Augusta Augusta–Richmond County, is a consolidated city-county on the central eastern border of the U. S. state of Georgia. The city lies across the Savannah River from South Carolina at the head of its navigable portion. Georgia's second-largest city after Atlanta, Augusta is located in the Piedmont section of the state. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, Augusta–Richmond County had a 2017 estimated population of 197,166, not counting the unconsolidated cities of Blythe and Hephzibah, it is the 122nd largest city in the United States. The process of consolidation between the City of Augusta and Richmond County began with a 1995 referendum in the two jurisdictions; the merger was completed on July 1, 1996. Augusta is the principal city of the Augusta metropolitan area, situated in both Georgia and South Carolina on both sides of the Savannah River. In 2017 it had an estimated population of 600,151, making it the second-largest metro area in the state, it is the 93rd largest metropolitan area in the United States.
Augusta was established in 1736 and is named for Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, the bride of Frederick, Prince of Wales and the mother of the British monarch George III. During the American Civil War, Augusta housed the principal Confederate powder works. Augusta's warm climate made it a major resort town of the Eastern United States in the early and mid-20th century. Internationally, Augusta is best known for hosting The Masters golf tournament each spring; the Masters brings over 200,000 visitors from across the world to the Augusta National Golf Club. Membership at Augusta National is considered to be the most exclusive in the sport of golf across the world. Augusta lies two hours east of downtown Atlanta by car via I-20; the city is home to Fort Gordon, a major U. S. Army base. In 2016, it was announced that the new National Cyber Security Headquarters would be based in Augusta, bringing as many as 10,000 cyber security specialists to the Fort Gordon area; the area along the river was long inhabited by varying cultures of indigenous peoples, who relied on the river for fish and transportation.
The site of Augusta was used by Native Americans as a place to cross the Savannah River, because of its location on the fall line. In 1735, two years after James Oglethorpe founded Savannah, he sent a detachment of troops to explore the upper Savannah River, he gave them an order to build a fort at the head of the navigable part of the river. The expedition was led by Noble Jones, who created a settlement as a first line of defense for coastal areas against potential Spanish or French invasion from the interior. Oglethorpe named the town in honor of Princess Augusta, the mother of King George III and the wife of Frederick, Prince of Wales. Oglethorpe visited Augusta in September 1739 on his return to Savannah from a perilous visit to Coweta Town, near present-day Phenix City, Alabama. There, he had met with a convention of 7,000 Native American warriors and concluded a peace treaty with them in their territories in northern and western Georgia. Augusta was the second state capital of Georgia from 1785 until 1795.
Augusta developed as a market town as the Black Belt in the Piedmont was developed for cotton cultivation. Invention of the cotton gin made processing of short-staple cotton profitable, this type of cotton was well-suited to the upland areas. Cotton plantations were worked by slave labor, with hundreds of thousands of slaves shipped from the Upper South to the Deep South in the domestic slave trade. Many of the slaves were brought from the Lowcountry, where their Gullah culture had developed on the large Sea Island cotton and rice plantations; the city experienced the Augusta Fire of 1916, which damaged 25 blocks of the town and many buildings of historical significance. As a major city in the area, Augusta was a center of activities after. In the mid-20th century, it was a site of civil rights demonstrations. In 1970 Charles Oatman, a mentally disabled teenager, was killed by his cellmates in an Augusta jail. A protest against his death broke out in a riot involving 500 people, after six black men were killed by police, each found to have been shot in the back.
The noted singer and entertainer James Brown was called in to help quell lingering tensions, which he succeeded in doing. Augusta is located on the Georgia/South Carolina border, about 150 miles east of Atlanta and 70 miles west of Columbia; the city is located at 33°28′12″N 81°58′30″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the Augusta–Richmond County balance has a total area of 306.5 square miles, of which 302.1 square miles is land and 4.3 square miles is water. Augusta is located about halfway up the Savannah River on the fall line, which creates a number of small falls on the river; the city marks the end of a navigable waterway for the river and the entry to the Georgia Piedmont area. The Clarks Hill Dam is built on the fall line near Augusta. Farther downstream, near the border of Columbia County, is the Stevens Creek Dam, which generates hydroelectric power. Farther downstream is the Augusta Diversion Dam, which marks the beginning of the Augusta Canal and channels Savannah River waters into the canal.
As with the rest of the state, Augusta has a humid subtropical climate, with short, mild winters hot, humid summers, a wide diurnal temperature variation throughout much of the year, despite its low elevation and moisture. The monthly daily average temperature ranges from 45.4 °F in January to 81.6 °F in July.
Americus is a city in Sumter County, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 17,041. Americus is the home of Habitat for Humanity's international headquarters, the famous Windsor Hotel, The Fuller Center for Housing international headquarters, The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, Glover Foods and many more well-known organizations; the city is the county seat of Sumter County. Americus is the principal city of the Americus Micropolitan Statistical Area, a micropolitan area that covers Schley and Sumter counties and had a combined population of 36,966 at the 2000 census. Americus is located at 32°4′31″N 84°13′36″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.7 square miles, of which, 10.5 square miles of it is land and 0.2 square miles of it is water. Americus was founded by General John Americus Smith. While out on a scouting mission with his men, he noticed that there was a great deal of distance between two cities, he decided that he would come back and purchase land to build on in 1825.
As he built on his land, his plantation grew large in cotton production. Soon and more people started moving to the location until in 1832 the town of Americus was founded. Gen John's plantation was a huge part in providing income for the town. Gen John would pass of the flu in 1868 at the age of 62 years. After his death his plantation was divided up into sections and auctioned off to different farmers that had now moved into the area. A post office has been in operation at Americus since 1833. For its first two decades, Americus was a small courthouse town; the arrival of the railroad in 1854 and, three decades local attorney Samuel H. Hawkins' construction of the only financed railroad in state history, made Americus the eighth largest city in Georgia into the 20th century, it was known as the "Metropolis of Southwest Georgia," a reflection of its status as a cotton distribution center. In 1890, Georgia's first chartered. One of its restored cars is on permanent display at the Lake Blackshear Regional Library, a gift from the Robert T. Crabb family who acquired the street car in the 1940s.
The town was graced with an abundance of antebellum and Victorian architecture when local capitalists opened the Windsor Hotel in 1892. A five-story Queen Anne edifice, it was designed by a Swedish architect, Gottfried L. Norrman, in Atlanta. Vice-President Thomas R. Marshall gave a speech from the balcony in 1917 and soon to be New York Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke in the dining room in 1928. On January 1, 1976, the city center was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Americus Historic District; the district boundaries were extended in 1979. For the local minority community, Rev. Dr. Major W. Reddick established the Americus Institute. Booker T. Washington was a guest speaker there in May 1908. Rev. Alfred S. Staley was responsible for locating the state Masonic Orphanage in Americus, which served its function from 1898 to 1940. Both men engineered the unification of the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia in 1915, the former as president and the latter as recording secretary.
The public school named in honor of A. S. Staley was designated a National School of Excellence in 1990. Two other institutions of higher learning were established in Americus, the Third District Agricultural and Mechanical School in 1906, the South Georgia Trade and Vocational School in 1948. South Georgia Technical College is located on the original site of Souther Field. In World War I, an Army Air Service training facility, Souther Field, was commissioned northeast of the city limits. Charles A. Lindbergh, the "Lone Eagle," bought his first airplane and made his first solo flight there during a two-week stay in May 1923. Recommissioned for World War II, Souther Field was used for RAF pilot training as well as US pilot training before ending the war as a German prisoner-of-war camp; the town was incorporated in 1832, the name Americus was picked out of a hat. Shoeless Joe Jackson served as the field manager for the local baseball team after his banishment from professional baseball. A plaque at Thomas Bell Stadium commemorates his contribution to the local baseball program.
Koinonia Farm, an interracial Christian community, was organized near Americus in 1942. Founder Clarence Jordan was a mentor to Millard and Linda Fuller, who founded Habitat for Humanity International at Koinonia in 1976 before moving into Americus the following year. In 2005, they founded The Fuller Center for Housing in Americus. Koinonia Farm is located southwest of Americus on Hwy. 49. The Civil Rights Era in Americus was a time of great turmoil. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spent a weekend in the courthouse jail in 1961, after an arrest in Albany. The "Sumter Movement" to end racial segregation was organized and led by Rev. Joseph R. Campbell in 1963; as a direct result, two Georgia laws were subsequently declared unconstitutional by a federal tribunal meeting in Americus. Color barriers were first removed in 1965 when J. W. Jones and Henry L. Williams joined the Americus police force. Lewis M. Lowe was elected as the first black city councilman ten years later. With their election in 1995, Eloise R. Paschal and Eddie Rhea Walker broke the gender barrier on the city's governing body.
In 1971, the city was featured in a Marshall Frady article, "Discovering One Another in a Georgia Town", i
Covington is a city and the county seat of Newton County, located 35 miles east of Atlanta. As of 2012, its population was 13,347. Covington was founded by European immigrants to the United States, it was incorporated in 1822 as the seat of the newly organized Newton County. Covington was named for United States Army Brigadier General and United States Congressman Leonard Covington, a hero of the War of 1812; the settlement grew with the advent of the railroad in 1845. Covington incorporated as a city in 1854. In 1864, General Sherman's troops marched through during their March to the Sea. Although they looted the city, destroying numerous buildings, several antebellum homes were spared; the Covington Historic District and the North Covington Historic District within the city are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The maps and materials describing these two districts are available for review through City Hall; the Covington Historic District contains the downtown square. The North Covington Historic District contains North Emory Odum Street as its hub.
Both districts have an ordinance to preserve their character, regulating changes proposed for properties, special permits may be required. The Covington Mill Village is a vital part of local history; the Starrsville Historic District, site of the historic settlement of Starrsville, is in the exurban area around Covington. The Newton County Courthouse, brick store, Salem campground are separately NRHP-listed. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.9 square miles, of which 13.8 square miles is land and 0.1 square miles is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 11,547 people, 4,261 households, 2,906 families residing in the city; the population density was 839.2 people per square mile. There were 4,542 housing units at an average density of 330.1 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 51.55% White, 45.54% Black, 0.18% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.94% from other races, 1.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.87% of the population.
There were 4,261 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.0% were married couples living together, 23.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.8% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.19. In the city, the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.7 males. The median income for a household in the city was $31,997, the median income for a family was $36,408. Males had a median income of $29,622 versus $23,339 for females; the per capita income for the city was $15,554. About 14.8% of families and 19.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.7% of those under age 18 and 12.8% of those age 65 or over.
The Newton County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, consists of fourteen elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, an elementary theme school, a charter school. The district has 13,681 students. Grace Christian Academy Montessori School of Covington Providence Classical Christian School Peachtree Academy Covington Academy Point of Grace Christian School Dekalb Technical College - Covington Campus Georgia Perimeter College - Newton County Campus Emory University - Oxford Campus Gaither's Plantation hosts a Fall Festival every year; the Satsuki Garden Club conducts tours of historic houses in Covington every other Christmas. The Vampire Diaries, Mystic Falls Tours Covington has been featured in numerous TV shows and movies since the early 1970s."
Clayton is a city in Rabun County, United States. The population was 2,047 at the 2010 census; the city is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The area that would become Clayton was called the Dividings because it sat at the intersection of three important Cherokee people trails. Explorer and naturalist William Bartram came through the Dividings in May 1775 while exploring what would be organized as Rabun County. Much after Clayton had grown to include the Dividings, two of the old Cherokee trails were improved as the main roads for Clayton and the county: U. S. 23/441 and U. S. 76. Claytonsville was founded by European-American settlers in 1821 as the seat of Rabun County. In 1823, the town was renamed Clayton, it was named after a prominent jurist and congressman, Judge Augustin S. Clayton, who served in both the Georgia House of Representatives and Georgia Senate before being elected as a US Representative from Georgia, serving two terms from 1831–1835. In 1824, 67 acres were purchased from Solomon Beck for $150, city representatives laid out a site for a courthouse and the surrounding streets.
In 1904, the Tallulah Falls Railway was completed to Clayton from Georgia. Clayton has had public water and sanitary sewer service since the 1920s; the water supply was two springs on nearby Buzzard Roost Mountain, but today Clayton uses Lake Rabun as its water supply. In 1936, Clayton recorded 30.0 inches of total snowfall, making that year the snowiest year in the city. The recorded snowfall in Clayton in 1936 is a state record. Part of Disney's Old Yeller was shot in Clayton in 1957. Much of William Gibson's 2014 novel The Peripheral is set in Clayton in the not too distant future. Clayton is located at 34°52′40″N 83°24′6″W and is situated at the southern base of 3,640-foot Black Rock Mountain. To the east of the city is 3,000-foot Screamer Mountain. Other Blue Ridge Mountain peaks between 2,500 and 3,500 feet surround the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.1 square miles, all of it land. The elevation of Clayton's downtown area is 1,925 feet. A number of hilltops within the city limits exceed 2,200 feet.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 2,047 people residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 74.5% White, 1.4% Black, 0.5% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.3% from some other race and 1.9% from two or more races. 20.8% were Hispanic or Latino of any race. As of the census of 2000, there were 2,019 people, 816 households, 497 families residing in the city; the population density was 653.2 people per square mile. There were 1,006 housing units at an average density of 325.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 84.55% White, 2.77% African American, 0.89% Native American, 1.34% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 9.41% from other races, 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.71% of the population. There were 816 households out of which 22.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 39.0% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.
The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.79. In the city, the population was spread out with 19.2% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, 23.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.0 males. The median income for a household in the city was $26,600, the median income for a family was $36,164. Males had a median income of $25,823 versus $18,304 for females; the per capita income for the city was $15,977. About 7.9% of families and 14.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.3% of those under age 18 and 11.2% of those age 65 or over. The Rabun County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, consists of two elementary schools, a middle school, a high school; the district has 140 full-time teachers and over 2,221 students. Rabun County Elementary School Rabun County Primary School Rabun County Middle School Rabun County High School Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School The area around Clayton has long been the location for a number of camps for young people operated during the summertime.
Camp Ramah Darom is located in the Persimmon Valley northwest of Clayton. Camp Rainey Mountain is located 4 miles southeast of Clayton. Camp Blue Ridge Mike Ciochetti - stock car racer Billy Redden - actor who played the young banjo player in the film Deliverance Nancy Schaefer - Georgia State Senator Lillian Smith, - author and civil rights activist Jordan Green - Mayor of Clayton and hero firefighter Official website
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The Augusta Chronicle is the daily newspaper of Augusta, is one of the oldest newspapers in the United States still in publication. The paper is known for its coverage of the Masters Tournament, played in Augusta; the Chronicle had a daily circulation of 55,444 and a Sunday circulation of 71,057 according to a March 2012 report by the Audit Bureau of Circulations. The paper was founded as the weekly Augusta Gazette in 1785. In 1786, the paper was renamed The Georgia State Gazette. From 1789 to 1804, the paper was known as Gazette of the State. Patrick Walsh a U. S. Senator, joined the editorial staff in 1866 and became owner in 1873. In 1945, former bookkeeper William Morris, Jr. bought controlling interest in the paper. This was the beginning of Morris Communications, headquartered in Augusta with the Chronicle as flagship. In addition to a daily online edition, the entire archives back to its founding have been made searchable on the Internet. On 9 August 2017, it was announced that The Augusta Chronicle, along with Morris Communications' entire newspaper division and various periodicals, would be sold to GateHouse Media for $120 million in a deal expected to close on October 2.
Stephen Wade and Billy Morris will retain their roles as publisher respectively. The Morris family will keep ownership of The Augusta Chronicle building and property in downtown Augusta; the sale ended 232 years of local ownership, the last 72 of, under the Morris family. Media in Augusta, Georgia List of newspapers in Georgia Morris subsidiary profile of The Augusta Chronicle Earl L. Bell and Kenneth C. Crabbe, The Augusta Chronicle: Indomitable Voice of Dixie, 1785-1960; the Augusta Chronicle official site The Augusta Chronicle official mobile site "Augusta Chronicle", New Georgia Encyclopedia, Georgia Humanities Council https://www.facebook.com/TheAugustaChronicle https://twitter.com/AUG_Chronicle https://www.instagram.com/aug_chronicle/ http://www.auditbureau.org/
Columbus is a consolidated city-county located on the west central border of the U. S. state of Georgia. Located on the Chattahoochee River directly across from Phenix City, Columbus is the county seat of Muscogee County, with which it merged in 1970. Columbus is the third-largest city in the fourth-largest metropolitan area. According to the 2017 estimates from the U. S. Census Bureau, Columbus has a population of 194,058 residents, with 303,811 in the Columbus metropolitan area; the metro area joins the nearby Alabama cities of Auburn and Opelika to form the Columbus–Auburn–Opelika Combined Statistical Area, which has a 2017 estimated population of 499,128. Columbus lies 100 miles southwest of Atlanta. Fort Benning, the United States Army's Maneuver Center of Excellence and a major employer, is located south of the city in Chattahoochee County. Columbus is home to museums and tourism sites, including the National Infantry Museum, dedicated to the United States Army's Infantry Branch, it has the longest urban whitewater rafting course in the world constructed on the Chattahoochee River.
This was for centuries and more the traditional territory of the Creek Indians, who became known as one of the Five Civilized Tribes of the Southeast after European contact. Those who lived closest to white-occupied areas conducted considerable trading and adopted some European-American ways. Founded in 1828 by an act of the Georgia Legislature, Columbus was situated at the beginning of the navigable portion of the Chattahoochee River and on the last stretch of the Federal Road before entering Alabama; the city was named for Christopher Columbus, its founders influenced by the writings of Washington Irving. The plan for the city was drawn up by Dr. Edwin L. DeGraffenried, who placed the town on a bluff overlooking the river. Across the river to the west, where Phenix City, Alabama is now located, Creek Indians still lived until they were forcibly removed in 1836 by the federal government to make way for European-American settlers; the river served as Columbus's connection to the world enabling it to ship its commodity cotton crops from the plantations to the international cotton market via New Orleans and Liverpool, England.
The city's commercial importance increased in the 1850s with the arrival of the railroad. In addition, textile mills were developed along the river, bringing industry to an area reliant upon agriculture. By 1860, the city was one of the more important industrial centers of the South, earning it the nickname "the Lowell of the South," referring to an important textile mill town in Massachusetts; when the Civil War broke out in 1861, the industries of Columbus expanded their production. During the war, Columbus ranked second to Richmond in the manufacture of supplies for the Confederate army; the Eagle Manufacturing Company made textiles of various sorts but woolens for Confederate uniforms. The Columbus Iron Works manufactured cannons and machinery and Gray made firearms, Louis and Elias Haimon produced swords and bayonets. Smaller firms provided additional sundries; as the war turned negative, each faced exponentially growing struggled shortages of raw materials and skilled labor, as well as worsenting financial opportunities.
In addition to textiles, the city had an ironworks, a sword factory, a shipyard for the Confederate Navy. Unaware of Lee's surrender to Grant and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and Confederates clashed in the Battle of Columbus, Georgia, on Easter Sunday, April 16, 1865, when a Union detachment of two cavalry divisions under Maj. Gen. James H. Wilson attacked the lightly-defended city and burned many of the industrial buildings. John Stith Pemberton, who developed Coca-Cola in Columbus, was wounded in this battle. Col. Charles Augustus Lafayette Lamar, owner of the last slave ship in America, was killed here. A historic marker has been erected in Columbus, it notes that this was the site of the "Last Land Battle in the War from 1861 to 1865." Reconstruction began immediately and prosperity followed. Factories such as the Eagle and Phenix Mills were revived and the industrialization of the town led to rapid growth; the Springer Opera House was built on 10th Street, attracting such notables as Irish writer Oscar Wilde.
The Springer is now the official State Theater of Georgia. By the time of the Spanish–American War, the city's modernization included the addition of trolleys extending to outlying neighborhoods such as Rose Hill and Lakebottom, a new water works. Mayor Lucius Chappell brought a training camp for soldiers to the area; this training camp named Camp Benning would grow into present-day Fort Benning, named for General Henry L. Benning, a native of the city. In the spring of 1866 the Ladies Memorial Association of Columbus passed a resolution to set aside one day annually to memorialize the Confederate dead; the secretary of the association, Mrs. Charles J. Williams, was directed to write a letter inviting the ladies of every Southern state to join them in the observance; the letter was written in March 1866 and sent to representatives of all of the principal cities in the South, including Atlanta, Montgomery, Richmond, St. Louis, Alexandria and New Orleans; this was the beginning of the influential work by ladies' organizations to honor the war dead.
The date for the holiday was selected by Elizabeth "Lizzie" Rutherford Ellis. She chose April 26, the first anniversary of Confederate General Johnston's final surrender to Union General Sherman at Bennett Place, North Carolina. For many in the South, that act marked the official end of the Civil War. In
Colquitt is a city in Miller County, in the southwestern portion of the U. S. state of Georgia. The population was 1,939 at the 2000 census. Colquitt is the county seat of Miller County, a role it has held since just after Miller County was created by the Georgia Legislature in 1856; the city formally incorporated on December 19, 1860, is Miller County's only incorporated municipality. Colquitt is named for U. S. Congressman and Senator, Walter Terry Colquitt; the Colquitt Town Square Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. Colquitt is located at 31°10′23″N 84°43′43″W; the city is located along U. S. Route 27, Georgia State Route 45, Georgia State Route 91 in southwestern Georgia. Colquitt is located 90 mi south of Columbus, 44 mi southwest of Albany, 57 mi northwest of Tallahassee, Florida. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.3 square miles, of which 8.2 square miles is land and 0.12% is water. There are two Colquitt Theatres in Colquitt, Georgia: The Cotton Hall Theatre is located in a former cotton warehouse at 158 East Main Street.
It is home to Swamp Gravy, the "Official Folk Life Play of Georgia". The show is produced by the Colquitt-Miller Arts Council, using upwards of sixty volunteer actors and a professional production crew. Hunter Theatre the Colquitt Theatre, is located on North 1st Street in the Hunter Building, it has undergone a renovation in recent years. In December 2003, the musical play "A Southern Christmas Carol" by award-winning playwright Rob Lauer, made its world premiere at Colquitt's Cotton Hall Theatre. Featuring a New York City-based cast of professional actors, the show was a critical and box-office success; the show was presented at Cotton Hall again in 2004 and 2005—attracting Holiday season tourists to Colquitt from throughout the south-eastern U. S. "A Southern Christmas Carol" has, in the years since, become an increasing popular Holiday season show, produced by theatres throughout the south-eastern United States. Colquitt was named Georgia's First Mural City by the state legislature, hosted the Global Mural Conference in 2010.
Colquitt is a stop on the Trail of the Whispering Giants. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 1,992 people residing in the city; the racial makeup of the city was 50.4% White, 45.9% Black, 0.2% Native American, 1.0% Asian and 0.7% from two or more races. 2.0% were Hispanic or Latino of any race. As of the census of 2000, there were 1,939 people, 772 households, 501 families residing in the city; the population density was 235.0 people per square mile. There were 868 housing units at an average density of 105.2 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 55.65% White, 43.63% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.05% from other races, 0.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.31% of the population. There were 772 households out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.4% were married couples living together, 22.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.0% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.
The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.92. In the city, the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 23.6% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, 24.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 78.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 69.8 males. The median income for a household in the city was $24,792, the median income for a family was $31,413. About 21.3% of families and 26.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.0% of those under age 18 and 25.5% of those age 65 or over. Colquitt is part of the Miller County School District, it is served by: Miller County Elementary School Miller County Middle School Miller County High School Colquitt is home to the Miller County - James W. Merritt, Jr. Memorial Library; the library serves the citizens of Miller County with a collection of print and audiovisual materials. The library is located at 259 E.
Main Street in Colquitt. Peter Zack Geer, Lieutenant Governor of Georgia from 1963–1967 Brandon Miller, National Football League player with the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks Keyon Nash, professional football player with the Oakland Raiders, as well as the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe, the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts Gordie Richardson, Major League Baseball player with the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets. City of Colquitt official website of Colquitt- Miller County Chamber of Commerce Miller County - James W. Merritt, Jr. Memorial Library official website of Swamp Gravy founded by Joy Jinks Official website of Miller County liberal newspaper founded in 1897 by Zula Cook Brown Toole Miller County School System Official website of schools serving the City of Colquitt and Miller County