Fululton County is a county located in the Piedmont section of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was
920,581, making it the most populous county in Georgia. However, Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed suspects significant undercounting in the City of
Atlanta, which implies similar concerns for Fulton County as a whole – the 2009 estimate of the county's population was 1,020,014, 10.8%
higher than the 2010 census results. The current 2014 estimate for the population of Fulton County is 996,319. Its county seat is Atlanta, the
state capital since 1868. Ninety percent of the City of Atlanta is within Fulton County (the other 10% lies within DeKalb County). Fulton
County is the principal county of the Atlanta metropolitan area.
Fulton County is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.
named after Robert Fulton who built the Clermont, a boat that revolutionized river travel and played an important role in the development of the South.
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Fulton County was formed from DeKalb County in 1853. In 1932, Milton and Campbell counties were consolidated with Fulton County, resulting in its current elongated shape.
The county was the 144th county created in the state and was named after Robert Fulton who built the Clermont, a boat that revolutionized river travel and played an important role in the development of the South.
Atlanta, the county seat and state capital, was named Terminus in 1842. Its name was later changed to Marthasville, in honor of Governor Wilson Lumpkin's daughter, and then to Atlanta in 1848.
Several of the state's top attractions are located in the county, including Underground Atlanta, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, the World of Coca Cola Museum, and Zoo Atlanta.
The State Capitol and the Governer's Mansion are both located in Atlanta. The Georgia Capitol is a gilded dome which resembles a small -scale version of the Captiol in Washington, D.C. The Governor's Mansion is a Greek Revival Mansion with a fine collection of Federal Period furnishings.
The High Museum of Art, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Atlanta Ballet all contribute towards the city's claim as the cultural capital of the South.
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, the annual college football post-season game which matches competitors from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference in a regional grudge match in the Georgia Dome.
The newly renovated CNN Center is the global headquarters of Turner Broadcasting System and home to CNN's international news networks.
Famous individuals from Fulton County have included golfer Bobby Jones, civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr., and Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell. Other Atlanta natives include comedian Nipsey Russell, singer Gladys Knight and singer/songwriter Tommy Roe.
The Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta Christian College, and Mercer University.
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