- Fitzgerald, Georgia
official_name = Fitzgerald, Georgia, USA
mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location in Ben Hill County and the state of Georgia
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = Georgia
subdivision_type2 = Counties
subdivision_name2 = Ben Hill, Irwin
leader_name = Gerald H. Thompson
area_magnitude = 1 E9
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 18.9
area_land_km2 = 18.8
area_water_km2 = 0.0
area_total_sq_mi = 7.3
area_land_sq_mi = 7.2
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 8,758
population_density_km2 = 466.4
population_density_sq_mi = 1208.8
timezone = EST
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
latd = 31 |latm = 42 |lats = 56 |latNS = N
longd = 83 |longm = 15 |longs = 23 |longEW = W
elevation_m = 110
elevation_ft = 361
postal_code = 31750
area_code = 229
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 13-29528GR|2
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0355809GR|3
website = http://www.fitzgeraldga.org/main.html
Fitzgerald is a
cityin Ben Hill and Irwin Counties in the U.S. stateof Georgia, and the county seatof Ben Hill County.GR|6 The population was 8,758 at the 2000 census. Fitzgerald is the principal city of the Fitzgerald Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Ben Hill and Irwin counties.
It was created in 1895, as a community for Civil War veterans by
Indianapolisnewspaper editor Philander H. Fitzgerald, a former drummer boy in the Union army. Ironically, the town is located less than 15 miles from the site of the capture of Confederate president Jefferson Davison May 10, 1865.
In recent years, the unofficial, and sometimes controversial
mascotof the city has become the Red Junglefowl, a wild chicken native to the Indian subcontinent. In the late 1960s, a small number were released into the woods surrounding the city and have thrived to this day.
Fitzgerald is also home to the famous Dorminy-Massee Bed and Breakfast. Built in 1915 by J. J. (Captain Jack) Dorminy for his family, this two-story, colonial-style home is now listed on the
National Register of Historic Places. The bed and breakfast features eight bedrooms, each with a private bath, an elegant living room and parlor, and spacious grounds. The Inn is within walking distance of Fitzgerald's historic downtown area, as well as, The Blue and Gray Museum.
Fitzgerald is located at coor dms|31|42|56|N|83|15|23|W|city (31.715432, -83.256464)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.3 square miles (18.9 km²), of which, 7.2 square miles (18.8 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.55%) is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 8,758 people, 3,448 households, and 2,210 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 1,208.8 people per square mile (466.4/km²). There were 3,968 housing units at an average density of 547.7/sq mi (211.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 49.27% African American, 47.27% White, 0.18% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 2.28% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.43% of the population.
There were 3,448 households out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.3% were married couples living together, 23.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% 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 3.12.
In the city the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 83.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $20,805, and the median income for a family was $26,577. Males had a median income of $26,674 versus $17,211 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $12,775. About 26.7% of families and 31.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 45.8% of those under age 18 and 22.1% of those age 65 or over.
Well-known natives include
World War IIhero Ray Davis, 1936 Summer Olympicstrack star Forrest Towns, authors Brainard Cheneyand Frances Mayes, recently inducted member of the Tap Dance Hall of Fame Charles Greene, and Miss Georgia2007 Leah Massee. Gerald Thompson, the city's mayor, currently holds the distinction as the longest serving mayor in the state of Georgia, in office since 1968.
* [http://www.fitzgeraldga.org/main.html Fitzgerald's Official Website]
* [http://www.fitzgeraldga.org/map.html Page describing original design of Fitzgerald]
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