Roberta, Georgia

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Roberta, Georgia
City
Roberta City Hall
Roberta City Hall
Motto: A small town with a big heart
Location in Crawford County and the state of Georgia
Location in Crawford County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 32°43′17″N 84°0′45″W / 32.72139°N 84.01250°W / 32.72139; -84.01250Coordinates: 32°43′17″N 84°0′45″W / 32.72139°N 84.01250°W / 32.72139; -84.01250
Country United States
State Georgia
County Crawford
Area
 • Total 1.51 sq mi (3.90 km2)
 • Land 1.49 sq mi (3.86 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Elevation 505 ft (154 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,007
 • Density 676/sq mi (261.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 31078
Area code(s) 478
FIPS code 13-65856[1]
GNIS feature ID 0321670[2]
Website cityofroberta.com

Roberta is a city in Crawford County, Georgia, United States. The population was 1,007 at the 2010 census.[3] It is part of the Macon Metropolitan Statistical Area and is the birthplace of singer/songwriter Meiko.

History[edit]

New Knoxville[edit]

Originally, in Crawford County, Knoxville, Georgia was the one and only stop in the county, until the A&F Railroad bypassed it by about a mile to the southwest when it was built in 1888. A train station was built, and a new town sprang up. People migrated towards this new town, which got called "New Knoxville." Since a man named Hiram David McCrary allowed the railroad to use part of his land, they gave him naming rights to the town, which he named Roberta for his 7 year old daughter. McCrary later became the owner of the first general store in Roberta, was the first elected mayor of the town, co-owned the first motel in Roberta, and served as tax collector and a railroad station agent at some point. In 1910 Roberta was incorporated as a city and was expanded in every direction by 1200 yards. In 1949 the original trail depot was burned. It was replaced about a year later by a smaller concrete block building. A replica of the original depot was built in 2003 but has never been completed besides the exterior.

Rise and demise[edit]

With the construction of the A&F Railroad and U.S. Highway 341, Roberta became a rapidly growing tourist town, with restaurants and hotels springing up about the city. But, in the 1940's passenger rail service ended in Roberta, ending one of the two main traffic flows. Then a decade later Interstate 75 bypasses Roberta to the east, directing lots of traffic that way. After these events, Roberta relaxed into a more small town setting. [4]

Geography[edit]

Downtown Roberta

Roberta is located near the center of Crawford County at 32°43′17″N 84°0′45″W / 32.72139°N 84.01250°W / 32.72139; -84.01250 (32.721283, -84.012512).[5] U.S. Route 80 passes through the city, leading east 26 miles (42 km) to Macon and west 69 miles (111 km) to Columbus. U.S. Route 341 crosses US 80 in the city center, leading north 27 miles (43 km) to Barnesville and southeast 27 miles (43 km) to Perry.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Roberta has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), of which 0.02 square miles (0.04 km2), or 1.11%, is water.[3]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 808 people, 304 households, and 200 families residing in the city. The population density was 544.3 people per square mile (210.8/km²). There were 330 housing units at an average density of 222.3 per square mile (86.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 48.76% White, 48.27% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.50% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.62% of the population.

There were 304 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.9% were married couples living together, 29.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.2% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 21.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 76.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 66.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,625, and the median income for a family was $33,125. Males had a median income of $32,125 versus $18,625 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,536. About 25.1% of families and 29.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.6% of those under age 18 and 32.6% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Crawford County School District[edit]

The Crawford County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of one elementary school, a middle school, and a high school.[6] The district has 127 full-time teachers and over 2,090 students.[7]

Tourism[edit]

The Benjamin Hawkins Monument.

The city has a restored 1962 Seaboard Coastline caboose next to the railroad depot in the downtown area. The caboose wields a small history of Roberta's railroad heritage, and a memorial to employees of Southern Railroad. Also in the downtown block is the Benjamin Hawkins Monument, constructed in 1931, to remember Col. Benjamin Hawkins. [4]

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. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Roberta city, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Powell, Billy. "History of Crawford County: Knoxville, and Roberta". TheGagenWeb. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  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 6, 2010.
  7. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 6, 2010.

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