Powder Springs, Georgia
|Powder Springs, Georgia|
|Motto: "Small enough to know you...Large enough to serve you"|
Location in Cobb County and the state of Georgia
|• Mayor||Pat Vaughn|
|• Total||7.18 sq mi (18.60 km2)|
|• Land||7.17 sq mi (18.57 km2)|
|• Water||0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)|
|Elevation||945 ft (288 m)|
|• Density||1,945/sq mi (750.9/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0356480|
The town of Powder Springs was incorporated as Springville in 1838 in the lands of two Cherokee Indian leaders, Chief Nose and Chief Ana Kanasta (Sweetwater). Gold had been discovered in Georgia ten years earlier, and the first area settlers came to find gold. The settlers found little gold in the mines at Lost Mountain and off Brownsville Road. It was at about this time that the Cherokee people were forced off their land and marched to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears.
The name Springville was changed to Powder Springs in 1859. The name was derived from the seven springs in the city limits. The water in these springs contains some 26 minerals that turn the surrounding sand black like gunpowder – hence the name Gunpowder Springs.
Powder Springs is located in southwestern Cobb County at  U.S. Route 278 (C. H. James Parkway) passes through the city west of its center, leading 5 miles (8 km) southeast to Austell and 11 miles (18 km) northwest to Dallas. Downtown Atlanta is 22 miles (35 km) to the east via US 278 and Interstate 20.(33.865933, -84.680349).
As of the census of 2000, there were 12,481 people, 4,004 households, and 3,267 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,969.2 people per square mile (760.1/km²). There were 4,101 housing units at an average density of 647.0 per square mile (249.7/km²) The racial makeup of the city was 57.89% African American, 37.38% Caucasian, 0.20% Native American, 1.08% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.72% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.32% of the population.
There were 4,004 households out of which 50.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.2% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.4% were non-families. 14.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 3.06 and the average family size was 3.39.
In the city the population was spread out with 33.8% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 36.9% from 25 to 44, 16.3% from 45 to 64, and 6.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 90.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $56,486, and the median income for a family was $59,392. Males had a median income of $41,345 versus $31,774 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,776. About 5.8% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.8% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.
Parks and recreation
Powder Springs Public Schools are part of the Cobb County School District, and is home to McEachern High School, located on the site of the former Native American burial ground and the former Seventh District Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) School.
The late Georgia Senator Richard B. Russell attended the Seventh District A&M School. The administrative building of McEachern High School is named for Senator Russell.
Other schools serving Powder Springs include Hillgrove High School, Tapp Middle School, Powder Spring Elementary School, Lovingood Middle School, Varner Elementary, Compton Elementary, Kemp Elementary, and Vaughan Elementary.
- Pat Cannon (1904–1966), United States Representative from Florida; born in Powder Springs
- Robyn Lively (born 1972), actress; born in Powder Springs
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