The City of Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta is the capital city of the State of Georgia, the seat of Fulton County government, and the central economic base of the twenty counties comprising the Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area. The City limits embrace an area of 131.4 square miles with a resident population of approximately 425,000 people. With the Atlanta metropolitan area being the leading economic center in the Southeast, the City has a wide range of economic activity: manufacturing, transportation, finance, and conventions and tourism. Historically a railroad hub, Atlanta now operates one of the major airports in the nation. Atlanta is home to a prominent university community, professional sports teams, cultural organizations, and active community groups. The City hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics as well as other major sporting events and political conventions.