Winder, Georgia

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Winder, Georgia
Barrow County Courthouse
Barrow County Courthouse
Motto: "City of Opportunity"[1]
Location in Barrow County and the state of Georgia
Location in Barrow County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 33°59′47″N 83°43′15″W / 33.99639°N 83.72083°W / 33.99639; -83.72083Coordinates: 33°59′47″N 83°43′15″W / 33.99639°N 83.72083°W / 33.99639; -83.72083
Country United States
State Georgia
County Barrow
 • Total 12.9 sq mi (33.5 km2)
 • Land 12.4 sq mi (32.2 km2)
 • Water 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
Elevation 988 ft (301 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 14,099
 • Density 1,136/sq mi (438.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 30680
Area code(s) 470/678/770
FIPS code 13-83420[2]
GNIS feature ID 0325442[3]

Winder is a city in Barrow County, Georgia, United States. The population was 14,099 at the 2010 census.[4] The city is the county seat of Barrow County.[5]

The first syllable of Winder is pronounced like "wine". This city is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area.


Winder was incorporated in 1893[6] and named after John H. Winder, a railroad builder.[7]

The first Jameson Inn opened in Winder in 1987.[8]


Winder is located in central Barrow County at 33°59′47″N 83°43′15″W / 33.99639°N 83.72083°W / 33.99639; -83.72083 (33.996495, -83.720873).[9] It is 20 miles (32 km) west of Athens and 50 miles (80 km) northeast of downtown Atlanta.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.9 square miles (33.5 km2), of which 12.4 square miles (32.2 km2) is land and 0.50 square miles (1.3 km2), or 3.97%, is water.[4]


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 10,201 people, 3,877 households, and 2,632 families residing in the city. The population density was 941.5 people per square mile (363.3/km²). There were 4,098 housing units at an average density of 378.2 per square mile (146.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.91% White, 18.02% African American, 0.25% Native American, 1.23% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.72% from other races, and 1.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.77% of the population.

There were 3,877 households out of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.7% were married couples living together, 17.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 19.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 90.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,924, and the median income for a family was $40,896. Males had a median income of $31,371 versus $21,736 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,108. About 10.3% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.3% of those under age 18 and 16.8% of those age 65 or over.

It has a variety of retail establishments and restaurants, especially in a new trade area that was recently annexed into the City known as The Gateway. "The Gateway" at University Parkway is a 130 acre retail development that's home of Carmike Gateway Cinemas and multiple restaurants and retail establishments. University Parkway. In November 2011, Winder residents approved Sunday alcohol sales, becoming one of the first cities in Georgia to lift the ban.[10]

Arts and culture[edit]

National Register of Historic Places[edit]

The county courthouse in Winder was built in 1920, and is listed under the National Register of Historic Places.[6]


The Barrow County Museum is located in the old Barrow County Jail, built around 1915. It features a hanging tower and jail cells.[6]


Public schools[edit]

Public schools are part of the Barrow County School District and include Winder-Barrow High School. The district consists of eight elementary schools, four middle schools, and two high schools.[11] The district has 610 full-time teachers and over 9,362 students.[12]

  • Holsenbeck Elementary School
  • Bramlett Elementary School
  • Bethlehem Elementary School
  • Statham Elementary School
  • Auburn Elementary School
  • County Line Elementary School
  • Kennedy Elementary School
  • Yargo Elementary School
  • Bear Creek Middle School
  • Westside Middle School
  • Richard B. Russell Middle School
  • Haymon-Morris Middle School
  • Winder-Barrow High School
  • Apalachee High School
  • Sims Academy of Innovation and Technology
  • College and Career Preparatory Academy
  • Performance Learning Center

Private schools[edit]

  • Bethlehem Christian Academy
  • B.C.C.A Barrow County Christian Academy

Colleges and universities[edit]

  • Lanier Technical College - (Winder-Barrow Campus)[13]

Notable people[edit]

Georgia State Route 81 in Winder in May 2009.


  1. ^ "City of Winder Georgia". City of Winder Georgia. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Winder city, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  6. ^ a b c "Winder". Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Profile for Winder, Georgia, GA". ePodunk. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  8. ^ "About Us". 
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved June 3, 2010.
  12. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 3, 2010.
  13. ^ Lanier Technical College, Retrieved June 3, 2010.
  14. ^ "Russell, Richard Brevard, Jr., (1897 - 1971)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 

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