The state capital of Georgia is Atlanta. It is known as "The Peach State," and "The Empire State of the South. "The state song is "Georgia On My Mind," by Hoagy Carmichael, which was popularized by Ray Charles. When the state legislature voted it the state song in 1979, Ray Charles performed on the legislative floor after the bill was passed. This action was seen as a symbolic move away from segregation and racism, which were prevalent in the south during this time. Famous natives and residents of Georgia have included singer Ray Charles, singer Otis Redding, baseball player Jackie Robinson and actress Kim Basinger (Batman, Never Say Never Again).
Area: 52,419 sq mi (ranks 30th)
Governor: Nathan Deal
Largest cities: Atlanta