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Lithia Springs, Georgia
—  Unincorporated community  —
Location in Douglas County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 33°47′50″N 84°39′22″W / 33.79722°N 84.65611°W / 33.79722; -84.65611
Country United States
State Georgia
County Douglas
Area
 - Total 2.2 sq mi (5.7 km2)
 - Land 2.2 sq mi (5.7 km2)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,043 ft (318 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 2,072
 - Density 941.8/sq mi (363.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 30122
Area code(s) 770
FIPS code 13-46832[1]
GNIS feature ID 0356358[2]

Lithia Springs is an unincorporated area, formerly incorporated as city, located in northeastern Douglas County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 2,072. The city is named for its lithia water (lithium) springs.

Incorporated in 1882, Lithia Springs was dissolved the first time in 1933. Lithia Springs became incorporated again in 1994, only to be Douglas County's second completely internal municipality for seven years, until 2001.

In 2001, the citizens voted (80% yea, 20% nay) on March 20 to dissolve the city charter and de-incorporate the city, transferring all assets to the county. The referendum that ended the town was part of the settlement in a lawsuit brought by city residents charging the city should be dissolved because it didn't deliver enough services to justify its existence under state law. During its incorporation until 2001, the former city had five mayors.

Its former boundaries are the Cobb County Line to the North and East, Skyview Drive to the South, and U.S. Highway 78 and Old Beulah Rd to the west.

Some of the incorporated limits of Douglasville, Georgia occupies some of the territory within Lithia Springs, along Interstate 20, Blair Bridge Road, Lee Road and Thornton Road.

Lithia Springs is assigned the United States Postal Service zip code of 30122.

Contents

Local Parks

  • Sweetwater Creek State Park is Lithia Springs' main recreational area. The park is home to the George Sparks Reservoir, maintained by the Douglas County/ Douglasville Water and Sewer Authority. It is home to hiking trails, picnic pavilions, playgrounds and the ruins of the Manchester Mill, a mill destroyed by Sherman's Atlanta Campaign in 1864. In 2005, the remnants of Hurricane Dennis damaged the Bridge over the reservoir, the main road into and out of the park. The Bridge was rebuilt and the road was reopened in 2006. Located off Mt. Vernon Rd in Lithia Springs.
  • Woodrow Wilson Park/Lithia Springs Girls Ball Field is a small park surrounded by homes and apartments. The park is well known in the area for its location next to Sweetwater Creek. As a result, when heavy rains occur in the area, the park is prone to flooding and usually does. Located off Mt. Vernon Rd, near Skyview Dr.

Local Schools

Lithia Springs is home to 5 schools operated by the Douglas County School System.

  • Annette Winn Elementary off US. Hwy 78
  • Lithia Springs Elementary off Junior High Dr.
  • Sweetwater Elementary off E. County Line Rd.
  • Turner Middle School next to Lithia Elementary
  • Lithia Springs Comprehensive High School across the street from Sweetwater Elementary.

Library

Lithia Springs has one library.

  • Betty C. Hagler Public Library also known as Lithia Springs Public Library.

Noted Locals

Walton Goggins - Though not born in Lithia Springs, Goggins moved there at a young age and grew up in the area. He went on to win an Academy Award for his short film, The Accountant; and came to fame playing Detective Shane Vendrell on FX's The Shield.

Also from Lithia Springs is NFL star Calvin Pace. He attended Lithia Spings High School from 1994-1998. He then attended Wake Forest University and was drafted by Arizona Cardinals in the first round (18th overall) in the 2003 NFL Draft. He currently plays for the New York Jets.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,072 people, 861 households, and 607 families residing in the city. The population density was 937.6 people per square mile (362.0/km²). There were 918 housing units at an average density of 415.4/sq mi (160.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.9% White, 9.3% African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 1.35% from two or more races. 1.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 861 households out of which 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.4% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the city the population was spread out with 20.8% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,029, and the median income for a family was $42,500. Males had a median income of $32,240 versus $25,357 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,421. 10.2% of the population and 5.8% of families were below the poverty line. 3.0% of those under the age of 18 and 19.5% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

References

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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