Tucker, Georgia

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Tucker, Georgia
CDP
Location in DeKalb County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 33°51′6″N 84°13′17″W / 33.85167°N 84.22139°W / 33.85167; -84.22139Coordinates: 33°51′6″N 84°13′17″W / 33.85167°N 84.22139°W / 33.85167; -84.22139
CountryUnited States
StateGeorgia
CountyDeKalb
Area
 • Total12.1 sq mi (31.4 km2)
 • Land12 sq mi (31.1 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation1,122 ft (342 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total27,581
 • Density2,300/sq mi (880/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes30084-30085
Area code(s)770
FIPS code13-77652[1]
GNIS feature ID0333270[2]
 
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Tucker, Georgia
CDP
Location in DeKalb County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 33°51′6″N 84°13′17″W / 33.85167°N 84.22139°W / 33.85167; -84.22139Coordinates: 33°51′6″N 84°13′17″W / 33.85167°N 84.22139°W / 33.85167; -84.22139
CountryUnited States
StateGeorgia
CountyDeKalb
Area
 • Total12.1 sq mi (31.4 km2)
 • Land12 sq mi (31.1 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation1,122 ft (342 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total27,581
 • Density2,300/sq mi (880/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes30084-30085
Area code(s)770
FIPS code13-77652[1]
GNIS feature ID0333270[2]

Tucker is a census-designated place in DeKalb County, Georgia, United States. The population was 27,581 at the 2010 Census.[3] Although central Tucker, also known as "Main Street Tucker", is laid out as a planned "railroad town," it has never been formally incorporated. Municipal services such as fire, police, water, and schools are provided by DeKalb County. If incorporated, Tucker would be the third largest city in the county after Brookhaven and Dunwoody (excluding Atlanta which is mostly in Fulton County). An exploratory committee formed by the Tucker Civic Association researched the possibilities of incorporating Tucker as a new city in 2006.

From the 2006 study by Ga. Tech. "Based on the financial analysis described in the following section, the proposed city of Tucker, with the boundaries of the zip codes 30084 and 30085, would have a sufficient tax base to sustain a government with the services of police, public works, court, community development, and parks and recreation. Out of the 99 municipalities in the Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), Tucker ranks 7 in population, 14 in geographic area, and 25 in per capita income. Given these strong indicators of wealth, size, and concentration of people, we believe that Tucker will succeed financially as a city if incorporated." Read more here: http://www.tuckercivic.org/docs/IncorpPrelimFeasRept.pdf

The community has maintained a distinctive identity, centered on its public high school, churches, and locally owned and operated businesses such as the Cofer Brothers building supply business, Matthews' Cafeteria, and the Tucker Federal savings and loan association (although the latter institution was merged into PNC Financial Services). It also has been designated with its own ZIP code of 30084.

Geography[edit]

Tucker is located at 33°51′6″N 84°13′17″W / 33.85167°N 84.22139°W / 33.85167; -84.22139 (33.851736, -84.221524)[4], approximately 15 miles (24 km) northeast of downtown Atlanta.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 12.1 square miles (31 km2), of which 12.0 square miles (31 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), or 0.83%, is water.

The Eastern Continental Divide cuts through downtown Tucker, running down Chamblee-Tucker Road and making a dog-leg onto La Vista Road before continuing south through the woods towards Mountain Industrial Boulevard. All water falling to the west of this line flows into the Chattahoochee River and then into the Gulf of Mexico. All water falling to the east of this line flows to the Atlantic Ocean through the Ocmulgee River.[5]

History[edit]

1895 Map of DeKalb County, Georgia, including Tucker.
Main Street Tucker, Georgia.

The community that became known as Tucker started around Brownings Courthouse. The courthouse building originally stood near the intersection of Chamblee-Tucker and La Vista roads. The community was named for a leading Southern Baptist, Henry Holcombe Tucker.[6] The presiding officer was a justice of the peace, and the court heard small claims cases up until the building was moved. The courthouse building was moved to a location in front of the Tucker Recreation Center (formerly Tucker Elementary) in the late 1980s. Tucker grew as a railroad stop along the Seaboard Air Line Railroad, which delivered freight to Cofer Brothers Building Supply and later to a DuPont paint factory, now closed. Tucker centered around businesses started or owned by Kelley Cofer and his brother Reid Cofer. The original store was a general store that later grew into a building supply and hardware store. To support the growing building supply business, the Cofer brothers bought the town bank. Today the community holds its annual Tucker Day celebrating Tucker's founding.

In 2005, the Atlanta Regional Commission issued Tucker a grant to develop a Livable Cities Initiative (LCI). The LCI study, published in December 2005, looked to reestablish Main Street in Tucker as a central point for the greater Tucker community. The study was to help create a more pedestrian-friendly and interconnected town center by encouraging walking and other modes of transportation to and around the commercial core. Similarly in August 2004, the Tucker Civic Association created a Neighborhood Strategic Plan to assist in the development of the neighborhood.

Historic Brownings Courthouse

Demographics[edit]

Suburban residence in Tucker
Historical populations
CensusPop.
198025,399
199025,7811.5%
200026,5322.9%
201027,5814.0%
source:[3][7]

As of 2000, there were 26,532 people, 10,421 households, and 7,200 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,433 people per square mile (973.2/km²). There were 10,704 housing units at an average density of 890.9 per square mile (343.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 73.26% White, 14.03% African American, 0.50% Native American, 7.60% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.70% from other races, and 1.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.70% of the population. The common Ancestry of Tucker includes 12.5% English, 10.25% Irish, 10.0% German, 3.1% Scottish, and 3.85% Scots-Irish Americans.

There were 10,421 households out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.9% were non-families. 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 20.8% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.6 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.4 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $63,113, and the median income for a family was $66,549. Males had a median income of $41,784 versus $33,956 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $28,318. About 2.9% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.

Sports[edit]

Local sports include the Tucker Football League (Home of the Tucker Tigers), Tucker Youth Soccer Association, and the teams of Tucker High School.

Education[edit]

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

DeKalb County Public Schools operates area public schools. The district's Sam Moss Service Center is located in an unincorporated area near Tucker.[8]

On December 17, 2012, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announced that it had downgraded the DeKalb County Schools System's status from "on advisement" to "on probation" and warned the school system that the loss of their accreditation was "imminent." [9]

Elementary schools[edit]

Tucker High School 2013

Middle schools[edit]

High schools[edit]

Public libraries[edit]

DeKalb County Public Library operates the Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library.[10]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Tucker CDP, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved October 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset watershed boundary data. The National Map, accessed October 28, 2011
  6. ^ Kenneth K. Krakow, Georgia Place-names:Their History and Origins, p.232, 3rd Ed., 1975, Winship Press (Macon, Georgia)
  7. ^ "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790-2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  8. ^ "Schools and Centers." DeKalb County School District. Retrieved on September 18, 2012. "1780 Montreal Road Tucker, GA 30084"
  9. ^ ""DeKalb school district in 'conflict and crisis,' put on probation by accreditation agency."." The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. December 17, 2012. Retrieved on December 19, 2012.
  10. ^ "Library Locations & Hours." DeKalb County Public Library. Retrieved on February 24, 2010.

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