Atlanta metro area consists of Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb and Clayton counties and has a 5.5 million population with over 1.5 million African-Americans.
About 43% of adults have college degrees, compared to 27% in the nation as a whole.
Atlanta metropolitan area is the eighth-largest economy in the country.
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the world’s busiest airport, both in terms of passenger traffic and aircraft operations.
The city contains 25 general consulates from other nations, including from Africa and the Caribbean.
At times, Atlanta has worse freeway traffic jams than Los Angeles.
The dialect of native Atlantans is a variation of Southern American English.
Herman Russell Company is one of the few black-owned construction companies to help build skyscrapers.
Atlanta metro area is headquarters to Coca Cola, Home Depot, UPS, Delta Air Lines, CNN, TBS, Weather Channel and Cox Cable.
Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Interdenominational Theological Center, Georgia State University make Atlanta a dense collegiate region.
Atlanta has 4th highest number of IT jobs in the nation.
Though Atlanta was hit hard by the Great Recession, the aftermath has produced some the most affordable home values in America.
Metro Atlanta is dominated by Anglo-Americans and African-Americans with a rapid growing infusion of Hispanic-Americans and Asian-Americans.
Generous tax incentives have made Atlanta a major center for film and television production.
Atlanta is the seventh-most visited city in the United States.
Notable persons born in Atlanta or made their mark here:
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr – Pastor, civil rights leader, SCLC founder & Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Coretta Scott King – Wife of MLK and Center for Non-Violent Social Change founder
Rev. Dr. Ralph Abernathy – Paster and civil rights leader
Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery – Pastor and Civil rights leader, SCLC co-founder
Andrew Young – Pastor, civil rights leader, U.N. Ambassador, Mayor of Atlanta
Herman Russell – founder the largest black construction company in America
Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole – Anthropologist, President of Spelman College, Director of the National Museum of African Art
Tyler Perry – actor, writer, director and movie mogul
Chris Tucker – comedic actor
Kenny Leon – Broadway playwright
Spike Lee– filmmaker
Ciara – singer, dancer & actress
Usher Raymond – singer
Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. (T.I.) – rapper, actor & businessman
Dr. W.E.B. Dubois – Teacher at Atlanta University & NAACP co-founder
Maynard Jackson – 1st black Mayor of Atlanta, credited with making the city a major transportation & convention center
Shirley Franklin – 1st female Mayor of Atlanta
John Wesley Dobbs – Godfather of Black Business on Sweet Auburn