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Dublin, Georgia
Dublin City Hall
Dublin City Hall
Nickname(s): 
The Emerald City
Location in Laurens County and the state of Georgia
Location in Laurens County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Laurens
Area
 • Total 16.06 sq mi (41.59 km2)
 • Land 15.96 sq mi (41.35 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0.24 km2)
Elevation
223 ft (68 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 16,074
 • Density 1,006.89/sq mi (388.76/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
31021, 31027, 31040
Area code(s) 478
FIPS code 13-24376
GNIS feature ID 0313692

Dublin is a city in Laurens County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2020 census, the city had a population of 16,074. It is the county seat of Laurens County.

History

The original settlement was named after Dublin, Ireland. Because of Dublin's location as a midpoint between Savannah and Atlanta, the town in recent decades became home to a small assortment of industrial distribution centers, which complemented various industries—textiles, furniture, and paper, among others—that had already established themselves there in the second half of the 20th century. Historically, however, Dublin's economy was based on the local cotton, corn, and soybean trades, which blossomed as the town's central location enabled it to thrive with the growth of the railroad.

Jackson Street, Dublin, Georgia (8367048827)
Jackson street in Dublin, c. 1945

Originally, Dublin and the surrounding area was home to Native Americans of the Muskogee people. Most of the Muskogee fled westward with the arrival of European settlers, many of them organizing themselves into armed resistance units, which fought government forces and British militias to protect their native territory well into the early 19th century. Ultimately, most of the Muskogee diaspora settled in what is now Oklahoma.

Post Office, Dublin, Georgia (8368115042)
Post Office and U.S. Courthouse

Despite the Irish ancestry of Dublin's first non-indigenous settlers, the town, like most of Middle Georgia, by the late 19th century had evolved from mixture of ethnicities. Most of the population descended from Scottish, English, and other western European immigrants. The considerable African-American population descended from most of whose roots lay in Angola or throughout west Africa. By the end of the 20th century, the town had also become home to a growing population of recent immigrants, many of them professionals from India, Korea, and Latin America. As labor migrations from Mexico and Central America shifted from the southwest U.S. to much of the southeast, many immigrants from those regions also moved to Dublin in the first decade of the 21st century.

Veterans Administration Bldg., Dublin, Ga. (8367048897)
Veterans Administration building

Dublin, according to a historical marker at the town's main Oconee bridge, was one of the last encampments at which Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his family stayed before being captured by Union forces in May 1865.

Geography

Dublin is located at 32°32′15″N 82°55′6″W / 32.53750°N 82.91833°W / 32.53750; -82.91833 (32.537463, -82.918358). The town, named such because the Middle Georgia piedmont reminded Irish settlers of terrain in their native country, was founded on the Oconee River, which starts in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Georgia before combining with the Ocmulgee River to form the Altamaha, a river which then proceeds to its mouth on the Atlantic Ocean.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 13.3 square miles (34 km2), of which, 13.2 square miles (34 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.45%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 574
1890 862 50.2%
1900 2,987 246.5%
1910 5,795 94.0%
1920 7,707 33.0%
1930 6,681 −13.3%
1940 7,814 17.0%
1950 10,232 30.9%
1960 13,814 35.0%
1970 15,143 9.6%
1980 16,083 6.2%
1990 16,312 1.4%
2000 15,857 −2.8%
2010 16,201 2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Dublin racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 5,144 32.0%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 9,811 61.04%
Native American 23 0.14%
Asian 342 2.13%
Pacific Islander 1 0.01%
Other/Mixed 421 2.62%
Hispanic or Latino 332 2.07%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 16,074 people, 5,520 households, and 3,336 families residing in the city.

Dublin Micropolitan Statistical Area

Dublin Micropolitan Area
Location of the Dublin Micropolitan Statistical Area in Georgia

Dublin is the principal city of the Dublin Micropolitan Statistical Area, a micropolitan area that covers Johnson and Laurens counties and had a combined population of 53,434 at the 2000 census.

Notable people

  • Jamel Ashley, retired track athlete who competed in the sprint events
  • Jermaine Hall, basketball player for Maccabi Ashdod of the Israeli Basketball Premier League
  • Anthony Kewoa Johnson, retired American mixed martial artist who competed in the light heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Matt Hatchett - Businessman and politician. He is a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from the 150th District.
  • Marcos Knight, professional basketball player
  • J. Roy Rowland, congressman from 1983 to 1995 and a resident of Dublin
  • Demaryius Thomas, football player in the NFL for the Denver Broncos
  • Quincy Trouppe, baseball player in the Negro leagues
  • Erik Walden, National Football League player
  • Darrell Williams Jr., football player in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers
  • Ron Rogers, retired Football Player at Georgia Tech and in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens

In popular culture

The town, along with a reference to the Oconee River and Laurens County, is mentioned in the opening page of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake: "nor had topsawyer's rocks by the stream Oconee exaggerated themselves to Laurens County's gorgios while they went doublin their mumper all the time." (Joyce explained in a letter: "Dublin, Laurens Co, Georgia, founded by a Dubliner, Peter Sawyer, on r. Oconee. Its motto: Doubling all the time.")

Education

Public schools

Dublin High School, Dublin
Dublin High School

The Dublin City School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of two elementary schools, a middle school, a high school, and an alternative school. The district has approximately 2,400 students as of 2016.

  • Hillcrest Elementary School
  • Susie Dasher Elementary School
  • Dublin Middle School
  • Dublin High School
  • Moore Street School (Alternative)

The Laurens County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, and serves areas outside of the Dublin city limits.

Private schools

  • Trinity Christian School

Higher education

  • Georgia Military College - Dublin Campus
  • Oconee Fall Line Technical College - South Campus
  • Middle Georgia State University - Dublin Campus
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