Thomson, Georgia

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Thomson, Georgia
City
Thomson, Georgia Main Street, May 2017.jpg
Thomson Main Street
McDuffie County Georgia Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Thomson Highlighted.svg
Location in McDuffie County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 33°28′2″N82°29′58″W / 33.46722°N 82.49944°W / 33.46722; -82.49944 Coordinates: 33°28′2″N82°29′58″W / 33.46722°N 82.49944°W / 33.46722; -82.49944
CountryUnited States
State Georgia
County McDuffie
Area
  Total4 sq mi (10.2 km2)
  Land4 sq mi (10.2 km2)
  Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
531 ft (162 m)
Population
 (2010)
  Total6,778
  Estimate 
(2018) [1]
6,606
  Density1,721/sq mi (664.5/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
30824
Area code(s) 706
FIPS code 13-76280 [2]
GNIS feature ID0356589 [3]
Website Thomson website

Thomson (originally called Slashes) is a city in McDuffie County, Georgia, United States. The population was 6,778 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of McDuffie County. [4] Thomson's nickname is "The Camellia City of the South", in honor of the thousands of camellia plants throughout the city. Thomson was founded in 1837 as a depot on the Georgia Railroad. It was renamed in 1853 for railroad official John Edgar Thomson and incorporated February 15, 1854 as a town and in 1870 as a city. It is part of the Augusta – Richmond County Metropolitan Statistical Area.

McDuffie County, Georgia County in the United States

McDuffie County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 21,875. The county seat is Thomson. The county was created on October 18, 1870 and named after the South Carolina governor and senator George McDuffie.

Georgia (U.S. state) U.S. state in the United States

Georgia is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. Georgia is the 24th largest in area and 8th-most populous of the 50 United States. Georgia is bordered to the north by Tennessee and North Carolina, to the northeast by South Carolina, to the southeast by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by Florida, and to the west by Alabama. The state's nicknames include the Peach State and the Empire State of the South. Atlanta, a "beta(+)" global city, is both the state's capital and largest city. The Atlanta metropolitan area, with an estimated population of 5,949,951 in 2018, is the 9th most populous metropolitan area in the United States and contains about 60% of the entire state population.

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.

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History

Thomson, originally called Slashes, was founded in 1837 as a depot on the Georgia Railroad. It was renamed in 1853 for railroad official John Edgar Thomson. [5] In 1870, Thomson was designated seat of the newly formed McDuffie County. It was incorporated as a town in 1854 and as a city in 1870. [6]

The Old Rock House, built in 1785, is said to be one of Georgia's oldest documented houses with its original design intact. Built by Thomas Ansley, the home is said to be the home of ancestors of former president Jimmy Carter.

Old Rock House (Thomson, Georgia) United States historic place

Old Rock House is a historic garrison house in Thomson, Georgia.

Jimmy Carter 39th president of the United States

James Earl Carter Jr. is an American politician and philanthropist who served as the 39th president of the United States from 1977 to 1981. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as a Georgia State Senator from 1963 to 1967 and as the 76th Governor of Georgia from 1971 to 1975. After his presidency, Carter has remained active in the private sector; in 2002, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in co-founding the Carter Center.

Geography

Thomson is located at 33°28′2″N82°29′58″W / 33.46722°N 82.49944°W / 33.46722; -82.49944 (33.467346, −82.499450). [7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.95 square miles (5.1 km2), all land.

United States Census Bureau Bureau of the United States responsible for the census and related statistics

The United States Census Bureau is a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System, responsible for producing data about the American people and economy. The Census Bureau is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and its director is appointed by the President of the United States.

Thomson is considered part of the Central Savannah River Area geographical designation.

Central Savannah River Area CSRA in Georgia South Carolina, United States

The Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) is a trading and marketing region in the U.S. states of Georgia and South Carolina, spanning thirteen counties in Georgia and eight in South Carolina. The term was coined in 1950 by C.C. McCollum, the winner of a $250 contest held by The Augusta Chronicle to generate the best name for the area. Today the initialism is so commonly used that the full name is not known to all residents. The region is located on and named after the Savannah River, which forms the border between the two states. The largest cities within the CSRA are Augusta, Georgia and Aiken, South Carolina.

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1880 700
1890 83619.4%
1900 1,15438.0%
1910 2,15186.4%
1920 2,140−0.5%
1930 1,914−10.6%
1940 3,08861.3%
1950 3,48913.0%
1960 4,52229.6%
1970 6,50343.8%
1980 7,0017.7%
1990 6,862−2.0%
2000 6,828−0.5%
2010 6,778−0.7%
Est. 20186,606 [1] −2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census [8]

As of the census [2] of 2000, there were 6,828 people, 2,609 households, and 1,792 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,726.9 people per square mile (667.4/km2). There were 2,895 housing units at an average density of 732.2 per square mile (283.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 42.38% White, 56.28% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.27% of the population.

There were 2,609 households out of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.7% were married couples living together, 28.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the city, the population was spread out with 28.6% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 81.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,179, and the median income for a family was $30,015. Males had a median income of $25,882 versus $20,607 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,976. 27.6% of the population and 23.8% of families were below the poverty line. 1.7% of those under the age of 18 and 100% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Landmarks

Education

The McDuffie County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of four elementary schools, a middle school, a high school and an alternative school. [9] The district has 262 full-time teachers and over 4,312 students. [10]

Notable people

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