Georgia’s long history has created a state full of fascinating locations and individuals. Here are 20 fun facts about our 4th state.
1 Georgia was first founded in 1733 by James Oglethorpe who landed in Savannah. It was the last of the 13 original colonies.
2 The state of Georgia first entered the Union on January 2, 1788 as the fourth state in the United States.
3 Georgia received its name in honor of King George II of Great Britain.
4 Out of all of the states, Georgia is the leading producer of peaches, peanuts and pecans.
5 Stone Mountain, Georgia, outside of Atlanta, is home to one of the world’s largest examples of exposed granite. It also makes up the world’s largest sculpture.
6 Vidalia onions, famous for their sweet taste, can only be grown in fields surrounding Vidalia and Glennville, GA.
7 Common nicknames for the state of Georgia include the Peach State, the Cracker State, and the Empire State of the South.
8 Coca-Cola was first invented by Dr. John S. Pemberton in Atlanta, GA. It was sold from a pharmacy soda fountain in 1886.
9 Georgia is home to the world’s largest college campus- Berry College in Rome, GA.
10 Georgia’s official state bird is the brown thrasher; the state flower is the Cherokee rose.
11 Wesleyan College in Macon, GA was the first college in the world that was permitted to grant women college degrees.
12 Chickamauga Battlefield in North Georgia was home to a Civil War battle that turned into one of the bloodiest battles in American history.
13 Famous Georgia natives include Martin Luther King Jr., Jackie Robinson, Kanye West, Julia Roberts, Spike Lee and Jimmy Carter.
14 The state of Georgia has 159 counties, the second most of any state in the country (Texas has 254).
15 The Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta is considered the busiest airport in the world.
16 The University of Georgia was the first university to be run on state-supported funds. It was chartered in 1785.
17 South Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp is the largest swamp in North America.
18 In 1945, Georgia was the first state to allow a drop in legal voting age from 21 to 18 years of age.
19 One of the original Confederate states during the American Civil War, Georgia officially joined the Confederacy on January 19, 1861.
20 Georgia’s population sits at around 10 million people, and it is the 8th most populous state in the United States.