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Atlanta 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.
As of July 2006, the city of Atlanta had a population of 486,411 and a metropolitan population of 5,138,223, making it the nation's ninth-largest metro area. Residents of the city are known as Atlantans.
Between 2000 and 2006, the Atlanta metropolitan area grew 20.5%, making it the fastest growing metropolitan area in the nation.
The city has a total area of 132 square miles and at about 1,050 feet above sea level Atlanta sits atop a ridge south of the Chattahoochee River. Atlanta has the highest elevation of any major city east of Denver.
Atlanta has a humid subtropical climate, with hot, humid summers and mild to chilly winters by the standards of the United States. July highs average 90 degrees F or above, and low average 67 degrees F. The highest temperature recorded in the city is 105 degrees F , reached in July, 1980. January is the coldest month, with an average high of 50 degrees F, and low of 29 degrees F. The coldest temperature ever recorded was Úquot;9 degrees F February, 1899.
Atlanta's tallest landmark - the Bank of America Plaza - is the 29th-tallest building in the world at 1,023 feet. It is also the tallest building in the United States outside of Chicago and New York City.
Underground Atlanta, is an historic shopping and entertainment complex situated under the streets of downtown Atlanta.
Atlanta is home of the world's largest aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium, and just east of the city, Stone Mountain is the largest piece of exposed granite in the world.
The city hosts college football's annual Chick-fil-A Bowl (formerly known as The Peach Bowl) and was the host city for the Centennial 1996 Summer Olympics.
Atlanta ranks third in the number of Fortune 500 companies headquartered within city boundaries, behind New York City and Houston. The Coca-Cola Company, Home Depot, United Parcel Service, and AT&T Mobility are all headquartered in the Atlanta region. Other major companies in the area include Arby's, Chick-Fil-A, Earthlink, Equifax, Georgia-Pacific, Oxford Industries, Waffle House, and Delta Air Lines.
Atlanta has more than 30 institutions of higher education, including the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is the world's busiest airport as measured by passenger traffic and by aircraft traffic.
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