Thomasville, Georgia

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Thomasville, Georgia
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Nickname(s): 
"T-Ville", The City of Roses, The Rose City, Beacon Hills (original name)
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Location in Thomas County and the state of Georgia
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Thomasville, Georgia
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 30°50′11″N83°58′42″W / 30.83639°N 83.97833°W / 30.83639; -83.97833 Coordinates: 30°50′11″N83°58′42″W / 30.83639°N 83.97833°W / 30.83639; -83.97833
Country United States
State Georgia
County Thomas
Area
   City 31.6 sq mi (38.7 km2)
  Land30.9 sq mi (38.5 km2)
  Water0.1 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Elevation
279 ft (85 m)
Population
 (2010)
   City 18,413
  Estimate 
(2018) [1]
18,537
  Density1,215/sq mi (469.3/km2)
   Metro
45,000
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
31700-31799
Area code(s) 229
FIPS code 13-76224 [2]
GNIS feature ID0333216 [3]
Website http://www.thomasvillega.com
https://thomasville.org/

Thomasville is the county seat of Thomas County, Georgia, United States. The population was 18,413 at the 2010 United States Census, making it the second largest city in southwest Georgia after Albany. [4]

A county seat is an administrative center, seat of government, or capital city of a county or civil parish. The term is used in Canada, China, Romania, Taiwan and the United States. County towns have a similar function in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, and historically in Jamaica.

Thomas County, Georgia U.S. county in Georgia

Thomas County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census the population was 44,720. The county seat is Thomasville.

Southwest Georgia

Southwest Georgia is a fourteen-county region in the U.S. state of Georgia. It has a 2010 census population of 496,433, and is the least populated region in Georgia, just slightly behind Southeast Georgia. Additionally, the area has historically been the poorest region of the state since at least 1995, when over 25% of the residents were in poverty.

Contents

The city deems itself the "City of Roses" and holds an annual Rose Festival. The city features plantations open to the public, a historic downtown, a large farmer's market, and an oak tree from about 1680 at the corner of Monroe and Crawford streets. [5]

The Big Oak

The Big Oak is a large live oak located in Thomasville, Georgia, in the United States at the corner of Crawford Street and Monroe Street. The Big Oak is one of many historic landmarks located in Thomasville. The Big Oak was one of the earliest trees registered with the Live Oak Society. Registered by P.C. Andrews in 1936, the Big Oak was the forty-ninth live oak registered. At the time of registration, the Big Oak's girth was 21 feet 6 inches.

History

Thomasville was founded in 1825 as seat of the newly formed Thomas County. It was incorporated as a town in 1831 and as a city in 1889. The community was named for Jett Thomas, a general in the War of 1812. [6]

Jett Thomas was an American military officer and builder.

War of 1812 32-month military conflict between the United States and the British Empire

The War of 1812 was a conflict fought between the United States and the United Kingdom, with their respective allies, from June 1812 to February 1815. Historians in Britain often see it as a minor theatre of the Napoleonic Wars; historians in the United States and Canada see it as a war in its own right.

Rose Festival

Thomasville plants and maintains more than 1,000 roses located throughout the city, as do a number of residents who have their own rose gardens. During the last week of April, rose growers from all over the world display their prize roses for a panel of judges. The Thomasville Rose Garden at Cherokee Lake Park is the largest of 85 rose beds maintained by the city, and is host to the annual rose festival. [7]

Rose Genus of plants

A rose is a woody perennial flowering plant of the genus Rosa, in the family Rosaceae, or the flower it bears. There are over three hundred species and thousands of cultivars. They form a group of plants that can be erect shrubs, climbing, or trailing, with stems that are often armed with sharp prickles. Flowers vary in size and shape and are usually large and showy, in colours ranging from white through yellows and reds. Most species are native to Asia, with smaller numbers native to Europe, North America, and northwestern Africa. Species, cultivars and hybrids are all widely grown for their beauty and often are fragrant. Roses have acquired cultural significance in many societies. Rose plants range in size from compact, miniature roses, to climbers that can reach seven meters in height. Different species hybridize easily, and this has been used in the development of the wide range of garden roses.

Culture

Thomasville is home to several historic and cultural organizations, including the Thomas County Historical Society and Museum of History, Thomasville Landmarks, Inc. [8] the Thomasville Center for the Arts, the Jack Hadley Black History Museum, and Pebble Hill Plantation. Daily tours and research hours are available at each institution.

Jack Hadley American military official and museum curator

James Roosevelt "Jack" Hadley is the founder and curator of the Jack Hadley Black History Museum in Thomasville, Georgia. He formerly served in the United States Air Force.

Pebble Hill Plantation United States historic place

Pebble Hill Plantation is a plantation and museum located near Thomasville, Georgia. The plantation is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2016, Thomasville was featured as the second-best historic small town in USA Today on one of the paper's 10 Best Lists, runner up to Bisbee, Arizona—coming in ahead of Abingdon, Virginia, Mackinac Island, and Astoria, Oregon. [9]

<i>USA Today</i> American national daily newspaper

USA Today is an internationally distributed American daily, middle-market newspaper that serves as the flagship publication of its owner, the Gannett Company. Founded by Al Neuharth on September 15, 1982, it operates from Gannett's corporate headquarters on Jones Branch Drive, in McLean, Virginia. It is printed at 37 sites across the United States and at five additional sites internationally. Its dynamic design influenced the style of local, regional, and national newspapers worldwide, through its use of concise reports, colorized images, informational graphics, and inclusion of popular culture stories, among other distinct features.

Bisbee, Arizona City in Arizona, United States

Bisbee is a city and the county seat of Cochise County in the southeast of Arizona, United States, 92 miles (148 km) southeast of Tucson and 11 miles (18 km) north of the Mexican border. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town was 5,575.

Abingdon, Virginia Town in Virginia, United States

Abingdon is a town in Washington County, Virginia, United States, 133 miles (214 km) southwest of Roanoke. The population was 8,191 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Washington County. The town encompasses several historically significant sites and features a fine arts and crafts scene centered on the galleries and museums along Main Street.

Geography

Thomasville is located at 30°50′11″N83°58′42″W / 30.83639°N 83.97833°W / 30.83639; -83.97833 (30.836444, -83.978199). [10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.9 square miles (39 km2), of which 14.9 square miles (39 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.40%) is water. It is the second largest city in Southwest Georgia after Albany. The city has three U.S. Routes: 19, 84 and 319. It is located 34 miles northeast of Tallahassee, Florida, 28 miles southwest of Moultrie, 43 miles west of Valdosta, 95 miles east of Dothan, Alabama, 59 miles south of Albany and 22 miles north of Monticello, Florida.

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Thomasville has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. [11]

Climate data for Thomasville, Georgia
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °F (°C)86
(30)
86
(30)
96
(36)
96
(36)
102
(39)
104
(40)
106
(41)
104
(40)
106
(41)
97
(36)
89
(32)
85
(29)
106
(41)
Average high °F (°C)63
(17)
68
(20)
73
(23)
79
(26)
86
(30)
90
(32)
92
(33)
91
(33)
87
(31)
81
(27)
73
(23)
65
(18)
79
(26)
Average low °F (°C)39
(4)
42
(6)
47
(8)
53
(12)
61
(16)
69
(21)
71
(22)
71
(22)
67
(19)
57
(14)
49
(9)
41
(5)
56
(13)
Record low °F (°C)5
(−15)
11
(−12)
19
(−7)
30
(−1)
41
(5)
48
(9)
56
(13)
53
(12)
37
(3)
26
(−3)
11
(−12)
8
(−13)
5
(−15)
Average precipitation inches (mm)4.80
(122)
4.88
(124)
5.67
(144)
3.08
(78)
3.00
(76)
5.84
(148)
5.68
(144)
5.72
(145)
4.52
(115)
3.02
(77)
3.44
(87)
3.65
(93)
53.3
(1,353)
Source: The Weather Channel [12]

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1870 1,651
1880 2,55554.8%
1890 5,514115.8%
1900 5,322−3.5%
1910 6,72726.4%
1920 8,19621.8%
1930 11,73343.2%
1940 12,6838.1%
1950 14,42413.7%
1960 18,24626.5%
1970 18,155−0.5%
1980 18,4631.7%
1990 17,457−5.4%
2000 18,1624.0%
2010 18,4131.4%
Est. 201818,537 [1] 0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census [13]

As of the census [2] of 2000, there were 18,162 people, 7,021 households, and 4,654 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,221.4 people per square mile (471.6/km²). There were 7,788 housing units at an average density of 523.7 per square mile (202.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 55.39% African American, 42.83% White, 0.23% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.28% of the population.

There were 7,021 households out of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.7% were married couples living together, 22.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the city, the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,926, and the median income for a family was $37,606. Males had a median income of $28,331 versus $12,312 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,910. About 15.1% of families and 19.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.1% of those under age 18 and 21.0% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Thomasville City School District

The Thomasville City School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of three elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. [14] The district has 204 full-time teachers and over 3,107 students. [15]

Thomas County School District

The Thomas County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of three elementary schools, a middle school, and two high schools, Thomas County Central and Bishop Hall Charter School. [16] The district has 329 full-time teachers and over 5,466 students. [17]

Private schools

Higher education

Economy

The bakery company Flowers Foods is based in Thomasville. Senior Life Insurance Company is based in Thomasville.

Municipal broadband network

The city has installed a fiber optic network, known as CNS, which provides affordable, high speed Internet access. The city's network has been in place since 1999. The city transfers excess revenues from CNS services and from its other utilities to the city's general fund to pay for police and fire protection, street maintenance, and other essential services. In 2012, because of these revenues, the city was able to eliminate property fire tax for its residents and businesses. [20]

Newspaper

Radio

The film Cars 3 is set partially in Thomasville.

Notable people

See also

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