Over the last decade, Georgia has become one of the fastest-growing states in the nation led by the capital city, Atlanta, which has effectively become a major communications hub for the southeast.
Major corporate headquarters which call Atlanta home include CNN, Arby's, The Coca-Cola Company, Georgia Pacific, ING Americas, and
Delta Air Lines. Other top Georgia industries include traditional agriculture, tourism and real estate.
Defense also plays a large part in many local communities, due to the proliferation of military installations throughout the state including Fort Stewart, Hunter Army Airfield, Fort Benning, Fort McPherson, Fort Gillem and Fort Gordon.
Major cities: Atlanta (capital), Augusta, Savannah, Columbus,
Population : 9,363,941
White : 66.1%
Black, African American : 29.8%
Hispanic : 7.1%
High school graduates : 78.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher : 24.3%
Average household income: $42,679
Cost of Living: Overall, Georgia's cost of living index rates an 86, or lower than the national average, while housing costs rate an even lower index rate of 71.
Personal Income Taxes: Georgia's personal income tax system has six tax brackets, ranging from 1 percent to 6 percent. Georgia residents must file their personal income tax using the Georgia Individual Resident Income Tax Form (500) by April 15.
Housing & Real Estate Overview : also see Zillow - Georgia Real Estate Home ownership rate : 67.5%
Average home price: $133,777
Average travel time to work : 27 minutes
Weather : Like its southern neighbor, Florida, the state generally experiences hot and humid summers, especially along the Atlantic coastline, while further inland areas and mountain regions are somewhat milder and in winter subject to brief frosts.
to Georgia - The official state government site offering statistics &
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on obtaining a driver's license.