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Winder (pronounced WINE-der)[5] is a city in Barrow County, Georgia, United States. It is located east of Atlanta and is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. The population was 14,099 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Barrow County.[6]

Winder, Georgia
Barrow County Courthouse
Barrow County Courthouse
Motto(s): 
"City of Opportunity"[1]
Location in Barrow County and the state of Georgia
Location in Barrow County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 33°59′47″N 83°43′15″W / 33.99639°N 83.72083°W / 33.99639; -83.72083Coordinates: 33°59′47″N 83°43′15″W / 33.99639°N 83.72083°W / 33.99639; -83.72083
CountryUnited States
StateGeorgia
CountyBarrow
Area
 • Total12.9 sq mi (33.5 km2)
 • Land12.4 sq mi (32.2 km2)
 • Water0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
Elevation
988 ft (301 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total14,099
 • Estimate 
(2018)[2]
17,029
 • Density1,136/sq mi (438.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
30680
Area code(s)470/678/770
FIPS code13-83420[3]
GNIS feature ID0325442[4]
Websitewww.cityofwinder.com

HistoryEdit

The Georgia General Assembly incorporated Winder in 1893.[7] The community was named after John H. Winder, a railroad builder.[8]

The first Jameson Inn opened in Winder in 1987.[9]

GeographyEdit

Winder is located in central Barrow County at 33°59′47″N 83°43′15″W / 33.99639°N 83.72083°W / 33.99639; -83.72083 (33.996495, -83.720873).[10] It is 20 miles (32 km) west of Athens and 50 miles (80 km) northeast of downtown Atlanta.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.9 square miles (33.5 km2), of which 12.4 square miles (32.2 km2) is land and 0.50 square miles (1.3 km2), or 3.97%, is water.[5]

TransportationEdit

Major roadsEdit

Pedestrians and cyclingEdit

There are limited walkability options available currently. However, neighboring Clarke, Gwinnett and Hall counties have accessible trails available.

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
1890202
19001,145466.8%
19102,443113.4%
19203,33536.5%
19303,288−1.4%
19403,97420.9%
19504,60415.9%
19605,55520.7%
19706,60518.9%
19806,7051.5%
19907,37310.0%
200010,20138.4%
201014,09938.2%
Est. 201817,029[2]20.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

As of the census of 2010, there were 14,391 people, 4,693 households, and 3,599 families residing in the city. The population density was 941.5 people per square mile (363.3/km²). There were 4,098 housing units at an average density of 378.2 per square mile (146.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 71.8% White, 18.2% African American, 0.25% Native American, 2.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.72% from other races, and 2.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.8% of the population.

There were 4,693 households out of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.7% were married couples living together, 17.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the city, the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 19.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,924, and the median income for a family was $40,896. Males had a median income of $31,371 versus $21,736 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,108. About 10.3% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.3% of those under age 18 and 16.8% of those age 65 or over.

It has a variety of retail establishments and restaurants, especially in a new trade area that was recently annexed into the City known as The Gateway. "The Gateway" at University Parkway is a 130-acre retail development that's home of AMC (Previously Carmike) Gateway Cinemas and multiple restaurants and retail establishments. University Parkway. In November 2011, Winder residents approved Sunday alcohol sales, becoming one of the first cities in Georgia to lift the ban.[12]

Arts and cultureEdit

National Register of Historic PlacesEdit

The county courthouse in Winder was built in 1920, and is listed under the National Register of Historic Places.[13]

MuseumsEdit

The Barrow County Museum is located in the old Barrow County Jail, built around 1915. It features a hanging tower and jail cells.[13]

EducationEdit

Public schoolsEdit

Public schools are part of the Barrow County School District and include Winder-Barrow High School. The district consists of eight elementary schools, four middle schools, and two high schools.[14] The district has 610 full-time teachers and over 9,362 students.[15] The following is a list of schools featured in Winder.

  • Holsenbeck Elementary School
  • Kennedy Elementary School
  • Yargo Elementary School
  • Westside Middle School
  • Richard B. Russell Middle School
  • Haymon-Morris Middle School
  • Winder-Barrow High School
  • Apalachee High School
  • Sims Academy of Innovation and Technology

Former Schools

  • Winder-Barrow Middle School (closed 2013)
  • Snodon Preparatory School (closed 2014)

Private schoolsEdit

  • Bethlehem Christian Academy
  • B.C.C.A Barrow County Christian Academy

Colleges and universitiesEdit

  • Lanier Technical College - (Winder-Barrow Campus)[16]

MayorsEdit

  • David Maynard, 2012–present
  • Chip Thompson, 2008-2012
  • Buddy Ouzts, 1991-2007
  • William Landress, 1987-1990
  • John Mobley Jr., 1980-1986
  • Donald Duke, 1980
  • C.A. Rutledge, 1975-1979
  • Bill Harwell, 1969 - 1974
  • 'C.A. Rutledge, 1961 - 1968
  • John P. Kelley, Sr., 1957 - 1960
  • J. Guy Ouzts, 1953 - 1956
  • John W. Robinson, 1949 - 1952
  • R.L. Eavenson, 1947 - 1948
  • Marion Lay, 1943 - 1946
  • H.T. Flanagan, 1941 - 1942
  • Unknown, 1937 - 1941
  • H.T. Flanagan, 1933 - 1936
  • John W. Carrington, Jr., 1931 - 1932
  • W.B. McCants, 1927 - 1930
  • George Thompson, 1923 - 1926
  • George N. Bagwell, 1921 - 1922
  • John H. Maynard, 1918 - 1920
  • Lucius A. House, 1917
  • W.O. Perry, 1915 - 1916
  • C.M. Ferguson, 1914 - 1918
  • Julian J. Wilson, 1911 - 1912
  • Robert L. Carithers, 1909 - 1910
  • Unknown, 1904 - 1908
  • Albert A. Camp, 1903
  • Lewis C. Russell, 1902
  • Dr. J.C. Delaperriere, 1890 - 1901
  • H.S. Segars, 1890
  • Unknown, 1887 - 1889
  • H.D. Jackson, 1886
  • N.J. Kelly, 1885

In popular cultureEdit

The town of Winder is referred to in the B-52s' song "Hot Corner". It is also referenced in the rap group, Migos, song “John Wick” .

Actor James Wolk and Elizabeth Jae Lynch, a schoolteacher, met in Winder in the summer of 2009, while volunteering at Camp Twitch and Shout. They began dating shortly afterward, and in June 2015 the two were married.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "City of Winder Georgia". City of Winder Georgia. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". 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): Winder city, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  7. ^ "Winder". GeorgiaGov. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  8. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 255. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  9. ^ "About Us". Jamesoninns.com.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  12. ^ FOX. "FOX 5 Atlanta - Breaking Atlanta News, Weather, SKYFOX Traffic - WAGA". WAGA.
  13. ^ a b "Winder". Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  14. ^ Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved June 3, 2010.
  15. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 3, 2010.
  16. ^ Lanier Technical College, Retrieved June 3, 2010.
  17. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2312345/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

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