The state of Georgia is found in the southern part of the United States, and by 2010, it was the 9th state with the highest population in the US with a population of 9,688,681 people. The state of Georgia is also the 21st largest in the country covering an area of 57,513.49 square miles, and it has 159 counties. There are also 535 incorporated municipalities having cities, consolidated cities, towns, and consolidated city-counties. The state of Georgia does not offer legal difference between cities and towns. Atlanta city is the largest city in the state of and it is the state capital of Georgia.
The Largest Cities in Georgia
Atlanta is not only Georgia's capital city, it is also the largest city in the state. The city had a population of 486,290 people in 2017, which at the time was the city with the highest population in the state and the 39th most populous city in the US. In 2010, the population of the city was 420,003. The city of Atlanta also serves as a crucial cultural and economic and cultural center in the Atlanta metro area, which was home to about 5.8 million people and the 9th largest metro area in the country. The city of Atlanta serves as the seat of Fulton County, the most populous county in the state. Part of the city extends eastward to the to the DeKalb County. Atlanta traced its roots as a transportation hub when it was founded at the intersection of two railroads in 1837. During the American Civil War, the city was burned to the ground but rose again to become the unofficial capital and center of commerce of the New South. In the 1950s and 1960s, the city was the center for organizing the civil rights movement.
Augusta is the second largest city in Georgia, and in 2010 the city had a population of 195,844. Augusta is another consolidated city-county found in the central eastern border of Georgia. By 2017, the population of the city had reached 197,166, and this did not include the unconsolidated cities of Hephzibah and Blythe. These figures indicate that the city was the 122nd largest city in the country. The process of consolidating between the city of Augusta and the county of Richmond started in 1995 with a referendum in the two jurisdictions, and the merger was accomplished in 1996. The Augusta metropolitan area is located along the eastern border of Georgia with North Agusta located in the neighboring state of South Carolina. The city has a combined population of 600,151, making it the second largest metropolitan area in the state of Georgia and the 93rd in the US.
In 2010 the city of Columbus had a population of 189,885, and it is a consolidated city-county found on the west border of the central part of Georgia. The city is a county seat of Muscogee, and it is the 3rd largest city in Georgia and the 4th largest metropolitan area. In 2017, the city had a population of 194,058 people and the population in the metropolitan area standing at 303,811 people.
Population Growth in Georgia
The population of the state of Georgia is expected to continue growing into the future with estimates putting at the rate of 1% every year. This growth makes the state one of the fastest growing states in the US earning a slot at position 12. According to projections made in 2010, the population in the state is expected to reach 12.7 million in 2030.