Georgia (GA)

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Georgia is popularly referred to as The Peach State because of its repute for producing the best quality peach. It is also famous for its Vidalia onions which are considered the world’s sweetest. Georgia was a British colony and was named after King George II of Great Britain. Located in the southeastern part of the United States; it is bordered by Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina to the north, Atlantic Ocean and Florida to the south, and Alabama to the west.

Affordable housing, especially in the rural parts, coupled with low taxes makes the cost of living lower compared to most states. However, in more urban areas such as Atlanta, housing is quite expensive, averaging at $250,000. Wages run between 10% and 15 % below the national level making it even harder to survive in the urban areas. On average, median household income for Georgians is estimated to be $56,183 making it an average income state.

Service industries boost the state’s economy and the state is home to companies such as the Home Depot and United Parcel Services Company (UPS), a multinational logistics company. Some of the world’s famous universities such as Georgia University and the Flagship University are found here. Emory University Hospital, an affiliate of Emory University, is one of the renowned hospitals in this region and it is a popular center for cancer treatment, heart surgery, and neurology.

Cutting-edge entertainment, recreational sports, and restaurants with tasty cuisine make Georgia one of the greatest places to relax. Beautiful sceneries such as the Jekyll Island, the Georgia Aquarium and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial park also makes tourism one the leading industries with about 14 million tourists visiting each year. Atlanta hosted the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and for the first time in America, Lake Lanier hosted the ICF Dragon Boat Championships in 2018.

Georgia is among the most populous states and is ranked 13th in the US. Famous cities include Atlanta, which hosts the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport, the world’s busiest airport, and Savanna city which is famous for luxuriant public squares. The Peach State is considered more urban with only about 17% of the state’s population living in rural areas.