Atlanta is the capital of and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Georgia, home to 5,457,831 people and the ninth largest metropolitan area in the Nation.

Atlanta was established in 1837 at the intersection of two railroad lines, and the city rose from the ashes of the Civil War to become a national center of commerce. Atlanta is now the primary transportation hub of the Southeastern United States, via highway, railroad, and air, with Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport being the world’s busiest airport every year since 1998.

Atlanta is considered an “alpha world city,” and with a gross domestic product of US $270 billion, Atlanta has the 15th largest economy in the world.