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Summerville, Georgia
Summerville City Hall
Summerville City Hall
Location in Chattooga County and the state of Georgia
Location in Chattooga County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Chattooga
Area
 • Total 4.01 sq mi (10.40 km2)
 • Land 4.01 sq mi (10.40 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
650 ft (198 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 4,435
 • Density 1,104.88/sq mi (426.64/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
30747
Area code(s) 706/762
FIPS code 13-74376
GNIS feature ID 0333158

Summerville is a city and the county seat of Chattooga County, Georgia, United States. The population was 4,534 at the 2010 census.

History

Summerville, Georgia (circa 1911)
Hollis and Hinton store on Commerce Street, circa 1911

Summerville was founded in 1838 as seat of the newly formed Chattooga County. It was incorporated as a town in 1839 and as a city in 1909. Summerville was named from the fact it was a popular summer resort.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.3 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 248
1860 350 41.1%
1870 281 −19.7%
1880 340 21.0%
1890 560 64.7%
1900 486 −13.2%
1910 657 35.2%
1920 1,003 52.7%
1930 933 −7.0%
1940 1,358 45.6%
1950 3,973 192.6%
1960 4,706 18.4%
1970 5,043 7.2%
1980 4,878 −3.3%
1990 5,025 3.0%
2000 4,556 −9.3%
2010 4,534 −0.5%
2020 4,435 −2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Summerville racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 3,060 69.0%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 958 21.6%
Native American 6 0.14%
Asian 5 0.11%
Other/Mixed 270 6.09%
Hispanic or Latino 136 3.07%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 4,435 people, 1,769 households, and 997 families residing in the city.

Education

Public education in Summerville is administered by the Chattooga County School District. The district operates four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. The district has 184 full-time teachers and over 2,834 students.

  • Leroy Massey Elementary School
  • Lyerly Elementary School
  • Menlo Elementary School
  • Summerville Elementary School
  • Summerville Middle School
  • Chattooga County High School

Notable people

  • Bobby Lee Cook, noted trial attorney
  • Edna Cain Daniel, journalist and publisher
  • Howard Finster, folk artist
  • Brody Malone, artistic gymnast
  • Senorise Perry, NFL player
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