Metter, Georgia
Location in Candler County and the state of Georgia
Location in Candler County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 32°23′47″N 82°3′45″W / 32.39639°N 82.06250°W / 32.39639; -82.06250
CountryUnited States
StateGeorgia
CountyCandler
Government
 • MayorBilly Trapnell
Area
 • Total7.68 sq mi (19.90 km2)
 • Land7.50 sq mi (19.42 km2)
 • Water0.19 sq mi (0.48 km2)
Elevation
220 ft (67 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total4,004
 • Density534.01/sq mi (206.18/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
30439
Area code912
FIPS code13-51072[2]
GNIS feature ID0318060[3]
Websitewww.metter-candler.com

Metter is a city and the county seat of Candler County, Georgia, United States.[4] The population was 4,130 at the 2010 census.[5] In 2020, its population was 4,004.

History

Metter was founded in 1889. In 1914, Metter was designated seat of the newly formed Candler County. Metter was incorporated as a town in 1903 and as a city in 1920.[6]

Geography

Downtown view of Metter. A tree-shaded park is to the left.
Part of the Christmas display at Guido Gardens
Part of the Christmas display at Guido Gardens looking towards the parking lot from inside the grounds
A metalwork fountain of herons located in the tree-shaded park downtown
A view across the central, downtown parking area

Metter is located near the center of Candler County at 32°23′47″N 82°03′45″W / 32.396253°N 82.062414°W / 32.396253; -82.062414,[7] in eastern Georgia. Interstate 16 touches the southern edge of the city, leading east 63 miles (101 km) to Savannah, and west 102 miles (164 km) to Macon. A short, tree-lined parkway leads from I-16 to the downtown area.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Metter has a total area of 7.9 square miles (20.4 km2), of which 7.7 square miles (19.9 km2) is land and 0.19 square miles (0.5 km2), or 2.53%, is water.[5]

Longtime residents use the slogan "Everything's Better in Metter".

Metter may be best known as the home of "The Sower", Michael Guido, who has delivered short evangelical PSAs on late-night television nationwide for decades. Dr. Guido's messages were filmed at Guido Gardens, which houses a public botanical garden and a school of ministry. Guido died at the age of 94 on February 22, 2009. His messages were aired on TV stations in the Georgia and South Carolina region.

A prominent event in Metter is Another Bloomin' Festival, an arts and crafts festival held the day before Easter. The festival draws thousands of out-of-town residents, who come to enjoy homemade desserts, barbecue, and crafts. In addition, it serves as a homecoming celebration for former residents who have returned to celebrate the holiday with their families.

Climate

Climate data for Metter, Georgia, 1991–2020 normals, extremes 2003–present
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 82
(28)
85
(29)
89
(32)
94
(34)
101
(38)
104
(40)
102
(39)
104
(40)
100
(38)
99
(37)
87
(31)
84
(29)
104
(40)
Mean maximum °F (°C) 76.1
(24.5)
79.7
(26.5)
84.7
(29.3)
89.7
(32.1)
94.7
(34.8)
98.9
(37.2)
99.0
(37.2)
98.5
(36.9)
95.1
(35.1)
90.3
(32.4)
82.3
(27.9)
79.0
(26.1)
100.3
(37.9)
Mean daily maximum °F (°C) 60.1
(15.6)
64.6
(18.1)
71.1
(21.7)
78.0
(25.6)
85.6
(29.8)
90.5
(32.5)
92.3
(33.5)
91.2
(32.9)
86.4
(30.2)
78.4
(25.8)
69.2
(20.7)
62.7
(17.1)
77.5
(25.3)
Daily mean °F (°C) 49.6
(9.8)
53.4
(11.9)
59.5
(15.3)
66.0
(18.9)
74.3
(23.5)
80.1
(26.7)
82.5
(28.1)
81.8
(27.7)
77.1
(25.1)
67.5
(19.7)
57.9
(14.4)
52.0
(11.1)
66.8
(19.3)
Mean daily minimum °F (°C) 39.1
(3.9)
42.1
(5.6)
47.9
(8.8)
54.0
(12.2)
62.9
(17.2)
69.7
(20.9)
72.6
(22.6)
72.5
(22.5)
67.8
(19.9)
56.6
(13.7)
46.5
(8.1)
41.3
(5.2)
56.1
(13.4)
Mean minimum °F (°C) 22.5
(−5.3)
26.3
(−3.2)
30.2
(−1.0)
39.1
(3.9)
48.4
(9.1)
63.1
(17.3)
66.1
(18.9)
65.5
(18.6)
55.7
(13.2)
40.5
(4.7)
28.7
(−1.8)
26.3
(−3.2)
20.7
(−6.3)
Record low °F (°C) 15
(−9)
18
(−8)
23
(−5)
28
(−2)
45
(7)
58
(14)
60
(16)
61
(16)
47
(8)
33
(1)
21
(−6)
16
(−9)
15
(−9)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 4.06
(103)
3.77
(96)
4.28
(109)
2.84
(72)
3.44
(87)
4.92
(125)
5.61
(142)
4.76
(121)
3.53
(90)
2.74
(70)
3.03
(77)
4.26
(108)
47.24
(1,200)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 0.1
(0.25)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.1
(0.25)
0.2
(0.5)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 9.2 8.4 9.2 8.2 8.9 9.4 11.7 11.1 7.9 6.9 5.6 8.3 104.8
Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.2
Source 1: NOAA (snow/snow days 1981–2010)[8][9]
Source 2: National Weather Service (mean maxima/minima 2006–2020)[10]

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.Note
1900213
191040891.5%
1920908122.5%
19301,42456.8%
19401,82328.0%
19502,09114.7%
19602,36213.0%
19702,91223.3%
19803,53121.3%
19903,7075.0%
20003,8794.6%
20104,1306.5%
20204,004−3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
Metter racial composition as of 2020[12]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 1,865 46.58%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,553 38.79%
Native American 6 0.15%
Asian 47 1.17%
Pacific Islander 2 0.05%
Other/Mixed 113 2.82%
Hispanic or Latino 418 10.44%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 4,004 people, 1,455 households, and 1,018 families residing in the city.

Education

Candler County School District

The Candler County School District holds pre-kindergarten to grade twelve, and consists of an elementary school, a middle school and a high school.[13] The district has 117 full-time teachers and over 1,930 students.[14]

Elementary schools

Middle school

High school

Notable people

References

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  2. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Metter city, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  6. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 239. ISBN 978-1135948597. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  8. ^ "U.S. Climate Normals Quick Access – Station: Metter, GA (1991–2020)". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved May 11, 2023.
  9. ^ "U.S. Climate Normals Quick Access – Station: Metter, GA (1981–2010)". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved May 11, 2023.
  10. ^ "NOAA Online Weather Data – NWS Charleston (SC)". National Weather Service. Retrieved May 11, 2023.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
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  13. ^ Georgia Board of Education[permanent dead link], Retrieved June 2, 2010.
  14. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 2, 2010.