Bainbridge City Hall
"Georgia's First Inland Port"
|• 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)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||675/sq mi (260.8/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0354431|
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.:120 The town was named after U.S. Navy Commodore William Bainbridge, commander of the USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides"), and was incorporated on December 22, 1829.
In 1824, Bainbridge was designated seat of the newly formed Decatur County.
On October 10, 2018, Bainbridge was victim to Hurricane Michael. The storm left widespread damage through the city limits, including downed trees, power lines, and structural damage. Many of the residents affected suffered severe damage to their homes.
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.
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.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 12,697 people living 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 of 2000, there were 11,722 people, 4,444 households, and 3,013 families living 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.
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
The Firehouse Gallery Art Gallery
Annual cultural events
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.
National Register of Historic Places
Decatur County School District
The Decatur County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of four elementary schools (one had shut down in 2018, known as Elcan Grace King Elementary) , two middle schools, and a high school. The district has 384 full-time teachers and over 5,782 students.
- 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
- Spring Creek Charter Academy Pk-6.
It was announced in December 2019 that Brazil-based gun manufacturer Taurus Holdings, Inc. had been granted a $39 million tax-incentive package to move from the Miami, Florida area to Bainbridge in return for creating 300 jobs. The package includes $20 million for construction, $7.9 million in tax credits, $4.5 million for infrastructure, $4.3 million in property-tax abatements, and $3 million for equipment, in addition to a land lease arrangement of $1/year for 73 acres (20 hectares) of land. The subsidy comes to $130,000 per job.
- James Butler, NFL player
- Marvin Griffin, former Georgia governor
- Miriam Hopkins, Academy Award-nominated film actress
- David Ross, MLB catcher, two-time World Series champion, Dancing with the Stars contestant
- J. D. Salinger, novelist, stationed at the Bainbridge Army Air Base from August 1942 to May 1943 and wrote several short stories during his stay
- Kirby Smart, head football coach for the University of Georgia
- Travis Smith, former drummer of Trivium
- Young Stribling, professional heavyweight boxer
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|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Bainbridge, Georgia.|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bainbridge, Georgia.|
- City of Bainbridge official website
- Decatur County – Gilbert H. Gragg Library
- "Bainbridge" entry in New Georgia Encyclopedia
- South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive - Digital Library of Georgia
- "Bainbridge, Georgia", at City-Data.com
- Sowegalive.com, Bainbridge news, radio and community information