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Overview

Introduction to Americus, Georgia

Americus, Georgia, in Sumter county, is 34 miles N of Albany, Georgia and 116 miles S of Atlanta, Georgia.

Americus History

In 1832, Senator Lovett B. Smith chartered and named Americus. It remained a small courthouse town through its first two decades. However, after a railroad arrived in 1854, Americus rapidly developed into Georgia's eighth largest city. It also went on to be a major cotton distribution center and was referred to as the "Metropolis of South Georgia." It was incorporated as a town in 1932.

Americus and nearby Attractions

  • Andersonville National Historic Site
  • Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
  • Rylander Theatre
  • Wolf Creek Golf Club
  • Americus Country Club
  • Lake Philema

Things To Do In Americus

There are several points of interest in Americus. The Windsor Hotel, which opened in 1892, is a five storied Queen Anne edifice. The renowned Swiss architect, Gottfried L. Norman, designed it. The Americus Historic District is also worth visiting, as it has been mentioned on the National Register of Historic Places.

Americus Transportation

The Columbus Metropolitan Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Americus Higher Education

Georgia Southwestern State University and South Georgia Technical College are the local institutions of higher learning.

Demographics

People

Total Population16,185
Male Share of the Population44.4%
Female Share of the Population55.6%
Senior Citizens13.3%
Employed Population 16+5,425
Age of the Population29

Families

% of people married29.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher21%
Median Earnings25+$24,536
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,014

Wealth

Median Family Income$29,717
% Above Poverty Level57.8%
% Below Poverty Level42.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.7%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone34.7%
Median Gross Rent$639
Median House Value$85,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)63.4%
Irish4.3%
English3.8%
German3.4%
Scottish0.8%
French Except Basque0.7%
Italian0.7%
Hungarian0.6%
West Indian0.5%
Polish0.5%
African0.5%
Welsh0.3%
Russian0.3%
Swedish0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Haitian0.2%
Guyanese0.2%
Dutch0.2%
Canadian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Arab0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
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Americus Almanac

CategoryValue
County Sumter County
Standard Zip Codes31709, 31719
Phone Area Codes229
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude32.07
Approximate Longitude-84.22

Americus Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationAMERICUS 3 SW
Distance3.3 miles
Jan Temp34 to 57 F
Apr Temp49 to 77 F
Jul Temp69 to 91 F
Oct Temp52 to 78 F
Annual Precip49 inches
StationCORDELE
Distance27.1 miles
Jan Temp36 to 58 F
Apr Temp53 to 78 F
Jul Temp71 to 93 F
Oct Temp53 to 78 F
Annual Precip46.1 inches
StationLUMPKIN 2 SE
Distance32.4 miles
Jan Temp33 to 56 F
Apr Temp47 to 75 F
Jul Temp67 to 89 F
Oct Temp50 to 76 F
Annual Precip49.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Andersonville250$34,750
De Soto303$35,583
Ellaville1,957$36,875
Leslie435$53,500
Plains721$33,295
Smithville655$44,083

Americus Public Libraries

Lake Blackshear Regional Library System
307 EAST LAMAR STREET
Americus, Georgia
(229) 924-8091

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Americus Hospitals

Phoebe Sumter Medical Center
126 Highway 280 W
(229) 924-6011

Americus Public Schools

Americus Sumter County High South
805 Harrold Ave
ZIP: 31709
(229) 924-3653
High
Total Enrollment 955
Sarah Cobb Elementary School
1901 Valley Dr
ZIP: 31709
(229) 924-4888
Primary
Total Enrollment 738
Sumter Youth Development Campus
300 Mcmath Mill Rd
ZIP: 31719
(229) 931-5800
High
Total Enrollment 24
Sumter County Middle School
439 Bumphead Rd
ZIP: 31719
(229) 924-1010
Middle
Total Enrollment 566
Sumter County Primary School
123 Learning Ln
ZIP: 31719
(229) 924-1012
Primary
Total Enrollment 959
Americus Sumter County High North
101 Industrial Blvd
ZIP: 31719
(229) 924-5914
Other
Total Enrollment 351
Staley Middle School
915 N Lee St
ZIP: 31719
(229) 924-3168
Middle
Total Enrollment 497
Sumter County Elementary School
438 Bumphead Rd
ZIP: 31719
(229) 924-7835
Primary
Total Enrollment 695

Americus Private Schools

The Kings Academy
1138 Upper River Rd
ZIP: 31709
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 44
Southland Academy
123 Southland Rd
ZIP: 31709
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 502
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