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Griffin, Georgia
—  City  —
Nickname(s): "The Iris City"
Location in Spalding County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 33°14′51″N 84°16′15″W / 33.2475°N 84.27083°W / 33.2475; -84.27083Coordinates: 33°14′51″N 84°16′15″W / 33.2475°N 84.27083°W / 33.2475; -84.27083
Country United States
State Georgia
County Spalding
 - Total 14.6 sq mi (37.8 km2)
 - Land 14.5 sq mi (37.6 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 978 ft (298 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 23,451
 Density 1,606.2/sq mi (620.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 30223-30224
Area code(s) 770
FIPS code 13-35324[1]
GNIS feature ID 0356111[2]

Griffin is a city in Spalding County, Georgia, United States. The population was 23,451 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Spalding County[3]. Western legend Doc Holliday who fought with Wyatt Earp at the OK Corral, was born and established his dental practice in Griffin before moving west for health reasons. The poet Sydney Lanier was born in Griffin. Both Doc Holliday and Sydney Lanier were baptized in the First Presbyterian Church of Griffin.



Griffin is located at 33°14′51″N 84°16′15″W / 33.2475°N 84.27083°W / 33.2475; -84.27083 (33.247602, -84.270891)[4]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.6 square miles (37.8 km²), of which, 14.5 square miles (37.6 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.55%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 23,451 people, 8,876 households, and 5,955 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,615.0 people per square mile (623.6/km²). There were 9,636 housing units at an average density of 663.6/sq mi (256.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 46.98% White, 49.88% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.99% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.98% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.22% of the population.

There were 8,876 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.1% were married couples living together, 24.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.7% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 86.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,088, and the median income for a family was $33,963. Males had a median income of $30,488 versus $21,352 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,563. About 17.7% of families and 21.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.4% of those under age 18 and 16.0% of those age 65 or over.

Citizens of Note

Doc Holliday was born in Griffin.

The Hall of Fame offensive tackle Rayfield Wright was born in Griffin.

Thomas Jefferson Byrd III, a veteran actor of Screen and Stage, starred in such movies as "Set it off," "Ray," "He Got Game" and countless others. Some of his stage credits include "Spunk," "Home," "The Piano Lesson" and Ma Rainey's "Black Bottom" were in 2006 he returned to the role of Toledo while making his Broadway debut alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Charles Dutton. He also has appeared in numerous T.V shows and made for T.V movies.

Wyomia Tyus, was an American athlete and the first woman to retain the Olympic title in the 100 m was born in Griffin.

Josh Pace - Played guard for Syracuse University during the school's first National Championship in 2003. Currently, he plays professional basketball overseas.

Willie Gault (born September 5, 1960) is a former American football wide receiver and Olympic athlete. Gault played in the National Football League for 11 seasons for the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Raiders.

Jessie Tuggle - Former American football linebacker. Played his entire career with the Atlanta Falcons. Played American football at Valdosta State University after graduating from Griffin High School

Tim Beckham, first overall pick in the 2008 Major League Baseball draft, was born in Griffin and attended Griffin High School.

Nic Clemons, American football defensive end for the Denver Broncos.

Chris Clemons, is an American football defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles. Brother of Nic Clemons.

Charlie Clemons- played American football for several different National Football League teams. He was a member of the St. Louis Rams team that won Super Bowl XXXIV Uncle of Nic Clemons and Chris Clemons.

Sherrod Martin, (defensive back), is an American football defensive back for the Carolina Panthers.

Jan Kemp, academic who exposed the bias of passing college football players at the University of Georgia.

The Return, Beatles tribute band. They have recorded at the historic Abbey Road Studio in London England and performed at the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool England and Tokyo Japan.

Jody Breeze, Famous Rapper that is from Griffin. He does a lot of music with Gucci Mane, Gorilla Zoe, Boyz N Da Hood.{

Sydney Lanier, poet, lawyer in Macon Georgia, and musician was born in Griffin. He wrote the poem, "Corn" in Sunnyside, Georgia, several miles north of Griffin.

Jack Flynt, lawyer and U.S. Congressman from Spalding County, was born in Griffin.

Arthur K. Bolton, lawyer and Georgia Attorney General was born in Griffin.

Military service


Spanish American War

  • Griffin raised two batteries of Field Artillery for the Spanish-American War, Batteries A and B, Georgia Volunteer Light Artillery, which was organized as follows:
  • Mustered In: 13-15 May 1898 at Griffin, Georgia
  • Mustered Out: 17 October 1898 at Griffin, Georgia
  • Mustered In:
Officers: 8
Enlisted Men: 246
  • Mustered Out:
Officers: 7
Enlisted Men: 308
  • Total Number Accounted for on Muster Out Roll:
Officers: 8
Enlisted Men: 333
  • One of the Officers resigned before the unit was mustered out. Three of the Enlisted Men transferred to other units, six were discharged for disability, ten were discharged for various reasons, two died of disease, and four deserted.
  • Neither unit actually left Griffin.


Griffin in fiction

  • Griffin has also been featured in several movies, including Driving Miss Daisy and The Fighting Temptations.
  • Griffin is also the location of the campaign "Dark Carnival" in the video game Left 4 Dead 2, in which players traverse a fictional abandoned amusement park in a zombie apocalypse.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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