Grayson, Georgia

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Grayson, Georgia
City
Location in Gwinnett County and the state of Georgia
Location in Gwinnett County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 33°53′36″N 83°57′20″W / 33.89333°N 83.95556°W / 33.89333; -83.95556Coordinates: 33°53′36″N 83°57′20″W / 33.89333°N 83.95556°W / 33.89333; -83.95556
Country United States
State Georgia
County Gwinnett
Area
 • Total 1.8 sq mi (4.5 km2)
 • Land 1.8 sq mi (4.5 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,096 ft (334 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,666
 • Density 425/sq mi (170/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 30017
Area code(s) 770
FIPS code 13-34596[1]
GNIS feature ID 0314805[2]

Grayson is a city in Gwinnett County, Georgia, United States. The population was 2,666 at the 2010 census.

Geography[edit]

Grayson is located at 33°53′36″N 83°57′20″W / 33.89333°N 83.95556°W / 33.89333; -83.95556 (33.893306, -83.955420).[3] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), all of it land. Grayson suffered a damaging tornado on June 27, 1994, killing a 10-year-old girl. The city has been benefitting from exurban growth in eastern Gwinnett County, especially in the late 1990s and through the 2000s.

Government[edit]

The city government of Grayson consists of a mayor and four council members. The current mayor is Allison Wilkerson, and the city council includes Trenton Arnold, Laurie Anderson, James Gillespie, and Linda Jenkins.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 282
1970 386 36.9%
1980 464 20.2%
1990 529 14.0%
2000 765 44.6%
2010 2,666 248.5%

As of 2010 Grayson had a population of 2,666. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 62.8% white, 23.8% black or African American, 0.4% native American, 9.0% Asian, 1.8% from some other race and 2.2% from some other race. 4.8% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.[4]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 765 people, 276 households, and 226 families residing in the city. The population density was 435.8 people per square mile (167.8/km²). There were 288 housing units at an average density of 164.1 per square mile (63.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.77% White, 3.53% African American, 0.39% Asian, 0.65% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.92% of the population.

There were 276 households out of which 44.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.1% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.8% were non-families. 15.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% 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 3.02.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.5% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 34.0% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 99.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $51,750, and the median income for a family was $61,618. Males had a median income of $37,500 versus $36,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,695. About 6.3% of families and 8.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.2% of those under age 18 and 13.6% of those age 65 or over.

Grayson Day[edit]

Modeled after Snellville Days in nearby Snellville, Grayson Day, held annually on a Saturday at the end of April, features a parade down Main Street, food vendors, crafts, and live music. The city and local businesses sponsor the event, which takes place mostly in the centrally located Grayson City Park. The football team, marching band, and cheerleaders from Grayson High School, as well as other local organizations, politicians, and groups make the parade a favorite tradition among residents.

History[edit]

  • The first settlers came into an area what is now Grayson in 1820
  • The town of Grayson was founded in 1879 by James Patterson McConnell. He purchased 80 acres (320,000 m2) of land from his uncle Stephen Billue and that became part of the town.
  • On April 5, 1881 McConnell built a building which consisted of the first post office and held other companies. J.D. Spence, a merchant and public figure in Lawrenceville, a nearby city, named the area “Trip” because it was a “trip” to McConnell’s country store. McConnell began clearing land and building homes to make the area more attractive. Trip was once called the Garden Spot of Gwinnett County. The first residences included the families of the Billues, McConnells, Jacobs, Carroll, Cates, Rawlins, Petty, Kennerly, Ford, Gower, Hawthrone, Cooper, Tribble, and Chandler.
  • By the end of 1907, the town of Trip was an official incorporated town called Grayson.
  • In 1951, natural gas and electricity began running through the area. Therefore gas stoves came into peoples homes. According to Steven Starling, an official historian of the city of Grayson who contributed to “Historic Grayson, Georgia” wrote, “The Southern part of Gwinnett County was formed on either end of what is now considered Grayson. The New Hope, or Tribble's Mill, area and the Haynes Creek, or Midway Area, were thriving settlements in the early to middle nineteenth century. Prior to these settlements the Creek Indians has lived on this land.”

History of the name[edit]

The city of Grayson was first called Trip. In 1901, John Ellery Jacobs, the postmaster and civic leader, wrote to the post office department requesting that Trip, Georgia be changed to Berkley, Georgia. On December 6, 1901, the General Assembly of Georgia approved an act to incorporate the town and change the name. Shortly after, Ellery Jacobs was notified that there was already a Berkley, Georgia. He then suggested Graymount (because there was a clear view of Stone Mountain) but it was also taken. He then suggested the name of Grayson, Georgia.

Education[edit]

The county operates Gwinnett County Public Schools.

Gwinnett County Public Library operates the Grayson Branch in Grayson.[5]

In Popular Culture[edit]

The town was feature in the medico-thriller Outbreak, authored by Robin Cook, which was published in the year 1987.http://books.google.co.in/books?id=3GxuBAAAQBAJ&lpg=PT117&ots=XlSNZuUyfw&dq=Grayson%2C%20Georgia%20outbreak%20cook&pg=PT117#v=onepage&q=grayson&f=false

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. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ 2010 general profile of population and housing characteristics of Grayson from the US Census
  5. ^ "Hours & Locations." Gwinnett County Public Library. Retrieved on February 24, 2010.