Bainbridge, Georgia

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Bainbridge, Georgia
City of Bainbridge
Bainbridge City Hall
Bainbridge City Hall
Motto(s): "Georgia's First Inland Port"[1]
Location in Decatur County and the state of Georgia
Location in Decatur County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 30°54′17″N 84°34′16″W / 30.90472°N 84.57111°W / 30.90472; -84.57111Coordinates: 30°54′17″N 84°34′16″W / 30.90472°N 84.57111°W / 30.90472; -84.57111
Country United States
State Georgia
County Decatur
 • Mayor Edward Reynolds
 • City 20.1 sq mi (52.0 km2)
 • Land 18.8 sq mi (48.7 km2)
 • Water 1.3 sq mi (3.3 km2)
Elevation 121 ft (37 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 12,697
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 12,274
 • Density 675/sq mi (260.8/km2)
 • Metro 27,842
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code 39817,39819
Area code(s) 229
FIPS code 13-04896[3]
GNIS feature ID 0354431[4]

Bainbridge is a city in Decatur County, Georgia, United States. The city is the county seat of Decatur County.[6] As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 12,697.[7]


The first European settlement in what is today Bainbridge was a trading post set up by James Burges in the late 18th century. From him comes the name Burges's Bluff.[8]:120 The town was named after U.S. Navy Commodore William Bainbridge,[9] commander of the USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides"), and was incorporated on December 22, 1829.[5]

In 1824, Bainbridge was designated seat of the newly formed Decatur County.[10]


Bainbridge is located in the center of Decatur County. The city is in southwestern Georgia along U.S. Routes 27 and 84, which form a bypass around the southern part of the city. Bainbridge is 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Tallahassee, Florida; 82 miles (132 km) west of Valdosta; and 54 miles (87 km) east-southeast of Dothan, Alabama.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.1 square miles (52.0 km2), of which 18.8 square miles (48.7 km2) is land and 1.3 square miles (3.3 km2), or 6.40%, is water.[7]

Bainbridge is located on the Flint River, which flows southwest to meet the Chattahoochee. Together they form the Apalachicola River which flows to the Gulf of Mexico. At the junction of the two rivers, the Jim Woodruff Dam forms Lake Seminole. A system of locks at the dam allows barge traffic to travel between the inland port at Bainbridge and the Gulf of Mexico.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201612,274[2]−3.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 12,697 people residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 54.4% Black, 39.6% White, 0.1% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.1% from some other race and 1.0% from two or more races. 4.1% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 11,722 people, 4,444 households, and 3,013 families residing in the city. The population density was 255.6/km² (661.8/sq mi, Georgia average is 141.4/sq mi, U.S. average is 79.6/sq mi). There were 5,051 housing units at an average density of 285.2 per square mile (110.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 50.34% African American (Georgia 28.7%, U.S. 12.3%), 47.48% White (Georgia 65.1%, U.S. 75.1%), 0.12% Native American (Georgia 0.3%, U.S. 0.9%), 0.64% Asian (Georgia 2.1%, U.S. 3.6%), 0.02% Pacific Islander (Georgia 0.1%, U.S. 0.1%), 0.78% from other races (Georgia 2.4%, U.S. 5.5%), and 0.61% from two or more races (Georgia 1.4%, U.S. 2.4%). 2.00% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race (Georgia 5.3%, U.S. 12.5%).

There were 4,444 households out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.7% were married couples living together, 24.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.09.

Historic home in Bainbridge

In the city, the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,869, and the median income for a family was $30,557. Males had a median income of $28,918 versus $21,518 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,589. About 24.0% of families and 26.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.1% of those under age 18 and 18.9% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture[edit]

Annual cultural events[edit]

River Town Days is held each year the second weekend of March.

The Swine Time Festival and Decatur County Fall Festival and Fair are annual events.[5]

National Register of Historic Places[edit]

The Decatur County Courthouse was constructed in 1902, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5]


Decatur County School District[edit]

The Decatur County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of five elementary schools, two middle schools, and a high school.[12] The district has 384 full-time teachers and over 5,782 students.[13]

  • Elcan-King Elementary School
  • John Johnson Elementary School
  • Jones-Wheat Elementary School
  • Potter Street Elementary School
  • West Bainbridge Elementary School
  • Bainbridge Middle School
  • Hutto Middle School
  • Bainbridge High School
  • Bainbridge State College
  • Grace Christian Academy

Public Library[edit]

The Decatur County Gilbert H. Gragg Library is located in Bainbridge. The library serves the population of Decatur County, and is the headquarters for the Southwest Georgia Regional Library.[14]



The city is a seaport linked to the Gulf of Mexico via Florida's Apalachicola River. Officially known as Port Bainbridge, these facilities are managed entirely by the Georgia Ports Authority.

The Decatur County Industrial Air Park, located 6 miles (10 km) northwest of the city, provides general aviation service to the community.

Notable people[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Bainbridge". Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  7. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Bainbridge city, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 20, 2015. 
  8. ^ Cox, Dale; Conrad, Rachael (2017). Fowltown. Neamathla, Tutakosi Talofa & the first battle of the Seminole Wars. Old Kitchen Books. ISBN 0692977880. 
  9. ^ "Profile for Bainbridge, Georgia, GA". ePodunk. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  10. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 220. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ Georgia Board of Education[permanent dead link], Retrieved June 8, 2010.
  13. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 8, 2010.
  14. ^ "Homepage". Southwest Georgia Regional Library System. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  15. ^ Slawenski, Kenneth. J. D. Salinger: A Life. New York: Random House, ISBN 978-1-4000-6951-4

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