Byron, Georgia

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Byron, Georgia
Byron Municipal Complex
Byron Municipal Complex
Location in Peach County and the state of Georgia
Location in Peach County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 32°38′56″N 83°45′20″W / 32.64889°N 83.75556°W / 32.64889; -83.75556Coordinates: 32°38′56″N 83°45′20″W / 32.64889°N 83.75556°W / 32.64889; -83.75556
CountryUnited States
StateGeorgia
CountiesPeach, Houston
Area
 • Total8.79 sq mi (22.77 km2)
 • Land8.77 sq mi (22.70 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
Elevation
509 ft (155 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total5,702
 • Density650.47/sq mi (251.15/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
31008
Area code(s)478
FIPS code13-12260[2]
GNIS feature ID0354930[3]
Websitebyronga.com
Main Street in downtown Byron
Peach Shops Outlet Mall beside I-75 in Byron

Byron is a city located primarily in Peach County, Georgia, United States. A small portion of the city also extends into parts of Houston and Crawford counties. The population was estimated to be 5,149 in 2019 by the Census Bureau,[4] an increasing of 14.1% from 4,512 at the 2010 census.[5] The city is in the Warner Robins, GA, metropolitan area.

Byron was home to the Middle Georgia Raceway, an auto racetrack that hosted NASCAR races and the filming of TV commercials and a feature movie. From July 3–5, 1970, in a field next to the raceway, the Atlanta International Pop Festival was held, which was the largest gathering in Georgia history until the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.[6] On September 15, 2012, an official Georgia Historical Society marker was placed near the raceway site to commemorate the festival.[7]

History[edit]

The community was named after Lord Byron, the British Romantic poet.[8] A former variant name was "Jackson", but the name was changed in order to avoid repetition with the Jackson in Butts County.[9] The Georgia General Assembly incorporated the place as the "Town of Byron" in 1874.[10]

Geography[edit]

Byron is located in the northeast corner of Peach County at 32°38′56″N 83°45′20″W / 32.64889°N 83.75556°W / 32.64889; -83.75556 (32.648908, -83.755640),[11] near the geographic center of Georgia. Interstate 75 passes through the eastern side of the city, with access from Exits 146 and 149 (Georgia State Route 49). Byron is 93 miles (150 km) south of Atlanta, 16 miles (26 km) south of Macon, and 11 miles (18 km) northeast of the Peach County seat of Fort Valley.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.6 square miles (22.4 km2), of which 0.02 square miles (0.06 km2), or 0.28%, are water.[5]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880137
1930318
1940305−4.1%
195037924.3%
19601,138200.3%
19701,36820.2%
19801,66121.4%
19902,27637.0%
20002,88726.8%
20104,51256.3%
20205,70226.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

2020 census[edit]

Byron racial composition[13]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 3,056 53.6%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,055 36.04%
Native American 12 0.21%
Asian 84 1.47%
Pacific Islander 1 0.02%
Other/Mixed 237 4.16%
Hispanic or Latino 257 4.51%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 5,702 people, 2,198 households, and 1,588 families residing in the city.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 Census the Census Bureau estimated there were 4,512 people and 1,781 households. The population density was 514.5 people per square mile (198.6/km2). There were 1,940 housing units at an average density of 221.2 per square mile (85.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 65.40% White, 29.03% African American, 0.18% Native American, 1.77% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.97% from other races, and 1.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.86% of the population.

There were 1,781 households, out of which 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.9% were married couples living together, 14.8% were family households with a female householder with no husband present, and 27.1% were non-families. 23.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 60 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city, the populations' age spreads out among different cohorts, with 24.6% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.9 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.8 males.[2]

In 2019 the Census Bureau estimated the median household income to be $54,433 and the median income for a family as $70,347. Males had a median income of $62,785 versus $17,118 for females. The per capita income for the city was $28,964. About 17.1% of families and 20.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.7% of those under age 18 and 28.2% of those age 65 or over. Of those 25 years of age or older, 10.7% held less than a high school degree, 27.5% held a bachelor's degree or higher, and 61.8% held at least a high school degree.[14]

Arts and culture[edit]

The city hosts the Battle of Byron, an annual charity fundraiser.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  2. ^ "U.S. Census website". 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. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Byron city, Georgia". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved May 18, 2017.[dead link]
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Kulkosky, Victor. (2012-09-19). "Byron Pop Festival Gets Historic Marker". The Leader Tribune, Peach County, GA.
  8. ^ "Peach County". New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  9. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 30. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  10. ^ Bulletin of the New York Public Library. New York Public Library. 1912. p. 676.
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  13. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2021-12-18.
  14. ^ "Byron city, Georgia; Peach County, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved December 23, 2021.
  15. ^ "The Battle of Byron". City of Byron. Retrieved 4 April 2018.

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