Georgia is one of the oldest states in the United States of America. It joined the young nation as its fourth state on Jan. 2, 1788, a little over 10 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and only five years following the end of the Revolutionary War.
At 59,441 square miles, Georgia is the 24th largest state in the United States. The capitol of Georgia is Atlanta, and some of the state's major rivers are the Chattahoochee River, Savannah River and Suwannee River. The highest point in the state is Brasstown Bald, which stands 4,784 feet above sea level. Georgia borders the Atlantic Ocean and South Carolina to the east, North Carolina and Tennessee to the north, Alabama to the west and Florida to the south.
Georgia gets its name from King George II of England and is also popularly known as the "Peach State." James Earl Carter, Jr. (Jimmy Carter), the 39th president of the United States, was born in Georgia in 1924.
Georgia's state bird is the brown thrasher, its state tree the live oak and its state flower the azalea. As of 2015, major industries in the state include timber, textiles and agricultural products, such as cotton, peanuts, corn and soybeans