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Druid Hills
CDP and neighborhood of Atlanta
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters
Location in DeKalb County and the state of Georgia
Location in DeKalb County and the state of Georgia
Druid Hills CDP, unincorporated DeKalb County
Country United States
State Georgia
County DeKalb
Area
 • Total 2.98 sq mi (7.72 km2)
 • Land 2.97 sq mi (7.70 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
912 ft (278 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 9,429
 • Density 3,170.48/sq mi (1,224.08/km2)
  (CDP only)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
30333
Area code(s) 404
FIPS code 13-24264
GNIS feature ID 0331589

Druid Hills is a community which includes both a census-designated place (CDP) in unincorporated DeKalb County, Georgia, United States, as well as a neighborhood of the city of Atlanta. The CDP's population was 14,568 at the 2010 census. The CDP formerly contained the main campus of Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); they were annexed by Atlanta in 2018. The Atlanta-city section of Druid Hills is one of Atlanta's most affluent neighborhoods with a mean household income in excess of $238,500 (making it the ninth most affluent, per that metric).

History

The planned community was initially conceived by Joel Hurt, and developed with the effort of Atlanta's leading families, including Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler. It contains some of Atlanta's historic mansions from the late 19th and early 20th century. Druid Hills includes the main campus of Emory University, which relocated to Atlanta in 1914.

Druid Hills was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and was one of his last commissions. A showpiece of the design was the string of parks along Ponce de Leon Avenue, which was designated as Druid Hills Parks and Parkways and listed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 11, 1975. The remainder of the development was listed on the Register as the Druid Hills Historic District on October 25, 1979. Later the Park and Parkways district was consolidated into the Druid Hills Historic District. The other historic districts in Druid Hills are:

  • Emory University District, added in 1975
  • University Park-Emory Highlands-Emory Estates Historic District, added in 1998
  • Emory Grove Historic District, added in 2000.
Asa Candler Mansion - Druid Hills
St. John's Chrysostom Melkite Church along in Druid Hills, Atlanta, 2012, formerly the mansion of Asa Griggs Candler (Senior)
Rainbow Terrace 1922
Rainbow Terrace, home of Lucy Beall Candler Owens Heinz Leide at 1610 Ponce de Leon Ave., 1922
Asa G. Candler, Jr. Mansion
Briarcliff, the Asa G. Candler, Jr. Mansion, 2012

Geography

Druid Hills is located at 33°47′14″N 84°19′34″W / 33.78722°N 84.32611°W / 33.78722; -84.32611 (33.787205, -84.325974).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.2 square miles (11 km2), of which 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 0.48%, is water. The CDP's northern boundary is the South Fork of Peachtree Creek; the CSX track and the Decatur city limits are the eastern boundary; the DeKalb County line is the western boundary; and the southern boundary is the Atlanta city limit.

The Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta is bounded by the Druid Hills CDP (i.e. unincorporated DeKalb County) on the north and east; the Morningside/Lenox Park, Virginia-Highland and Poncey-Highland neighborhoods of Atlanta on the west; and the Candler Park neighborhood of Atlanta on the south.

The Chelsea Heights neighborhood is located in the eastern part of the CDP at the Decatur border, and participates in the Druid Hills Civic Association.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
2020 9,429
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Druid Hills racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 7,112 75.43%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 554 5.88%
Native American 9 0.1%
Asian 773 8.2%
Pacific Islander 3 0.03%
Other/Mixed 475 5.04%
Hispanic or Latino 503 5.33%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 9,429 people, 3,579 households, and 1,977 families residing in the CDP.

Arts and culture

Callanwolde Mansion Atlanta, GA 2012
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center (Charles Howard Candler mansion)

Druid Hills is home to The Atlanta Boy Choir on S. Ponce de Leon Ave. and Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, housed in the Gothic-Tudor style former estate of Charles Howard Candler, president of Coca-Cola and eldest son of Asa Griggs Candler, Coca-Cola's co-founder.

Parks

  • Baker Woodland, Emory University, between Fishburne Dr. & South Kilga Cir. Forest of oak, tulip poplar, beech, and hickory trees - contains over 100 plant species.
  • Burbanck Park, Oxford Rd. & Clifton Rd. 1.2-acre (4,900 m2) natural park which borders Peavine Creek. It is named after Madeline and William Burbanck, Emory University professors who owned the property.
  • Fernbank Forest, Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
  • Fernbank School Park, 157 Heaton Park Dr. This DeKalb County 12-acre (49,000 m2) park is located west of the CSX railroad tracks. It includes a multi-use field and court, playground, picnic area and walking trails.
  • Hahn Woods, Emory University, Houston Mill Rd. (at South Peachtree Creek). Nature preserve with trail and viewing platform over the creek.
  • Medlock Park North Druid Hills subdivision, Nine little league baseball fields with concessions, playground and a running/cycling trail which follows Nancy Creek.
  • Olmsted Linear Park, Druid Hills, Ponce de Leon Ave. 50 acres (200,000 m2) of six distinct parks, strung along Ponce de Leon Avenue like a necklace. They were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in the late 19th Century. Each of the six parks has its own name: Deepdene, Dellwood, Shadyside, Springdale, Virgilee and Oak Grove (formerly Brightwood).
  • Wesley Woods Forest, Emory University.
  • Princeton Way Park, a small neighborhood park that is surrounded by the interior homes of Princeton Way. The park is equipped with picnic tables, swings, slides, a sandbox, short walking trails, and an informal baseball setup.

Places of worship

Druid Hills Baptist Church
Druid Hills Baptist Church

Synagogues are located in adjacent Virginia-Highland, Morningside/Lenox Park and North Druid Hills, the latter having one of the largest concentrations of Orthodox Jews in Metro Atlanta.

Churches
  • Atlanta Primitive Baptist Church, 1367 S Ponce De Leon Ave.
  • Druid Hills Baptist Church (CBF), Ponce de Leon Ave. & N. Highland Ave.
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon), 1450 Ponce De Leon Ave.

Economy

Emory Village
Emory Village, a small historic commercial node

Emory University, including its hospitals, is the third largest employer in Metro Atlanta as of 2007/8. The CDC is also an employer of note.

Commercial areas include Emory Village, a small node first developed in the 1920s at the terminus of the streetcar line to Emory. A revitalization of the area was completed in 2011 with new sidewalks, street furniture and two new roundabouts.

The other, larger commercial areas fall just outside the community's boundaries, such as the Clairmont Road corridor in North Decatur, the Sage Hill shopping center in Atlanta's Morningside/Lenox Park, and the Ponce de Leon Avenue corridor just west of Druid Hills in Atlanta's Poncey-Highland/Virginia-Highland.

Education

Primary and secondary schools

Druid Hills resides in the DeKalb County School District. Most residents are zoned to Fernbank Elementary School (in the Druid Hills CDP) while some are zoned to Briar Vista Elementary School. All residents are zoned to Druid Hills Middle School (in the North Decatur CDP), and Druid Hills High School (in the Druid Hills CDP).

The Paideia School [1] is a nearby preK–12 private school [2] in the city of Atlanta.

Colleges and universities

Emory University is a private university formerly located in the Druid Hills CDP. The City of Atlanta annexed Emory effective January 1, 2018.

Infrastructure

Transportation

Public bus transportation is provided by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, while Emory University runs an extensive fleet of shuttles, called the "Cliff".

Healthcare

Emory University Hospital and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta - Egleston Hospital are in the Druid Hills area.

The City of Atlanta annexed Egleston and Emory University effective January 1, 2018. Prior to the annexation, Egleston was in Druid Hills CDP, as was Emory Hospital.

Notable people

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