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Eastman, Georgia
City
Eastman City Hall in Eastman
Eastman City Hall in Eastman
Nickname(s): Azalea City, Paris of the Wiregrass
Location in Dodge County and the state of Georgia
Location in Dodge County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Dodge
Area
 • Total 5.47 sq mi (14.16 km2)
 • Land 5.42 sq mi (14.03 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
Elevation 390 ft (119 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,962
 • Density 916/sq mi (353.8/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 31023
Area code(s) 478
FIPS code 13-25552
GNIS feature ID 0355610
Website cityofeastman.com

Eastman is a city in Dodge County, Georgia, United States. The population was 4,962 at the 2010 census. Named after one of the founders who contributed a site and paid for the county courthouse, the city was established in 1871, and is the county seat of Dodge County.

In the 19th century, this was a center of the timber and sawmill industry. During the Great Depression in 1937, the first Stuckey's covenience store, now well known along roadways throughout the Southeastern United States, was founded in Eastman.

History

Eastman was founded in 1871 as the seat of the newly formed Dodge County. It was incorporated as a town in 1873 and as a city in 1905. Eastman is named for W. P. Eastman, who, with W. E. Dodge, presented the county with a courthouse.

During that same time period, Ira Roe Foster, former Quartermaster General of Georgia, operated a sawmill in Dodge County. In 1869, Foster built a residence in what would become Eastman. Foster was one of many who came to the area to participate in the timber and sawmill boom.

During the boom, it was estimated that, on average, there was one mill every two miles along the industrial corridor created by the Macon and Brunswick Railroad. Unlike earlier eras, when timber was transported downstream in large river rafts, sawmills along the industrial corridor shipped their timber by rail. In his book The New South Comes to Wiregrass Georgia 1860-1910, author Mark V. Wetherington states: "Ira R. Foster shipped lumber to Brunswick, where it was loaded onto timber schooners and transported to international markets like Liverpool, Rio de Janeiro, and Havana." When Eastman was incorporated in 1872, Foster served as its first mayor.

Geography

Eastman is located in the center of Dodge County at 32°11′52″N 83°10′45″W / 32.19778°N 83.17917°W / 32.19778; -83.17917 (32.197760, -83.179271). U.S. Route 23 passes through the center of town, leading northwest 17 miles (27 km) to Cochran and southeast 20 miles (32 km) to McRae-Helena. U.S. Route 341 bypasses the city on the southwest, leading west 20 miles (32 km) to Hawkinsville and southeast with US 23 to McRae-Helena.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Eastman has a total area of 5.5 square miles (14.2 km2), of which 5.4 square miles (14.0 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.93%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,082
1900 1,235 14.1%
1910 2,355 90.7%
1920 2,707 14.9%
1930 3,022 11.6%
1940 3,311 9.6%
1950 3,597 8.6%
1960 5,118 42.3%
1970 5,416 5.8%
1980 5,330 −1.6%
1990 5,153 −3.3%
2000 5,440 5.6%
2010 4,962 −8.8%
Est. 2015 5,285 6.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 13,541 people, 5,261 households, and 1,318

There were 2,154 households out of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.9% were married couples living together, 19.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.8% were non-families. 35.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the city, the population was spread out with 29.5% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,604, and the median income for a family was $30,500. Males had a median income of $27,292 versus $20,497 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,332. About 20.2% of families and 23.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.1% of those under age 18 and 25.0% of those age 65 or over.

Climate

Climate data for Eastman, Georgia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 83
(28.3)
84
(28.9)
92
(33.3)
95
(35)
102
(38.9)
110
(43.3)
109
(42.8)
105
(40.6)
102
(38.9)
102
(38.9)
89
(31.7)
85
(29.4)
110
(43.3)
Average high °F (°C) 57.0
(13.89)
61.2
(16.22)
69.9
(21.06)
77.7
(25.39)
84.4
(29.11)
84.4
(29.11)
91.5
(33.06)
91.3
(32.94)
87.1
(30.61)
78.8
(26)
69.7
(20.94)
60.9
(16.06)
76.6
(24.78)
Average low °F (°C) 35.0
(1.67)
37.6
(3.11)
45.1
(7.28)
51.9
(11.06)
59.7
(15.39)
59.7
(15.39)
69.8
(21)
69.1
(20.61)
64.2
(17.89)
53.0
(11.67)
44.8
(7.11)
37.8
(3.22)
52.9
(11.61)
Record low °F (°C) -2
(-18.9)
10
(-12.2)
15
(-9.4)
29
(-1.7)
39
(3.9)
45
(7.2)
56
(13.3)
52
(11.1)
36
(2.2)
28
(-2.2)
12
(-11.1)
4
(-15.6)
-2
(-18.9)
Precipitation inches (mm) 5.05
(128.3)
4.38
(111.3)
4.84
(122.9)
3.58
(90.9)
2.93
(74.4)
4.53
(115.1)
5.12
(130)
3.90
(99.1)
3.33
(84.6)
2.73
(69.3)
3.18
(80.8)
3.67
(93.2)
46.40
(1,178.6)
Source #1: The Weather Channel
Source #2: Weatherbase

Recreation

Eastman has few recreational activities. The Dodge County Golf Club has a 9-hole golf course, a swimming pool and private golf cart selection. It is positioned next to the railroad tracks that run through the town. It also has a public baseball field located at the former Boys & Girls Club. The Eastman-Dodge County Recreational Fields, located along the Eastman-Dublin Highway (Highway 117), offers the following public sports for kids: football, baseball, tee ball, cheerleading, and soccer.

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