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Newnan, Georgia
City of Newnan
Official seal of Newnan, Georgia
Seal
Motto(s): 
City of Homes
Location in Coweta County and the state of Georgia
Location in Coweta County and the state of Georgia
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Coordinates: 33°22′35″N 84°47′19″W / 33.37639°N 84.78861°W / 33.37639; -84.78861Coordinates: 33°22′35″N 84°47′19″W / 33.37639°N 84.78861°W / 33.37639; -84.78861
Country United States
State Georgia
County Coweta
Incorporated (city) December 20, 1828
Area
 • Total 19.66 sq mi (50.92 km2)
 • Land 19.32 sq mi (50.03 km2)
 • Water 0.34 sq mi (0.89 km2)
Elevation
971 ft (296 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 33,039
 • Estimate 
(2019)
41,581
 • Density 2,152.56/sq mi (831.10/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
30263-30265, 30271
Area code(s) 770, 678
FIPS code 13-55020
GNIS feature ID 0332499

Newnan is a city in Metro Atlanta and the county seat of Coweta County, Georgia, about 40 miles (64 km) southwest of Atlanta. Its population was 33,039 at the 2010 census, up from 16,242 in 2000, for a growth rate of 103.4% over that decade. In 2019, its population was estimated at 41,581.

History

Newnan was established as county seat of Coweta County (replacing the defunct town of Bullsboro) in 1828 and was named for North Carolinian General Daniel Newnan. It quickly became a prosperous magnet for lawyers, doctors, other professionals, and merchants. Much of Newnan's prosperity was due to its thriving cotton industry, which relied on slavery.

Newnan was largely untouched by the Civil War due to its status as a hospital city (for Confederate troops), and as a result still features much antebellum architecture. Celebrated architect Kennon Perry designed many of the town's 20th century homes. During the Atlanta Campaign, Confederate cavalry defeated Union forces at the nearby Battle of Brown's Mill.

The city is home to one of the few Georgia counties with a museum that focuses mainly on African American history. The Coweta County African American Heritage Museum and Research Center, or Caswell House, was opened in July 2003 in a donated mill village house once owned by Ruby Caswell. The museum sits on Farmer Street on an old, unmarked, slave cemetery. It has collected hundreds of family genealogical records by interviewing residents and going through the census records. The museum also houses the Coweta Census Indexes from 1870 to 1920.

The first black library in the county was the Sara Fisher Brown Library. Built in the 1950s, the library has since been converted into the Community Action For Improvement Center.

The Farmer Street Cemetery is the largest slave cemetery in the South, and may be the largest undisturbed one in the nation. It is within the city limits of Newnan.

Geography

Heart of Newnan Motel, 25 LaGrange Street, Newnan, Georgia (8368126226)
"Heart of Newnan Motel", postcard from the 1960s

Newnan is located in the center of Coweta County at 33°22′35″N 84°47′19″W / 33.37639°N 84.78861°W / 33.37639; -84.78861 (33.376411, -84.788648). U.S. Route 29 passes through the center of the city, leading northeast 13 miles (21 km) to Palmetto and south 7 miles (11 km) to Moreland. Interstate 85 passes through the eastern side of the city, with access from exits 41 and 47, and leads northeast 40 miles (64 km) to downtown Atlanta and southwest 125 miles (201 km) to Montgomery, Alabama. U.S. Route 27A leads northwest from the center of Newnan 22 miles (35 km) to Carrollton.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Newnan has a total area of 18.6 square miles (48.3 km2), of which 18.3 square miles (47.4 km2) is land and 0.35 square miles (0.9 km2), or 1.88%, is water.

Climate

Climate data for Newnan, Georgia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 52
(11.1)
58
(14.4)
65
(18.3)
73
(22.8)
80
(26.7)
86
(30)
89
(31.7)
88
(31.1)
83
(28.3)
73
(22.8)
64
(17.8)
55
(12.8)
72.2
(22.31)
Average low °F (°C) 31
(-0.6)
33
(0.6)
40
(4.4)
47
(8.3)
56
(13.3)
64
(17.8)
68
(20)
67
(19.4)
62
(16.7)
49
(9.4)
41
(5)
33
(0.6)
49.3
(9.58)
Precipitation inches (mm) 5.49
(139.4)
5.14
(130.6)
5.95
(151.1)
4.17
(105.9)
4.37
(111)
3.99
(101.3)
4.66
(118.4)
4.00
(101.6)
3.24
(82.3)
2.86
(72.6)
4.18
(106.2)
4.27
(108.5)
52.32
(1,328.9)
Snowfall inches (cm) 0.8
(2)
0.5
(1.3)
0.4
(1)
0.1
(0.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.2
(0.5)
2
(5.1)
Source: The Weather Channel

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 2,546
1870 1,917 −24.7%
1880 2,006 4.6%
1890 2,859 42.5%
1900 3,654 27.8%
1910 5,548 51.8%
1920 7,037 26.8%
1930 6,386 −9.3%
1940 7,182 12.5%
1950 8,218 14.4%
1960 12,169 48.1%
1970 11,205 −7.9%
1980 11,449 2.2%
1990 12,497 9.2%
2000 16,242 30.0%
2010 33,039 103.4%
2020 41,628 26.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of 2010, Newnan's population was approximately 33,039 and Coweta County's population was approximately 127,400. From 2000 to 2010, the population of Coweta County grew by 42.7% as compared to from 1990 to 2000, when the its population grew by 65.7%. Newnan's population grew by 30% from 1990 to 2000 and by 103.4% from 2000 to 2010.

The ethnic makeup of the city was 50.8% White, 37.6% African American, 0.3% Native American, 2.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 5.6% from some other race, and 2.8% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 11.4% of the population.

Of the 13,783 households, 34.4% had children under 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 17.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.4% were not families. About 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.61, and the average family size was 3.17. In the city, the age distribution was 30.8% under 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.8% who were 65 or older. The median age was 33.3 years.

The median income for a household in the city was $50,175 and for a family was $64,615. Males had a median income of $50,753 versus $39,691 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,081. About 17.3% of families and 22.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.0% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Coweta County School District

The Coweta County School District holds preschool to grade 12, and consists of 19 elementary schools, seven middle schools, and three high schools. The district has 1,164 full-time teachers and over 18,389 students.

Elementary schools

  • Arbor Springs Elementary
  • Arnco-Sargent Elementary
  • Atkinson Elementary
  • Brooks Elementary
  • Canongate Elementary
  • Eastside Elementary
  • Elm Street Elementary
  • Grantville Elementary
  • Jefferson Parkway Elementary
  • Moreland Elementary
  • Newnan Crossing Elementary
  • Northside Elementary
  • Poplar Road Elementary
  • Ruth Hill Elementary
  • Thomas Crossroads Elementary
  • Western Elementary
  • Welch Elementary
  • White Oak Elementary
  • Willis Road Elementary
  • The Heritage School (private)
  • Trinity Christian School (private)

Middle schools

  • Arnall Middle School
  • Blake Bass Middle School
  • East Coweta Middle School
  • Evans Middle School
  • Lee Middle School
  • Madras Middle School
  • Smokey Road Middle School
  • The Heritage School (private)
  • Trinity Christian School (private)
  • Odyssey Charter School

High schools

  • Newnan High School
  • East Coweta High School
  • Northgate High School
  • Central Educational Center (Chartered Coweta County School System School)
  • The Pentecostal Church of God Christian Academy (private)
  • The Heritage School (private)
  • Trinity Christian School (private)

Higher education

Mercer University has a regional academic center in Newnan. The center opened in 2010, and offers programs through the university's College of Continuing and Professional Studies.

The University of West Georgia has a campus located in Newnan, near downtown. This campus currently has two undergraduate programs - bachelor of science in nursing and early childhood education.

Newnan is also home to a campus of West Georgia Technical College.

Transportation

Major roads

  • Interstate 85
  • Outer Perimeter
  • State Route 34
  • State Route 34 Bypass
  • State Route 16
  • State Route 70
  • Lower Fayetteville Road
  • Newnan Crossing Boulevard East
  • Newnan Crossing Bypass
  • U.S. Route 29
  • U.S. Route 27 Alternate

Pedestrians and cycling

  • LINC

Airports

  • Newnan–Coweta County Airport provides chartered air service and flight training.

Railroads

Until the mid-1950s the Central of Georgia operated two trains daily in each direction, through Newnan from Atlanta to Columbus, in its Man O' War service. The Central continued a single Man O' War train until 1971 when Amtrak took over most interstate passenger service. Until 1970, the city was a stop on the Southern Railway's Crescent from New Orleans to New York City, via Atlanta. Into the mid-1960s, the Southern's Crescent and Piedmont Limited made stops in both directions in Newnan.

Notable people

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