Byron, Georgia

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Byron, Georgia
City
Location in Peach County and the state of Georgia
Location in Peach County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 32°38′56″N 83°45′20″W / 32.64889°N 83.75556°W / 32.64889; -83.75556Coordinates: 32°38′56″N 83°45′20″W / 32.64889°N 83.75556°W / 32.64889; -83.75556
Country United States
State Georgia
Counties Peach, Houston
Area
 • Total 5.8 sq mi (15.1 km2)
 • Land 5.8 sq mi (15.1 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 509 ft (155 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,887
 • Density 497.8/sq mi (191.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 31008
Area code(s) 478
FIPS code 13-12260[1]
GNIS feature ID 0354930[2]

Byron is a city in Peach County, Georgia, United States. A small portion of the city extends into Houston County. The population was 2,887 at the 2000 census. The city is in the Macon metropolitan area.

Byron is home to the Middle Georgia Raceway, an auto racetrack that hosted NASCAR races and the filming of TV commercials and a feature movie. From July 3–5, 1970, in a field next to the raceway, the huge Atlanta International Pop Festival was held, which was the largest gathering in Georgia history until the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.[1] On September 15, 2012, an official Georgia Historical Society marker was placed near the raceway to commemorate the festival.[3]

Geography[edit]

Byron is located at 32°38′56″N 83°45′20″W / 32.64889°N 83.75556°W / 32.64889; -83.75556 (32.648908, -83.755640).[4] It is centrally located near the geographical center of Georgia on Interstate 75 and its intersection with Georgia Hwy. 49. Byron is 90 miles south of Atlanta, 16 miles south of Macon and 10 miles from the Peach County seat of Fort Valley. Use the map below for driving directions to Byron from your location.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.8 square miles (15 km2), of which, 5.8 square miles (15 km2) of it is land and 0.17% is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,887 people, 1,061 households, and 829 families residing in the city. The population density was 495.7 people per square mile (191.5/km²). There were 1,177 housing units at an average density of 202.1 per square mile (78.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.69% White, 20.23% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.55% from other races, and 1.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.83% of the population.

There were 1,061 households out of which 38.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.8% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.8% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.6% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 31.6% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 9.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $45,691, and the median income for a family was $51,051. Males had a median income of $36,134 versus $26,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,811. About 8.5% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.0% of those under age 18 and 16.2% of those age 65 or over.

Industry[edit]

Byron has a vibrant array of businesses including retail, restaurants, and services.[5] In addition, the town has historically had a strong Recreational Vehicle retail presence with dealers such as Campers Inn and Camping World.

Points of interest[edit]

Battle of Byron [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Kulkosky, Victor. (2012-09-19). "Byron Pop Festival Gets Historic Marker". The Leader Tribune, Peach County, GA.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ http://www.byronga.com/business_directory.cfm