McDonough, Georgia

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McDonough, Georgia, Metro Atlanta
City
The Henry County Courthouse
The Henry County Courthouse
Nickname(s): The Geranium City
Location in Henry County and the state of Georgia
Location in Henry County and the state of Georgia
McDonough is located in Metro Atlanta
McDonough
McDonough
Location of McDonough in Metro Atlanta
Coordinates: 33°26′42″N 84°8′57″W / 33.44500°N 84.14917°W / 33.44500; -84.14917Coordinates: 33°26′42″N 84°8′57″W / 33.44500°N 84.14917°W / 33.44500; -84.14917
Country United States
State Georgia
County Henry
Area
 • Total 12.9 sq mi (33.4 km2)
 • Land 12.7 sq mi (32.9 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Elevation 863 ft (263 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 22,084
 • Density 1,737.4/sq mi (670.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 30252-30253
Area code(s) 770/678/470
FIPS code 13-48624[1]
GNIS feature ID 0317901[2]
Website www.mcdonoughga.org

McDonough is a city in Henry County, Georgia, United States. It is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. Its population was 22,084 at the 2010 census. Inclusion of the unincorporated neighborhoods surrounding McDonough, which are not part of a town/city, raises the population to approximately 30,000 from an estimate in 2008. The city is the county seat of Henry County.[3] It is the home of AM radio station Classic Country 1410 WKKP and SCB-TV cable Channel 15 television station.

The census-designated place of Blacksville and the unincorporated communities of Flippen, Kelleytown, and Ola are located near McDonough, and addresses in those communities have McDonough postal addresses.

History[edit]

Named for naval officer Commodore Thomas MacDonough and founded in 1823 around a traditional town square design. The buildings surrounding the square are intact although there are some vacancies. The county courthouse and historic jail building are on the north side near the Welcome Center in a historically maintained Standard Oil service station 1920 prototype. The station also houses the Main Street Program Office and Hospitality and Tourism Office. In the center of the square is a monument to Henry County's Confederate dead. One block east of the square, the town's original cotton warehouse has been replaced with the Henry County Judicial Center. In the same area the Henry County Courthouse Annex has an original oil on canvas "Cotton Gin" (4½ by 11 feet) by Jean Charlot. He painted this oil in 1942 for the town post office. His works can be found all over the world in everything from children's books to large murals.

The town was a relay station on the New York to New Orleans stagecoach line and was connected by other stage lines with Fayetteville and Decatur, and with Macon by way of Jackson.[4]

In 1900, a washout during a thunderstorm caused a train wreck about 1½ miles (2.4 km) north of town. The runoff undermined about 100 feet (30 m) of the Southern Railway (Macon division) prior the accident, and the passenger train subsequently caught fire, killing 35.[5]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.9 square miles (33 km2), of which 12.7 square miles (33 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (1.6%) is water.

Transportation[edit]

McDonough is served by the following highways:

Demographics[edit]

At the 2000 census,[1] there were 8,493 people, 3,069 households and 2,102 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,093.8 per square mile (422.6/km²). There were 3,234 housing units at an average density of 416.5 per square mile (160.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 61.4% white, 34.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.4% Asian, 1.8% from other races, and 1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.7% of the population.

There were 3,069 households of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.2% were married couples living together, 18.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.0% 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 3.14.

26.4% of the population were under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 34.1% from 25 to 44, 16.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.1 males.

The median household income was $41,482 and the median family income was $46,818. Males had a median income of $34,669 versus $28,318 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,029. About 9.6% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.3% of those under age 18 and 18.3% of those age 65 or over.

Although it is considered to be located in Stockbridge many of the Eagle's Landing Country Club's homes are within McDonough's 30253 zip code.

Industry[edit]

Snapper Inc. manufacturing residential and professional lawn care and snow removal equipment, is based in McDonough. The company began in 1894 as Southern Saw Works, and claims to have invented the first self-propelled rotary lawn mower.

Events and festivals[edit]

Geranium Festival[edit]

The city hosts a Geranium Festival each springtime on the third Saturday in May, celebrating the locally grown flowers and community. The one day festival serves as a showcase of local artistry and talent through the open-air craft markets and live musical performances. The festival is sponsored by the McDonough Lions Club, and held on the McDonough Square. 2009 marks the 32nd anniversary of the festival.

Film[edit]

  • The film A Madea Christmas by Tyler Perry was filmed in the town square and all around McDonough.
  • The television show, Resurrection was filmed in the town square and all around McDonough and was aired March 2014.[6]
  • Scenes for the 1977 movie Pickle Strikes back III were filmed in the town.
  • Scenes for the 1989 Oscar-winning Civil War epic, Glory were filmed in the town.
  • A pilot episode for the WB show Roswell was filmed on the city square at the old Phillips 66 service station.
  • A scene from the movie We Are Marshall was filmed on Hwy. 155 near Miller's Mill.
  • "The McDonough Road" is mentioned by Rhett Butler in the 1939 classic, Gone with the Wind.

Education[edit]

Henry County School District[edit]

The Henry County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve. The district has twenty eight elementary schools, nine middle schools, and ten high schools.[7] The district has 1,543 full-time teachers and over 40,000 students.[8]

McDonough Public Schools[edit]

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Austin Road Elementary School
  • Bethlehem Elementary School
  • Cotton Indian Elementary School
  • Dutchtown Elementary School
  • East Lake Elementary School
  • Fairview Elementary School
  • Flippen Elementary School
  • Hampton Elementary School
  • Hickory Flat Elementary School
  • Locust Grove Elementary School
  • Luella Elementary School
  • McDonough Elementary School
  • Mount Carmel Elementary School
  • New Hope Elementary School
  • Oakland Elementary School
  • Ola Elementary School
  • Pate's Creek Elementary School
  • Pleasant Grove Elementary School
  • Red Oak Elementary School
  • Rock Spring Elementary School
  • Rocky Creek Elementary School
  • Smith-Barnes Elementary School
  • Stockbridge Elementary School
  • Timber Ridge Elementary School
  • Tussahaw Elementary School
  • Unity Grove Elementary School
  • Walnut Creek Elementary School
  • Wesley Lakes Elementary School
  • Woodland Elementary School

Middle schools[edit]

  • Austin Road Middle School
  • Dutchtown Middle School
  • Eagle's Landing Middle School
  • Henry County Middle School
  • Locust Grove Middle School
  • Luella Middle School
  • Ola Middle School
  • Stockbridge Middle School
  • Union Grove Middle School
  • Woodland Middle School

High schools[edit]

Private schools[edit]

Higher education[edit]

Mercer University has a Regional Academic Center in McDonough. The center, opened in 2003, offers Teacher Education programs through the university's Tift College of Education as well as programs in Criminal Justice and General Studies in[13] the College of Continuing and Professional Studies. Additionally, Atlanta Bible College is located in McDonough.

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. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ [1], Accessed 24 April 2009
  5. ^ http://www3.gendisasters.com/georgia/7634/mcdonough-ga-train-wreck-jun-1900
  6. ^ Resurrection (U.S. TV series)
  7. ^ Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved June 19, 2010.
  8. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 19, 2010.
  9. ^ Eagle's Landing Christian Academy, Retrieved June 19, 2010.
  10. ^ Community Christian School, Retrieved June 19, 2010.
  11. ^ New Creation Center, Retrieved June 19, 2010.
  12. ^ Creekside Christian Academy, Retrieved August 8, 2010.
  13. ^ http://www.mercer.edu
  14. ^ Reinhard, Beth (2011-05-20). "Home is Where the Votes Are". National Journal. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 

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