Location in Early County and the state of Georgia
|• Total||1.8 sq mi (4.6 km2)|
|• Land||1.8 sq mi (4.6 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||220 ft (67 m)|
|• Density||153.9/sq mi (60.2/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP codes||31741, 39841|
|GNIS feature ID||0355426|
Damascus is located at .(31.298580, -84.717429)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), of which, 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) of it is land and 0.56% is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 277 people, 100 households, and 74 families residing in the town. The population density was 157.6 people per square mile (60.8/km²). There were 115 housing units at an average density of 65.4 per square mile (25.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 36.10% White, 63.54% African American, and 0.36% from two or more races.
There were 100 households out of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.0% were married couples living together, 24.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.0% were non-families. 19.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.16.
In the town the population was spread out with 30.3% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $28,333, and the median income for a family was $19,318. Males had a median income of $31,500 versus $19,286 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,583. About 31.4% of families and 23.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.3% of those under the age of eighteen and 61.9% of those sixty five or over.
Damascus is home to The Briar Patch Music Festival started by Jeb Tabb in 2010. The first festival was attended by an estimated 300 people. Since then, the festival has grown to feature national acts and close to 700 people in attendance. The festival usually occurs the last weekend in May. Damascus is also home to The Powerline Bar and Grill that serves all counties that adjoin Early County. The Powerline features bands almost every weekend from all parts of the Eastern U.S.
Damascus is home to Southwest Georgia Academy. S.G.A. began in 1970 and participates in the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA).
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- Blakely-Early County Chamber of Commerce Includes the City of Damascus and other cities in Early County
- Southwest Georgia Academy(SGA) a Private School in this Community and its Adjoining Counties by Georgia Independent School Association (GISA)