Hephzibah, Georgia

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Hephzibah, Georgia
City
Location in Richmond County and the state of Georgia
Location in Richmond County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Richmond
Area
 • Total 19.4 sq mi (50.2 km2)
 • Land 19.3 sq mi (50.0 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,011
 • Density 210/sq mi (80/km2)
ZIP code 30815

Hephzibah (/ˈhɛpzɪbə/) is a city in southern Richmond County, in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is part of the Augusta metropolitan area. The population was 4,011 at the 2010 census.[1] Hephzibah is a Hebrew name meaning "my delight is in her."[2]

History[edit]

Hephzibah was originally named Brothersville, in honor of three brothers settled near one another where the city of Hephzibah would eventually grow. In October 1860, a Baptist seminary was established in Brothersville by a group of Appling residents,[citation needed] which then led to the establishment of the Hephzibah Baptist Church in 1862. The prominence of these new religious institutions in the area swayed the state of Georgia to rename the town Hephzibah in 1870.[3] In 1909, a book authored by Walter A. Clark named "A Lost Arcadia - The Story of My Old Community" was published detailing the earliest days of the formation of Hephzibah.[4]

In 1996 the governments of the city of Augusta and Richmond County combined to form a single governing body. The residents of Hephzibah and nearby Blythe had voted to maintain separate city governments prior to this action. Some municipal services in Hephzibah continue to be provided by the consolidated Augusta-Richmond County, while water, fire, and police services are maintained by the city.

After years of slow decline, the retail economy in Hephzibah has increased substantially since 2010, marked by the openings of an IGA grocery store,[5] CrossFit gym, and a branch of the local chain Southern food restaurant Wife Saver.

Geography[edit]

Hephzibah is located at 33°18′15″N 82°5′53″W / 33.30417°N 82.09806°W / 33.30417; -82.09806 (33.304126, -82.097923)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.4 square miles (50.2 km2), of which 0.07 square miles (0.17 km2), or 0.34%, is water.[7]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 3,880 people, 1,374 households, and 1,090 families residing in the city. The population density was 200.4 people per square mile (77.4/km²). There were 1,570 housing units at an average density of 81.1 per square mile (31.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 71.37% White, 25.08% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 0.75% from other races, and 1.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.96% of the population.


There were 1,374 households out of which 39.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, 17.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.6% were non-families. 17.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.2% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,123, and the median income for a family was $42,898. Males had a median income of $32,917 versus $22,841 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,905. About 12.9% of families and 16.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.5% of those under age 18 and 16.8% of those age 65 or over.

Religion[edit]

Christian denominations with established places of worship in the city are Southern Baptists and Methodists.

Notable locations[edit]

Notable people from Hephzibah[edit]

This list includes people who were born in Hephzibah or who spent a significant amount of time living in the town.

Photo Name Date of Birth Notes References
John Wesley Gilbert 1864 First student and black professor of Paine College, one of the first black American archaeologists [9][10]
George Kitchens 1983 Track and field athlete
Vaughn Taylor 1976 PGA Tour golfer [11]
Itoro Umoh-Coleman 1977 WNBA basketball player and Clemson assistant coach
Tami Tesch Miss Georgia USA 1986


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