Georgia State Facts and Higher Education Information

Georgia is one of the largest states in the U.S. and is a major center for industry and culture. Institutions of higher learning in the state include several well-known universities and a number of 2-year colleges, vocational and technical schools and specialty schools. Below, find info about the state's economy, population and school options.

Information about Georgia

Georgia ranked as the 9th most-populated state in the country. According to 2015 U.S. census estimates, the state has a total population of about 10.2 million residents. As of 2014, 62.1% of residents identified as white, while 31.5% of residents identified as African American.

One of the original 13 colonies, Georgia has a southern climate that makes it ideal for a wide variety of activities. The state is home to the city of Atlanta, known regionally as the Capital of the South. Atlanta is a hotbed for fine dining, entertainment and shopping and features many outdoor parks and recreation areas, including Centennial Olympic Park.

Other regions of the state have more eclectic offerings, such as the Blue Ridge Mountains and Cloudland Canyon State Park. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, the Okefenokee Swamp and the World of Coca-Cola are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions around the state. Savannah, a historic port city on the U.S. Intercoastal Waterway, is renowned for its architecture and is the destination for millions of tourists from many different countries each year.

Higher Education

Georgia is home to about 200 postsecondary institutions. The University System of Georgia boasts about 30 colleges and universities in its network, including Georgia State University at Atlanta, Georgia Southwestern State University and the University of Georgia at Athens, one of the state's largest universities and the nation's oldest state-chartered institution of higher education.

Private colleges and universities include Emory University near Atlanta, Emmanuel College at Franklin Springs and Mercer University. Emory University was ranked 21st best among national universities in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report. Most towns and cities also host community and technical schools, where students can pursue pre-baccalaureate or professional education.

Economy and Employment

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of March 2016, trade, transportation, and utilities employed nearly 926,000 people. Government employed 686,000 people, while professional and business services employed nearly 663,000 people.

Major employers include Piedmont Hospital, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Bell South. Corporations headquartered in Georgia include Coca-Cola, Arby's, Home Depot and Delta Airlines.

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