Best & Worst States: What is Georgia no. 1 at?

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Georgia ranks fourth among the United States east of the Mississippi, based on the total area (although first in terms of land area). At the time of its founding in 1732, Georgia was the newest of the thirteen former English colonies. Its boundaries included much of what is now Alabama and Mississippi. 

Georgia, or the "Peach State," is a growing Southern state rich in Civil War history, modern metropolitan culture, and the world's largest Coca-Cola bottle. Since its inception, Georgians have embraced the Southern charm and uniqueness of their beloved state. Georgia does, however, have its ups and downs, just like any other place. Here are a few of the best things about Georgia:

Best: Affordability

A new home in the US retails for an average of $258,500. Compared to Georgia, that's not the case. Home prices in this area average just $148,100, or more than $110,000 less. All of the costs related to rent, gasoline, and property tax are less expensive in the city.

Best: Political Variability

There is a narrower gap between Republicans and Democrats in Georgia in recent years, even though the South is associated with the political right. For instance, with around 35% of votes in most Southern states, Hillary Clinton did not have a wide margin, but the closest state was Georgia — 45.3% to 50%.

Even though Georgia is one of the best states in the country, it is never perfect. We have compiled a list of the worst things about living in each state, ranging from minor and significant shortcomings such as "too many hipsters" to major ones such as "a high rate of drug overdoses." Do you want to know the worst things about living in Georgia? Read on!

Worst: Traffic

The biggest shock here was how the traffic is in Atlanta, which was better than it was in LA who had been my vote for the worst traffic of any American city. There are terrible traffic jams along Atlanta's highways which are usually unpredictable. If you leave at 9 in the morning, you will arrive at your appointment at least an hour late during rush hour.

Worst: Heat

Even more surprising than traffic is that this place is also quite hot. A south coast heat source is more intense at night than a west coast heat source, so it is virtually as hot at night if it is hot during the day. People from the South have also mastered air conditioning, unlike those from the west coast.

Bonus: Fun Facts about Georgia

  1. Okefenokee Swamp encompasses over 400,000 acres of canals, moss-draped cypress trees, and lily pad prairies, providing sanctuaries for hundreds of species of birds and wildlife, including several endangered species.
  2. Cumberland Island National Seashore contains the ruins of Dungeness, the once magnificent Carnegie estate. In addition, wild horses graze among windswept dunes.
  3. The late John F. Kennedy, Jr. and his future wife stopped in Kingsland on the way to their marriage on Cumberland Island.
  4. Historic Saint Marys, Georgia, is the second oldest city in the nation.
  5. The City of Savanna was the first steamship to cross the Atlantic.
  6. It sailed from Georgia.
  7. Ways Station was renamed Richmond Hill on May 1, 1941, taking the name of automaker Henry Ford's winter estate.
  8. The pirate Edward "Blackbeard" Teach made a home on Blackbeard Island. The United States Congress designated the Blackbeard Island Wilderness Area in 1975, and it now has 3,000 acres.
  9. On January 19, 1861, Georgia joined the Confederacy.
  10. The official state fish is the largemouth bass.
  11. In Gainesville, the Chicken Capital of the World, it is illegal to eat chicken with a fork.

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