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Peachtree City, Georgia

Peachtree City, Georgia

Peachtree City (zip code 30269) is a city in Fayette County, Georgia, United States. One of the newest planned cities in Georgia, Peachtree City was chartered on March 9 1959. Founded in 1979 as Peachtree City Development Corp., Pathway Communities has been the principal planner of Peachtree City. The city was developed into four separate villages (Aberdeen, Braelinn, Glenloch and Kedron), each with its own shopping areas, recreational facilities, and elementary schools. Since initial development, the city's amenities have expanded to include four swimming pools, a soccer complex, an ALTA-approved tennis center, baseball, softball, and football fields, a 2,000-seat amphitheater, a BMX track, a senior center, a teen center, numerous parks and playgrounds, and the Kedron Fieldhouse and Aquatic Center.The population was 31,580 at the 2000 census. Census Estimates of 2005 indicate a population of 34,524. In 2007 the city announced a plan to formally annex an unincorporated area between Georgia State Route 74 and the border with Coweta County line that is commonly referred to as "The West Village".

The city

The geographic center of Peachtree City is generally considered to be the intersection of Georgia State Route 54 and Georgia State Route 74.

Peachtree City has a system of golf cart paths which spider across the town and provide a secondary means of access to almost any destination within city limits. Many places of business have specially designated golf cart parking spaces and the Peachtree City Police Department has several golf carts that patrol along the paths. Many households own a golf cart (9000+ and more than any city in the world), which is used as an extra vehicle for local transportation. Children as young as twelve may operate a cart on Peachtree City cart paths with a parent, grandparent or guardian in the front seat. Unaccompanied fifteen-year-olds with valid Georgia Learner's Permits are allowed to operate golf carts alone. Students at local McIntosh High School are even encouraged to drive their golf carts to school due to limited parking. The golf cart paths are also used by bikers, joggers, and pedestrians as a safer alternative to the side of the road.

Peachtree City is home to a small airport, Falcon Field, which hosts a medium-sized airshow every year. The airport is also the location of a National Weather Service radar station and Weather Forecast Office, which serves 96 counties in North and Central Georgia. Peachtree City is also the city of license for WWLG (96.7 FM), a Classic Country radio station that covers the south Atlanta metro area.

Peachtree City has been designated a Foreign Trade Zone by the US Customs Service. A Foreign Trade Zone is a site in or near a U.S. Customs port of entry (in this case Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport), designated free of Customs entry procedures.

In February 2003, Golf Digest magazine discussed the traffic congestion caused by Peachtree City's 9000+ golf carts in an article entitled "Golf Cart Gridlock". In July 2005, CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Peachtree City eighth on its list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the United States.

Business

Cooper Lighting, a division of Cooper Industries, is headquartered in Peachtree City, along with Gardner-Denver, a sister company.

World Airways is headquartered in Peachtree City.

Phi Mu Sorority is headquartered in Peachtree City.

Hoshizaki, one of the worlds largest Ice maker companies, has its American headquarters in Peachtree City.

Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America (PASA) has its main operations based in Peachtree City and is the largest employer in the city. It is a major supplier of automotive audio, video and navigation systems for Honda (including its Acura luxury division), Nissan, General Motors, Toyota and Subaru.

Other large employers in Peachtree City's industrial park include:

  • TDK Corporation, a media storage device manufacturer
  • Avery Dennison, a paper product company that manufactures decals and other adhesives
  • NCR Corporation, formerly National Cash Register, a company that manufactures computers and software
  • Sany, a concrete truck, and concrete pump truck company has recently had plans approved to build a new plant in the industrial park.

History

Timeline

  • In 1957, Flat Creek is dammed to create Lake Peachtree.
  • In 1965, The Peachtree City volunteer fire department is created. The one-car Peachtree City police department is created as well. Peachtree City elementary school opens.
  • In 1972, Peachtree City is granted its own ZIP code (30269).
  • In 1974, The Peachtree City Public Library opens. The Georgia state legislature passes legislation permitting golf carts to be operated on city streets.
  • In 1975, Peachtree City is named "one of America's best suburbs" by Ladies Home Journal magazine.
  • In 1976, Peachtree City gets its own telephone exchange (487). Residents must dial "8" to reach Atlanta. This non-standard phone service will remain until digital equipment is installed in 1988.
  • In 1977, The Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater is built.
  • In 1979, The first traffic light within city limits is installed at the intersection of Georgia State Route 54 and Georgia State Route 74.
  • In 1981, McIntosh High School opens.
  • In 1992, Peachtree City altered the length of the mayor and council members´ terms from two years to four years. Term limits are enacted to restrict both mayor and council members to a maximum of two four-year terms.
  • In 1994, The National Weather Service central office relocates from Atlanta airport.
  • In 2002, Peachtree City (specifically Starr's Mill) was a filming location for the movie Sweet Home Alabama
  • In 2005, Ranked No. 8 Best Place to Live by Money (magazine)
  • In 2007, Ranked No. 64 Best Place to Live by Money (magazine)

Government

Harold Logsdon, a Republican, has served as Mayor of Peachtree City since January 2006. Peachtree City's local government is controlled by an all Republican city council consisting of four members, Don Haddix, Doug Sturbaum, Steve Boone, and Cyndi Plunkett. For the 2008 election, only Republicans qualified for any local position and will be on the ballot in Peachtree City.

Peachtree City is one of the most conservative cities in the country and has voted Republican in every election over the past three decades.

Geography

Peachtree City is located at (33.398992, -84.570624).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 23.9 square miles (61.9 km²), of which, 23.3 square miles (60.3 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²) of it (2.64%) is water.

Peachtree City has two lakes. The first of which is Lake Kedron to the North which is simply a reservoir that supplies Lake Peachtree to the south via Flat Creek. Lake Kedron is actually owned by the Fayette County Authority despite being completely inside Peachtree City City limits. This is done to keep Lake Peachtree full whenever there is a lack of rain and still allow for recreational use of the lake during droughts. Lake Kedron is not afforded any recreational use except for fishing.

Line Creek represents the border between West Peachtree City and Coweta County. Future plans call for Line Creek to be dammed up to form a third lake called Lake McIntosh.

Shakerag Hill is the tallest point in the City and it sits at the intersection of GA Hwy 54 and Robinson Road, another street artery of the city.

Peachtree City has several golf courses:

  • Flat Creek has 27 holes
  • Braelinn has 18 holes
  • Planterra has 18 holes

All three golf courses are owned by Canongate, a golfing association that owns 18 golf courses in Metro Atlanta and 1 in South Carolina covering over 405 holes.

Transportation

Highways

Railroad

CSX Transportation

Airports

  • Falcon Field is a general aviation airport that provides chartered air service. Since 1987, it has grown from having about 60 aircraft to about 165. The runway is 5,220 feet and holds up to 60,000 pounds of aircraft. It mainly serves Peachtree City's business residents, but also serves as a place of entertainment for people interested. There is a viewing area provided for the public to watch aircraft take-off and land. This airport hosts many events throughout the year, including the Great Georgia Air Show.
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport provides commercial service and is located approximately 22.8 miles (36.5 kilometers) Northeast of Peachtree City and is accessible via Georgia State Route 74 and Interstate 85.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 31,580 people, 10,876 households, and 8,874 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,356.9 people per square mile (524.0/km²). There were 11,313 housing units at an average density of 486.1/sq mi (187.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.66% White, 6.11% African American, 0.16% Native American, 3.70% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.92% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.75% of the population.

There were 10,876 households out of which 47.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.8% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.4% were non-families. 16.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the city the population was spread out with 31.6% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 8.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males.

Peachtree city is one of the richest towns in Georgia. The median income for a household in the city was $76,458, and the median income for a family was $84,398. Males had a median income of $62,313 versus $33,635 for females. The per capita income for the city was $31,667. About 1.7% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Primary and secondary schools

Public schools

Peachtree City is served by the Fayette County School System.

Elementary schools that serve the city include:

  • Peeples Elementary School (Unincorporated Fayette County)
  • Braelinn Elementary School (Peachtree City)
  • Huddleston Elementary School (Peachtree City)
  • Kedron Elementary School (Peachtree City)
  • Oak Grove Elementary School (Peachtree City)
  • Peachtree City Elementary School (Peachtree City)
  • Crabapple Elementary School (Peachtree City)

Middle schools that serve the city include:

High schools that serve the city include:

Private schools

Private schools that reside in the city include:

  • St. Paul Lutheran Church and School (Peachtree City)
  • Landmark Christian School
  • The Campus Independent Learning Center

Famous residents

Current

Former

References

4. “Welcome to Peachtree City-Falcon Field!” Peachtree City Official Website. 11 Oct. 2008 .

5. “Peachtree City Falcon Field- Peachtree City, GA”. Waymark. 11 Oct. 2008 .

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