Vienna City Hall
Location in Dooly County and the state of Georgia
|• Mayor||Eddie Daniels|
|• Total||5.49 sq mi (14.22 km2)|
|• Land||5.47 sq mi (14.16 km2)|
|• Water||0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)|
|Elevation||331 ft (101 m)|
|• Density||734/sq mi (283.3/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0324707|
The name of the city is pronounced vye-ENNE-uh, with the emphasis on the middle syllable but sometimes on both the first and second syllables.
Vienna was founded in 1827 as the seat of Dooly County. It was incorporated as a town in 1854 and as a city in 1901.
Vienna is located in southern Dooly County. U.S. Route 41 passes through the center of town as Third Street, leading north 13 miles (21 km) to Unadilla and south 9 miles (14 km) to Cordele. Interstate 75 passes 2 miles (3 km) east of the center of town (and forms the eastern border of the city), with access from Exits 109 and 112. I-75 leads north 55 miles (89 km) to Macon and south 49 miles (79 km) to Tifton.
The climate in this area is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Vienna has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,973 people, 1,068 households, and 761 families residing in the city. The population density was 566.2 people per square mile (218.6/km²). There were 1,180 housing units at an average density of 224.7 per square mile (86.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 27.68% White, 66.87% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.44% Pacific Islander, 3.77% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.58% of the population.
There were 1,068 households out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.8% were married couples living together, 28.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 25.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.27.
In the city the population was spread out with 30.8% under the age of 18, 12.3% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 85.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $24,276, and the median income for a family was $30,574. Males had a median income of $24,063 versus $17,664 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,419. About 24.5% of families and 29.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.1% of those under age 18 and 31.2% of those age 65 or over.
Arts and culture
The Big Pig Jig takes place in Vienna. It is the Southeast's largest and Georgia's oldest official barbecue cooking contest. The Big Pig Jig was named to the Discovery Travel Channel's top ten list of "World's Best Barbecue Contests" for four consecutive years (2002–2005).
The Georgia State Cotton Museum is located in Vienna.
The Dooly County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of one elementary school, a middle school, and a high school. The district has 92 full-time teachers and over 1,545 students. The schools are:
- Dooly County Elementary School
- Dooly County Middle School
- Dooly County High School
Vienna is the birthplace of Georgia governor George Busbee and the late Hollywood film director Vincent Sherman. Another notable person from Vienna is Roger Kingdom, winner of two Olympic gold medals.
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- Climate Summary for Vienna, Georgia
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