Cairo City Hall
|Nickname(s): "Georgia's Hospitality City"|
Location in Grady County and the state of Georgia
|• Total||9.4 sq mi (24.2 km2)|
|• Land||9.3 sq mi (24.1 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)|
|Elevation||243 ft (74 m)|
|• Density||1,000/sq mi (400/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP codes||31728, 39827, 39828|
|GNIS feature ID||0354934|
Cairo was founded in 1835. It was incorporated as a town in 1870 and as a city in 1906. In 1905, Cairo was designated seat of the newly formed Grady County. The city was named after Cairo, the capital of Egypt.
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Although Cairo is nicknamed the "Syrup City" it has no relationship with the Karo brand of syrup, which is pronounced like the city's name. Rather, Cairo earned its nickname by producing cane syrup from the early 1900s through the late 1990s. Of the several companies that produced cane syrup, Roddenbery's was the best known. Roddenbery's later became better known for its pickles and the world's largest outdoor brine yard, however the company was sold to Dean Foods in 1993 and the local factory shut down.
Reflecting its "syrup" heritage, the Cairo High School football team is nicknamed the Syrupmakers, and the school mascot is the agriculturally based sugar cane farmer/syrupmaker similar to the Cornhusker and Boilermaker. According to local tradition, this began during a rainy football game, when the players wore donated ponchos with "Roddenbery Syrup" printed on them. The most widely accepted tradition and the one with the most supportive evidence claims that a newspaper reporter referred to the Cairo Tigers in print as "the syrupmakers from Cairo."
The school's female athletic teams are named "Syrup Maids," often shortened to "Maids," while the male athletes are often dubbed "Makers." In 1986 ESPN chose "Syrupmakers" as the No. 1 nickname for a high school sports team. In 2009, ESPN's Sports Center selected the Syrupmakers as their number one mascot in the high school heritage category.
Recreation and entertainment
Cairo is close to great hunting, fishing, and points of historical interest. The local industrial base continues to grow with manufacturing, service, and healthcare companies anchoring a strong economy.
The area is home to several local festivals, including Calvary's Mule Day, Whigham's Rattlesnake Roundup, Cairo's own Antique Car Rally, and several competitive recreational programs. The Antique Car Rally features a wide range of cars, and includes many activities: a poker run, a parade, and even a street dance. It usually takes place on the second weekend of May. Sponsored by Mr. Chick, it is an annual event that attracts many people to the southwest corner of Georgia.
Grady County Schools serves the city. Elementary schools in Grady include Shiver School, Eastside Elementary, Northside Elementary, Southside Elementary, and Whigham School. All residents are zoned to Washington Middle School and Cairo High School. Students living further out in the county are sent to Shiver School K-8, or either Whigham School 
The South West Georgia Tech campus is in Cairo, main campus in Thomasville, Georgia.
Cairo is located at (30.8778, -84.2089).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.4 square miles (24 km2), of which, 9.3 square miles (24 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.53%) is water. It is 59 miles west of Valdosta and 79 miles east of Dothan, Alabama.
The climate in this area is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Cairo has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
|Climate data for Cairo, Georgia|
|Average high °F (°C)||64
|Average low °F (°C)||42
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||3.9
|Source: Weatherbase |
As of the census of 2000, there were 9,239 people, 3,465 households, and 2,456 families residing in the city. The population density was 992.0 people per square mile (383.2/km²). There were 3,898 housing units at an average density of 418.5 per square mile (161.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 51.30% African American, 43.99% White, 0.42% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.80% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.05% of the population.
There were 3,465 households out of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were married couples living together, 24.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.1% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.14.
In the city the population was spread out with 29.1% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 83.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $23,054, and the median income for a family was $30,352. Males had a median income of $29,063 versus $20,542 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,759. About 24.4% of families and 30.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.2% of those under age 18 and 23.4% of those age 65 or over.
- Teresa Edwards, former professional basketball player and an Olympic Gold Medalist.
- Willie Harris, a outfielder and second baseman in Major League Baseball from 2001 through 2012, member of the 2005 World Champion Chicago White Sox team.
- Ernest Riles, a shortstop and third baseman in Major League Baseball from 1985 through 1993.
- Jackie Robinson, a Baseball Hall of Fame member and the first person to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball was born here.
- Daryle Singletary, country music singer
- Bill Stanfill, a former All-Pro National Football League defensive end.
- Mickey Thomas, lead singer of Jefferson Starship
- Bobby Walden, former punter for Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings
- David Ponder, former defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys
- Arthur L. Williams, Jr., founder of Primerica Financial Services
- John Monds, 2010 Libertarian gubernatorial candidate for the State of Georgia
- George Thornewell Smith, politician
- Curley Williams, Country music singer and songwriter. Born near Cairo, Georgia in Grady County.
- Jake Bundrick, drummer for the pop/rock band Mayday Parade.
- J.J. Wilcox, 3rd round pick in 2013 NFL draft (80th overall), safety for the Dallas Cowboys
- Kali Roland, former Miss Georgia who developed the air hockey table as a frictionless plane for use in physics. She never patented the idea, so she received no royalties.
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- Named for Cairo, Egypt, but pronounced differently
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- Climate Summary for Cairo, Georgia
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