Cartersville, Georgia

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Cartersville, Georgia
City
The Bartow County Courthouse in Cartersville
Motto: "Be Charmed, Be Prosperous, Belong"[1]
Location in Bartow County, Georgia
Cartersville, Georgia is located in Metro Atlanta
Cartersville
Location of Cartersville in Metro Atlanta
Coordinates: 34°11′N 84°48′W / 34.183°N 84.800°W / 34.183; -84.800Coordinates: 34°11′N 84°48′W / 34.183°N 84.800°W / 34.183; -84.800
CountryUnited States of America
StateGeorgia
CountyBartow
Incorporated1850
Named forFarish Carter[2][3]
Government
 • MayorMatt Santini
Area
 • Total29.3 sq mi (75.9 km2)
 • Land29.2 sq mi (75.5 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation787 ft (240 m)
Population (2010)[4]
 • Total19,731
 • Density677/sq mi (261.4/km2)
Time zoneEastern Time (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4)
ZIP code30120, 30121
Area code(s)770, 678 local: 381-387, 490, 607, 797, 382
FIPS code13-13688[5]
GNIS feature ID0355017[6]
Websitewww.cityofcartersville.org
 
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Cartersville, Georgia
City
The Bartow County Courthouse in Cartersville
Motto: "Be Charmed, Be Prosperous, Belong"[1]
Location in Bartow County, Georgia
Cartersville, Georgia is located in Metro Atlanta
Cartersville
Location of Cartersville in Metro Atlanta
Coordinates: 34°11′N 84°48′W / 34.183°N 84.800°W / 34.183; -84.800Coordinates: 34°11′N 84°48′W / 34.183°N 84.800°W / 34.183; -84.800
CountryUnited States of America
StateGeorgia
CountyBartow
Incorporated1850
Named forFarish Carter[2][3]
Government
 • MayorMatt Santini
Area
 • Total29.3 sq mi (75.9 km2)
 • Land29.2 sq mi (75.5 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation787 ft (240 m)
Population (2010)[4]
 • Total19,731
 • Density677/sq mi (261.4/km2)
Time zoneEastern Time (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4)
ZIP code30120, 30121
Area code(s)770, 678 local: 381-387, 490, 607, 797, 382
FIPS code13-13688[5]
GNIS feature ID0355017[6]
Websitewww.cityofcartersville.org

Cartersville is a city in Bartow County in the U.S. state of Georgia; it is located within the northwest edge of the Atlanta metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 19,731.[7] Cartersville is the county seat of Bartow County[8].

History[edit]

Cartersville was designated seat of Bartow County in 1867 following the destruction of Cassville by Sherman in the American Civil War. Cartersville was incorporated as a city in 1872.[9]

Cartersville was named for Col. F. Carter of Milledgeville.[10]

Geography[edit]

Cartersville is located in south-central Bartow County, 42 miles (68 km) northwest of downtown Atlanta and 76 miles (122 km) southeast of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The Etowah River flows through a broad valley south of the downtown, leading west to Rome, where it forms the Coosa River, a tributary of the Alabama River. The city limits extend eastward, upriver, as far as Allatoona Dam, which forms Lake Allatoona, a large U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoir. Red Top Mountain State Park sits on a peninsula in the lake, just outside the city limits.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cartersville has a total area of 29.3 square miles (75.9 km2), of which 29.2 square miles (75.5 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 0.59%, is water.[11]

Transportation[edit]

There are several major highways. Interstate 75, the major north-south route through the area, passes through the eastern edge of the city, with access from five exits: Exit 285 just south of the city limits in Emerson, Exit 288 (East Main Street) closest to downtown, and exits 290, 293, and 296 along the city's northern outskirts. U.S. Highway 41, which is concurrent with State Route 3, is an older, parallel highway to Interstate 75 that goes through the eastern edge of downtown, leading north to Calhoun and Dalton and south to Marietta. U.S. Highway 411 passes through the northern edge of the city, leading west to Rome and north to Chatsworth. State Route 20 runs west to Rome concurrent with U.S. Highway 411 and runs east to Canton. State Route 61 runs north to White concurrent with U.S. Highway 411 and runs south to Dallas, Georgia. State Route 113 runs southwesterly to Rockmart. State Route 293 runs west-northwest to Kingston.

Cartersville area communities[edit]

The following communities border the city:

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2010, there were 19,010 people, 5,870 households, and 4,132 families residing in the city. The population density was 680.7 people per square mile (262.9/km²). There were 6,130 housing units at an average density of 262.0 per square mile (101.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 63.93% White, 29.64% African American, 0.82% Asian, 0.28% Native American, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 3.76% from other races, and 1.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.28% of the population.

There were 5,870 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.6% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the city, the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $41,162, and the median income for a family was $48,219. Males had a median income of $35,092 versus $25,761 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,977. About 8.9% of families and 11.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.7% of those under age 18 and 15.4% of those age 65 or over.

Points of interest[edit]

Education[edit]

The Cartersville City School District holds grades pre-school to twelve. It consists of two elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school.[17] The district has 226 full-time teachers and over 3,940 students.[18]

There are four schools that comprise the Cartersville City School System:

There are also two private Christian schools:

Cartersville also has a college campus:

Economy[edit]

Drinking water canned in Cartersville

Manufacturing, tourism, and services play a part in the economy of the city. The city's employers include:

The city has Cartersville Medical Center and The Hope Center, making it a minor healthcare hub for the surrounding area.[citation needed]

Notable people[edit]

  • Samuel Porter Jones (1847–1906), evangelist. The Union Gospel Tabernacle (Ryman Auditorium), later the Grand Ol' Opry in Nashville, was built for him. He was a major force in spreading the Gospel across the U.S. in the late 19th century.
  • Cledus T. Judd, country music singer residing in Cartersville and graduate of Cass High School
  • Wayne Knight (1955–present), actor who portrayed Newman from Seinfeld, grew up in Cartersville
  • Robert Lavette, professional football player with the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles, attended Cartersville High School
  • Lottie Moon, Baptist missionary to China. She taught at Cartersville Female High School from 1871 to 1873 before moving to China. She was a member of Cartersville First Baptist Church.
  • Donavan Tate, 3rd overall pick chosen by the San Diego Padres in the 2009 MLB draft, grew up in Cartersville and attended Cartersville High School
  • Butch Walker (1969–present), singer-songwriter and producer; grew up in Cartersville and references it in the songs "Get Down", "Suburbia", and "Don't You Think Someone Should Take You Home"
  • Rudy York (1913–70), professional baseball player

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The City of Cartersville, Georgia". The City of Cartersville, Georgia. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Profile for Cartersvile, Georgia, GA". ePodunk. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ "City of Cartersville". State of Georgia. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  4. ^ City-data.com
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/13/1313688.html
  8. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  9. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). "Historical Gazetteer of the United States". Routledge. p. 223. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 70. 
  11. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Cartersville city, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  12. ^ Lee Walburn (June 2005). Best Western — The Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville brings the old west to northwestern Georgia triggering celluloid-tinted memories of cowboys, standoffs, and frogs. Atlanta Magazine. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  13. ^ Marie Nesmith. "NASA installs 'fireball' camera at Tellus Science Museum". The Daily Tribune. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  14. ^ Amy Gillis Lowry; Abbie Tucker Parks (May 1997). North Georgia's Dixie Highway. Arcadia Publishing. p. 99. ISBN 978-0-7385-4431-1. 
  15. ^ William Pencak (October 2009). Encyclopedia of the Veteran in America, Volume 1. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 615. ISBN 978-0-313-34009-3. 
  16. ^ Matt Shinall. "Bartow History Museum reflects on past as transition into new home begins". The Daily Tribune. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  17. ^ Georgia Board of Education. Retrieved June 2, 2010.
  18. ^ School Stats. Retrieved June 2, 2010.
  19. ^ A book about the life of Bill Arp was written by another Cartersville resident: Parker, David B. (1991). Alias Bill Arp: Charles Henry Smith and the South's "Goodly Heritage". Athens: University of Georgia Press. 

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