Trenton, Georgia

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Trenton, Georgia
City of Trenton
Dade County Courthouse, Trenton, 2009.
Dade County Courthouse, Trenton, 2009.
Location in Dade County and the state of Georgia
Location in Dade County and the state of Georgia
Trenton is located in the United States
Coordinates: 34°52′32″N 85°30′31″W / 34.87556°N 85.50861°W / 34.87556; -85.50861Coordinates: 34°52′32″N 85°30′31″W / 34.87556°N 85.50861°W / 34.87556; -85.50861
CountryUnited States United States
StateGeorgia (U.S. state) Georgia
IncorporatedFebruary 18, 1854
Named forTrenton, New Jersey
 • TypeMayor-Council
 • Total3.22 sq mi (8.33 km2)
 • Land3.22 sq mi (8.33 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
758 ft (231 m)
 • Total2,301
 • Estimate 
 • Density668.84/sq mi (258.27/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s)706, 762
FIPS code13-77372[3]
GNIS feature ID0333261[4]

Trenton /trɛntɪn/ is a city and the only incorporated municipality in Dade County, Georgia, United States—and as such, it serves as the county seat. The population was 2,301 at the 2010 census. Trenton is part of the Chattanooga, Tennessee–GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Founded in the 1830s, the area was originally known as Salem. In 1839 Salem was designated the seat of the newly formed Dade County. It was renamed Trenton in 1841.[5] The present name is a transfer from Trenton, the state capital of New Jersey.[6]


Trenton is located at 34°52′32″N 85°30′31″W / 34.87556°N 85.50861°W / 34.87556; -85.50861 (34.875609, −85.508644).[7]

The city is located in the northwestern part of the state along Interstate 59, which runs from southwest to northeast to the west of the city, leading northeast 20 mi (32 km) to Chattanooga, Tennessee (via I-59 to I-24), and southwest 128 mi (206 km) to Birmingham, Alabama. U.S. Route 11 and Georgia State Route 136 are the main roads through the center of the city, with U.S. 11 leading northeast to Chattanooga and southwest 35 mi (56 km) to Fort Payne, Alabama. GA-136 leads southeast 27 mi (43 km) to LaFayette and west 6 mi (10 km) to the Alabama state line.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)2,151[2]−6.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[9] of 2010, there were 2,301 people, 904 households, and 599 families residing in the city. The population density was 742.25 people per square mile (244.2/km2). There were 1,012 housing units at an average density of 326.45 per square mile (106.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.5% White, 0.7% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.9% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.2% of the population.

There were 904 households, out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.9% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals who lived alone, and 12.9% of those were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 27.0% under the age of 18, 15.3% from 20 to 29, 12.7.2% from 30 to 39, 31.0% from 40 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.9 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.36 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.18 males in the same age group.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,612, and the median income for a family was $40,450. Males had a median income of $31,354 versus $22,104 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,336. About 10.5% of families and 13.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.5% of those under age 18 and 11.4% of those age 65 or over.


In 2001, Georgia replaced its state flag, as some citizens had objected that its design incorporated the Confederate battle flag. That year, Trenton city officials adopted the old state flag as a city flag. The city had already used it from 1956 to 2001 as an official city banner. (This followed the 1954 United States Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education that racially segregated public education was unconstitutional.) After adopting the former state flag for the city in 2001, the Trenton City Council also voted to post a plaque bearing the Ten Commandments at city hall.[10] The city flies the flag outside the city hall/police department building and in the city park next to the courthouse and library. In addition, many local businesses fly it.

The city also flies one of the historic flags of the Confederate States of America, the Blood-Stained Banner, in the city park.


The Dade County School District administers grades pre-school to grade twelve. It operates two elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school.[11] The district has 167 full-time teachers and over 2,630 students.[12]

  • Dade Elementary School
  • Davis Elementary School
  • Dade Middle School
  • Dade County High School


Major roads and travel[edit]


  • Dade County Sentinel (weekly newspaper)
  • Discover Dade (Local media portal and news service)
  • WKWN AM 1420, FM 106.1, and FM 101.3 (A mix of local and syndicated content, including local weather and traffic)

Notable people[edit]

See also[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. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 250. ISBN 978-1135948597. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  6. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 231. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  10. ^ Rick Wyatt (July 4, 2009). "Trenton, Georgia (U.S.)". Flags of the World. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
  11. ^ Georgia Board of Education[permanent dead link], Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  12. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 6, 2010.

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