Bainbridge City Hall
|Motto: "Georgia's First Inland Port"|
Location in Decatur County and the state of Georgia
|• Mayor||Edward Reynolds Jr.|
|• City||18.9 sq mi (48.9 km2)|
|• Land||17.7 sq mi (45.9 km2)|
|• Water||1.2 sq mi (3 km2)|
|Elevation||121 ft (37 m)|
|• Density||620.2/sq mi (239.7/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0354431|
|Website||City of Bainbridge Georgia Website|
In 1824, Bainbridge was designated seat of the newly formed Decatur County.
Bainbridge is located at (30.904846, -84.571013).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.9 square miles (49.0 km2), of which 17.7 square miles (45.8 km2) is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) (6.15%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 11,722 people, 4,444 households, and 3,013 families residing in the city. The population density was 255.6/km² (661.8/sq mi, Georgia average is 141.4/sq mi, U.S. average is 79.6/sq mi). There were 5,051 housing units at an average density of 285.2 per square mile (110.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 50.34% African American (Georgia 28.7%, U.S. 12.3%), 47.48% White (Georgia 65.1%, U.S. 75.1%), 0.12% Native American (Georgia 0.3%, U.S. 0.9%), 0.64% Asian (Georgia 2.1%, U.S. 3.6%), 0.02% Pacific Islander (Georgia 0.1%, U.S. 0.1%), 0.78% from other races (Georgia 2.4%, U.S. 5.5%), and 0.61% from two or more races (Georgia 1.4%, U.S. 2.4%). 2.00% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race (Georgia 5.3%, U.S. 12.5%).
There were 4,444 households out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.7% were married couples living together, 24.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the city the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 84.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $24,869, and the median income for a family was $30,557. Males had a median income of $28,918 versus $21,518 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,589. About 24.0% of families and 26.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.1% of those under age 18 and 18.9% of those age 65 or over.
Arts and culture
Annual cultural events
The Riverside Artsfest is held each year the first weekend of May.
The Swine Time Festival and Decatur Fall Festival and Fair are annual events.
National Register of Historic Places
Decatur County School District
The Decatur County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of five elementary schools, two middle schools, and a high school. The district has 384 full-time teachers and over 5,782 students.
- Elcan-King Elementary School
- John Johnson Elementary School
- Jones-Wheat Elementary School
- Potter Street Elementary School
- West Bainbridge Elementary School
- Bainbridge Middle School
- Hutto Middle School
- Bainbridge High School
- Bainbridge State College
- Former Georgia Governor Marvin Griffin
- Actress Miriam Hopkins
- David Ross, MLB catcher for the Boston Red Sox
- Former drummer of Trivium, Travis Smith
- Young Stribling (1904–1933), a professional boxer in the Heavyweight division
- Kirby Smart, defensive coordinator for the Alabama Crimson Tide
- AMA Supercross Champion Ezra Lusk
- James Butler, NFL Player
- American novelist J. D. Salinger was stationed at the Bainbridge Army Air Base from August 1942 to May 1943 and wrote several short stories during his stay. 
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- "Bainbridge". Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_SF1_GCTP2.ST13&prodType=table Decatur County was created in 1823 from portions of Early County. The county was named in honor of Commodore Stephen Decatur who defeated the Barbary Coast pirates at Tripoli in 1815. Bainbridge, the county seat, was named for Commodore William Bainbridge, commander of the U.S. Constitution, "Old Ironsides." The Decatur County area was the site of several battles between Indians and early settlers. In the early 1700s, both the Spanish and English fought with Creek Indians. In 1818, General Andrew Jackson led troops from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Georgia to victory over the Seminole Indians. Decatur County is divided by the Flint River, which flows to meet the Chattahoochee. Together they form the Apalachicola River which flows to the Gulf of Mexico. At the junction of the two rivers, the Jim Woodruff Dam forms Lake Seminole. A system of locks at the dam allows barge traffic to travel between the inland port at Bainbridge and the Gulf of Mexico. The limestone aquifer underlying Decatur County is broken in many places, encouraging the formation of caves and lime sinks-one at Curry's Mill is almost 700 feet wide and reaches a depth of 102 feet. Decatur County is the nation's leader in the production of Fuller's Earth, a type of clay with varied chemical uses. Once used for bleaching petroleum and cleaning grease out of wool, Fuller's Earth is currently used as cat litter and as an additive to insecticides and cements. Lake Seminole is widely regarded as one of the nation's best lakes for large mouth bass fishing. In addition, local anglers fish for striped and white bass, catfish, crappy, and bream. Also, Lake Seminole is popular among area duck hunters.
- "Profile for Bainbridge, Georgia, GA". ePodunk. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
- Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 220. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved June 8, 2010.
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- Slawenski, Kenneth. J. D. Salinger: A Life. New York: Random House, ISBN 978-1-4000-6951-4
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- City of Bainbridge Georgia Website Portal style website, Government, Business, Library, Recreation and more
- New Georgia Encyclopedia - Article about Bainbridge, Georgia
- South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive - Digital Library of Georgia
- City-Data.com Comprehensive Statistical Data and more about Bainbridge
- Sowegalive.com - Bainbridge, GA News, Radio and Community Information