A composite of Reynolds in 2012.
Location in Taylor County and the state of Georgia
|• Total||1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)|
|• Land||1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||440 ft (134 m)|
|• Density||796.9/sq mi (304.7/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0321535|
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), of which, 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2) of it is land and 0.75% is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,036 people, 447 households, and 289 families residing in the town. The population density was 784.9 people per square mile (303.0/km²). There were 495 housing units at an average density of 375.0 per square mile (144.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 48.84% White, 50.58% African American, 0.39% Asian, and 0.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.77% of the population.
There were 447 households out of which 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were married couples living together, 19.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the town the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 28.1% from 45 to 64, and 18.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 81.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.4 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $25,347, and the median income for a family was $30,179. Males had a median income of $37,917 versus $20,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,071. About 17.9% of families and 23.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.7% of those under age 18 and 25.0% of those age 65 or over.
The town was said to have been settled first by Dr. Alfred Coleman. In 1853 it became the town of Reynolds, although the origin of its name is unknown. The Coleman Institute Catalog said that it was named for John Reynolds, one of Georgia's famous governors, while another source said it was named for the superintendent of the railroad at the time.
The first brick building was built by J.N. Bryan and Company in 1886 and was the only brick building in town except for the courthouse.
Earl Little Sr., the father of Malcolm X, was born in Reynolds on July 29, 1890. As recounted in Malcolm X's autobiography, he had left school there after the third or fourth grade, and had left his hometown after some violent event where he lost en eye, and of which he never told his son the details.
The first bank in Reynolds was organized in 1897.
The first citizen of Reynolds is said to be Henry Hodges. He and his brother, Wash Hodges, came into the area ahead of the railroad and owned land along the Flint River.
The earliest recorded minutes of the City of Reynolds found in the City Hall are dated January 10, 1913.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- Malcolm X's Autobiography, Chapter One