Social Circle, Georgia

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Social Circle, Georgia
Motto(s): 
"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
StateGeorgia
CountiesWalton, Newton
named:1826
Incorporated1832
Government
 • MayorDavid Keener
 • City Council District 1Traysa Price
 • City Council District 2Tyson Jackson
 • City Council DistrictSteve Shelton
Area
 • Total14.69 sq mi (38.03 km2)
 • Land14.58 sq mi (37.75 km2)
 • Water0.11 sq mi (0.28 km2)
Elevation
886 ft (270 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total4,262
 • Estimate 
(2019)[2]
4,544
 • Density311.75/sq mi (120.37/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
30025
Area code(s)470/678/770
FIPS code13-71660[3]
GNIS feature ID0333086[4]
Website[1]

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.

History[edit]

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.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870405
188060649.6%
189073721.6%
19001,22966.8%
19101,59029.4%
19201,78112.0%
19301,766−0.8%
19401,735−1.8%
19501,685−2.9%
19601,7805.6%
19701,96110.2%
19802,59132.1%
19902,7556.3%
20003,37922.6%
20104,26226.1%
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]

Transportation[edit]

Through highways
SR 11
Nearby highways
I-20
US 278

Education[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  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". Census.gov. 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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