Pine Lake, Georgia
|Pine Lake, Georgia|
|Motto: Hidden Treasure|
Location in DeKalb County and the state of Georgia
|• Mayor||Melanie Hammet|
|• Total||0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)|
|• Land||0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||948 ft (289 m)|
|• Density||3,700/sq mi (1,500/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0332672|
Pine Lake is one of the most eclectic cities in the state, including among its residents a number of locally, regionally and nationally known artists in the fields of music (Rick Price of the Georgia Satellites, Elise Witt), fine art (Richard Cecil), sculpture, poetry (Alice Teeter) and prose and other disciplines. The city has been described as one of the most neighborly of cities—new residents are often told that when someone says, "Let me know what I can do to help," in Pine Lake, that's not an empty statement (Atlanta Magazine; Creative Loafing).[full citation needed] The city was reported in Atlanta Magazine's (April 2003) "Best Places to Call Home."
Pine Lake's beautiful lake is center of many of the city's activities. The city often hosts indoor and outdoor concerts featuring some of the area's finest performers as well as readings and showings of area writers and artists.
The Pine Lake Association of Involved Neighbors (PLAIN) is an integral part of many of the activities happening in Pine Lake. PLAIN sponsors coffee and pastries, a monthly pancake breakfast, an annual chili cook-off, dessert contests, how-to seminars, ice cream socials, a yard of the month contest, work-days and much more, all with the idea of increasing neighborliness and improving the city.
Pine Lake was established as a city in December 1937, after a short life as a summer retreat run by the Pine Woods Corporation. The corporation sold lots around a small fishing lake to Atlantans who lived in (then) faraway areas like Buckhead for use as a weekend retreat. The 20' x 100' lots sold for $69, and the advertisement for lots directed people "from Decatur down the [unpaved] Rockbridge Road East." Many homeowners continued to use their property as a weekend getaway long after the city incorporated. Prior to development, Pine Lake was a portion of a farm. The lake was formerly a widened region of Snapfinger Creek, and the valley that encompasses much of the town was where corn was grown. The lake was dammed by the Army Corp of Engineers as erosion and flood control, prior to the official FDR lake projects.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), of which, 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it is land and 5.00% is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 621 people, 321 households, and 139 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,293.0 people per square mile (1,261.9/km²). There were 349 housing units at an average density of 1,850.7 per square mile (709.2/km²). The population data was challenged in 2002 and the Census agreed that the housing units were under surveyed. The insufficient survey was due to the lack of postal delivery in the city (as with cities with fewer than 750 individual units). The Tax digest listed 690 houses. Since no official survey was done on all households, the Census did not change the population. The racial makeup of the city was 74.72% White, 17.55% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 3.54% from other races, and 3.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.76% of the population.
There were 321 households out of which 18.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 26.5% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 56.4% were non-families. 39.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.93 and the average family size was 2.58.
In the city the population was spread out with 15.6% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 43.2% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to 64, and 7.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $41,029, and the median income for a family was $35,313. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $28,295 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,529. About 11.4% of families and 15.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.0% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.
Residents are zoned to schools in the DeKalb County School System.
All of the schools are located outside of the Pine Lake city limits in unincorporated sections of DeKalb County.
Many families have chosen to send their younger children to the International Community School 
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- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Pine Lake city, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved October 28, 2011.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
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- City of Pine Lake official website
- Pine Lake Association of Involved Neighbors
- Pine Lake page at Georgia.gov