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Atlanta is a city in Fulton County. (The community straddles Fulton and DeKalb counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)

It is the state capital and the county seat.

So named because it was the terminum of the Western & Atlantic Railroad.

The latitude of Atlanta is 33.748N. The longitude is -84.388W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,050 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 423,019.

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Atlanta demographic reports
Atlanta is on the Piedmont Plateau, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Former and merged names include:
· White Hall
· Marthasville
· Canebrake
Much of the city was destroyed by Union troops, but the city grew rapidly after the Civil War.
Public transportation: Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 8,491. The number of murders and homicides was 149. The violent crime rate was 19.7 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 6 among big cities in the ePodunk College Town Index, 2002
Atlanta received national attention for July 27, 1996, bombing during the Summer Olympics.
Filming location for:
· 1989 movie, "Driving Miss Daisy"
· 1977 movie, "Smokey and the Bandit"
· 2007 movie, "Daddy's Little Girls"
· 2006 movie, "Stomp the Yard"
Census 2000 highlights: Among major American cities, ranked No. 7 in percentage black population (61.4%)
Well-known residents have included:
· Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights leader
· Ted Turner, founder of CNN and Turner Broadcasting
· Spike Lee, director, writer, producer
· Ludacris, rapper
Local bands (past and present) have included Indigo Girls, S.O.S., Outkast, Georgia Satellites, TLC, Black Crowes
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Starbucks, Caribou Coffee, Seattle's Best Coffee
Local festivals include:
  • Scandinavian Festival - Oct. 13, 2007
  • Dogwood Festival - April 13-15, 2007
  • National Black Arts Festival - July 18-27, 2007
  • Montreux Jazz Festival - Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2007
  • Jazz Festival - May 27-29, 2007
  • Auburn SpringFest - May 11-13, 2007
  • Fiesta Atlanta - May 6, 2007
Dates often change. Check Atlanta web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Alliance Theatre Company
Nearby parks & recreation: Piedmont Park, Panola Mountain State Conservation Park, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Atlanta attractions: Zoo Atlanta, Six Flags Over Georgia, Atlanta Botanical Garden, CNN studio tours, World of Coca-Cola
Sports teams: Braves (NL), Falcons (NFL), Hawks (NBA), Thrashers (NHL), Silverbacks (USL soccer), Force (Arena Football League)
Historic sites and museums: Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Jimmy Carter Library, Atlanta History Center, World of Coca-Cola Museum, Margaret Mitchell House and Museum, Wren's Nest (home of Joel Chandler Harris), Michael C. Carlos Museum, APEX Museum, High Museum of Art
Colleges and universities: Emory University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 299
Atlanta had never been a true Old Southern city, like Savannah or Charleston or Richmond, where wealth had originated with the land. Atlanta was an offspring of the railroad business.
-- A Man in Full
Tom Wolfe
Municipal address:
55 Trinity Ave. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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Neighborhoods in Atlanta include Ansley Park, Berkeley Park, Brookwood Hills, Buckhead, Capitol View, Cascade Heights, Castleberry Hill, Downtown, Druid Hills, East Atlanta ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in Atlanta include Ansley Park, Berkeley Park, Brookwood Hills, Buckhead, Capitol View, Cascade Heights, Castleberry Hill, Downtown, Druid Hills, East Atlanta ... More neighborhood info

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Atlanta demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Fulton County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Atlanta area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 30309 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

5% of Atlanta residents report German ancestry, and 5% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Atlanta ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Atlanta was $25,772, compared with $21,587 nationally.


35% of Atlanta residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Atlanta include Adair Park Historic District, Ansley Park Historic District, Atkins Park District, Atlanta University Center District, Brookhaven Historic District, Brookwood Hills Historic District, Cabbagetown District, Cameron Court District, Candler Park Historic District, Castleberry Hill Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Atlanta, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $518.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,210.


Libraries in Atlanta include Adams Park, Adamsville, Atlanta-Fulton County Library - Central, Auburn Avenue Research Library, Bankhead, Bowen Homes, Briarcliff Branch, Brookhaven Branch, Buckhead, Carver Homes ... View libraries


Media outlets

Newspapers in Atlanta include Atlanta Journal-Constitution

TV stations in Atlanta include WAGA, WATC, WATL, WGCL, WPBA, WSB, WTBS, WUPA, WXIA.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WABE., WCLK.

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Fulton County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Atlanta political report.

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Atlanta restaurants taking online reservations include 10 Degrees South, 5 Seasons Brewing, Ali Oli, Ambra, Aria, Atlanta Grill, Au Pied de Cochon, Avra Greek Tavern, Azio Downtown, Bacchanalia ... View restaurants


The average commute time for Atlanta workers is 28 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 197 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Atlanta between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 4.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly higher than the national norm.


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Pros: Lots to do, good weather, trees and rivers...

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“ Atlanta had never been a true Old Southern city, like Savannah or Charleston or Richmond, where wealth had originated with the land. Atlanta was an offspring of the railroad business. ”
~ A Man in Full
Tom Wolfe

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