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|Motto: Building Greatness Daily|
Location in Clayton County and the state of Georgia
|• Total||4.54 sq mi (11.76 km2)|
|• Land||4.53 sq mi (11.74 km2)|
|• Water||0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)|
|Elevation||925 ft (282 m)|
|• Density||3,339/sq mi (1,289.3/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP codes||30274, 30296|
|GNIS feature ID||0321635|
The area now known as Riverdale was settled sometime before the Civil War. In 1887, a railroad, built from Atlanta and Fort Valley, passed through Riverdale. Farmers in the area provided wood for the railroad. In turn, the farmers would get fertilizer. As the railroad grew, it needed more land. Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Rivers donated their land in order for the railroad to grow, and their land grew to become one of the main stops on the railroad.
In 1908, the city was incorporated with the name Riverdale, named in honor of Mr. W.S. Rivers.
As of the census of 2000, there were 12,478 people, 4,389 households, and 3,107 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,926.3 people per square mile (1,130.9/km²). There were 4,590 housing units at an average density of 1,076.4 per square mile (416.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 20.09% White, 67.42% African American, 0.30% Native American, 7.73% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 2.28% from other races, and 2.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.81% of the population.
There were 4,389 households out of which 44.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.3% were married couples living together, 25.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.2% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.32.
In the city the population was spread out with 32.5% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 36.1% from 25 to 44, 16.4% from 45 to 64, and 5.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 87.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $39,530, and the median income for a family was $42,323. Males had a median income of $30,802 versus $26,102 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,377. About 10.6% of families and 12.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.0% of those under age 18 and 18.8% of those age 65 or over.
The city is governed by a mayor and four council members. Each council member represents the entire city and is elected at-large. Council members come from the four wards that divide the city. The mayor and council appoint a city manager, who has oversight over five departments.
These are roads with more than four lanes.
- Gardenwalk Boulevard
- Lamar Hutcheson Parkway
- Pointe South Parkway
- Upper Riverdale Road
These are roads with two to four lanes.
- Church Street
- Roberts Drive
- Taylor Road
- Valley Hill Road
- Bethsaida Road
- Helmer Road
- Thomas Road
- E. Fayetteville Road
Interstate 75 passes northeast of the city, with access from Exit 237 (GA 331) and Exit 237A (GA 85 southbound only)
Schools in Riverdale are in the Clayton County School System.
- Anderson Elementary
- Arnold Elementary
- Brown Elementary
- Callaway Elementary
- Church Street Elementary
- East Clayton Elementary
- Edmonds Elementary
- Fountain Elementary
- Harper Elementary
- Hawthorne Elementary
- Haynie Elementary
- Huie Elementary
- Jackson Elementary
- Kemp Elementary
- Kemp Primary
- Kilpatrick Elementary
- Lake City Elementary
- Lake Ridge Elementary
- Lee Street Elementary
- Marshall Elementary
- Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary
- McGarrah Elementary
- Morrow Elementary
- Mt. Zion Elementary
- Mt. Zion Primary
- Northcutt Elementary
- Oliver Elementary
- Pointe South Elementary
- Riverdale Elementary
- River's Edge Elementary
- Smith Elementary
- Suder Elementary
- Swint Elementary
- Tara Elementary
- Unidos Dual Language Charter School
- West Clayton Elementary
- White Academy Elementary
- Adamson Middle School
- Babb Middle School
- Elite Scholars Academy
- Forest Park Middle School
- Jonesboro Middle School
- Kendrick Middle School
- Lovejoy Middle School
- Morrow Middle School
- Mundy's Mill Middle School
- North Clayton Middle School
- Pointe South Middle School
- Rex Mill Middle School
- Riverdale Middle School
- Roberts Middle School
- Sequoyah Middle School
- White Academy
Sports and entertainment
Riverdale's main shopping district is along S.R. 85, between S.R. 138 and Gardenwalk Blvd, with a number of Asian, Hispanic, and African cultural stores.
The city currently has three parks, all within a mile of each other:
- Travon D. Wilson Memorial Park on Church St. behind the Merchant Shopping Center
- Church Park on Wilson Rd. behind the First Baptist Church of Riverdale
- Banks Park on Main St. and West St. next to city hall
- Edawn Coughman, football player
- Cecil Travis, infielder, Washington Senators, 1933-1947
- Tauheed Epps, the rapper 2 Chainz
- Waka Flocka Flame, rapper who mentions Riverdale in his songs "For My Dawgs", "O Let's Do It" and "Grove St. Party".
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Riverdale city, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
- Riverdale, GA - Official Website - History