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It was established in 1837 as a small settlement at the intersection of two railway lines, and grew to prominence after the Civil War.
Today, the city is known for its diversity, youthfulness, and prosperity, ranking 6th most profitable economy in the nation and 15th worldwide.
People Born in Atlanta
Atlanta in People's Lives
Kanye West: I was born here in 1977. My father was a former member of the Black Panther party, a revolutionary African American social reform group, and was one of the first black journalists to work at an Atlanta newspaper. My mother was an intelligent, educated English professor at Clark Atlanta University. However, my parents divorced when I was three years old, prompting my mother to move to Chicago in 1980, and taking me with her.
Liam Neeson: I filmed scenes of the movie The Last Song here in 2009. We filmed on location at the Georgia Aquarium.
Liam Neeson: I traveled here in 2013 to film scenes of the movie Taken 3.
Miley Cyrus: I filmed scenes of the movie The Last Song here in 2009. We filmed on location at the Georgia Aquarium.
Stephen Moyer: I traveled here in 2012 to film scenes of the movie Devil's Knot.
William Levy: I travled here in 2011 to film two episodes of a TV show, VH1's "Single Ladies."