Butler, Georgia

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Butler, Georgia
Butler Municipal Building (aka City Hall)
Butler Municipal Building (aka City Hall)
Location in Taylor County and the state of Georgia
Location in Taylor County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 32°33′N 84°14′W / 32.550°N 84.233°W / 32.550; -84.233Coordinates: 32°33′N 84°14′W / 32.550°N 84.233°W / 32.550; -84.233
CountryUnited States
StateGeorgia
CountyTaylor
Area
 • Total3.27 sq mi (8.46 km2)
 • Land3.25 sq mi (8.41 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Elevation
628 ft (191 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total1,972
 • Estimate 
(2019)[2]
1,759
 • Density541.40/sq mi (209.06/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
31006
Area code(s)478
FIPS code13-12120[3]
GNIS feature ID0312093[4]
Websitewww.cityofbutlerga.com

Butler is the county seat of Taylor County, Georgia, United States.[5] Its population was 1,972 at the 2010 census.[6]

Geography[edit]

Butler is located at 32°33′N 84°14′W / 32.550°N 84.233°W / 32.550; -84.233 (32.557, -84.239).[7]

The city is located along U.S. Route 19, which is the main route through the city. U.S. 19 leads north 28 mi (45 km) to Thomaston and south 24 mi (39 km) to Ellaville. The Fall Line Freeway (GA-540) runs from west to east through the southern part of the city, concurrent with Georgia State Route 96. GA-540 and GA-96 lead east 9 mi (14 km) to Reynolds and west 14 mi (23 km) to Junction City. Georgia State Route 137 also runs through the city, leading northeast 20 mi (32 km) to Roberta and southwest 25 mi (40 km) to Buena Vista.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2), of which 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2) is land and 0.31% is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890712
1900707−0.7%
1910705−0.3%
19207587.5%
193085713.1%
19401,09327.5%
19501,1828.1%
19601,34613.9%
19701,58918.1%
19801,95923.3%
19901,673−14.6%
20001,90714.0%
20101,9723.4%
2019 (est.)1,759[2]−10.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[3] of 2009, there were 1,775 people, 722 households, and 488 families residing in the city. The population density was 602.2 people per square mile (232.3/km2). There were 851 housing units at an average density of 268.7 per square mile (103.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 50.03% White, 48.93% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.52% from other races, and 0.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.15% of the population.

There were 722 households, out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.5% were married couples living together, 27.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.9% 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 3.13.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 29.6% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 79.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,105, and the median income for a family was $27,188. Males had a median income of $30,000 versus $20,603 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,522. 35.0% of the population and 28.9% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 47.9% of those under the age of 18 and 25.5% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Education[edit]

Taylor County School District[edit]

The Taylor County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of two elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school.[9] The district has 101 full-time teachers and over 1,735 students.[10]

  • Taylor County Primary School
  • Taylor County Upper Elementary
  • Taylor County Middle School
  • Taylor County High School

The Taylor County Girls' basketball team (1967 - 1972) holds the record for the nation's longest girl's high school basketball winning streak by winning 132 consecutive games, going undefeated for five years and winning five back-to-back state championships.[citation needed]

History[edit]

The Central of Georgia Railway was built through the present area of Butler about 1850.[11] The line is currently owned by Norfolk Southern and hosts three to four trains per day.

Butler was incorporated on February 8, 1854, but the charter was not received until 1870. Taylor County was carved from the Creek Indian territory which had in earlier years become the counties of Marion, Talbot, and Macon.

The chosen location of Butler was known as the "Fifty Mile Station" on the railroad because it was the geographical center of the railroad between Macon and Columbus, Georgia. Each town is approximately 50 miles (80 km) in either direction of Butler.

The city of Butler, Georgia, was named for General William Orlando Butler, a distinguished soldier of the Mexican–American War and a candidate for Vice President on the ticket with General Lewis Cass of Michigan.[12]

In late 2016, a 1070 acre 103 megawatt solar panel facility was completed. The Butler Solar Facility is owned by First Solar.[13]

Notable people[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 9, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-06-13. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Georgia Board of Education[permanent dead link], Retrieved June 27, 2010.
  10. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 27, 2010.
  11. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 221. ISBN 978-1135948597. Retrieved 30 November 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 29. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  13. ^ http://www.powermag.com/largest-solar-plant-in-southeast-will-be-built-in-georgia/