Introduction to Riverdale, Georgia

Riverdale, Georgia is 12 miles S of Atlanta, Georgia. It is in Clayton county. The city is part of the Atlanta metro area. The population of Riverdale is 12,478.

Riverdale History

The first European settlers moved to the area know known as Riverdale during the 1860s. The city had its foundations in a railroad track built in 1887 connecting Atlanta and Fort Valley. When the railroad had problems getting land required for its business needs, local landowners Mr. and Mrs. Rivers donated a generous plot of land. This made way for the establishment of a main railroad stop in the area. The city was hence named after Mr. and Mrs. Rivers, and incorporated in 1908.

Riverdale and nearby Attractions

  • Clayton County International Park
  • Atlanta Farmers Market
  • Riverdale Park
  • Southlake Golf Course
  • Rum Creek Park
  • Fort Gillem

Things To Do In Riverdale

The Parks and Recreation Department of Clayton County maintains over 670 acres of park land. These areas provide for a diverse array of services and programs for its residents and visitors. There are community centers, playgrounds, county parks, tennis courts, athletic fields, picnic areas and pavilions, swimming pools, nature preserves, fishing ponds and senior centers.

Riverdale Transportation

The William B. Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport is nearby.

Riverdale Higher Education

Clayton College and State University, Atlanta Technical College, Georgia State University and Morehouse College are in the neighborhood.


Total Population 15,496
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 8.1%
Employed Population 16+ 6,487
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 34.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.6%
Median Earnings25+ $26,922
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,019
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,333


Median Family Income $40,604
% Above Poverty Level 69.8%
% Below Poverty Level 30.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 0.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 4.1%


People Living Alone 31.8%
Median Gross Rent $824
Median House Value $87,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 79.4%
US/American 0%
English 0.3%
Irish 0.9%

Riverdale Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 12 miles S of Atlanta, Georgia
County Clayton
Metro Area Atlanta
Standard Zip Codes 30274, 30296
Phone Area Codes 770
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.572
Longitude -84.413

Riverdale Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 4.4 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 52 F
Apr Temp 50 to 73 F
Jul Temp 71 to 89 F
Oct Temp 53 to 73 F
Annual Precip 50.2 inches
Distance 22.4 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 53 F
Apr Temp 48 to 73 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 49 to 75 F
Annual Precip 50.8 inches
Distance 28.7 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 52 F
Apr Temp 48 to 74 F
Jul Temp 68 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 49.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Riverdale, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Church Street (30296)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
College Park 14,019 $29,668
Forest Park 18,783 $34,834
Jonesboro 4,661 $39,593
Lake City 2,631 $44,076
Morrow 6,837 $57,813
Union City 20,200 $34,206

Riverdale Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(770) 991-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

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