Hephzibah, Georgia

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Hephzibah, Georgia
City
Location in Richmond County and the state of Georgia
Location in Richmond County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Richmond
Area
 • Total 19.4 sq mi (50.2 km2)
 • Land 19.3 sq mi (50.0 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,011
 • Estimate (2016)[1] 3,898
 • Density 210/sq mi (80/km2)
ZIP code 30815

Hephzibah (/ˈhɛpzɪbə/) is a city in southern Richmond County, in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is part of the Augusta metropolitan area. The population was 4,011 at the 2010 census.[2] The name was taken from the Bible, where Hephzibah is a poetic name used by the Prophet Isaiah to refer to the City of Jerusalem in the Old Testament.

History[edit]

Hephzibah was originally named Brothersville, in honor of three brothers who settled near one another. In October 1860, a Baptist seminary was established in Brothersville by a group of Appling residents.[citation needed] They established the Hephzibah Baptist Church in 1862. The prominence of these new religious institutions in the area swayed the state of Georgia to rename the town Hephzibah in 1870.[3] In 1909, Walter A. Clark published a book of local history, named A Lost Arcadia - The Story of My Old Community, detailing the earliest days of Hephzibah.[4]

In 1996 the governments of the city of Augusta and Richmond County combined to form a consolidated government. The residents of Hephzibah and nearby Blythe voted to maintain their separate city governments prior to this action. Some municipal services in Hephzibah are provided by the consolidated Augusta-Richmond County, while water, fire, and police services are maintained by the city.

After years of slow decline, the retail economy in Hephzibah has increased substantially since 2010. New businesses are an IGA grocery store,[5] CrossFit gym, and a branch of the local chain restaurant Wife Saver, specializing in Southern food. The Wife Saver has since closed, but a new Dollar General was opened on Highway 88.

Geography[edit]

Hephzibah is located at 33°18′15″N 82°5′53″W / 33.30417°N 82.09806°W / 33.30417; -82.09806 (33.304126, -82.097923).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.4 square miles (50.2 km2), of which 0.07 square miles (0.17 km2), or 0.34%, is water.[7]

Highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900541
191065621.3%
1920650−0.9%
1930646−0.6%
1940516−20.1%
19505251.7%
196067628.8%
197098746.0%
19801,45247.1%
19902,46669.8%
20003,88057.3%
20104,0113.4%
Est. 20163,898[1]−2.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 3,880 people, 1,374 households, and 1,090 families residing in the city. The population density was 200.4 people per square mile (77.4/km²). There were 1,570 housing units at an average density of 81.1 per square mile (31.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 71.37% White, 25.08% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 0.75% from other races, and 1.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.96% of the population.

There were 1,374 households out of which 39.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, 17.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.6% were non-families. 17.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the city, the population was spread out with 28.2% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,123, and the median income for a family was $42,898. Males had a median income of $32,917 versus $22,841 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,905. About 12.9% of families and 16.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.5% of those under age 18 and 16.8% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Richmond County School System operates public schools, including Hephzibah Elementary School,[10] Hephzibah Middle School, and Hephzibah High School.

There is also a charter school, Georgia School of Innovation and the Classics (GSIC).[11]

Religion[edit]

Christianity is predominant in the region, with the largest denominations being Independent Baptist, Southern Baptist and Methodist.

Notable locations[edit]

Notable people[edit]

This list includes people who were born in Hephzibah or who spent a significant amount of time living in the town.

Photo Name Date of Birth Notes References
Wendell Chavous 1985 NASCAR driver
John Wesley Gilbert 1864 First student and black professor of Paine College, one of the first black American archaeologists [12][13]
George Kitchens 1983 Track and field athlete
Vaughn Taylor 1976 PGA Tour golfer [14]
Itoro Umoh-Coleman 1977 WNBA basketball player and Clemson assistant coach

Photos[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Hephzibah city, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Hephzibah proud of separate identity". The Augusta Chronicle. 
  4. ^ Walter A. Clark. "A Lost Arcadia" (PDF). University System of Georgia. 
  5. ^ "IGA grocery store to open in Hephzibah". The Augusta Chronicle. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Hephzibah city, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  10. ^ Home. Hephzibah Elementary School. Retrieved on September 12, 2018.
  11. ^ Home. Georgia School of Innovation and the Classics. Retrieved on September 12, 2018. "5073 Storey Mill Road Hephzibah, GA 30815"
  12. ^ Johnny Edwards, MCG plans memorial to Gilbert Manor namesake, Augusta Chronicle, January 29, 2009. Retrieved 01-29-2009.
  13. ^ "Gilbert, John Wesley(1864–1923) - Archaeologist, minister, college president, Chronology, Helps Lead Mission to Africa". 
  14. ^ "Vaughn Taylor". Web.com Tour. Retrieved January 23, 2016. 

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