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Overview

Introduction to Thomaston, Georgia

Located in Upson county, Thomaston, Georgia, is 40 miles W of Macon, Georgia (center to center) and 59 miles S of Atlanta, Georgia. The city has a population of 9,411 residents.

Thomaston History

Thomaston received official incorporation as a city in the year 1825. In the same year, it was also designated as Upson County's county seat. The area was named in honor of General Jett Thomas, an Indian fighter in the War of 1812. He also assisted in establishing the Franklin College in the year 1806, and the state capitol at Milledgeville in the year 1805-07. The city's first courthouse was completed in 1828, and the second courthouse in the year 1852. The economy of Thomaston in the 20th century was chiefly based on the production of textiles and tire cord. The Thomaston Mills was granted a charter in 1899.

Thomaston and nearby Attractions

  • Port Columbus Civil War Naval Center
  • Sprewell Bluff State Park
  • Coca-Cola Space Science Center
  • Franklin D Roosevelt State Park
  • Columbus Museum
  • Indian Springs State Park

Things To Do In Thomaston

The Skydive Atlanta and Sprewell Bluff State Park are located in the town. The Port Columbus Civil War Naval Center, Coca-Cola Space Science Center, Museum of Arts and Sciences, and Columbus Museum are also nearby. Local churches include the Saint Mary African Methodist Episcopal Church, Trinity Baptist Church, and Church of Christ. Nearby is The Northcreek Shopping Center. The Hickory Ridge Golf Club the closest golf course to the city.

Thomaston Transportation

The William B Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport is the closest airport to the city.

Thomaston Higher Education

Higher education is available at Flint River Technical College, Gordon College, Macon State College, and Mercer University.

People

Total Population 9,032
Male Share of the Population 44.5%
Female Share of the Population 55.5%
Senior Citizens 19.1%
Employed Population 16+ 3,026
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 38.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.5%
Median Earnings25+ $24,891
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,458
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,872

Wealth

Median Family Income $37,292
% Above Poverty Level 69.6%
% Below Poverty Level 30.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 38.6%
Median Gross Rent $643
Median House Value $86,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 45.5%
US/American 0%
English 9.9%
Irish 5.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Thomaston Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 40 miles W of Macon, Georgia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 59 miles S of Atlanta, Georgia
County Upson
Standard Zip Codes 30286
Phone Area Codes 706
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.888
Longitude -84.326

Thomaston Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station THOMASTON 2 S
Distance 1.6 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 57 F
Apr Temp 47 to 75 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 50 to 76 F
Annual Precip 49.7 inches
Station TALBOTTON
Distance 18 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 55 F
Apr Temp 47 to 75 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 50.1 inches
Station FORSYTH 6 NNW
Distance 26.2 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 55 F
Apr Temp 45 to 75 F
Jul Temp 67 to 90 F
Oct Temp 47 to 75 F
Annual Precip 46.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Barnesville 6,609 $36,739
Culloden 254 $36,250
Meansville 157 $44,500
Molena 496 $40,000

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Thomaston Hospitals

UPSON REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
801 W GORDON ST
(706) 647-8111
Emergency Service: Yes

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Thomaston High Schools

UPSON-LEE HIGH SCHOOL
268 KNIGHT TRAIL
706-647-8171
Serves 1,405 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

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