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Willacoochee, Georgia

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Willacoochee, Georgia
Willacoochee City Hall and Police Department
Willacoochee City Hall and Police Department
Motto(s): 
Where good people live
Location in Atkinson County and the state of Georgia
Location in Atkinson County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 31°20′7″N 83°2′47″W / 31.33528°N 83.04639°W / 31.33528; -83.04639
CountryUnited States
StateGeorgia
CountyAtkinson
IncorporatedNovember 12, 1889
Area
 • Total3.82 sq mi (9.90 km2)
 • Land3.82 sq mi (9.89 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
240 ft (73 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total1,391
 • Estimate 
(2019)[2]
1,354
 • Density354.45/sq mi (136.85/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
31650
Area code(s)912
FIPS code13-82972[3]
GNIS feature ID0333429[4]
Websitewww.willacoochee.com

Willacoochee is a city in Atkinson County, Georgia, United States, along the Alapaha River. The population was 1,391 at the 2010 census.[5]

History

The Georgia General Assembly incorporated Willacoochee as a town in 1889.[6] Willacoochee is a name derived from the Creek language meaning "home of the wildcats".[7]

Geography

Willacoochee is located at 31°20′7″N 83°2′47″W / 31.33528°N 83.04639°W / 31.33528; -83.04639 (31.335175, -83.046381).[8]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.9 km2), all land.[5]

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890398
190047118.3%
1910960103.8%
19201,21126.1%
19301,006−16.9%
1940903−10.2%
19509879.3%
19601,0617.5%
19701,1205.6%
19801,1664.1%
19901,2053.3%
20001,43419.0%
20101,391−3.0%
2019 (est.)1,354[2]−2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,434 people, 526 households, and 369 families residing in the city. The population density was 378.0 people per square mile (146.1/km2). There were 655 housing units at an average density of 172.7 per square mile (66.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 49.79% White, 39.40% African American, 0.49% Asian, 8.65% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.76% of the population.

There were 526 households, out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.0% were married couples living together, 18.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% were non-families. 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 30.3% under the age of 18, 11.2% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $20,871, and the median income for a family was $25,536. Males had a median income of $21,603 versus $17,115 for females. The per capita income for the city was $9,301. About 23.6% of families and 29.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.6% of those under age 18 and 35.0% of those age 65 or over.

In media

In The Steve Harvey Show, gym teacher Cedric Jackie Robinson's mother owned land in Willacoochee. In the movie Renaissance Man, Mark Wahlberg's character was from Willacoochee. In the movie Jungle Fever, Rev. Purify (played by Ossie Davis), Flipper Purify's (played by Wesley Snipes) father, makes reference to being born in Willacoochee. In the movie Beauty Shop, a customer, Mrs. Towner made a reference to Willacoochee while spelling out her name. Humorist Lewis Grizzard talked about the No Name Bar in Willacoochee. In Love Victor, high school students Victor Salazar and Benji Campbell took a road trip to Willacoochee to have an espresso machine repaired by a shop in Willacoochee, which was the only place the could repair this specific espresso machine.

Photos

References

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Willacoochee city, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  6. ^ Acts Passed by the General Assembly of Georgia. J. Johnston. 1889. p. 1006.
  7. ^ Nestor, Sandy (7 May 2015). Indian Placenames in America. McFarland. p. 50. ISBN 978-0-7864-9339-5.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.

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