Due west of Atlanta on I-20, about 15 minutes from Hartsfield International Airport, lies Douglas county, one of the fastest growing parts of Atlanta's metropolitan region. The County experienced a boom in population during the 1970s and 1990s and now is home to over 92,000 residents. Other than the city of Douglasville, the county seat, areas of Douglas County remain largely uncongested. Housing prices are considerably lower than in other areas of Atlanta, due in part to a lower tax base, land and labor rates. Single family residences range from $35,000 to $1.5 million dollars.
Douglas County was created in 1870 and named after Senator Stephen Douglas, the presidential candidate who confronted Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln-Douglas debates preceding the Civil War. Gold in Georgia could at one time be found as far south as Douglas County. Evidence of 'gold fever' may still be found in the scarred grounds of the County to this day. Sweetwater Creek State Park, in the eastern part of Douglas, was the former site of a cotton and yarn factory erected during the 1850s, which was torched by General Sherman in 1864 on his march through Georgia.
Douglas County Neighborhoods
Affordable housing as well as vast cultural and educational opportunities attract families from around the world to call Newnan home.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, downtown Douglasville is a fine example of a typical southern turn-of-t he-century railroad town. The central landscape trait is the railroad right-of-way running east-to-west through downtown. Most buildings, one and two story brick and dating from mid-19th to early 20th century, are of Victorian era design. Often, windows have Gothic arched openings.
Although the downtown area hosts a diverse gathering of professional, retail and government offices, the proximity of the area to I-20 has drawn much of the retail business into shopping corridors along the interstate. Recent additions to the area include the construction of Arbor Place mall, a four million square foot regional retail and restaurant complex at the intersection of Interstate 20 and Chapel Hill Road.
Boasting a population of over 3,000 Lithia Springs was once a great resort town known as the "Saratoga Springs of the South." Its Sweetwater Park Hotel once accommodated many luminaries such as presidents McKinley, Cleveland, Taft and Theodore Roosevelt. And the wealthy, such as the Vanderbilts, Astors and Whitneys, visited the resort during travels to Florida. According to documents from the late 1800's the elixir water produced from the springs was said to have cured many ailments - from mania to kidney stones.
From the past to the present, tourism still plays a role in the strong economy of this peaceful town as the locale of Six Flags Over Georgia and site of many overnight accommodation options. Natural resources, such as Sweetwater Creek, offer residents and visitors alike wooded trails to hike and prime fishing in the 215 acre George Sparks Reservoir.
Median household income
Median age of residents
Chamber of Commerce
Douglas County Chamber of Commerce
The property tax rate per $1,000 is:
$31.395 inside the city limits and $27.498 outside the city limits.
Tax Commissioner: 770-920-7272
Douglas County Schools Board of Education
Elementary Schools 15
Middle Schools 5
High Schools 3
Per-pupil expenditures $5,978.61
School & bus information 770-920-4180
Avg SAT Scores* (Verbal/Math)
Cowetta Co. (487/486)
*Note: most students take the SAT whether they go on to higher education or not.
Atlanta School Guide
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Utilities and Contacts
Georgia Power Company 888-660-5890
GreyStone Power Corp. 770-942-6576
Bell South Telephone & Telegraph 404-780-2355
AT&T Broadband Services 770-559-2222
Douglasville-Douglas County Water & Sewer Authority 770-949-7617
AT&T Broadband 770-599-2000
Wellstar Douglas 770-949-1500
Douglas Chamber of Commerce
Douglas County Schools
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