Georgia (i/ËˆdÊ’É”rdÊ’â±É™/) is a state located in the southeastern United States. Georgia was established in 1732, the last of the original Thirteen Colonies. It is named after King GeorgeÂ II, of Great Britain. Georgia was the fourth state to ratify the United States Constitution, on JanuaryÂ 2, 1788. It declared its secession from the Union on JanuaryÂ 21, 1861, and was one of the original seven Confederate states. It was the last state to be restored to the Union, on JulyÂ 15, 1870.
The 2010 US Census reported 9,687,653 residents, making Georgia the ninth most populous state. From 2007 to 2008, 14 of Georgia's counties ranked among the nation's 100 fastest-growing, second only to Texas. Georgia is known as the Peach State and the Empire State of the South. Atlanta is the capital and the most populous city.
Georgia is bordered on the south by Florida; on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and South Carolina; on the west by Alabama; and on the north by Tennessee and North Carolina. The northern part of the state is in the Blue Ridge Mountains, a mountain range in the vast Appalachian Mountains system. The central piedmont extends from the foothills to the fall line, where the rivers cascade down in elevation to the continental coastal plain of the southern part of the state. The highest point in Georgia is Brasstown Bald, 4,784Â feet (1,458Â m); the lowest point is sea level.
With an area of 59,425Â square miles (153,909Â km2), Georgia is ranked 24th in size among the 50 U.S. states. Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River in terms of land area, although it is the fourth largest (after Michigan, Florida, and Wisconsin) in total area, a term which includes expanses of water which are part of state territory.
Matching Georgia Colleges
University of Georgia
Four or more years; Public; $24,411 average out-state tuition; $6,676 average in-state tuition
Georgia State University
Four or more years; Public; $20,393 average out-state tuition; $5,826 average in-state tuition
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
Four or more years; Public; $25,119 average out-state tuition; $6,676 average in-state tuition
Clark Atlanta University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $18,106 average out-state tuition; $18,106 average in-state tuition
Georgia Southern University
Four or more years; Public; $13,224 average out-state tuition; $3,644 average in-state tuition
Kennesaw State University
Four or more years; Public; $13,073 average out-state tuition; $3,494 average in-state tuition
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $40,600 average out-state tuition; $40,600 average in-state tuition
Popular Majors in Georgia
- Business Administration and Management
- Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Nursing - Registered Nurse Training (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
- Elementary Education
- Early Childhood Education
- Marketing/Marketing Management
- Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
- English Language and Literature
- Political Science and Government
- Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education
- Computer and Information Sciences
- General Studies
- Social Work