City of Atlanta

The city of Atlanta was founded in 1837 at the end of the Western & Atlantic railroad line. The city became the state capital in 1868 and grew to become the leading economic center in the Southeast U.S. In 1996, Atlanta hosted the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

Notable landmarks include the Georgia state Capitol, Georgia World Congress Center, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Ebeneezer Baptist Church, where the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. served as pastor. Large employers include Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola, AT&T and SunTrust Banks.

Atlanta’s population is growing as the city’s diversified economy has gathered steam following the recession. Atlanta is 132 square miles and is in parts of Fulton and DeKalb counties.

Atlanta by the Numbers

Population 463,875
Population Change (2000-2015) +9.8%
Median Household Income $50,210
Unemployment Rate 6.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25.9 minutes
Building Permits (Single-family) 790
Building Permits (Multifamily) 5,937

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ARC Board Members Representing All of Parts of City of Atlanta