Senoia, Georgia

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Senoia, Georgia
City
Downtown Senoia
Downtown Senoia
Motto(s): "The perfect setting. For life."[1]
Location in Coweta County and the state of Georgia
Location in Coweta County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 33°18′7″N 84°33′12″W / 33.30194°N 84.55333°W / 33.30194; -84.55333Coordinates: 33°18′7″N 84°33′12″W / 33.30194°N 84.55333°W / 33.30194; -84.55333
Country United States
State Georgia
County Coweta
Area
 • Total 5.4 sq mi (14.1 km2)
 • Land 5.4 sq mi (13.9 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 889 ft (271 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,307
 • Estimate (2017)[2] 4,213
 • Density 618/sq mi (238.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 30276
Area code(s) 770
FIPS code 13-69672[3]
GNIS feature ID 0322710[4]
Website www.senoia.com

Senoia (the historical and local pronunciation is "Se-Noy")[5] is a city located 35 minutes southwest of Atlanta in Coweta County, Georgia, United States. It is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. Its population was 3,307 at the 2010 census.[6] It is also the wealthiest town in the state.

History

Around 1828, a large number of people traveled from Newberry, South Carolina, in covered wagons, oxcarts, on horseback, and by foot. In the group were preachers, farmers, masons, and most any other occupation of the day. The names read like a current register of the area, since these forerunners have numerous descendants still making their homes in Senoia. In the group from South Carolina were the Atkinsons, Addys, Pages, Youngs, Levells, Shells, Barnes, Falls, Moses and many others. They scattered across the countryside, each trying to find a new start. And find it they did in the rich land of eastern Coweta. Raising cotton, and livestock, the area was an agricultural Utopia.[5]

Geography

Senoia is located in southeastern Coweta County at 33°18′7″N 84°33′12″W / 33.30194°N 84.55333°W / 33.30194; -84.55333 (33.301849, -84.553450).[7] It is bordered to the north by Peachtree City in Fayette County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Senoia has a total area of 5.4 square miles (14.1 km2), of which 5.4 square miles (13.9 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.3 km2), or 2.03%, is water.[8]

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 731
1890 863 18.1%
1900 782 −9.4%
1910 1,111 42.1%
1920 906 −18.5%
1930 736 −18.8%
1940 679 −7.7%
1950 770 13.4%
1960 782 1.6%
1970 910 16.4%
1980 900 −1.1%
1990 956 6.2%
2000 1,738 81.8%
2010 3,307 90.3%
Est. 2017 4,213 [2] 27.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

At the 2010 U.S.census,[10] there were 3,307 people, 1,175 households and 946 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 80.3% White, 14.5% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 1.1% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.6% of the population.

At the 2000 U.S. Census, there were 632 households of which 38.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.9% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.5% were non-families. 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.9 males.

The median household income was $50,080 and the median family income was $56,382. Males had a median income of $36,000 versus $27,900 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,819. About 5.6% of families and 7.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.9% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.

Town name

The derivation of the name "Senoia" is difficult to determine. There are four main theories:[5]

  1. Senoya He-ne-ha was the wife of Captain William McIntosh. Their son, also named William McIntosh, was a general in the army and a chief in his band of Creek Indians. Senoya was a member of the prestigious Wind Clan of the Creek Indians. This is what established the idea of "Princess Senoia".
  2. From an edition of a one-time Senoia paper, the Enterprise-Gazette, comes this quotation concerning the naming of the town: "John Williams suggested the name Senoia for an Indian Chief of that name, a medicine man and philanthropist, noble, brave, and generous, who lived near the present location of Sargent."
  3. Another newspaper account in 1873 held that Colonel William C. Barnes came up with the name in honor of a clever Indian who formerly resided in the community.
  4. Others say that "Senoia" comes from Shenoywa, a Native American title for Chief William McIntosh.

Southern Living Idea House

Senoia is unique, as it has been chosen twice to host the Southern Living Idea House, in 2010 and 2012. The Idea Houses are designer showcases of the finest trends in home design and furnishings.

  • In 2010 a four-story 4,880-square-foot (453 m2) luxury brownstone that is part of the Historic Senoia Project was decorated by noted local designer and decorator Jamie McPherson.[11]
  • The 2012 Idea House is a renovated 1830s farmhouse located in Senoia's Gin Property neighborhood. The house was raised, moved a bit closer to the street, peeled back to its original materials, gutted, reconfigured, added on to, and redecorated. This was the first time that an Idea House was not a new building. Instead, the 2012 project was a restoration and enlargement of a historic home.[12] The home is now a private residence.

Notable people

Film and television

Riverwood Studios is located in Senoia. Such movies as Fried Green Tomatoes,[13] Driving Miss Daisy and the 2011 remake of Footloose[14] were partly filmed in the town.[15]

Following its first season, principal production of The Walking Dead has been filmed in Riverwood Studios (doing business as Raleigh Studios Atlanta), a plot of land about 140 acres (0.57 km2) outside of Senoia.[16][17] Downtown Senoia itself served as the set for a fictionalized version of the community of Woodbury during the third season of the show.[18] Fans of the show have flocked to try to catch shooting, a development that has met with a negative reception from some town residents, while others have found the added tourists helpful for business growth.[19]

References

  1. ^ "Official Website of Senoia Georgia". Official Website of Senoia Georgia. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved May 24, 2018. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ a b c "Someone From Senoia". Clint Richmond. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau". American FactFinder. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Senoia city, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "NGA GEOnet Names Server". National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 2008-01-30. Archived from the original on 2003-10-08. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/06-10-2010/southern-livings-2010-idea-house-opens-weekend-senoia
  12. ^ Southern Living, August 2012
  13. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101921/locations
  14. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1068242/locations
  15. ^ http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/09-21-2010/hollywood-movie-makers-move-our-neighborhood
  16. ^ Pane, Lisa Marie (October 22, 2017). "'The Walking Dead' reaches 100th episode milestone". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 23, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-12-11. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  18. ^ Wigler, Josh (October 23, 2017). "'Walking Dead' Turns 100: Taking a Stroll Through the Show's Apocalyptic Set". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 23, 2017. 
  19. ^ Osunsami, Steve (14 March 2016). "Residents of Georgia Town Where 'The Walking Dead' Is Filmed Aren't All Happy". ABC News. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 

External links

  • City of Senoia official website
  • Senoia, Georgia, at City-Data.com
  • Senoia Area Historical Society


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