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Kingsland, Georgia
City of Kingsland
Clockwise from top: Kingsland Commercial Historic District, Kingsland City Hall, municipal water tower, Lone Sailor statue at Veterans' Park
Clockwise from top: Kingsland Commercial Historic District, Kingsland City Hall, municipal water tower, Lone Sailor statue at Veterans' Park
Motto(s): 
"The City of Royal Treatment"
Location in Camden County and the state of Georgia
Location in Camden County and the state of Georgia
Kingsland, Georgia is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Kingsland, Georgia
Kingsland, Georgia
Location in Georgia (U.S. state)
Kingsland, Georgia is located in the United States
Kingsland, Georgia
Kingsland, Georgia
Location in the United States
Kingsland, Georgia is located in North America
Kingsland, Georgia
Kingsland, Georgia
Location in North America
Country  United States
State  Georgia (U.S. state)
County Camden
Founded 1894
Incorporated 1908
Named for William Henry King
Area
 • Total 44.95 sq mi (116.43 km2)
 • Land 44.74 sq mi (115.87 km2)
 • Water 0.22 sq mi (0.56 km2)
Elevation
36 ft (11 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 18,337
 • Density 409.88/sq mi (158.26/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
31537, 31548, 31558, 31569
Area code(s) 912
FIPS code 13-43640
GNIS feature ID 0316462

Kingsland is a city in Camden County, Georgia, United States. The population was 18,337 at the 2020 census.

The Kingsland Commercial Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 17, 1994. It includes the area surrounding South Lee Street between King Street and William Street. It hosts an annual Catfish Festival on Labor Day weekend. It is also home to Neutral Zone Studios, where Star Trek fans can come and make Star Trek fan films, the most notable being Star Trek Continues.

History

In 1788, the King family bought large amounts of land west of St. Marys. The Kings named the plantation Woodlawn. The great-grandson of John King, William King, later built a home on "King's Land." On Christmas Day in 1893 the first passenger train (the Florida Central and Peninsular Railroad, today's CSX Railroad) rolled into Camden County right across King’s property. As Mr. William King's house was the only one in site, the railroad company named the area “Kings Land.” With the coming of the railroad, people from all areas began to build in and around Kings Land setting a new era in motion. After the railroad was developed, William Henry King mapped out the town to be located on his property and named it in his honor. Stores and businesses were open and he became the first mayor when the City of Kingsland was incorporated in 1908. Presumably, this was when the town’s two-word title became only one word. The first Kingsland newspaper was published on April 5, 1895 by the Southeast Georgian.

In 1928, the nation's first Maine to Miami road, known in Georgia as the Dixie Highway, was being planned, although it wouldn’t open and pass through Kingsland until 1927. Until that time most people used the St Marys River ferry to cross back and forth between St Marys and Kingsland. Before the wide spread use of automobiles, water traffic was an essential means of transportation for the residents and businesses of Camden County.

The City’s Police and Volunteer Fire Departments have been traced back to 1942 and 1943, respectively. The first fire truck in the 1940s consisted of an army wagon with a pump on it that would be pulled by the first pickup truck to get there. In the 1950s the first fire truck was built by putting the old tank and pump on a 1953 Chevrolet chassis. The first factory built truck was purchased in 1968. In 1973, the first ambulance license was issued to Kingsland Fire Rescue and they served the whole county.

In 1969 the City bought its first garbage truck, a Ford Packard and began charging for pickup. Before that time, a flat bed truck was used and there was not a fee charged. The City operated its own landfill until 1992.

In April 2007, the largest wild fire in Georgia history, the Bugaboo Scrub Fire started in the nearby Okefenokee Swamp. Kingsland was blanketed in smoke until the fire came under control.

Geography

Kingsland is located in southwestern Camden County at 30°47′41″N 81°40′18″W / 30.79472°N 81.67167°W / 30.79472; -81.67167 (30.794612, -81.671720), just north of the Florida line. It is bordered by St. Marys to the east. Interstate 95 runs through the eastern part of the city, with access from four exits. U.S. Route 17, an older highway running parallel to I-95, passes through the center of Kingsland. Jacksonville, Florida, is 36 miles (58 km) to the south, and Brunswick is 34 miles (55 km) to the north.

According to the United States Census Bureau, recent annexations by the city of large tracts of land have resulted in a total area of 45.0 square miles (116.5 km2), of which 42.7 square miles (110.7 km2) is land and 2.2 square miles (5.8 km2), or 4.99%, is water. This recent growth makes Kingsland the twelfth largest city in the state of Georgia by land mass.

Climate

Climate data for Kingsland, Georgia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Rainfall inches (mm) 2.86
(72.6)
2.44
(62)
1.65
(41.9)
5.67
(144)
1.07
(27.2)
4.47
(113.5)
6.26
(159)
9.13
(231.9)
6.19
(157.2)
1.11
(28.2)
3.94
(100.1)
1.93
(49)
3.89
(98.8)
Humidity 82.3 77.2 84.2 83.6 78.1 80.4 83.7 84.9 89.2 86.6 89.4 88.2 83.9

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 190
1920 296 55.8%
1930 444 50.0%
1940 619 39.4%
1950 1,169 88.9%
1960 1,536 31.4%
1970 1,831 19.2%
1980 2,008 9.7%
1990 4,699 134.0%
2000 10,506 123.6%
2010 15,946 51.8%
2020 18,337 15.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Kingsland racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 11,128 60.69%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 4,092 22.32%
Native American 67 0.37%
Asian 423 2.31%
Pacific Islander 24 0.13%
Other/Mixed 1,268 6.91%
Hispanic or Latino 1,335 7.28%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 18,337 people, 6,118 households, and 4,546 families residing in the city.

Education

Higher education

  • College of Coastal Georgia

Secondary

  • Camden County High School

Primary

  • Camden County Middle School
  • Kingsland Elementary School
  • Matilda Harris Elementary School
  • David L. Rainer Elementary School
  • Mamie Lou Gross Elementary School
  • Crooked River Elementary School

Private schools

  • Coastal Academy
  • New Hope Christian Academy
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