Social Circle, Georgia

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Social Circle, Georgia
"Georgia's Greatest Little Town"
Location in Walton County and the state of Georgia
Location in Walton County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 33°39′N 83°43′W / 33.650°N 83.717°W / 33.650; -83.717Coordinates: 33°39′N 83°43′W / 33.650°N 83.717°W / 33.650; -83.717
CountryUnited States
CountiesWalton, Newton
 • MayorDavid Keener
 • City Council District 1Traysa Price
 • City Council District 2Tyson Jackson
 • City Council DistrictSteve Shelton
 • Total14.69 sq mi (38.03 km2)
 • Land14.58 sq mi (37.75 km2)
 • Water0.11 sq mi (0.28 km2)
886 ft (270 m)
 • Total4,262
 • Estimate 
 • Density311.75/sq mi (120.37/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)470/678/770
FIPS code13-71660[3]
GNIS feature ID0333086[4]

Social Circle is a city in southern Walton County, extending into Newton County, in the U.S. state of Georgia, 45 miles east of Atlanta.


It is unclear why the name "Social Circle" was applied to this place.[5] According to tradition, Social Circle was named from an incident in which a group of people living in the settlement offered water to a weary traveler, whose response was "This certainly is a social circle".[6] The city also officially notes that a citizen of another village community which was already known by the name of Social Circle joined the settlement in its early days.[7]

Social Circle was incorporated as a town in 1869, and as a city in 1904.[7]

Geographical data[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.3 square miles (29 km2), of which 11.2 square miles (29 km2) are land and 0.04-square-mile (0.10 km2) (100%) is water.

A CSX Transportation line maintenance facility operates in the city's railroad station. The city's railyard contains one of the relatively few remaining concrete coaling towers in the southeastern United States.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)4,544[2]6.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

According to United States Census data, there were about 4,500 people, 1,671 households, and 1,210 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 67% White, 30% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1% Asian, less than 0.5% were Pacific Islander, 0.5% were from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8% of the population.

There were 1,671 occupied households, of which about 40.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49% were married couples living together, 17.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 4% were non-families. Also, 24% of all households were people living alone and 3.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.7 people.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 29% under the age of 18, 8% from 18 to 24, 29% from 25 to 44, 26% from 45 to 64, and 8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34.5 years. The female sector accounted for about 48.7% of the population, while males accounted for about 51.3%.

The median income for a household in the city was $47,027. The per capita income for the city was $22,129. About 19% of families and 23% of the city's population were below the poverty line, including 43% of those under age 18, and 12% of those age 65 or over.[9]


Through highways
SR 11
Nearby highways
US 278


The Social Circle City School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of two elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school.[10] The district has 90 full-time teachers and over 1,448 students.[11]

Notable people[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

  • A season 5 episode of the Discovery Channel series A Haunting, called The Exorcism of Cindy Sauer, takes place in Social Circle in 2010.

See also[edit]

Jay C. (Jack) Higginbotham (May 11, 1906 – May 26, 1973) was an internationally known Jazz trombonist, born in Social Circle, Georgia.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 208. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  6. ^ Moyer, Armond; Moyer, Winifred (1958). The origins of unusual place-names. Keystone Pub. Associates. p. 122.
  7. ^ a b "Social Circle History". Retrieved September 9, 2018.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ 2010 United States Census
  10. ^ Georgia Board of Education[permanent dead link], Retrieved June 26, 2010.
  11. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 26, 2010.

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