Area Codes229, 404, 470, 478, 678, 706, 762, 770, 912
Table Last UpdatedJune 8, 2020