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When considering the geographical statistics and location of any town or city, both in the United States and internationally, elevation is a very important term. Elevation tells us how high or low an area is in relation to sea level. The elevation of Atlanta is 1,050 feet (320 m), which means it has one of the highest elevations of any major city in Georgia and is actually one of the highest cities located to the east of the Mississippi. Various high points can be found in and around Atlanta. The highest point in the Atlanta metropolitan area is Kennesaw Mountain, which stands at an elevation of 1,808 feet (551 m).
Atlanta is a relatively high city. Many other major cities all around the United States are situated at elevations of 500 feet (152 m) or less, with New York City and Los Angeles being two key examples. The highest city in all of Georgia is Sky Valley, which is located in a mountain valley in Rabun County and has an elevation of 3,100 feet (945 m). The highest point in the whole state is Brasstown Bald, a mountain in the northeast section of the state standing at an elevation of 4,784 feet (1,458 m), while Georgia's lowest point is technically the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, which are simply at sea level.
The mean elevation in the state of Georgia is 600 feet (180 m), which is also the same mean elevation as the states of Illinois and Maine, making Georgia one of the lowest states in America in general. When compared to the state average, the city of Atlanta has a relatively high elevation. Other major cities in Georgia apart from Atlanta include Augusta, which has an elevation of just 136 feet (45 m), Columbus, which has an elevation of 243 feet (74 m) and Macon, which has an elevation of 381 feet (116 m). Atlanta has a much higher elevation than these other major Georgia cities.