Atlanta was founded in 1837 and today the fast-growing city remains a transportation hub for the world: Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport is one of the nation's busiest in daily passenger flights.
The city has emerged as a banking center and is the world headquarters for 13 Fortune 500 companies. The old in new Atlanta is the soul of the city, the heritage that enhances the quality of life in a contemporary city.
In the past two decades Atlanta has had unprecedented growth -- the official city population remains steady, at about 420,000, but the metro population has grown in the past decade by nearly 40%, from 2.9 million to 4.1 million people.
Atlanta boasts an ever-changing downtown skyline, along with skyscrapers constructed in the Midtown, Buckhead, and outer perimeter business districts. Since the late 1970s dozens of skyscrapers designed by such luminaries as Philip Johnson, I. M. Pel, and Marcel Breuer have reshaped the city's profile.
Also home to a renowned culinary scene, Atlanta has a late night atmosphere that is conducive to many well-known eateries. A booming arts scene also helps keep things in Atlanta fresh and ever-changing. As such, Atlanta is a great place for those considering a career in the culinary arts.