Austell, Georgia

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Austell, Georgia
City
South Cobb High School
South Cobb High School
Location in Cobb County and the state of Georgia
Location in Cobb County and the state of Georgia
Austell is located in Metro Atlanta
Austell
Austell
Location in Metro Atlanta
Coordinates: 33°48′57″N 84°38′10″W / 33.81583°N 84.63611°W / 33.81583; -84.63611Coordinates: 33°48′57″N 84°38′10″W / 33.81583°N 84.63611°W / 33.81583; -84.63611
Country United States
State Georgia
Counties Cobb
Area
 • Total 5.7 sq mi (14.7 km2)
 • Land 5.7 sq mi (14.7 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 928 ft (283 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,581
 • Density 1,200/sq mi (450/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 30106, 30168
Area code(s) 770
FIPS code 13-04252[1]
GNIS feature ID 0354416[2]

Austell is a city in Cobb County in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 6,581.[3]

History[edit]

The area now the town of Austell was frequented by hunters trapping and hunting game on their way to the area's salt licks. These early visitors claimed the area's waters had medicinal properties. It soon became a destination for therapeutic healing leading to the founding of a town known as Salt Springs. As immigration increased and demand for land near the spring grew; a founder; G. O. Mozely, donating and subdividing 40 acres (160,000 m2) of his land; enhancing the loose settlement with a street plan. Later, the spring was renamed Lithia Springs due to the water containing lithium carbonate and the neighboring city of Lithia Springs was founded in 1882. In 1888, the lithia spring water was bottled and sold under the commercial name Bowden Lithia Spring Water.[4] The historic lithia spring water is still bottled and sold under the name brand Lithia at fine restaurants and health food stores. Georgia Pacific; now a division of Southern Railway, chose the town of Austell to be a station depot; being the dividing point for the major Birmingham and Chattanooga railway lines.[5]

The town of Austell is named for General Alfred Austell (1814–1881), founder of the Atlanta National Bank (later Wachovia), in recognition of his efforts to bring major railways to the South.[6] Austell is buried in an elaborate Gothic Revival-style mausoleum at the highest point in Atlanta's Oakland Cemetery.

In 2009, Sweetwater Creek flooded, destroying many homes and businesses in the Austell area.[7]

Geography[edit]

33°48′57″N 84°38′10″W / 33.81583°N 84.63611°W / 33.81583; -84.63611 (33.815905, -84.636242)[8].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.7 square miles (15 km2), of which 0.18% is water.

Topography[edit]

Austell is located at western edge of the Atlanta Metropolitan near the south border of Cobb County and north border of Douglas County. It lies on Sweetwater Creek and just north of I20. The city is relatively flat, with few large hills.

Adjacent localities[edit]

Despite being largely surrounded by unincorporated Cobb County, several cities are near Austell such as Mableton (unincorporated) which lies just over 3 miles (4.8 km) to the East, Powder Springs which is about 4.5 miles (7.2 km) to the Northwest, and Lithia Springs being 2.4 miles (3.9 km) to the Southwest.

Climate[edit]

According to the Köppen classification, Austell has a humid subtropical climate[9] with hot, humid summers and mild, but occasionally cold winters by the standards of the southern United States. The city experiences four distinct seasons. Summers are hot and humid, with a July daily average of 89 °F (32 °C). In a normal summer it is not unusual for temperatures to exceed 90 °F (32 °C). Winters are mild, windy, with some warm, sunny days and occasional snow, with a January average high of 50 °F (10 °C) and low of 30 °F (−1 °C). Occasionally, high temperatures will struggle to reach 40 °F (4 °C), and nights can dip into the teens. Subzero temperatures are very uncommon and only occur every decade or so.

Climate data for Austell, Georgia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 80
(27)
80
(27)
89
(32)
93
(34)
96
(36)
101
(38)
104
(40)
104
(40)
99
(37)
92
(33)
86
(30)
80
(27)
104
(40)
Average high °F (°C) 50
(10)
55
(13)
64
(18)
72
(22)
79
(26)
86
(30)
89
(32)
88
(31)
83
(28)
73
(23)
63
(17)
54
(12)
71.3
(21.8)
Average low °F (°C) 30
(−1)
34
(1)
38
(3)
45
(7)
54
(12)
62
(17)
66
(19)
65
(18)
59
(15)
46
(8)
38
(3)
31
(−1)
47.3
(8.4)
Record low °F (°C) −12
(−24)
−2
(−19)
7
(−14)
21
(−6)
32
(0)
40
(4)
50
(10)
48
(9)
30
(−1)
22
(−6)
9
(−13)
−4
(−20)
−12
(−24)
Source: The Weather Channel[10]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,359 people, 2,009 households, and 1,386 families residing in the city. The population density was 942.1 people per square mile (363.6/km²). There were 2,144 housing units at an average density of 376.9 per square mile (145.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 65.42% White, 24.58% African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.90% Asian, 6.40% from other races, and 2.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.07% of the population.

There were 2,009 households out of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.3% were married couples living together, 18.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 37.0% from 25 to 44, 17.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $38,933, and the median income for a family was $39,635. Males had a median income of $31,750 versus $22,944 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,924. About 11.0% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.0% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Austell has been, in its early years, largely tied with the rail depot, transferring people and goods, and being in close proximity to Atlanta has allowed many residents to commute to Atlanta in pursuit of higher paying, more abundant jobs. Due to technical advances in transportation; however, passengers no longer move by rail to or from Austell. Other industry includes recycling paper and plastics with exports going as far as China.

Arts and culture[edit]

Annual events[edit]

City of Austell, 4 July fireworks celebration.[11]

Points of interest[edit]

Six Flags Over Georgia, a large tourist attraction, is located in Unincorporated Cobb County but is located just outside Austell and has an Austell mailing address.

The Collar Community Center located near downtown is used for civic organizations and local get-togethers.[12] South Cobb Recreation Center is a 21,000 square feet (2,000 m2) facility that offers a gym, two multipurpose rooms, a caterers kitchen, six offices, a conference room, three restrooms and a lobby. It has an occupational capacity of 939.[13]

Sports[edit]

During summer, softball games are nearly a continual occurrence with city leagues having 30 games and 450 players. In addition to cheerleading, 32 teams of over 500 youths are sponsored by the Sweetwater Vally Youth Association. Five lighted fields accommodate baseball and softball aficionados. Collar Park and Washington Street Park both have tennis courts.

Parks and recreation[edit]

The Austell Parks and Recreation Department maintains five recreational facilities and seven parks Berry Park, a passive park, Collar Park and Legion Park which are both community parks, and Pine Street, Stephens, Washington Street and Berry Park which are neighborhood parks. Combined, they all cover an area of 36.2 acres (146,000 m2).

Government[edit]

The city of Austell currently has 7 elected officials:[14] Mayor, representatives of four wards and two representatives at-large.

Education[edit]

Public education in Cobb County is handled by the Cobb County School District.[15] Public schools in the city limits include Austell Primary School, Austell Elementary School, and Garrett Middle School.[16]

There are several private schools in the area as well: Cumberland Christian Academy,[17] Good Shepherd Learning Center,[18] Goddard School.[19]

Media[edit]

The locally read newspapers include South Cobb Patch, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Fulton County Daily Report.[20]

Transportation[edit]

Austell lies just north of Interstate 20. It also sits on the divergence of two rail lines, one to Birmingham and the other to Chattanooga.

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