Cusseta
Cusseta, Georgia
Cusseta in 2012
Cusseta in 2012
Official seal of Cusseta
Location in Chattahoochee County and the state of Georgia
Location in Chattahoochee County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 32°18′20″N 84°46′37″W / 32.30556°N 84.77694°W / 32.30556; -84.77694
CountryUnited States
StateGeorgia
CountyChattahoochee
SeatCusseta
Government
 • TypeCity-County Consolidation
Area
 • Total251.16 sq mi (650.50 km2)
 • Land248.74 sq mi (644.23 km2)
 • Water2.42 sq mi (6.28 km2)
Elevation
531 ft (162 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total9,565
 • Density38.45/sq mi (14.85/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
31805
Area code706
FIPS code13-21016[2]
Websitecusseta.georgia.gov

Cusseta (/kəˈstə/ kə-SEET) is a city in Chattahoochee County, Georgia, United States. It is part of the Columbus, Georgia-Alabama metropolitan statistical area. The population was 9,565 in 2020. The city is the county seat of Chattahoochee County,[3] with which it shares a consolidated city-county government. Despite this, Cusseta is not coterminous with the county; it remains a geographically distinct municipality within the county.[4][5]

History

Chattahoochee County was created by an act of the Georgia General Assembly on February 13, 1854. It was formed from portions of Muscogee and Marion counties and named for the river that forms its western boundary. The act appointed five commissioners to choose a site for the county seat, which they named Cusseta to commemorate the Creek Indian town that used to exist nearby.[6]

The original courthouse is preserved at the tourist attraction of Westville in Columbus, Georgia.

Cusseta was incorporated as a city on December 22, 1855. It is still the only incorporated city in Chattahoochee County.

Cusseta briefly prided itself on having the world's tallest man-made structure, the WTVM/WRBL-TV & WVRK-FM Tower, a guyed transmission tower built in 1962 about one mile from the city. However, it was surpassed only one year later by the KVLY-TV mast in Fargo, North Dakota.

In 2003, the city and county formed a consolidated Cusseta-Chattahoochee County government.

Geography

Cusseta is located at 32°18′20″N 84°46′37″W / 32.30556°N 84.77694°W / 32.30556; -84.77694 (32.305451, -84.776929).[7] The city is located southeast of Columbus, Georgia along U.S. Route 280, Georgia State Route 520 (known as South Georgia Parkway), and U.S. Route 27. The three highways run northwest 18 miles (29 km) to Columbus. U.S. Route 280 and Georgia 520 separate from U.S. Route 27 in the city, with U.S. 280 and Georgia 520 running south and east 43 miles (69 km) to Americus and 69 miles (111 km) to Albany. Other highways such as Georgia State Route 26, Georgia State Route 137, and Georgia State Route 355 pass through or begin in the city.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), of which 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) is land and 0.66% is water.

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.Note
1870216
1880166−23.1%
189024145.2%
190030124.9%
191034113.3%
1920276−19.1%
193034324.3%
19403574.1%
195057159.9%
196076834.5%
19701,25162.9%
19801,218−2.6%
19901,107−9.1%
20001,1968.0%
201011,267842.1%
20209,565−15.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

According to the 2000 U.S. census, there were 1,196 people, 436 households, and 316 families residing in the city.[2] By the 2020 census, its population was 9,565, down from 11,267 in 2010.

Education

Chattahoochee County School District

The Chattahoochee County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of one elementary school, a middle school, and a high school.[9] The district has 85 full-time teachers and over 1000 students.[10]

Gallery

See also

References

  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "Cusseta". Georgia.gov. Archived from the original on August 6, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
  5. ^ "Cusseta-Chattahoochee County". Georgia.gov. Archived from the original on August 6, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
  6. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 56. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ Georgia Board of Education[permanent dead link], Retrieved June 3, 2010.
  10. ^ School Stats Archived 2012-02-24 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved June 3, 2010.