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georgiaAbout the state of Georgia - Georgia is a southern state of the United States and its U.S. postal abbreviation is GA. Georgia was one of the thirteen colonies that revolted against British rule in the American Revolution. It was the last of the thirteen colonies to be established as a colony. It became the fourth state after ratifying the United States Constitution on January 2, 1788. Georgia's population in 2000 was 8,186,453 (U.S. Census). Georgia is one of the fastest growing states in the nation, with an estimated 8,829,383 people in 2004. Georgia is also known as the Peach State or Empire State of the South .

Living in Georgia

People of Georgia - As of 2004, the population of Georgia was estimated to be 8,829,323, making it the 10th most populous state. Its population has grown 36% (2.35 million) from its 1990 levels, making it one of the fastest-growing states in the country. More than half of the state's population lives in the Atlanta metro area. The racial makeup of Georgia:

  • 62.6% White non-Hispanic
  • 28.7% Black
  • 5.3% Hispanic
  • 2.1% Asian
  • 0.3% Native American
  • 1.4% Mixed race

The state's five largest ancestries are: African, American, British, German, and Irish.

Historically, about half of Georgia's population was comprised of black slaves. The Great Migration of blacks from the rural South to the industrial North from 1914-1970, as well as white migration into Georgia after 1970, reduced the black proportion of the population. Today, African-Americans remain dominant in plantation counties of Middle, east-central, Southwestern, and Lowcountry Georgia, as well as in the city of Atlanta and its core southern suburbs.

White Georgians, like other Southerners, usually describe their ancestry on the census questionnaire as "American", "United States", or simply "Southern". Whites of American ancestry are prominent in the northern mountains and upper Piedmont as well as in certain sandy and swampy areas of the southeast. Georgians of British ancestry dominate the northern suburbs of Atlanta.

As of 2000, 90.1% of Georgia residents age 5 and older speak English at home and 5.6% speak Spanish. French is the third most spoken language at 0.6%, followed by German at 0.4% and Vietnamese at 0.4%.

7.3% of its population were reported as under 5 years of age, 26.5% under 18, and 9.6% were 65 or older.

Females make up approximately 50.8% of the population.

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