Thomaston, Georgia

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City of Thomaston
Thomaston-Upson County Government Administration Complex.jpg
Thomaston-Upson County Government Administration Complex
Motto(s): 
"One of the Best 100 Towns" [1]
Upson County Georgia Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Thomaston Highlighted.svg
Location in Upson County and the state of Georgia.
Coordinates: 32°54′N84°20′W / 32.900°N 84.333°W / 32.900; -84.333 Coordinates: 32°54′N84°20′W / 32.900°N 84.333°W / 32.900; -84.333
Country United States
State Georgia
County Upson
Area
[2]
  Total9.74 sq mi (25.22 km2)
  Land9.53 sq mi (24.69 km2)
  Water0.20 sq mi (0.53 km2)
Elevation
784 ft (239 m)
Population
 (2010)
  Total9,170
  Estimate 
(2019) [3]
8,752
  Density918.07/sq mi (354.49/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
30286
Area code(s) 706
FIPS code 13-76168 [4]
GNIS feature ID0324093 [5]
Website Official City of Thomaston, Georgia Government Website

Thomaston is a city in and the county seat of Upson County, [6] Georgia, United States. [7] The population was 9,170 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of and is included in the Thomaston, Georgia Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Atlanta - Sandy Springs (GA) - Gainesville (GA) - Alabama (partial) Combined Statistical Area.

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History

Upson County Courthouse built in 1908 in Thomaston, Georgia. Upson County Courthouse (West face).JPG
Upson County Courthouse built in 1908 in Thomaston, Georgia.

Thomaston was incorporated on January 1, 1825, [8] and designated as the seat of Upson County. The town was named for General Jett Thomas, an Indian fighter in the War of 1812. [9]

Geography

Thomaston is located near the center of Upson County at 32.90 N, -84.333333 W (32° 54′ 0″ N, 84° 20′ 0″ W) [10] . The city is located in the west central Piedmont region of the state.

U.S. Route 19 is the main north-south route through the city, leading north 16 mi (26 km) to Zebulon and south 28 mi (45 km) to Butler. Georgia State Routes 36 and 74 are the main east-west routes through the city. GA-36 leads northeast 17 mi (27 km) to Barnesville and southwest 18 mi (29 km) to Woodland. GA-74 leads east 12 mi (19 km) to Yatesville and northwest 19 mi (31 km) to Woodbury.

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1880 570
1890 1,181107.2%
1900 1,71445.1%
1910 1,645−4.0%
1920 2,50252.1%
1930 4,92296.7%
1940 6,39629.9%
1950 6,5802.9%
1960 9,33641.9%
1970 10,0247.4%
1980 9,682−3.4%
1990 9,127−5.7%
2000 9,4113.1%
2010 9,170−2.6%
Est. 20198,752 [3] −4.6%
U.S. Decennial Census [11]

As of the census [4] of 2000, there were 9,411 people, 3,862 households, and 2,386 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,039.4 people per square mile (401.5/km2). There were 4,152 housing units at an average density of 458.6 per square mile (177.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 62.75% White, 35.30% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.77% of the population.

There were 3,862 households, out of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.0% were married couples living together, 21.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.2% were non-families. 35.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 25.3% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 20.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 77.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 71.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,695, and the median income for a family was $33,093. Males had a median income of $31,168 versus $20,420 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,193. About 18.4% of families and 22.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.3% of those under age 18 and 13.9% of those age 65 or over.

Health Care

Its principal hospital is the Upson Regional Medical Center at 801 West Gordon Street.

Industry

Industry in the city is driven primarily by manufacturing which makes up 36.5%. The second largest industry is educational, health, and social service comprising 21.0%. The third largest industry is retail trade at 11.6% of the total industry in Thomaston. The remaining portions of industry include agriculture, construction,wholesale trade, transportation, information, finance, management, administration, arts and entertainment, food service, recreation, accommodation, and public administration.

Arts and culture

Historical mural on Gordon St. Mural on Gordon St. in Thomaston, GA.JPG
Historical mural on Gordon St.

National Register of Historic Places

The Upson County courthouse was built in 1908, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. [12]

Annual events

Thomaston hosts an annual Emancipation Proclamation Celebration each May. It is the nation's oldest and longest running emancipation celebration of its kind. [8]

Parks and recreation

Education

Thomaston-Upson County School District

The Thomaston-Upson County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of two elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. [13] The district has 279 full-time teachers and over 5,009 students. [14]

Colleges and universities

Southern Crescent Technical College is located in Thomaston, and is a two-year technical school. [15] [16]

Notable people

John Brown Gordon portrait by Mathew Brady. John Brown Gordon - Brady-Handy.jpg
John Brown Gordon portrait by Mathew Brady.

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