If the Old South, this tradition-minded, proud and elegant section of the country with its very own culture and history; if this part of America had a face, then it would be Georgia’s. This state was the last one to return into the Union after the end of the Civil War and to this day, the self-image of the people here is often based on being a “Southerner” first and an American after that.
This, however, does not mean that Georgia would be a backward kind of place. On the contrary, the Peach State is among the fastest-growing regions of the USA and it is home to many significant companies, primarily in the Greater Atlanta area. If Georgia were a country in its own right, the output of its economy would rank it in the global Top 30. Despite the strength of the manufacturing and service industries, agriculture still plays an important role and, following a long tradition, peaches, nuts, tobacco and cotton are still cultivated here in large quantities. Tourism is also of growing significance, especially in the Atlanta and Savannah areas as well as along the Atlantic coastline of Georgia.
Georgia’s population has a comparatively high percentage of Blacks. They make up some 30% of residents, another 10% are Hispanics. Georgia’s resident numbers grow annually, partly thanks to immigration from abroad. Since the 1970 census, the state’s population has roughly doubled.