Fayetteville, Georgia

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Fayetteville, Georgia
City
Motto: "A History with a Future."
Location in Fayette County and the state of Georgia
Location in Fayette County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 33°26′52″N 84°27′42″W / 33.44778°N 84.46167°W / 33.44778; -84.46167Coordinates: 33°26′52″N 84°27′42″W / 33.44778°N 84.46167°W / 33.44778; -84.46167
Country United States
State Georgia
County Fayette
Established March 28, 1822
Incorporated (town) 1823
Incorporated (city) 1888
Government
 • Type Council/Manager
 • Mayor Greg Clifton
 • City Manager Joe Morton
Area
 • Total 10 sq mi (25.8 km2)
 • Land 9.9 sq mi (25.6 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 1,030 ft (310 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 15,945
 • Density 1,114.8/sq mi (432.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 30214-30215
Area code(s) 770
FIPS code 13-28968[1]
GNIS feature ID 0314089[2]
Website www.fayetteville-ga.gov

Fayetteville is a city in Fayette County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 15,945.[3] The city is the county seat of Fayette County.[4] Fayetteville is located approximately 22 miles south of downtown Atlanta.[5]

History[edit]

Fayetteville was founded in 1822 as seat of the newly formed Fayette County. It was incorporated as a town in 1823 and as a city in 1909.[6]

Demographics[edit]

As of the 2000 Census,[1] there were 11,148 people, 4,338 households, and 2,967 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,126.7 people per square mile (435.2/km²). There were 4,572 housing units at an average density of 462.1 per square mile (178.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.44% White, 13.97% African American, 0.22% Native American, 3.33% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.95% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.78% of the population.

There were 4,338 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 23.9% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.6% were non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48, and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city, the population age was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 31.7% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 87.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $45,208 and the median income for a family was $32,164. Males had a median income of $29,949, versus $26,035 for females. The per capita income for the city was $38,743. About 32.9% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.1% of those under age 18 and 18.8% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Fayette County School District[edit]

The Fayette County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of seventeen elementary schools, six middle schools, and six high schools.[7] The district has 1,379 full-time teachers and over 20,756 students.[8]

Fayette County High School, Whitewater High School, Sandy Creek High School, McIntosh High School and Starr's Mill High School serve the Fayetteville area.

Private schools include Counterpane School, Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School, and Grace Christian Academy

Points of interest[edit]

The Fayette County Courthouse, built in 1825, only four years after the county and town's founding, is the oldest surviving courthouse in Georgia. The courthouse sits in the center of the Fayetteville town square and today houses the local chamber of commerce and the Fayette County Development Authority.

The Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House, built in 1855 by John Stiles Holliday, uncle of the western gambler John Henry "Doc" Holliday.

The Margaret Mitchell Library, built in 1948, is today the home of the Fayette County Historical Society and houses Civil War and genealogical records.

Fun Junction USA, formerly Dixieland Fun Park, established in 1990, is the third largest amusement park in Georgia and has received awards for their annual Halloween festival. In 2011, a lawsuit filed by an African American employee prompted the NAACP to boycott the park after the owners were accused of racial profiling. The owner, John Williams, was accused of using racial epithets in reference to black go kart operators in 2013, resulting in a lawsuit.

Pinewood Atlanta Studios—owned and operated by the famed Pinewood Studios in London, GB—is located in Fayetteville. The film and television production studio, largest in the United States outside the state of California, opened in 2014.

Notable people[edit]

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. ^ http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/13/1328968.html
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ Fayetteville, Georgia facts
  6. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 229. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved June 9, 2010.
  8. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 9, 2010.

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