Riverdale, Georgia

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Riverdale,Georgia
—  City  —
Location in Clayton County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 33°33′53″N 84°24′38″W / 33.56472°N 84.41056°W / 33.56472; -84.41056Coordinates: 33°33′53″N 84°24′38″W / 33.56472°N 84.41056°W / 33.56472; -84.41056
CountryUnited States
StateGeorgia
CountyClayton
Area
 • Total4.3 sq mi (11 km2)
 • Land4.3 sq mi (11 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation925 ft (282 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total12,478
 • Density2,901.9/sq mi (1,134.4/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes30274, 30296
Area code(s)770
FIPS code13-65464[1]
GNIS feature ID0321635[2]
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Riverdale,Georgia
—  City  —
Location in Clayton County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 33°33′53″N 84°24′38″W / 33.56472°N 84.41056°W / 33.56472; -84.41056Coordinates: 33°33′53″N 84°24′38″W / 33.56472°N 84.41056°W / 33.56472; -84.41056
CountryUnited States
StateGeorgia
CountyClayton
Area
 • Total4.3 sq mi (11 km2)
 • Land4.3 sq mi (11 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation925 ft (282 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total12,478
 • Density2,901.9/sq mi (1,134.4/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes30274, 30296
Area code(s)770
FIPS code13-65464[1]
GNIS feature ID0321635[2]
[3]

Riverdale is a city in Clayton County, Georgia, United States. The population was 12,478 at the 2000 census. Riverdale is mentioned in Waka Flocka Flame's song O Let's Do It.

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Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 12,478 people, 4,389 households, and 3,107 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,926.3 people per square mile (1,130.9/km²). There were 4,590 housing units at an average density of 1,076.4 per square mile (416.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 20.09% White, 67.42% African American, 0.30% Native American, 7.73% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 2.28% from other races, and 2.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.81% of the population.

There were 4,389 households out of which 44.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.3% were married couples living together, 25.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.2% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.32.

In the city the population was spread out with 32.5% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 36.1% from 25 to 44, 16.4% from 45 to 64, and 5.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 87.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,530, and the median income for a family was $42,323. Males had a median income of $30,802 versus $26,102 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,377. About 10.6% of families and 12.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.0% of those under age 18 and 18.8% of those age 65 or over.

History

The area now known as Riverdale was settled sometime before the Civil War. In 1887, a railroad, built from Atlanta and Fort Valley, passed through Riverdale. Farmers in the area provided wood for the railroad. In turn, the farmers would get fertilizer. As the railroad grew, it needed more land. Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Rivers donated their land in order for the railroad to grow, and their land grew to become one of the main stops on the railroad.

In 1908, the city was incorporated with the name Riverdale, named in honor of Mr. W.S. Rivers.[4]

Politics

The city is governed by a mayor and four council members who are elected at large. The city is managed by a city manager.

Over the years, the mayor and council had a colorful history. For more than a decade, only women have served as mayor. In addition, the city has also had a transgender council woman. Through approval and disapproval of her gender and politics, she made press on several occasions.

Transportation

State highways

Main roads

These are roads with more than four lanes.

  • Gardenwalk Boulevard
  • Lamar Hutcheson Parkway
  • Pointe South Parkway
  • Upper Riverdale Road

Minor roads

These are roads with two to four lanes

  • Church Street
  • Roberts Drive
  • Taylor Road
  • Valley Hill Road
  • Bethsaida Road
  • Helmer Road
  • Thomas Road
  • E. Fayetteville Road

Interstate

  • exit 237A - Georgia State Route 85 south (southbound exit only)

Education

Schools in Riverdale are in the Clayton County School System.

  • Elementary
  • Church St. Elementary
  • E.W. Oliver Elementary
  • Lake Ridge Elementary
  • Lewis Academy of Excellence
  • Harper Elementary
  • Pointe South Elementary
  • Riverdale Elementary
  • Middle
  • Riverdale Middle
  • Sequoyah Middle
  • Pointe South Middle
  • Kendrick Middle
  • High

Sports and entertainment

Shopping

Riverdale's Main Shopping district is along S.R. 85, between S.R. 138 and Gardenwalk Blvd, with a number of Asian, Hispanic, and African cultural stores.

Parks

The city currently has three parks, all within a mile of each other:

Notable residents of Riverdale

References