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West Point, Georgia
The West Point Commercial Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 1, 2006.
The West Point Commercial Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 1, 2006.
Location in Troup County and Georgia
Location in Troup County and Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
Counties Troup, Harris
 • Total 11.85 sq mi (30.69 km2)
 • Land 11.70 sq mi (30.29 km2)
 • Water 0.15 sq mi (0.40 km2)
568 ft (173 m)
 • Total 3,719
 • Density 318.00/sq mi (122.78/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) Area code 706
FIPS code 13-82132
GNIS feature ID 0333394

West Point is a city in Troup and Harris counties in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is located approximately halfway between Montgomery, Alabama and Atlanta along Interstate 85. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 3,474, and in 2015 the estimated population was 3,728. Most of the city is in Troup County, which is part of the LaGrange Micropolitan Statistical Area, and hence part of the Atlanta-Athens-Clarke County-Sandy Springs, GA Combined Statistical Area. A sliver in the south is in Harris County, which is part of the Columbus Metropolitan Statistical Area.


This town's present name comes from its being near the westernmost point of the Chattahoochee River, where the river turns from its southwesterly flow from the Appalachian Mountains to due south – for all practical purposes – and forms the boundary with Alabama. The large nearby reservoir, West Point Lake, was created by the Army Corps of Engineers by the building of the West Point Dam, for water storage and hydroelectric power generation. The reservoir stores water which can be released during dry seasons, in order to maintain the water level of the navigable inland waterway from Columbus, Georgia, south to the Gulf of Mexico.

During the late spring of 2003, there was a flood caused by extremely heavy rainfall and thunderstorms upstream of the West Point Dam; the weather caused the water level in the reservoir to come close to overflowing the top of the dam. There were allegations of poor forecasting by the Corps of Engineers of the reservoir's water levels. The flood water would have overflowed the dam had not emergency measures been taken; i.e., a large amount of water was released though the spillway of the dam. Whereas this prevented the catastrophic failure of the West Point Dam, the town of West Point endured a flood much more severe than any other in the time since the dam had been built.

In the mid-19th century, the Atlanta & LaGrange Railroad was established and soon renamed the Atlanta & West Point Railroad, using the name of West Point; and the town of East Point, Fulton County, Georgia, received its name for being at the northeastern end of this railroad line. The rail line linked metropolitan Atlanta with the lower reaches of the Chattahoochee River, with Columbus, and with Montgomery, Alabama, via the Montgomery & West Point Railroad.

Passenger service between Atlanta and Montgomery continued, on the "West Point Route," until approximately the beginning of the Amtrak era, or more than 100 years (circa 1855–circa 1970). The Montgomery-to-West Point rail line was completed in 1851, three years before the West Point-to-Atlanta segment. Rail operations were seriously disrupted during the Civil War (1861–65), as Southern rail lines were subject to Union Army attacks.

Toward the end of the war, West Point was the scene of the Battle of West Point.


West Point is located at 32°52′35″N 85°10′26″W / 32.87639°N 85.17389°W / 32.87639; -85.17389 (32.876452, −85.173848). According to the United States Census Bureau, this town has a total area of 4.6 square miles (12 km2), of which 4.4 square miles (11 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (2.86%) is water. The city is located on the Alabama state line and Interstate 85, which runs northeast to southwest through the city, leading northeast 76 mi (122 km) to Atlanta and southwest 74 mi (119 km) to Montgomery, Alabama. Other highways that run through the city include U.S. Route 29, Georgia State Route 18, and Georgia State Route 103.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,405
1880 1,178 −16.2%
1890 1,254 6.5%
1900 1,797 43.3%
1910 1,906 6.1%
1920 2,138 12.2%
1930 2,145 0.3%
1940 3,591 67.4%
1950 4,076 13.5%
1960 4,610 13.1%
1970 4,232 −8.2%
1980 4,305 1.7%
1990 3,571 −17.0%
2000 3,382 −5.3%
2010 3,474 2.7%
2020 3,719 7.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

West Point racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 1,387 37.29%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,041 54.88%
Native American 12 0.32%
Asian 66 1.77%
Pacific Islander 1 0.03%
Other/Mixed 126 3.39%
Hispanic or Latino 86 2.31%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,719 people, 1,579 households, and 970 families residing in the city.



Kia Motors opened an automobile factory in West Point in 2009. Since 2011, the West Point auto factory has been manufacturing models of the Kia Telluride, Kia Sorento, and Kia K5.

Batson-Cook Construction was founded in West Point in 1913. It continues to be headquartered in West Point.

West Point Iron Works was founded in West Point three years after the Civil War ended. The company started off as a supplier of individual components, such as pulleys and gears, to nearby textile mills. In the 1930s the company was renamed West Point Foundry and Machine Co. In the 2000s, having been negatively impacted by imports (cloth) the company turned to SEETAC to seek assistance to use the firm's engineering and production expertise to provide products to the U.S. military. The firm also changed its name to West Point Industries to emphasize its broader client base. West Point now also makes component parts for manufacturers in a wide range of industries.


Troup County High School and Long Cane Middle School, located in LaGrange, serve the children of West Point and the surrounding area.

Point University, formerly Atlanta Christian College, a private Christian university in East Point, moved their campus to West Point in 2012.

Notable people

  • Drew Ferguson, politician
  • Dorothy Kirby, professional golfer
  • Alex Moore, American football player
  • Joe Palmisano, baseball player
  • Ansley Truitt, basketball player

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