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Overview

Introduction to Cumming, Georgia

Cumming is the county seat of Forsyth County. The city was named in tribute to Col. William Cumming who participated in the War of 1812. According to census data, Forsyth county was positioned at number 13 in the country regarding medium annual income and included in the top ten for the fastest growing counties in the nation in 2006. The region is included in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. The Chattahoochee River is nearby.

History

The city was incorporated in 1834. The county was initially inhabited by Cherokee Indians. An Indian mound and village are situated along Settendown Creek. The land was acquired from the Cherokee by a treaty. The county's land was given away in a land lottery in 1832. Numerous landowners sold their property without even visiting their acreage. In more recent history, a well known civil rights march occurred in 1987. The march was mentioned in the New York Times. The week after the event, it was estimated that 20,000 civil rights activists participated in another march while more than 5,000 people protested the event. Most of the participants on both sides of the issue were not residents of the county. It is recognized as the biggest civil rights demonstration in the country since 1970. Observers claim that at least two thirds of the participants in the civil rights march were white. The race issue has significantly improved.

Attractions

The historic Pool's Mill Covered Bridge, constructed in 1906 crosses Settendown Creek and is included in the National Register of Historic Places. A few Indian archaeological sites and the historic Settles Home are located in the area. The clock tower situated in Cumming Town Hall and the Cumming Courthouse are notable landmarks. The annual Fourth of July parade is recognized for displaying the largest number of steam engine tractors in the world.

Activities

Baldridge Creek, Shady Grove and Sawnee parks provide campgrounds for visitors. The Lanierland Music Park showcases prominent country music entertainers, beginning in the summer and up to late fall. The area offers superb golf courses, including the championship golf course, Hampton Golf Village. Lake Sidney Lanier has an extensive shoreline and is popular for recreational activities and features Southern Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons. The city hosts the Cumming Fair & Festival and the Indian Festival & Rendezvous.

Transportation

The William B Hartsfield Atlanta INTL provides air transportation.

Higher Education

Nearby colleges include Gwinnett Technical College, Gainesville College and Emory University.

People

Total Population 5,588
Male Share of the Population 51.4%
Female Share of the Population 48.6%
Senior Citizens 15.9%
Employed Population 16+ 2,436
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 35%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $49,688
% Above Poverty Level 79.3%
% Below Poverty Level 20.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 0.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 2.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.8%
Median Gross Rent $903
Median House Value $174,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 47.5%
US/American 0%
English 5.6%
Irish 7.1%

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

Cumming Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 18 miles NE of Roswell, Georgia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 34 miles NE of Atlanta, Georgia
County Forsyth
Metro Area Atlanta
Standard Zip Codes 30040, 30041
P.O. Box Zip Codes 30028
Phone Area Codes 770
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.207
Longitude -84.14

Cumming Climate

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Notes:

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

Station GAINESVILLE
Distance 16.9 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 52 F
Apr Temp 47 to 73 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 50 to 73 F
Annual Precip 54.7 inches
Station ALPHARETTA 4 SSW
Distance 17 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 50 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 47 to 72 F
Annual Precip 51.8 inches
Station DAHLONEGA 1 W
Distance 23.9 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 49 F
Apr Temp 40 to 70 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 43 to 71 F
Annual Precip 64.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alpharetta 62,054 $110,000
Buford 13,244 $56,891
Duluth 28,294 $67,094
Flowery Branch 6,216 $77,034
Sugar Hill 20,323 $71,907
Suwanee 17,291 $92,072

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

Cumming Public Libraries

Library
Forsyth County Public Library System
585 DAHLONEGA ROAD
Cumming, Georgia
(678) 513-9357

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Cumming Hospitals

NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL FORSYTH
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1200 NORTHSIDE FORSYTH DRIVE
(404) 851-8700
Emergency Service: Yes

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Cumming High Schools

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SOUTH FORSYTH HIGH SCHOOL
585 PEACHTREE PARKWAY
770-781-2264
Serves 2,034 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

FORSYTH CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
520 TRIBBLE GAP ROAD
770-887-8151
Serves 1,747 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

NORTH FORSYTH HIGH SCHOOL
3635 COAL MOUNTAIN DRIVE
770-781-6637
Serves 1,659 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

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