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The Peach State
Capital:   Atlanta
Motto:   Wisdom, Justice and Moderation
Population:   9.7 million
Area of state:   59,425 sq. mi.
Admitted to U.S.:   1788

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Georgia borders the Atlantic Ocean, Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina. The capital is Atlanta. It was named after King George II of Great Britain and was the fourth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Georgia is known as "the Peach State" and the "Empire State of the South."

Georgia's government includes legislative, executive and judicial branches. Executive authority in the state rests with the governor. Most of the executive officials who comprise the governor's cabinet are elected rather than appointed by the governor. Georgia has two members of the U.S. Senate, a total of fourteen members of the U.S. House of Representatives, 180 members of the House of Representatives and 56 members of the State Senate.

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