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Buena Vista, Georgia
Buena Vista in 2012.
Buena Vista in 2012.
Location in Marion County and the state of Georgia
Location in Marion County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Marion
Area
 • Total 3.27 sq mi (8.48 km2)
 • Land 3.22 sq mi (8.34 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.14 km2)
Elevation
719 ft (219 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,585
 • Density 492.39/sq mi (190.11/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
31803
Area code(s) 229
FIPS code 13-11728
GNIS feature ID 0354903

Buena Vista ( BEW-nə-VIS-tə) is a city in Marion County, Georgia, United States. It is part of the Columbus, Georgia-Alabama Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,173 at the 2010 census. Formerly known as Pea Ridge, the city changed its name to Buena Vista in honor of Zachary Taylor's victory in the Mexican–American War. The city is the county seat of Marion County. It is the birthplace of baseball legend Josh Gibson and Medal of Honor recipient Luther H. Story.

History

Buena Vista was founded in 1830. In 1850, the seat of Marion County was transferred to Buena Vista from Tazewell. Buena Vista was incorporated as a town in 1850 and as a city in 1920.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2), of which, 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.91%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 530
1870 525
1880 529 0.8%
1890 788 49.0%
1900 1,161 47.3%
1910 1,016 −12.5%
1920 1,230 21.1%
1930 1,097 −10.8%
1940 1,161 5.8%
1950 1,428 23.0%
1960 1,574 10.2%
1970 1,486 −5.6%
1980 1,544 3.9%
1990 1,472 −4.7%
2000 1,664 13.0%
2010 2,173 30.6%
2020 1,585 −27.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Buena Vista racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 317 20.0%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 970 61.2%
Native American 1 0.06%
Asian 8 0.5%
Other/Mixed 17 1.07%
Hispanic or Latino 272 17.16%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,585 people, 722 households, and 478 families residing in the city.

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Education

Marion County School District serves pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of one primary school (grades: pre-k through 5th) and a middle/high school (grades: 6th-12th). The district has 108 full-time teachers and over 1,686 students.

  • L. K. Moss Primary School
  • Marion County Middle High School—www.marion.k12.ga.us

The Marion County School District is in the process of opening a new middle/high school. The 146,000-square-foot (13,600 m2) structure will sit on 200 acres of land in the middle of the county and is scheduled to open for the 2012–13 school year.

Infrastructure

The city is served by Georgia State Route 26, Georgia State Route 41, and Georgia State Route 137.

Notable people

  • Josh Gibson - Negro leagues baseball player and Hall of Famer
  • Roosevelt Jackson - oldest living Negro leagues baseball player (minor leagues only)
  • Eddie Owens Martin-creator of Pasaquan
  • Luther H. Story - Korean War Medal of Honor recipient.

See also

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