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Damascus, Georgia
Damascus City Hall and Police Department
Damascus City Hall and Police Department
Location in Early County and the state of Georgia
Location in Early County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Early
Area
 • Total 1.77 sq mi (4.58 km2)
 • Land 1.76 sq mi (4.56 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation
220 ft (67 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 254
 • Estimate 
(2019)
224
 • Density 127.20/sq mi (49.12/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
31741, 39841
Area code(s) 229
FIPS code 13-21436
GNIS feature ID 0355426

Damascus is a city in Early County, Georgia, United States. The population was 254 at the 2010 census.

Geography

Damascus is located in eastern Early County at 31°17′55″N 84°43′3″W / 31.29861°N 84.71750°W / 31.29861; -84.71750 (31.298580, -84.717429). Georgia State Route 45 passes through the community, leading north 10 miles (16 km) to Arlington and south 9 miles (14 km) to Colquitt. Georgia State Route 200 also passes through the center of town, leading east 24 miles (39 km) to Newton and northwest 15 miles (24 km) to Blakely, the Early County seat.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Damascus has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.6 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.02 km2), or 0.48%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 413
1920 373 −9.7%
1930 436 16.9%
1940 477 9.4%
1950 402 −15.7%
1960 297 −26.1%
1970 272 −8.4%
1980 403 48.2%
1990 290 −28.0%
2000 277 −4.5%
2010 254 −8.3%
2019 (est.) 224 −11.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 277 people, 100 households, and 74 families residing in the town. The population density was 157.6 people per square mile (60.8/km2). There were 115 housing units at an average density of 65.4 per square mile (25.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 36.10% White, 63.54% African American, and 0.36% from two or more races.

There were 100 households, out of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.0% were married couples living together, 24.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.0% were non-families. 19.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the town the population was spread out, with 30.3% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $28,333, and the median income for a family was $19,318. Males had a median income of $31,500 versus $19,286 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,583. About 31.4% of families and 23.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.3% of those under the age of eighteen and 61.9% of those 65 or over.

Education

Southwest Georgia Academy, Damascus
Southwest Georgia Academy, located on the grounds of the former Damascus High School

Public school students are zoned to the Early County School District which operates three schools in Blakely: Early County Elementary School, Early County Middle School, and Early County High School.

Damascus is home to Southwest Georgia Academy, which was founded in 1970 as a segregation academy and participates in the Georgia Independent School Association. Its property formerly housed Damascus High School.

Notable people

  • Robbie Robinson, bodybuilder, actor, three-time Mr. Universe overall winner
  • Shawn Williams (American football), football player, Atlanta Falcons

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