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Peachtree City, Georgia
Coordinates: 33°23′56.37″N 84°34′14.24″W / 33.3989917°N 84.5706222°W / 33.3989917; -84.5706222Coordinates: 33°23′56.37″N 84°34′14.24″W / 33.3989917°N 84.5706222°W / 33.3989917; -84.5706222
Country United States
State Georgia
County Fayette
Government
 - Mayor Don Haddix
Area
 - Total 23.9 sq mi (61.9 km2)
 - Land 23.3 sq mi (60.3 km2)
 - Water 0.6 sq mi (1.6 km2)
Elevation 899 ft (274 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 31,580
 Density 1,321.3/sq mi (510.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code 30269
Area code(s) 678, 770
FIPS code 13-59724[1]
GNIS feature ID 0320310[2]
Website www.peachtree-city.org

Peachtree City is a city in Fayette County, Georgia, United States. [3] Census Estimates of 2005 indicate a population of 34,524[1]. In 2007 the city announced a plan to formally annex an unincorporated area between Georgia State Route 74 and the border with Coweta County line that is commonly referred to as "The West Village".

Contents

The city

The geographic center of Peachtree City is generally considered to be the intersection of Georgia State Route 54 and Georgia State Route 74.

Peachtree City has a system of golf cart paths which spider across the town and provide a secondary means of access to almost any destination within city limits. Many places of business have specially designated golf cart parking spaces and the Peachtree City Police Department has several golf carts that patrol along the paths. Over 9000 households own a golf cart, more than any other city in the world, and use it as an extra vehicle for local transportation. Children aged twelve or over may operate a cart on Peachtree City cart paths with a parent, grandparent or guardian in the front seat. Unaccompanied fifteen-year-olds with valid Georgia Learner's Permits are allowed to operate golf carts alone. Students at local McIntosh High School are even encouraged to drive their golf carts to school because of limited car parking. The golf cart paths are also used by bikers, joggers, and pedestrians as a safer alternative to the side of the road.

Peachtree City has a regional airport, Falcon Field, which hosts an airshow every year. The airport is also the location of a National Weather Service radar station and Weather Forecast Office, which serves 96 counties in northern and central Georgia. Peachtree City is also the city of license for WWLG (96.7 FM), a Classic Country radio station that covers the south Atlanta metro area.

Peachtree City has been designated a Foreign Trade Zone by the US Customs Service. A Foreign Trade Zone is a site in or near a U.S. Customs port of entry (in this case Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport), designated free of Customs entry procedures.

In February 2003, Golf Digest magazine discussed the traffic congestion caused by Peachtree City's golf carts in an article entitled "Golf Cart Gridlock". In July 2005, CNN/Money and Money magazine magazine ranked Peachtree City eighth on its list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the United States.[4] In July 2007 in the same award it ranked 64th.[5] In July 2009, Peachtree City was once again ranked eighth on the list.[6]

Economy

Cooper Lighting, a division of Cooper Industries, is headquartered in Peachtree City, along with Gardner-Denver, a sister company.[citation needed]

World Airways is headquartered in Peachtree City. [7]

Aventure Aviation,an international aviation and marketing support company is located in Peachtree City. Aventure Aviation was selected as the recipient of the U.S. Small Business Administration's 2009 Exporter of the Year for Georgia as well as Exporter of the Year for the Southeastern United States.

Phi Mu Sorority is headquartered in Peachtree City.[citation needed]

Hoshizaki, one of the worlds largest Ice maker companies, has its American headquarters in Peachtree City.[citation needed]

Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America (PASA) has its main operations based in Peachtree City and is the largest employer in the city. It is a major supplier of automotive audio, video and navigation systems for Honda (including its Acura luxury division), Nissan, General Motors, Toyota and Subaru.[citation needed]

Other large employers in Peachtree City's industrial park include:[citation needed]

  • TDK Corporation, a media storage device manufacturer
  • Avery Dennison, a paper product company that manufactures decals and other adhesives
  • NCR Corporation, formerly National Cash Register, a company that manufactures ATM (ABM) machines, computers and software
  • Sany, a concrete truck, and concrete pump truck company has recently had plans approved to build a new plant in the industrial park.

History

Timeline

Lake Peachtree
  • In 1957, Flat Creek was dammed to create Lake Peachtree.
  • In 1965, The Peachtree City volunteer fire department was created. The one-car Peachtree City police department was created as well. Peachtree City elementary school opened.
  • In 1972, Peachtree City was granted its own ZIP code (30269).
  • In 1974, The Peachtree City Public Library opened. The Georgia state legislature passed legislation permitting golf carts to be operated on city streets.
  • In 1975, Peachtree City was named "one of America's best suburbs" by Ladies Home Journal magazine.
  • In 1976, Peachtree City got its own telephone exchange (487). Residents then had to dial "8" to reach Atlanta, which remained the case until digital equipment was installed in 1988.
  • In 1977, The Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater was built.
  • In 1979, The first traffic light within city limits was installed at the intersection of Georgia State Route 54 and Georgia State Route 74.
  • In 1981, McIntosh High School opened.
  • In 1992, Peachtree City altered the length of the mayoral and council members´ terms of office from two to four years. Term limits were enacted to restrict both mayor and council members to a maximum of two four-year terms.
  • In 1994, The National Weather Service central office relocated from Atlanta airport.
  • In 1996, the Olympic Flame passed through on its way to Atlanta.
  • In 2001, the city was designated a "Tree City USA" by the Arbor Day Foundation.[8]
  • In 2002, Peachtree City (specifically Starr's Mill) was a filming location for the movie Sweet Home Alabama.
  • In 2005, the city was Ranked No. 8 Best Place to Live by Money (magazine).[4]
  • In 2007, the city was Ranked No. 64 Best Place to Live by Money (magazine).[5]
  • In 2009, the city was Ranked No. 8 Best Place to Live by Money (magazine).[6]

Government

The current mayor of Peachtree City is Don Haddix. Council members include Vanessa Fleisch, Eric Imker, Kim Learnard and Doug Sturbaum.

Geography

The city has a total area of 23.9 square miles (62 km2), of which 23.3 square miles (60 km2) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) (2.64%) is water.[3]

Peachtree City has two lakes. Lake Kedron to the north which is simply a reservoir that supplies Lake Peachtree to the south via Flat Creek. Lake Kedron is actually owned by the Fayette County Authority despite being completely inside Peachtree City City limits. This is done to keep Lake Peachtree full whenever there is a lack of rain and still allow for recreational use of the lake during droughts. Lake Kedron is not afforded any recreational use except for fishing.

Line Creek represents the border between West Peachtree City and Coweta County. Future plans call for Line Creek to be dammed up to form a third lake called Lake McIntosh.

Shakerag Hill is the tallest point in the City and it sits at the intersection of GA Hwy 54 and Robinson Road, another street artery of the city.

Peachtree City has several golf courses:

  • Flat Creek has 27 holes
  • Braelinn has 18 holes
  • Planterra has 18 holes

All three golf courses are owned by Canongate, a golfing association that owns 18 golf courses in Metro Atlanta and 1 in South Carolina covering over 405 holes.

Airports

  • Falcon Field is a general aviation airport that provides chartered air service. Since 1987, it has grown from having about 60 aircraft to about 165. The runway is 5,220 feet and holds up to 60,000 pounds of aircraft. It mainly serves Peachtree City's business residents, but also serves as a place of entertainment for people interested. There is a viewing area provided for the public to watch aircraft take-off and land. This airport hosts many events throughout the year, including the Great Georgia Air Show.
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport provides commercial service and is located approximately 22.8 miles (36.5 kilometers) northeast of Peachtree City and is accessible via Georgia State Route 74 and Interstate 85.

Demography

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1970 793
1980 6,429 710.7%
1990 19,027 196.0%
2000 31,580 66.0%

As of the 2000 census[3], there were 31,580 people, 10,876 households, and 8,874 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,321.3 inhabitants per square mile (510.2 /km2). There were 11,313 housing units at an average density of 486.1 per square mile (187.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.66% White, 6.11% African American, 0.16% Native American, 3.70% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.92% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.75% of the population.

There were 10,876 households out of which 47.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.8% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.4% were non-families. 16.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the city the population was spread out with 31.6% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 8.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $84,339, and the median income for a family was $96,880.[1]

Education

Primary and secondary schools

Public schools

Peachtree City is served by the Fayette County School System.

Elementary schools that serve the city include:

  • Peeples Elementary School (Unincorporated Fayette County)
  • Braelinn Elementary School (Peachtree City)
  • Huddleston Elementary School (Peachtree City)
  • Kedron Elementary School (Peachtree City)
  • Oak Grove Elementary School (Peachtree City)
  • Peachtree City Elementary School (Peachtree City)
  • Crabapple Lane Elementary School (Peachtree City)

Middle schools that serve the city include:

High schools that serve the city include:

References

  1. ^ a b c Fact Sheet - Peachtree City city (sic), Georgia, United States Census Bureau, 2005-2007, http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/ACSSAFFFacts?_event=Search&geo_id=16000US1255125&_geoContext=01000US%7C04000US12%7C16000US1255125&_street=&_county=peachtree+city&_cityTown=peachtree+city&_state=04000US13&_zip=&_lang=en&_sse=on&ActiveGeoDiv=geoSelect&_useEV=&pctxt=fph&pgsl=160&_submenuId=factsheet_1&ds_name=ACS_2007_3YR_SAFF&_ci_nbr=null&qr_name=null&reg=null%3Anull&_keyword=&_industry=, retrieved 2009-04-09 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b c Fact Sheet - Peachtree City city (sic), Georgia, United States Census Bureau, 2000, http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/SAFFFacts?_event=&geo_id=16000US1359724&_geoContext=01000US, retrieved 2009-04-09 
  4. ^ a b "Best Places To Live - 8. Peachtree City, Ga.", Money magazine (Time, Inc.), July 2005, http://money.cnn.com/popups/2005/specials/bplive/frameset.8.exclude.html, retrieved 2009-04-10 
  5. ^ a b "Best Places To Live - 64. Peachtree City, Ga.", Money magazine (Time, Inc.), July 2007, http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2007/moneymag/0707/gallery.BPTL_top_100.moneymag/64.html, retrieved 2009-04-10 
  6. ^ a b "Best Places To Live - 8. Peachtree City, Ga.", Money magazine (Time, Inc.), July 2009, http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2009/snapshots/PL1359724.html, retrieved 2009-07-13 
  7. ^ "Contact Us." World Airways. Retrieved on May 19, 2009.
  8. ^ Munford, John (March 7, 2001), "PTC ready to celebrate Tree City USA honor", The Citizen (Fayeteville) (Citizen Newspapers), http://www.thecitizen.com/archive/main/archive-010307/news/in-10.html, retrieved 2009-04-10 

4. “Welcome to Peachtree City-Falcon Field!” Peachtree City Official Website. 11 Oct. 2008 [1].

5. “Peachtree City Falcon Field- Peachtree City, GA”. Waymark. 11 Oct. 2008 [2].

9. "Aventure Aviation Named Exporter of the Year." Hardin. 10 April. 2009 [3].

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