Watkinsville, Georgia

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Watkinsville, Georgia
Oconee County Georgia Courthouse.jpg
Oconee County Courthouse in Watkinsville, Georgia
Oconee County Georgia Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Watkinsville Highlighted.svg
Location in Oconee County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 33°51′46″N83°24′29″W / 33.86278°N 83.40806°W / 33.86278; -83.40806 Coordinates: 33°51′46″N83°24′29″W / 33.86278°N 83.40806°W / 33.86278; -83.40806
Country United States
State Georgia
County Oconee
Area
  Total3.2 sq mi (8.3 km2)
  Land3.2 sq mi (8.3 km2)
  Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
719 ft (219 m)
Population
 (2010)
  Total2,832
  Estimate 
(2016) [1]
2,863
  Density654/sq mi (252.7/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
30677
Area code(s) 706
FIPS code 13-80788 [2]
GNIS feature ID0333373 [3]
Website http://cityofwatkinsville.com/

Watkinsville is the largest town and county seat of Oconee County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the town had a total population of 2,832. [4] It served as the seat of Clarke County until 1872 when the county seat of that county was moved to Athens, a move which ultimately led to the creation of Oconee County in 1875. It is included in the Athens-Clarke County, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Oconee County, Georgia County in the United States

Oconee County is a county located in the northeastern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 32,808. The county seat is Watkinsville.

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 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.

Census Acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population

A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. This term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common censuses include traditional culture, business, supplies, and traffic censuses. The United Nations defines the essential features of population and housing censuses as "individual enumeration, universality within a defined territory, simultaneity and defined periodicity", and recommends that population censuses be taken at least every 10 years. United Nations recommendations also cover census topics to be collected, official definitions, classifications and other useful information to co-ordinate international practices.

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Geography

Watkinsville is located at 33°51′46″N83°24′29″W / 33.86278°N 83.40806°W / 33.86278; -83.40806 (33.862818, -83.408094). [5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2), of which 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2) is land and 0.31% is water.

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.

Transportation

Major roads

Georgia State Route 15 highway in Georgia

State Route 15 (SR 15) is a 346-mile-long (557 km) state highway that travels south-to-north across the entire length of the U.S. state of Georgia, east of its centerline. It connects the Florida state line, south-southeast of Folkston with the North Carolina state line, in Dillard, via Folkston, Vidalia, Sandersville, Athens, Demorest, and Clayton.

Georgia State Route 24 highway in Georgia

State Route 24 (SR 24) is a 221.8-mile-long (357.0 km) state highway that travels south-to-north in an S-shaped curve through portions of Bulloch, Screven, Burke, Jefferson, Washington, Baldwin, Putnam, Morgan, and Oconee counties in the east-central part of the U.S. state of Georgia. The highway connects Statesboro with the Watkinsville area, via Waynesboro, Louisville, Sandersville, Milledgeville, Eatonton, and Madison.

Georgia State Route 53 Highway in Georgia

State Route 53 (SR 53) is a 172.146-mile-long (277.042 km) west-to-east state highway located in the northern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. The highway travels from the Alabama state line west of Cave Spring northeast, then east, then southeast to US 129 Bus./US 441 Bus./SR 15/SR 24 Bus. in Watkinsville.

Pedestrians and cycling

The city has limited walkability options available. However, since 2017 plans are being discussed to develop a multi-use trail network. A new sidewalk on VFW Drive (and a few surrounding streets) and a planned sidewalk and pedestrian bridge along Harden Hill Road have changed that perception greatly. Phase I of the construction of the Harden Hill sidewalk was recently contracted and has begun to be finished by Christmas 2019. [6]

Walkability measure of how accessible an area or space is to walking

Walkability is a measure of how friendly an area is to walking. Walkability has health, environmental, and economic benefits. Factors influencing walkability include the presence or absence and quality of footpaths, sidewalks or other pedestrian rights-of-way, traffic and road conditions, land use patterns, building accessibility, and safety, among others. Walkability is an important concept in sustainable urban design.

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1810 224
1870 643
1880 350−45.6%
1890 314−10.3%
1900 35111.8%
1910 48337.6%
1920 465−3.7%
1930 425−8.6%
1940 55831.3%
1950 66218.6%
1960 75814.5%
1970 98630.1%
1980 1,24025.8%
1990 1,60029.0%
2000 2,09731.1%
2010 2,83235.1%
Est. 20162,863 [1] 1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census [7]

As of the census [2] of 2000, there were 2,097 people, 827 households, and 578 families residing in the town. The population density was 650.6 people per square mile (251.4/km²). There were 862 housing units at an average density of 267.4 per square mile (103.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 89.08% White, 7.34% African American, 0.05% Native American, 1.62% Asian, 0.48% Pacific Islander, 0.86% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.96% of the population.

Population density A measurement of population numbers per unit area or volume

Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume; it is a quantity of type number density. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and most of the time to humans. It is a key geographical term. In simple terms population density refers to the number of people living in an area per kilometer square.

There were 827 households out of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 24.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the town, the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $45,729, and the median income for a family was $55,170. Males had a median income of $32,295 versus $26,168 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,968. About 3.8% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.9% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.

History

The Georgia General Assembly incorporated Watkinsville in 1815. [8]

Government

Watkinsville is governed by a five-person elected city council, which is led by a separately elected mayor. The current mayor is David Shearon (Georgia's first openly gay Mayor), and the current city council members are Brian Brodrick, Connie Massey, Marcia Campbell, Christine Tucker, and Daniel J. Matthews Jr. (former journalist/radio host/Remember the Titans extra Daniel J. Matthews, Jr). Matthews was elected in 2016 by a two-vote margin over Mark Melvin. All three incumbents won re-election in 2018 (Post 3's Campbell, Post 4's Tucker, and Post 5's Matthews). Shearon re-qualified to run for a second term against former State Rep. Bob Smith. Connie Massey has opposition with Jonathan Kirkpatrick in the hotly contested November 2019 municipal election. The newly appointed chief of police is Shannon Brock, formerly of St. Marys, GA, scheduled to take office at the end of July. The city clerk is Julie Sanders. The recently hired City Manager is Sharyn Dickerson, formerly an Athens-Clarke Commissioner. [9]

Education

The Oconee County School District provides primary and secondary public education services for all residents of Watkinsville. [10] The only public school within the Watkinsville city limits is Colham Ferry Elementary School.

Arts and culture

Iron Horse in Watkinsville, Georgia IronHorse.jpg
Iron Horse in Watkinsville, Georgia

Watkinsville has the unofficial motto "The Artland of Georgia" on the wall of the Community Center, as designed by the late artist Jim Shearon. [11] The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation or OCAF is located in Watkinsville in the old high school as part of the 1902 OCAF Center and Gallery near the Board of Education. The Iron Horse sculpture stands in a field approximately twelve miles south of Watkinsville (barely in Greene County). [12]

Notable people

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