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  2. About Atlanta

    Atlanta ( or ) is the capital and the most populous city of the state of Georgia, and the core city of the ninth most populous metropolitan area in the United States. It is the county seat of Fulton County, although portions of the city extend into DeKalb County and Clayton County. As of July 2006 the city of Atlanta has a population of 483,108 and a metropolitan population of 5,138,223. The July 2006 census estimate puts the combined statistical area (CSA) population at 5,478,667.

    Atlanta is considered "the most heavily forested urban area in the country" by the Forest Service. It has also been considered a "Tree City" by the National Arbor Day Foundation since 1986. Founded in 1985, Trees Atlanta has planted and distributed over 68,000 shade trees.

    Atlanta is often considered a poster child for cities worldwide experiencing urban sprawl, economic development, and growth. Between 2000 and 2006, the Atlanta metropolitan area grew 20.5%, the highest percentage amongst the top-ten metro areas.
    The metro area has also had the most single-family housing starts for 13 consecutive years. Atlanta is sometimes referred to as "the capital of the New South," and has in recent years, along with Miami, Dallas, and Houston, undergone a transition from a city of regional commerce to a city of international influence.

    During the Civil Rights Movement, Atlanta stood apart from Southern cities that supported segregation, touting itself as the "city too busy to hate." The city's progressive civil rights record and existing population of African Americans, made it increasingly popular as a relocation destination for African Americans and the city's population became majority-black by 1972. African Americans soon became the dominant political force in the city; since 1974, all of the mayors of Atlanta have been African-American, as well as the majority of the city's fire chiefs, police chiefs, and other high-profile government officials. White flight occurred in the city in the 1970s and 1980s; the city's population dropped by more than 100,000 from 1970 to 1990. That trend has reversed itself, and with gentrification, the black majority has dropped from 69% in 1980 to 54% in 2005.

    Common nicknames for the city include A-Town, A-T-L (derived from its IATA airport code), and Hotlanta. The city is also one of three cities in the United States to host the Summer Olympic Games, doing so in 1996. (St. Louis in 1904 and Los Angeles in 1932 and 1984 are the others)."

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