Georgia Information and Facts
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The population of Georgia in 2002 was 8,544,005. Its rank was 10th in the nation. (The District of Columbia is included for ranking purposes.)
Per Capita Personal Income
In 2002 Georgia had a per capita personal income of $28,821. This per capita personal income ranked 29th in the United States and was 93 percent of the national average, $30,906. The 2002 per capita personal income reflected an increase of 0.9 percent from 2001. The 2001-2002 national change was 1.2 percent. In 1992 the per capita personal income of Georgia was $19,075 and ranked 29th in the United States. The 1992-2002 average annual growth rate of per capita personal income was 4.2 percent. The average annual growth rate for the nation was 4.0 percent.
Total Personal Income
In 2002 Georgia had a total personal income of $246,247,169. This total personal income ranked 11th in the United States. In 1992 the total personal income of Georgia was $130,040,771 and ranked 12th in the United States. The 2002 total personal income reflected an increase of 2.7 percent from 2001. The 2001-2002 national change was 2.3 percent. The 1992-2002 average annual growth rate of total personal income was 6.6 percent. The average annual growth rate for the nation was 5.2 percent.
Components of Personal Income
Total personal income includes net earnings by place of residence; dividends, interest, and rent; and total personal current transfer receipts received by the residents of Georgia. In 2002 net earnings accounted for 70.6 percent of total personal income (compared with 71.2 in 1992); dividends, interest, and rent were 16.1 percent (compared with 16.3 in 1992); and personal current transfer receipts were 13.3 percent (compared with 12.5 in 1992). From 2001 to 2002 net earnings increased 1.0 percent; dividends, interest, and rent increased 1.5 percent; and personal current transfer receipts increased 14.7 percent. From 1992 to 2002 net earnings increased on average 6.5 percent each year; dividends, interest, and rent increased on average 6.5 percent; and personal current transfer receipts increased on average 7.3 percent.
Earnings of persons employed in Georgia increased from $192,930,607 in 2001 to $195,187,058 in 2002, an increase of 1.2 percent. The 2001-2002 national change was 1.5 percent. The average annual growth rate from the 1992 estimate of $103,745,753 to the 2002 estimate was 6.5 percent. The average annual growth rate for the nation was 5.3 percent.
Climate - The average January temperature on the Coastal Plain and the Piedmont ranges from about 7° C (about 44° F) in the north to about
12° C (54° F) in the south. In the mountains, winter temperatures are in the middle single digits C (lower 40°s F) in the valleys and considerably
lower on the hills and more exposed mountain slopes. Occasionally in winter masses of colder air sweep into Georgia from the north. On such
occasions, temperatures have dropped to the lower 20°s C (lower 10°s F). Average July temperatures are in the upper 20°s C (lower 80°s F) on
the Coastal Plain and the Piedmont, and range from about 23° to 26° C (about 74° to 78° F) in the mountains. Daytime temperatures are often
in the upper 30°s C (lower 100°s F) and have risen occasionally to the middle 40°s Celsius (lower 110°s F). The high humidity makes very hot
days exceedingly uncomfortable. Precipitation The Coastal Plain and Piedmont receive between 1170 and 1320 mm (46 and 52 in) of precipitation
(both rainfall and snowfall) a year, and the mountains receive between 1420 and 1930 mm (56 and 76 in). However, the amount of precipitation
varies greatly from year to year, and prolonged dry spells, although infrequent, occasionally cause crop failures and water shortages. More
than half of all annual precipitation falls during the spring and summer. Snow is rare in the lowlands, but there are sometimes heavy snowfalls
in the mountains.
Alice Walker author, Eatonton
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