Over the past two decades, Atlanta has experienced unprecedented growth. Although the official city population remains steady, the metro population has grown in the past decade by nearly 40%. The 1996 Olympics served as a catalyst for a second resurgence of Atlanta, transforming it from a great American city to a greater international city by fueling more than $2 billion in new construction and other projects.
Atlanta is known for its parks, sports teams, shopping, museums and entertainment. Some of the city’s unique offerings include CNN studio tours, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and World of Coca-Cola. Atlanta museums highlight the Civil War period, Atlanta and Georgia history, science and technology and African-American history. The city boasts a variety of collegiate, amateur and professional athletic teams and events to entertain and excite sports fans.