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Tallapoosa, Georgia
Talwa Posa
Downtown Tallapoosa
Downtown Tallapoosa
Location in Haralson County and the state of Georgia
Location in Haralson County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Haralson
 • Total 7.4 sq mi (19.3 km2)
 • Land 7.4 sq mi (19.2 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 1,138 ft (347 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,789
 • Density 376.9/sq mi (144.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 30176
Area code(s) 770
FIPS code 13-75300
GNIS feature ID 0323891

Tallapoosa /tæləˈpsə/ is a city in Haralson County, Georgia, United States. The population was 3,170 at the 2010 census.


Tallapoosa, incorporated in 1860, is located in Haralson County, in northwest Georgia, approximately 80 kilometers (50 mi) west of Atlanta, just north of Interstate 20 and east of the Alabama state line. Its geographic coördinates are 33°45′N 85°17′W / 33.75°N 85.283°W / 33.75; -85.283 (33.7437, -85.2879).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.5 square miles (19 km2), of which 7.4 square miles (19 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.40%) is water.

The Scientific American of May 31, 1890, featured a glowing cover story on Tallapoosa, with many illustrations.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 52
1890 1,699 3,167.3%
1900 2,128 25.3%
1910 2,117 −0.5%
1920 2,719 28.4%
1930 2,417 −11.1%
1940 2,338 −3.3%
1950 2,826 20.9%
1960 2,744 −2.9%
1970 2,896 5.5%
1980 2,647 −8.6%
1990 2,805 6.0%
2000 2,789 −0.6%
2010 3,170 13.7%
Est. 2015 3,171 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,789 people, 1,187 households, and 764 families residing in the city. The population density was 375.6 people per square mile (144.9/km²). There were 1,334 housing units at an average density of 179.7 per square mile (69.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.18% White, 6.63% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.90% Asian, 0.07% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.32% of the population.

There were 1,187 households out of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.6% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the city, the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 17.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 81.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,938, and the median income for a family was $37,401. Males had a median income of $34,102 versus $21,130 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,302. About 12.8% of families and 19.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.0% of those under age 18 and 26.9% of those age 65 or over.

Parks and recreation

Tallapoosa, Georgia City Hall
Tallapoosa City Hall

Tallapoosa is home to recreational and cultural opportunities for residents and visitors.

The Tallapoosa Historical Society keeps the unique multiregional history of the city alive through publications, fairs, performances and meetings.

The following are listed by the city:."

Foxwoods - Wedding and Social venue

Old Academy Grounds - Historic home great for weddings and social events.

Tally Mountain Golf Course - Serene rolling hills golf course featuring 18 holes with a lake and clubhouse. Pool is open in the summer.

West Georgia Museum of Tallapoosa - An authentic museum created by local residents that includes re-creations of Tallapoosa's businesses and many artifacts from the Indian Era.

Historic District Walking Tour - View the beauty of yesterday's architecture on this in-city pedestrian trail that begins behind the Tallapoosa library.

Helton Howland Memorial Park - Picnic Pavilion that is free to rent, multiple picnic tables, horseshoes, authentic military vehicles and equipment on display. Beach not suitable for swimming.

Veteran's Memorial and Medal of Honor Park - Site includes the Wall of Tears, the Medal of Honor Fountain and the League-Lowe Memorial.

Bud Jones Taxidermy and Wildlife Museum - Visit with wildlife from North America and Africa featuring deer, bird, and fossil collections as well as a mounted elephant head.

Big Oak RV - RV Park with a total of 51 RV-full hook-ups, 46 pull thru hook-ups, 4 tent sites, and 5 back-up sites available.

Tally Valley Park, Inc. - This park has a total 40 RV-full hook-ups and 20 pull thru hook-ups. Other amenities include: a bathhouse, LP Gas, dump dumpster, office concession, picnic sites, pool, volleyball court, horseshoes, and gold panning.

Popular culture

Tallapoosa is mentioned in Johnny Cash's song "I've Been Everywhere." It is also the setting for the Ray Stevens song "Vacation Bible School," which appears on the "I Have Returned" Album.

Tallapoosa has an application available from a mobile Browser Tallapoosa, GA - Mobile App.

Tallapoosa hosts an annual New Year's celebration referred to as the Possum Drop.

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