Woodstock, Georgia

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Woodstock, Georgia
City
Official seal of Woodstock, Georgia
Seal
Location in Cherokee County and the state of Georgia
Location in Cherokee County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 34°06′05″N 84°31′10″W / 34.10139°N 84.51944°W / 34.10139; -84.51944Coordinates: 34°06′05″N 84°31′10″W / 34.10139°N 84.51944°W / 34.10139; -84.51944
Country United States
State Georgia
County Cherokee
Government
 • Mayor Donnie Henriques (R)
Area
 • Total 8.9 sq mi (22.9 km2)
 • Land 8.8 sq mi (22.8 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 968 ft (291 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 23,896
 • Density 2,715.4/sq mi (1,043.5/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 30188-30189
Area code(s) 404, 678, 770
FIPS code 13-84176[2]
GNIS feature ID 0333462[3]
Website woodstockga.gov

Woodstock is a city in Cherokee County, Georgia, United States. The population was 23,896 at the 2010 census.[1] Originally a stop on the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, Woodstock is considered part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. In 2007 it was the tenth fastest-growing suburb in the United States.[4]

Geography[edit]

Woodstock is located at 34°6′5″N 84°31′10″W / 34.10139°N 84.51944°W / 34.10139; -84.51944 (34.100731, -84.518972).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.8 square miles (23 km2), of which, 8.8 square miles (23 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.23%) is water.

Woodstock is divided into two main sections:

  • Historic Downtown
  • Towne Lake

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 1,351
1960 726
1970 870 19.8%
1980 2,699 210.2%
1990 4,361 61.6%
2000 10,050 130.5%
2010 23,896 137.8%

As of the census of 2010,[1] there were 23,896 people, 9,580 households, and 6,137 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,715.4 people per square mile (1043.5/km²). There were 10,298 housing units at an average density of 1170.2 per square mile (449.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 79.3% White, 10.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 4.5% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.7% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.7% of the population.

There were 9,580 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.8% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 37.4% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 88.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.1 males.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $58,506, and the median income for a family was $65,740. Males had a median income of $48,054 versus $32,798 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,586. About 2.2% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.

History[edit]

Although the first settlers called their new home Woodstock, the community did not become an official city until 1897. Postal service records show that a postmaster was in Woodstock beginning in 1833. Historic documents show the establishment of churches in the area in the 1830s as migrations of pioneers came to the community to farm the land, producing for most of their needs. Early settlements sprang up around waterways, and as the railroad and train depot became a reality in 1879, the town centered around these landmarks.

The Woodstock Depot was built in 1912 by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad as the town grew. The line transported cotton,rope, and other agricultural products, as well as passengers. Passenger service ended in 1949.[6]

Historic homes built a century ago line Main Street. Some are home to descendants of the original owners, while others have been renovated for thriving businesses.

The Greenprints Project[edit]

The Greenprints Project[7] calls for the construction of trails along the city's natural areas like Little River, Noonday Creek and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' property and in its core areas. Bike lanes, which within the project are considered trails, would be built along roads throughout the city.

The proposed trails would connect with existing trails elsewhere in Cherokee County as well as in the cities of Roswell and Alpharetta and Cobb County. The project also would preserve greenspace throughout the city and create new parks.

Greenprints Alliance, Inc. is a grassroots citizen action group formed in spring 2009 to advance the City of Woodstock's green infrastructure master plan known as The Greenprints Project. When complete, the project will add over 60 miles of trails throughout the city connecting every public place, shopping area and neighborhood.[8] The advancement of the project will enhance the city's community, natural and economic resources for all generations.

Memorials[edit]

On May 25, 2009 The City of Woodstock unveiled the new Woodstock Memorial, 10 tons of polished granite dedicated to Woodstock Veterans. It reads: "In Memorium [sic], Lest we forget the ultimate cost of freedom. We salute all, especially our Woodstock veterans who gave their lives defending America's God-given freedom so that we continue to live free."[citation needed]

City services[edit]

The City of Woodstock maintains its own fire and police departments. As of October 2007, the fire department had one fire station and 44 certified fire fighters. The fire department is commanded by Jerry W. Smith.[9] The police department is composed of 4 divisions with 54 sworn officers. Calvin Moss is the Chief of Police.[10] They are the largest municipal police department in Cherokee County, responsible for 11 square miles (28 km2) and over 23,000 residents (as of October, 2007).[citation needed]

Economy[edit]

The Consulate-General of El Salvador is located in Woodstock.[11]

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "2010 Census Data". US Census Bureau. Retrieved August 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ "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. ^ Woolsey, Matt (July 16, 2007). "America's Fastest-Growing Suburbs". Forbes.com. Retrieved September 16, 2007. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ http://www.rockbarn.org/woodstockDepot.php
  7. ^ "[1]." Greenprints Alliance Project. Accessed October 10, 2012.
  8. ^ Dixon, Crystal (January 1, 2010). "Banner Year". Cherokee Tribune. Retrieved January 3, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Woodstock FD Homepage". Retrieved October 29, 2007. [dead link]
  10. ^ http://www.woodstockga.gov/Directory.aspx?did=8
  11. ^ "Consulates." Georgia Department of Economic Development. Accessed October 26, 2008.

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