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Fairburn, Georgia
Downtown Fairburn
Downtown Fairburn
Location in Fulton County and the state of Georgia
Location in Fulton County and the state of Georgia
Fairburn, Georgia is located in Metro Atlanta
Fairburn, Georgia
Fairburn, Georgia
Location in Metro Atlanta
Country United States
State Georgia
County Fulton
Government
 • Type Mayor–council government
Area
 • Total 17.12 sq mi (44.34 km2)
 • Land 16.91 sq mi (43.79 km2)
 • Water 0.21 sq mi (0.55 km2)
Elevation
1,027 ft (313 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 16,483
 • Density 974.86/sq mi (376.40/km2)
 • Demonym
Fairburnite
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
30213
Area code(s) 770
FIPS code 13-28380
GNIS feature ID 0314030
Website Fairburn, GA

Fairburn is a city in Fulton County, Georgia, United States, with a population of 12,950, according to the 2010 census. Though it has a rich history of its own, the city is now a closely linked suburb of Atlanta, which lies just 17 miles to the north.

History

Fairburn is located along a railroad line and was the county seat of Campbell County starting in 1871. It was chosen as county seat in a referendum in 1871 that was spurned on by the original seat of Campbellton refusing to allow the Atlanta & West Point Railroad line through on account of the anticipated noise in the 1850s. The railroad instead passed through Fairburn. Campbellton then faded away as Fairburn grew. The government of Campbell County went bankrupt in 1931 during the Great Depression and, along with Milton County to the north, was absorbed into Fulton County when 1932 began.

Geography

Fairburn is located at 33°33′45″N 84°34′53″W / 33.56250°N 84.58139°W / 33.56250; -84.58139 (33.562411, -84.581443). Fairburn is located along Interstate 85, which leads northeast 20 miles (32 km) to downtown Atlanta and southwest 142 miles (229 km) to Montgomery, Alabama. Georgia State Route 74 also runs through the city, leading south 13 miles (21 km) to Peachtree City.

According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 17.1 square miles (44.3 km2), of which 16.9 square miles (43.8 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km2), or 1.24%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 298
1870 305 2.3%
1880 563 84.6%
1890 695 23.4%
1900 761 9.5%
1910 1,395 83.3%
1920 1,600 14.7%
1930 1,372 −14.2%
1940 1,502 9.5%
1950 1,889 25.8%
1960 2,470 30.8%
1970 3,143 27.2%
1980 3,466 10.3%
1990 4,013 15.8%
2000 5,464 36.2%
2010 12,950 137.0%
2020 16,483 27.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Fairburn racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 1,540 9.34%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 12,601 76.45%
Native American 16 0.1%
Asian 220 1.33%
Pacific Islander 4 0.02%
Other/Mixed 454 2.75%
Hispanic or Latino 1,648 10.0%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 16,483 people, 5,051 households, and 3,442 families residing in the city.

Culture

Fairburn is home to the Georgia Renaissance Festival, in operation during the springtime.


Education

  • Fulton County Schools serves Fairburn.
  • Arlington Christian School is a private school in Fairburn.
  • Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System operates the Fairburn Branch.
  • Landmark Christian School is a private school in Fairburn.
  • Georgia Military College has a campus located in Fairburn, offering associate degrees.
  • Brenau University has a satellite campus in Fairburn.
  • University of Georgia at Fairburn is located in Fairburn.
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