Social Circle, Georgia
|Social Circle, Georgia|
|Motto: "Georgia's Greatest Little Town"|
Location in Walton County and the state of Georgia
|• Mayor||Hal Dally|
|• Total||11.2 sq mi (29.2 km2)|
|• Land||11.2 sq mi (29.1 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0.1 km2)|
|Elevation||886 ft (270 m)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0333086|
Social Circle is a city in Walton County, extending into Newton County, in the U.S. state of Georgia, approximately 45 miles east of Atlanta, and approximately four miles due north of access from Interstate 20.
The origin of the city's name is unknown, but may be in relation to the city being halfway between Atlanta and Athens, at the junction of two major Native American roads.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.3 square miles (29 km2), of which 11.2 square miles (29 km2) are land and 0.04-square-mile (0.10 km2) (0.27%) is water. It was founded in 1820.
Great Walton Railroad/CSX
The Great Walton Railroad, and the CSX line, extends through the city's downtown. As a result the city is bi-sected by a railway through cut, causing the southside of the downtown area to be accessed from roadway by bridge. The city's railyard contains one of the relatively few remaining concrete coaling towers in the southeastern United States. The Social Circle depot is in use by the CSX Transportation Corporation.
According to 2009 United States Census data, there were about 4,500 people, 1,671 households, and 1,210 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 67% White, 30% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1% Asian, less than 0.5% were Pacific Islander, 0.5% were from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8% of the population.
There were 1,671 occupied households, of which about 40.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49% were married couples living together, 17.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 4% were non-families. Also, 24% of all households were people living alone and 3.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.7 people.
In the city the population was spread out with 29% under the age of 18, 8% from 18 to 24, 29% from 25 to 44, 26% from 45 to 64, and 8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34.5 years. The female sector accounted for about 48.7% of the population, while males accounted for about 51.3%.
The median income for a household in the city was $47,027. The per capita income for the city was $22,129. About 19% of families and 23% of the city's population were below the poverty line, including 43% of those under age 18, and 12% of those age 65 or over.
- Georgia State Route 11 (downtown; (main) S. Cherokee Rd.)
- Georgia State Route 229 (downtown (former))
- Interstate 20 (southside; eastside)
- Georgia State Route 12 (eastside)
- U.S. Route 278 (eastside)
The city of Social Circle has a complete northern section of a bypass alternate route on its eastside. The southern section, in 2015, was under construction.
The Georgia Wildlife Resources Division headquarters is located in Social Circle.
In 2014, the Phoenix Group built the largest solar power plant in the eastern US, the Simon Solar Farm, in the city.
Social Circle City School District
The Social Circle City School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of two elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. The district has 90 full-time teachers and over 1,448 students.
- Social Circle Primary School
- Social Circle Elementary School
- Social Circle Middle School
- Social Circle High School
- Danny McDevitt - former baseball pitcher, retired here until his 2010 death
- Jessie Lysiak - MasterChef U.S. Season 4 Competitor
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