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Madison, Georgia
—  City  —
Morgan County Courthouse (Built 1905), Madison, Georgia
Location in Morgan County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 33°35′17″N 83°28′21″W / 33.58806°N 83.4725°W / 33.58806; -83.4725Coordinates: 33°35′17″N 83°28′21″W / 33.58806°N 83.4725°W / 33.58806; -83.4725
Country United States
State Georgia
County Morgan
Area
 - Total 8.9 sq mi (23.1 km2)
 - Land 8.9 sq mi (23 km2)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 679 ft (207 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 3,636
 Density 408.5/sq mi (157.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 30650
Area code(s) 706
FIPS code 13-49196[1]
GNIS feature ID 0332303[2]

Madison is a city in Morgan County, Georgia, United States. The population was 3,636 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Morgan County. It is known regionally as "The Town Sherman Refused to Burn." Most of its nearly 100 Antebellum homes have been carefully restored, which led to Holiday Travel magazine's naming Madison "The Prettiest Small Town in America."

Madison is the birthplace of World War II naval hero Albert T. Harris.

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Geography

Madison is located at 33°35′17″N 83°28′21″W / 33.58806°N 83.4725°W / 33.58806; -83.4725 (33.588038, -83.472368)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.9 square miles (23.1 km²), of which, 8.9 square miles (22.9 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.45%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,636 people, 1,362 households, and 964 families residing in the city. The population density was 410.2 people per square mile (158.5/km²). There were 1,494 housing units at an average density of 168.5/sq mi (65.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 48.93% White, 47.83% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.99% Asian, 1.10% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.09% of the population.

There were 1,362 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.0% were married couples living together, 22.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.2% were non-families. 25.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 84.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,055, and the median income for a family was $40,265. Males had a median income of $40,430 versus $21,411 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,551. About 10.3% of families and 11.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.2% of those under age 18 and 13.3% of those age 65 or over.

Trivia

  • In 2001, Madison was voted the #1 Small Town in America by Travel Holiday Magazine.
  • It is known as "The town Sherman refused to burn", as it was spared during General Sherman's march to the sea during the Civil War. While many believe that he spared the town because it was too beautiful to burn, the actual fact is that Madison was home to pro-Union Senator Joshua Hill. Hill had ties with General Sherman's brother at West Point, so his sparing the town was more political than appreciation of its beauty. Currently, Madison has the second largest historic district in the state of Georgia (next to Macon), and tourists from all over the world come to marvel at the antebellum architecture of the homes.
  • The town has been featured in its fair share of films, including the 1977 Richard Pryor comedy Greased Lightning.
  • Madison is home to numerous art galleries and museums, including The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum. Housing the largest collection of microcars in the world, the Microcar Museum features over 300 bubble cars, which are tiny two-door vehicles with engines no greater than 300ccs. The microcar was born in Europe during the depression after World War II.

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. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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