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Atlanta is the capital and largest city in the state of Georgia, USA . In 2008, Atlanta was estimated the thirty-third most populous city of the United States, with an estimated population of 537,958 inhabitants. Its metropolitan area, officially called Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA MSA (commonly known as Metro Atlanta), is the ninth metropolitan area by population, with approximately 5.5 million inhabitants. As in most of the Sun Belt, the Atlanta region grew considerably in 2000, and adding more than one million people between 2000 and 2008. This was the largest growth of any U.S. area behind the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex .