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Hephzibah, Georgia
Location in Richmond County and the state of Georgia
Location in Richmond County and the state of Georgia
Hephzibah, Georgia is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Hephzibah, Georgia
Hephzibah, Georgia
Location in Georgia (U.S. state)
Hephzibah, Georgia is located in the United States
Hephzibah, Georgia
Hephzibah, Georgia
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Georgia
County Richmond
 • Total 19.56 sq mi (50.65 km2)
 • Land 19.49 sq mi (50.47 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.18 km2)
 • Total 3,830
 • Density 196.54/sq mi (75.89/km2)
ZIP code
FIPS code 13-38040

Hephzibah is a city in southern Richmond County, in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is part of the Augusta metropolitan area. The population was 4,011 at the 2010 census. Hephzibah is a poetic name used in the Book of Isaiah (62:4) to refer to Jerusalem, meaning "My delight is in Her."


Hephzibah was originally named Brothersville, in honor of three brothers who settled near one another. In October 1860, a Baptist seminary was established in Brothersville by a group of Appling residents. They established the Hephzibah Baptist Church in 1862. The prominence of these new religious institutions in the area swayed the state of Georgia to rename the town Hephzibah in 1870. In 1909, Walter A. Clark published a book of local history, named A Lost Arcadia - The Story of My Old Community, detailing the earliest days of Hephzibah.

In 1996 the governments of the city of Augusta and Richmond County combined to form a consolidated government. The residents of Hephzibah and nearby Blythe voted to maintain their separate city governments prior to this action. Some municipal services in Hephzibah are provided by the consolidated Augusta-Richmond County, while water, fire, and police services are maintained by the city.

After years of slow decline, the retail economy in Hephzibah has increased substantially since 2010. New businesses are an IGA grocery store, CrossFit gym, and a branch of the local chain restaurant 'Wife Saver,' specializing in Southern food.


Hephzibah is located at 33°18′15″N 82°5′53″W / 33.30417°N 82.09806°W / 33.30417; -82.09806 (33.304126, -82.097923).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.4 square miles (50.2 km2), of which 0.07 square miles (0.17 km2), or 0.34%, is water.


  • US 25
  • SR 88


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 541
1910 656 21.3%
1920 650 −0.9%
1930 646 −0.6%
1940 516 −20.1%
1950 525 1.7%
1960 676 28.8%
1970 987 46.0%
1980 1,452 47.1%
1990 2,466 69.8%
2000 3,880 57.3%
2010 4,011 3.4%
2020 3,830 −4.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Hephzibah racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 2,168 56.61%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,319 34.44%
Native American 23 0.6%
Asian 9 0.23%
Pacific Islander 5 0.13%
Other/Mixed 190 4.96%
Hispanic or Latino 116 3.03%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,830 people, 1,424 households, and 1,022 families residing in the city.


Christianity is predominant in the region, with the largest denominations being Independent Baptist, Southern Baptist and Methodist.

Notable people

This list includes people who were born in Hephzibah or who spent a significant amount of time living in the town.

Name Date of Birth Notes References
Darrell Blocker, nicknamed "The Spy Whisperer" CIA agent
Wendell Chavous 1985 NASCAR driver
John Wesley Gilbert 1864 First student and black professor of Paine College, one of the first black American archaeologists
George Kitchens 1983 Track and field athlete
Marlon Riggs 1957 Filmmaker and educator
Vaughn Taylor 1976 PGA Tour golfer
Itoro Umoh-Coleman 1977 WNBA basketball player and Clemson assistant coach
Ben Chestnut 1973/1974 Founder and CEO of Mailchimp



Richmond County School System operates public schools, including Hephzibah Elementary School, Hephzibah Middle School, and Hephzibah High School.

There is also a charter school, Georgia School of Innovation and the Classics (GSIC).

See also

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