Atlanta was founded in the year 1837 at the intersection of two rail lines. Since the time it was established, it has grown from the Civil War ashes to become a national center of commerce. Without mincing words, Atlanta is the seventh most visited city in the United States and according to the 2011 population census, it has a total population of 432, 427 people. It is never news again that Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and it is the most populous city in the United States of America.
On the other hand, Atlanta is the economic and cultural hub of Atlanta metropolitan area and in the county; it is the ninth largest metropolitan. In addition, Atlanta is the county seats of Fulton County while it has a small section extended eastward into DeKalb County. Atlanta attained international prominence in the decades following the Civil Rights Movement, at the time when the city earned a status of “too busy to hate” for the progressive views of its leaders and citizens.
Furthermore, apart from being a glorious shinny city with some of the most exciting history in the United States, it is the fastest growing city in population as far as the United States is concerned. Atlanta is the birth place of the civil rights movement, initiated by Dr. Martin Luther King with the support of numerous white and black leaders across the globe.
Also, the primary transportation core of the Southeastern United States railroad, highway and air is Atlanta, with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport being the busiest airport in the world as far back as 1998. Atlanta with a gross domestic product of USD270 billion, is considered an alpha world city. Talking about economy, the economy of Atlanta is ranked 15th among the cities of the world and 6th in the United States.
Dominant sectors of the economy include professional and business services, logistics, government administration, media operations and higher education, although the economy of Atlanta is considered different. Atlanta is marked by dense tree coverage and rolling hills geographically. The revitalization of the neighborhoods of Atlanta that was spurred initially by the 1996 Olympics has intensified in the 21st century, thereby altering the politics, culture and demographics of the city of Atlanta.