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Georgia Counties

Georgia is divided into 159 counties. Under the Georgia Constitution, Counties are granted home rule to deal with issues that are local in nature. Four consolidated city-Counties — Athens (Clarke County), Augusta (Richmond County), Columbus (Muscogee County), and Cusseta (Chattahoochee County) — exist.

Georgia has the second-highest number of Counties of any state in the United States, behind Texas (254). A few Georgia Counties have changed names over time. Jasper County was originally known as Randolph County. Later, the current Randolph County came into being. Webster County was once known as Kinchafoonee County, and Bartow County was formerly known as Cass County.

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Fulton County, Georgia

Fulton County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Atlanta
Year Organized: 1853
Square Miles: 529
Court House:

141 Pryor St., S.W., 10th Floor
County courthouse
Atlanta, GA 30301-0000

Etymology - Origin of County Name

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.

Demographics:

County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

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.

Points of Interest

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.

Notable Citizens

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.

Higher Education

The Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta Christian College, and Mercer University.

Neighboring Counties:

  • North: Cherokee County
  • Northeast: Forsyth County; Gwinnett County
  • East: DeKalb County
  • Southeast: Clayton County
  • South: Fayette County
  • Southwest: Coweta County; Carroll County; Douglas County
  • Northwest: Cobb County

Cities and Towns:

- Alpharetta city Incorporated Area
- Atlanta (County Seat) city Incorporated Area
- College Park city Incorporated Area
- East Point city Incorporated Area
- Fairburn city Incorporated Area
- Hapeville city Incorporated Area
- Mountain Park city Incorporated Area
- Palmetto city Incorporated Area
- Roswell city Incorporated Area
- Smyrna city Incorporated Area
- Union City city Incorporated Area

County Resources:

County http://www.co.fulton.ga.us

Chamber of Commerce http://www.metroatlantachamber.com/

Additional County Info

County Resources
Counties: US Map
The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"

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