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POWDER SPRINGS is a city in Cobb County , Georgia , United States. The population was 13,940 at the 2010 census , with an estimated population for 2015 of 14,826.

In 2015 the city elected its first black mayor, Al Thurman . He was the first African American to be elected as mayor in Cobb County, but was one of several elected in small towns in Georgia in 2015.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Geography * 3 Demographics * 4 Parks and recreation * 5 Education * 6 Media * 7 Notable people * 8 References * 9 External links

HISTORY

The town of Powder Springs was incorporated as SPRINGVILLE in 1838 in the lands of two Cherokee
Cherokee
Indian leaders. Gold
Gold
had been discovered in Georgia ten years earlier, and the first European-American settlers came to find gold. The settlers found little gold in the mines at Lost Mountain and off Brownsville Road. It was at about this time that the Cherokee
Cherokee
people were forced off their land and removed to Indian Territory west of the Mississippi River on the Trail of Tears
Trail of Tears
.

Springville was renamed as Powder Springs in 1859. The name was derived from the seven springs in the city limits. The water in these springs contains some 26 minerals that turn the surrounding sand black like gunpowder – hence the earlier name of Gunpowder
Gunpowder
Springs.

Civil War history includes a skirmish at Lattermore's Mills on June 20, 1864, that was a part of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain and General Sherman 's Atlanta Campaign
Atlanta Campaign
. Many slaves escaped the plantations in this area to join Sherman's forces and gain freedom.

GEOGRAPHY

Powder Springs is located in southwestern Cobb County at 33°51′57″N 84°40′49″W / 33.86583°N 84.68028°W / 33.86583; -84.68028 (33.865933, -84.680349). U.S. Route 278 (C. H. James Parkway) passes through the city west of its center, leading 5 miles (8 km) southeast to Austell and 11 miles (18 km) northwest to Dallas . Downtown Atlanta
Atlanta
is 22 miles (35 km) to the east via US 278 and Interstate 20
Interstate 20
.

According to the United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau , Powder Springs has a total area of 7.2 square miles (18.6 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2), or 0.17%, is water.

DEMOGRAPHICS

HISTORICAL POPULATION

CENSUS POP.

1890 262

1900 280

6.9%

1910 315

12.5%

1920 336

6.7%

1930 342

1.8%

1940 431

26.0%

1950 619

43.6%

1960 746

20.5%

1970 2,559

243.0%

1980 3,381

32.1%

1990 6,893

103.9%

2000 12,481

81.1%

2010 13,940

11.7%

EST. 2016 14,956

7.3%

U.S. Decennial Census
Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 12,481 people, 4,004 households, and 3,267 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,969.2 people per square mile (760.1/km²). There were 4,101 housing units at an average density of 647.0 per square mile (249.7/km²) The racial makeup of the city was 57.89% African American , 37.38% Caucasian , 0.20% Native American , 1.08% Asian , 0.06% Pacific Islander , 1.72% from other races , and 1.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.32% of the population.

There were 4,004 households out of which 50.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.2% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.4% were non-families. 14.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 3.06 and the average family size was 3.39.

In the city, the population was spread out with 33.8% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 36.9% from 25 to 44, 16.3% from 45 to 64, and 6.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 90.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $56,486, and the median income for a family was $59,392. Males had a median income of $41,345 versus $31,774 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,776. About 5.8% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line , including 11.8% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.

PARKS AND RECREATION

* Powder Springs Park * Powder Springs Trail System * Silver Comet Trail

EDUCATION

Powder Springs city hall

Powder Springs Public Schools are part of the Cobb County School District , and is home to McEachern High School , located on the site of the former Native American burial ground and the former Seventh District Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M ) School.

The late Georgia Senator Richard B. Russell attended the Seventh District A played college football at South Carolina * Pat Cannon (1904–1966), United States
United States
Representative from Florida
Florida
; born in Powder Springs * Robyn Lively (born 1972), actress; born in Powder Springs * Jason Lively (born 1967), actor, born in Powder Springs * Gregg Bishop , film director, screenwriter and producer; born in Powder Springs * Mark Lee (born 1973), guitarist for Christian rock band Third Day, born in Powder Springs * Al Thurman , businessman and politician, City
City
Council member for 13 years, first black mayor of city, elected in 2015 * Evan Engram (born 1994), tight end for New York Giants
New York Giants
, selected in first round of 2017 NFL Draft ; played college football at Ole Miss

* Kenyan Drake (born 1994), running back for Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
of National Football League
National Football League
, selected in third round of 2016 NFL Draft
2016 NFL Draft
; played college football at Alabama , where he was a three-time SEC champion (2012 , 2014 , 2015 ), a BCS national champion (2012 ), and CFP national champion (2015 ).

REFERENCES

* ^ "Official Website of Powder Springs, Georgia". Official Website of Powder Springs, Georgia. Retrieved September 4, 2012. * ^ A B "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. * ^ A B "American FactFinder". United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau . Retrieved 2008-01-31. * ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States
United States
Geological Survey . 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. * ^ A B "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Powder Springs city, Georgia". U.S. Census
Census
Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved July 29, 2014. * ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. * ^ A B Carolyn Cunningham, "Powder Springs runoff elects a new mayor and a council member", AJC, 1 December 2015; accessed 12 December 2016 * ^ A B C Timothy Pratt, "New black mayors make a difference, one Georgia town at a time", Aljazeera (US), 16 February 2016; accessed 12 December 2016 * ^ "Profile for Powder Springs, Georgia, GA". ePodunk. Retrieved September 4, 2012. * ^ georgia.gov - City
City
of Powder Springs * ^ Skirmish at Lattermore\'s Mills/Powder Springs Georgia June 20 in History * ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census
Census
Bureau . 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. * ^ " Census
Census
of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. * ^ http://www.cityofpowdersprings.org/index.aspx?NID=333 * ^ Powder Springs, GA - Official Website - Trails * ^ Silver Comet Trail, Powder Springs Trailhead Facts - Powder Springs, GA * ^ "Cobb County School District". Cobb County School District. Retrieved September 4, 2012. * ^ "Cannon, Arthur Patrick (Pat), (1904 - 1966)". Biographical Directory of the United States
United States
Congress. Retrieved September 4, 2012. * ^ Filmreference.com: Robyn Lively * ^ http://alt.coxnewsweb.com/blogs/content/shared-blogs/accessatlanta/movies/entries/2008/05/16/. Missing or empty title= (help ) * ^ " City
City
Council Members and Mayor", City
City
of Powder Springs

EXTERNAL LINKS

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