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Lavonia, Georgia
Main Street, Lavonia, Georgia, May 2017
Main Street, Lavonia, Georgia, May 2017
Motto(s): 
"Home to Land of Spirit",
"Big Time Small Town"
Location in Franklin County and the state of Georgia
Location in Franklin County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
Counties Franklin, Hart
Area
 • Total 4.53 sq mi (11.73 km2)
 • Land 4.51 sq mi (11.67 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
Elevation
853 ft (260 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,143
 • Density 475.59/sq mi (183.61/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
30553
Area code(s) 706
FIPS code 13-45460
GNIS feature ID 0316687

Lavonia is a city in Franklin and Hart Counties, Georgia, United States. The population was 2,156 at the 2010 census, up from 1,827 at the 2000 census.

Geography

Lavonia is located in northeastern Franklin County at 34°26′10″N 83°6′23″W / 34.43611°N 83.10639°W / 34.43611; -83.10639 (34.436055, -83.106270).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.6 square miles (11.9 km2), of which 0.02 square miles (0.06 km2), or 0.53%, is water.

The city lies along Interstate 85, 53 miles (85 km) southwest of Greenville, South Carolina, and 94 miles (151 km) northeast of Atlanta.

History

The Cherokee people were indigenous to the area in which Lavonia is located. A sophisticated tribe that typically dwelled in cabins by the 18th century, the Cherokee joined with the British during the American Revolution. When the American colonists prevailed, their land was issued as bounty land to those that had fought in the revolution. As a result, people of European ancestry began to move into the Lavonia area during the 1780s.

The founding of the town of Lavonia came as the result of the expansion of the railroad in northeast Georgia. A railroad line known as the Elberton-Airline Railroad desired another station further to the north. In a move typical for the time, businessmen in the area determined to build a town around the new railroad station. Upon division of the area into town lots and completion of all necessary legal procedures, the town of Lavonia was incorporated in 1880.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 72
1890 283 293.1%
1900 699 147.0%
1910 1,712 144.9%
1920 1,644 −4.0%
1930 1,511 −8.1%
1940 1,667 10.3%
1950 1,766 5.9%
1960 2,088 18.2%
1970 2,044 −2.1%
1980 2,024 −1.0%
1990 1,840 −9.1%
2000 1,827 −0.7%
2010 2,156 18.0%
2020 2,143 −0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Lavonia Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 1,395 65.1%
Black or African American 492 22.96%
Native American 5 0.23%
Asian 10 0.47%
Pacific Islander 10 0.06%
Other/Mixed 80 3.73%
Hispanic or Latino 161 7.51%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 2,143 people, 1,029 households, and 676 families residing in the city.

Transportation

Major highways

  • I-85.svg Interstate 85
  • Georgia 17.svg State Route 17
  • Georgia 59.svg State Route 59
  • Georgia 77 Connector.svg State Route 77 Connector
  • Georgia 328.svg State Route 328
  • Georgia 403.svg State Route 403 (unsigned designation for I-85)

Airports

  • Broad River Air Park(3GE3), a private airport community featuring a 3000ft runway parallel to Interstate 85.

Notable people

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