Madison, Georgia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Not to be confused with Madison County, Georgia.
Madison, Georgia
City
Morgan County Courthouse (Madison, Georgia) (built 1905)
Morgan County Courthouse (Madison, Georgia) (built 1905)
Location in Morgan County and the state of Georgia
Location in Morgan County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 33°35′17″N 83°28′21″W / 33.58806°N 83.47250°W / 33.58806; -83.47250Coordinates: 33°35′17″N 83°28′21″W / 33.58806°N 83.47250°W / 33.58806; -83.47250
Country United States
State Georgia
County Morgan
Area
 • Total 8.9 sq mi (23.1 km2)
 • Land 8.9 sq mi (23 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 679 ft (207 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,979
 • Density 408.5/sq mi (157.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 30650
Area code(s) 706
FIPS code 13-49196[1]
GNIS feature ID 0332303[2]
Website madisonga.org

Madison is a city in Morgan County, Georgia, United States. The population was 3,636 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Morgan County and the site of the Morgan County Courthouse (Madison, Georgia).

Most of its nearly 100 Antebellum homes have been carefully restored, which led to Holiday Travel magazine's naming Madison "The Prettiest Small Town in America." In 2001, Madison was voted the #1 Small Town in America by Travel Holiday Magazine.

History[edit]

Madison was founded in 1807 as seat of the newly formed Morgan County. The community was named for President James Madison.[3]

While many believe that Sherman spared the town because it was too beautiful to burn during his March to The Sea, the truth is that Madison was home to pro-Union Senator Joshua Hill. Hill had ties with General Sherman's brother at West Point, so his sparing the town was more political than appreciation of its beauty.[citation needed] Currently, Madison has one of the largest historic districts in the state of Georgia, and tourists from all over the world come to marvel at the antebellum architecture of the homes. Madison is the home of Southern Cross Guest Ranch, the only dude ranch in Georgia.[4]

Geography[edit]

Madison is located at 33°35′17″N 83°28′21″W / 33.58806°N 83.47250°W / 33.58806; -83.47250 (33.588038, -83.472368).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.9 square miles (23 km2), of which, 8.9 square miles (23 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.45%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,636 people, 1,362 households, and 964 families residing in the city. The population density was 410.2 people per square mile (158.5/km²). There were 1,494 housing units at an average density of 168.5 per square mile (65.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 48.93% White, 47.83% African-American, 0.08% Native American, 0.99% Asian, 1.10% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.09% of the population.

There were 1,362 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.0% were married couples living together, 22.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.2% were non-families. 25.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 84.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,055, and the median income for a family was $40,265. Males had a median income of $40,430 versus $21,411 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,551. About 10.3% of families and 11.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.2% of those under age 18 and 13.3% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Morgan County School District[edit]

The Morgan County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of two elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school.[6] The district has 210 full-time teachers and over 3,171 students.[7]

Famous Citizens[edit]

Madison is the birthplace of World War II naval hero Albert T. Harris. Georgia businessman, philanthropist and politician Brooks Pennington Jr. operated his father's seed store on Main Street.

Culture[edit]

Madison is home to numerous art galleries and museums, including The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum. Housing the largest collection of microcars in the world, the Microcar Museum features over 300 bubble cars, which are tiny two-door vehicles with engines no greater than 300ccs. The microcar was invented in Europe during the depression after World War II. The museum collection was auctioned off February, 15-16 2013.[8] Madison Museum of Fine Art is also located in the city.

In Harry Turtledove's novel In at the Death, Madison was the place where the fictional Confederate States President Jake Featherston was shot dead while trying to flee to the last Confederate stronghold in Arkansas.

Madison is home to one local radio station, WYTH (1250 AM), which plays pop standards and oldies.

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. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 238. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Southern Cross Guest Ranch
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  7. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  8. ^ http://microcarmuseum.com/

External links[edit]