Peachtree City, Georgia

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Not to be confused with Peachtree Corners, Georgia.
Peachtree City, Georgia
Nickname(s): The Bubble, PTC
Peachtree City is located in Metro Atlanta
Peachtree City
Peachtree City
Coordinates: 33°23′56.37″N 84°34′14.24″W / 33.3989917°N 84.5706222°W / 33.3989917; -84.5706222Coordinates: 33°23′56.37″N 84°34′14.24″W / 33.3989917°N 84.5706222°W / 33.3989917; -84.5706222
Country United States
State Georgia
County Fayette
Government
 • Mayor Vanessa Fleisch
Area
 • Total 23.9 sq mi (61.9 km2)
 • Land 23.3 sq mi (60.3 km2)
 • Water 0.6 sq mi (1.6 km2)
Elevation 899 ft (274 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 34,364
 • Density 1,321.3/sq mi (510.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code 30269
Area code(s) 678, 770
FIPS code 13-59724[1]
GNIS feature ID 0320310[2]
Website www.peachtree-city.org

Peachtree City is a city in and the largest city of Fayette County, Georgia, United States.[3] Census estimates in 2010 indicated a population of 34,364.[1] In 2007, the city announced a plan to formally annex an unincorporated area between Georgia State Route 74 and the border with Coweta County that is commonly referred to as "The West Village," or "Wilksmoor Village." Peachtree City is located in South Metro Atlanta.

The city[edit]

The geographic center of Peachtree City is Georgia State Route 54 and Peachtree Parkway.

Peachtree City has a system of golf cart paths which spider across the town and provide a secondary means of access to almost any destination within city limits. These multi-use paths stretch for more than ninety miles throughout the city. Many places of business have specially designated golf cart parking spaces and the Peachtree City Police Department has several golf carts that patrol[4] along the paths. Over 9,000 households own a golf cart, more than any other city in the world, and use them as an extra vehicle for local transportation. Children aged twelve or over may operate a cart on Peachtree City cart paths with a parent, grandparent or guardian in the front seat. Unaccompanied fifteen-year-olds with valid Georgia Learner's Permits are allowed to operate golf carts alone. Students at McIntosh High School are even encouraged to drive their golf carts to school because of limited car parking. The golf cart paths are also used by bikers, joggers, and pedestrians as a safer alternative to the side of the road.

Peachtree City has a regional airport, Atlanta Regional Airport - Falcon Field, which hosts The Great Georgia airshow every year. The airport is also the location of a National Weather Service radar station, Southeast River Forecast Center, and Weather Forecast Office, which serves 96 counties in northern and central Georgia. Peachtree City is also the city of license for WRDG (96.7 FM), a R&B, Pop radio station.

Peachtree City was designated a "Foreign Trade Zone" by the U.S. Customs Service, now: U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In the U.S., a Foreign Trade Zone is a site in or near a U.S. Customs port of entry (in this case Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport), designated free of customs entry procedures.

In February 2003, Golf Digest magazine discussed the traffic congestion caused by Peachtree City's golf carts in an article entitled "Golf Cart Gridlock".[5] In July 2005, CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Peachtree City eighth on its list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the United States.[6] In July 2007 in the same award it ranked 64th.[7] In July 2009, Peachtree City was once again ranked eighth on the list.[8] In August 2011, Peachtree City attained a rank of 91st on the list.[9]

Peachtree City was ranked number one for "Best Places to Raise Kids" for the state of Georgia, according to Bloomberg Business Week, (December, 2012).[10]

Economy[edit]

Cooper Lighting, a division of Cooper Industries, along with Gardner-Denver, a sister company,[citation needed] World Airways,[11] and World Airways parent company Global Aviation Holdings,[12] are all headquartered in Peachtree City.

Hoshizaki, one of the world's largest manufacturers of icemakers, has its American headquarters in Peachtree City.[13]

Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America (PASA) has its main operations based in Peachtree City and is the largest employer in the city. It is a major supplier of automotive audio, video and navigation systems for Honda (including its Acura luxury division), Nissan, General Motors, Toyota and Subaru.[citation needed]

Other large employers in Peachtree City's industrial park include:[14]

  • Sany, a Chinese multinational heavy machinery manufacturer[15]
  • TDK Corporation, a media storage device manufacturer[16]
  • Avery Dennison, a paper product company that manufactures decals and other adhesives
  • NCR Corporation, formerly National Cash Register, a company that manufactures ATM (ABM) machines, computers and software

Film and television[edit]

Drop Dead Diva is filmed in Peachtree City and surrounding areas of Fayette and Coweta County.[17] With Raleigh Studios in nearby Senoia, Peachtree City is often the backdrop for episodes of other series such as The Walking Dead.[18] Scenes from the film Joyful Noise were shot here as well.[19]

History[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Lake Peachtree
  • In 1957, Flat Creek was dammed to create Lake Peachtree[20]
  • In 1965, The Peachtree City volunteer fire department was created. The one-car Peachtree City police department was created as well. Peachtree City elementary school opened
  • In 1968, Falcon Field airport was founded by Joel Cowan as Peachtree City-Falcon Field
  • In 1972, Peachtree City was granted its own ZIP code (30269)
  • In 1974, The Peachtree City Public Library opened. The Georgia state legislature passed legislation permitting golf carts to be operated on city streets
  • In 1975, Peachtree City was named "one of America's best suburbs" by Ladies Home Journal magazine
  • In 1976, Peachtree City got its own telephone exchange (487). Residents then had to dial "8" to reach Atlanta, which remained the case until digital equipment was installed in 1988
  • In 1976, Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater (then known as the Peachtree City Amphitheater) was built as a Bicentennial project and opened to the public with the production "The MacIntosh Trail" which told the story of Creek Chief William McIntosh and the Trail of Tears. (It was intended as a tourist attraction similar to the Cherokee NC production of "Unto These Hills".) When further funding was not forthcoming the project went into foreclosure. The City of Peachtree City purchased the amphitheater at the courthouse steps in 1977.
  • In 1979, The first traffic light within city limits was installed at the intersection of Georgia State Route 54 and Georgia State Route 74
  • In 1981, McIntosh High School opened
  • In 1983, Peachtree City held a free music festival to celebrate the opening of several new shops and stores, including the Galaxy Games arcade. Several local bands played at the free event, including "Alliance."
  • In 1992, Peachtree City altered the length of the mayoral and council members´ terms of office from two to four years. Term limits were enacted to restrict both mayor and council members to a maximum of two four-year terms
  • In 1994, The first Summer Concert Series premiered at Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater on June 17, 1994 to a sold-out audience. The first concert featured Three Dog Night.
  • In 1994, The National Weather Service central office relocated from Atlanta airport
  • In 1996, the Olympic Flame passed through on its way to Atlanta
  • In 2001, the city was designated a "Tree City USA" by the Arbor Day Foundation[21]
  • In 2002, Peachtree City (specifically Starr's Mill) was a filming location for the movie Sweet Home Alabama
  • In 2005, the city was Ranked No. 8 Best Place to Live by Money (magazine)[6]
  • In 2007, the city was Ranked No. 64 Best Place to Live by Money (magazine)[7]
  • In 2009, the city was Ranked No. 8 Best Place to Live by Money (magazine)[8]
  • In 2011, the city was Ranked No. 91 Best Place to Live by Money (magazine)[9]
  • In 2011, the city was Ranked in the top 25 cities to relocate to by Relocate America[citation needed]
The official flag of Peachtree City, Georgia outside of City Hall.

Government[edit]

As of January 2014, the mayor of Peachtree City is Vanessa Fleisch. Council members include Kim Learnard, Eric Imker, Terry Ernst, and Mike King.

Vanessa Fleisch is the first female mayor in the city's history.

Geography[edit]

The city has a total area of 23.9 square miles (62 km2), of which 23.3 square miles (60 km2) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) (2.64%) is water.[3]

Peachtree City has three lakes. Lake Kedron to the north which is simply a reservoir that supplies Lake Peachtree to the south via Flat Creek. Lake Kedron is actually owned by the Fayette County Authority, despite being completely inside Peachtree City's city limits. This is done to keep Lake Peachtree full whenever there is a lack of rain and still allow for recreational use of the lake during droughts. Lake Kedron is not afforded any recreational use except for fishing. Lastly, Lake McIntosh, the newest lake, close to Planterra, has now reached full pool.[22]

Line Creek represents the border between West Peachtree City and Coweta County.

Shakerag Hill is the tallest point in the city and it sits at the intersection of GA Hwy 54 and Robinson Road, another primary street of the city.

Peachtree City has several golf courses:

  • Flat Creek has 27 holes
  • Braelinn has 18 holes
  • Planterra has 18 holes

All three are owned by Canongate, a golfing association that owns 18 golf courses in "greater" Atlanta and one in South Carolina covering over 405 holes.

Climate data for Peachtree City, Georgia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 80
(27)
82
(28)
87
(31)
92
(33)
97
(36)
101
(38)
104
(40)
102
(39)
99
(37)
97
(36)
88
(31)
79
(26)
104
(40)
Average high °F (°C) 55
(13)
59
(15)
67
(19)
75
(24)
81
(27)
88
(31)
90
(32)
89
(32)
84
(29)
75
(24)
66
(19)
57
(14)
73.8
(23.3)
Average low °F (°C) 30
(−1)
33
(1)
39
(4)
46
(8)
55
(13)
64
(18)
68
(20)
67
(19)
60
(16)
49
(9)
40
(4)
32
(0)
48.6
(9.3)
Record low °F (°C) −8
(−22)
4
(−16)
11
(−12)
24
(−4)
35
(2)
41
(5)
50
(10)
51
(11)
32
(0)
25
(−4)
4
(−16)
−2
(−19)
−8
(−22)
Precipitation inches (mm) 4.58
(116.3)
5.07
(128.8)
5.09
(129.3)
3.83
(97.3)
3.92
(99.6)
3.80
(96.5)
4.95
(125.7)
4.46
(113.3)
3.76
(95.5)
3.25
(82.6)
4.15
(105.4)
4.21
(106.9)
51.07
(1,297.2)
Source: [23]

Airports[edit]

  • Falcon Field is a general aviation airport that provides chartered air service. Since 1987, it has grown from having about 60 aircraft based at the airport to about 165. The runway is 5,220 feet and holds up to 60,000 pounds of aircraft. It mainly serves Peachtree City's business residents, but also serves as a place of entertainment for people interested. There is a viewing area provided for the public to watch aircraft take-off and land. The airport hosts many events throughout the year, including the Great Georgia Air Show.
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport provides commercial service and is located approximately 22.8 miles (36.5 kilometers) northeast of Peachtree City and is accessible via Georgia State Route 74 and Interstate 85.

Demography[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 793
1980 6,429 710.7%
1990 19,027 196.0%
2000 31,580 66.0%
2010 34,364 8.8%

As of the 2000 census,[3] there were 31,580 people, 10,876 households, and 8,874 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,321.3 inhabitants per square mile (510.2/km2). There were 11,313 housing units at an average density of 486.1 per square mile (187.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.66% White, 4.11% African American, 0.16% Native American, 3.70% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.92% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.75% of the population.

There were 10,876 households out of which 47.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.8% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.4% were non-families. 16.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the city, the population was spread out with 31.6% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 8.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $84,339, and the median income for a family was $96,880.[1]

Education[edit]

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Peachtree City is served by the Fayette County School System.

Elementary schools that serve the city include:

  • Peeples Elementary School (Unincorporated Fayette County)
  • Braelinn Elementary School (Peachtree City)
  • Huddleston Elementary School (Peachtree City)
  • Kedron Elementary School (Peachtree City)
  • Oak Grove Elementary School (Peachtree City)
  • Peachtree City Elementary School (Peachtree City)
  • Crabapple Lane Elementary School (Peachtree City)

Middle schools that serve the city include:

High schools that serve the city include:

Private and Non-Traditional Schools include:

  • Our Lady of Victory Catholic School (Grades K-8) - Elementary & Middle school located in Tyrone, GA.
  • Ourl Lady of Mercy Catholic High School - located in Fayetteville, GA.
  • The Campus (Grades 1-12)
  • Trinity Christian School (Sharpsburg, GA) (Grades 1-12) - Grades 1-8 is at the Main Campus. High school is at the old Crossroads Church
  • Landmark Christian School (Grades 1-5) - This is an Elementary Campus. Landmark has a main campus located in Fairburn, GA serving grades K4-12.
  • St. Paul Lutheran School (Grades pre-K-8) - Elementary and middle school, located inside Peachtree City at the intersection of Georgia Highway 74 and Ardenlee Drive.

Colleges and universities[edit]

Universities that serve the city include:

  • Clayton State University - Facility at the north end of Peachtree Pkwy in Peachtree City. Offers dual-credit enrollment program for high school students. Fayette has an instructional site with undergraduate degrees in business, psychology, integrative studies, administrative management, and technology management; and an MBA program with a concentration in logistics and supply chain management.
  • Point University (Former Atlanta Christian College) - This campus offers both the Access program for adult learners and the dual-credit enrollment program for high school students.

Culture[edit]

The Phi Mu Sorority is headquartered in Peachtree City.[24]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Fact Sheet - Peachtree City city (sic), Georgia". United States Census Bureau. 2005–2007. Retrieved April 9, 2009{{inconsistent citations}} 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b c "Fact Sheet - Peachtree City city (sic), Georgia". United States Census Bureau. 2000. Retrieved April 9, 2009{{inconsistent citations}} 
  4. ^ "Peachtree City, GA - Official Website - Paths & Golf Carts." Peachtree City, GA - Official Website. Web. 23 Aug. 2010. <http://www.peachtree-city.org/index.aspx?nid=216>.
  5. ^ Kapriske, Ron “Golf Cart Gridlock”. Golf Digest. February 2003.
  6. ^ a b "Best Places To Live - 8. Peachtree City, Ga.". Money magazine (Time, Inc.). July 2005. Retrieved April 10, 2009{{inconsistent citations}} 
  7. ^ a b Ashford, Kate; Bartz, Andrea; Cox, Jeff; Fitch, Asa; Gandel, Stephen; Hyatt, Josh; Kelley, Rob; Knight, Kathleen; Light, Joe (July 2007). "Best Places To Live - 64. Peachtree City, Ga". Money magazine (Time, Inc.). Retrieved April 10, 2009{{inconsistent citations}} 
  8. ^ a b "Best Places To Live - 8. Peachtree City, Ga.". Money magazine (Time, Inc.). July 2009. Retrieved July 13, 2009{{inconsistent citations}} 
  9. ^ a b "Best Places To Live - 91. Peachtree City, Ga.". Money magazine (Time, Inc.). July 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2011{{inconsistent citations}} 
  10. ^ "Best Places to Raise Kids". Bloomberg Businessweek. 
  11. ^ "Contact Us." World Airways. Retrieved May 19, 2009
  12. ^ "Contact Global Aviation Holdings." Global Aviation Holdings. Retrieved 1 July 2010.
  13. ^ "Hoshizaki America Inc." Retrieved October 22, 2011.
  14. ^ Peachtree City website
  15. ^ "China's Sany: From Hunan Home to Peachtree City". Global Atlanta. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  16. ^ "TDK Companies in the Americas". TDK official website. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Drop Dead Diva". Peachtree City. Retrieved August 27, 2012. 
  18. ^ Boylan, Michael (1 June 2011). "PTC on zombie alert". The Citizen. Retrieved August 27, 2012. 
  19. ^ "'Joyful Noise' filming comes to Peachtree City", March 15, 2011, Michael Boylan, The Citizen
  20. ^ "Lake Peachtree". EventSeeker. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  21. ^ Munford, John (March 7, 2001). "PTC ready to celebrate Tree City USA honor". The Citizen (Fayeteville) (Citizen Newspapers). Retrieved April 10, 2009{{inconsistent citations}} 
  22. ^ http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/02-03-2013/lake-mac-full
  23. ^ "Monthly Averages for Peachtree City, GA (30269)". Weather.com. Retrieved March 19, 2012. 
  24. ^ Home. Phi Mu. Retrieved July 1, 2010. "National Headquarters 400 Westpark Drive Peachtree City, GA 30269."

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