Powder Springs, Georgia
Powder Springs City Hall
Powder Springs City Hall
"Small enough to know you...Large enough to serve you"[1]
Location in Cobb County and the state of Georgia
Location in Cobb County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 33°51′57″N 84°40′49″W / 33.86583°N 84.68028°W / 33.86583; -84.68028
CountryUnited States
 • MayorAl Thurman
 • Total7.44 sq mi (19.26 km2)
 • Land7.43 sq mi (19.23 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
945 ft (288 m)
 • Total16,887
 • Density2,274.04/sq mi (878.03/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)770/678/470
FIPS code13-62524[3]
GNIS feature ID0356480[4]

Powder Springs is a city in Cobb County, Georgia, United States. The population was 13,940 at the 2010 census,[5] with an estimated population for 2019 of 15,758.[6] The 12,000-capacity Walter H. Cantrell Stadium is located in Powder Springs. It is used mostly for football and soccer matches.


The town of Powder Springs was incorporated as Springville in 1838 in the lands of two Cherokee leaders. Gold had been discovered in Georgia 10 years earlier, and the first European-American settlers came to find gold. The settlers found little gold in the mines at Lost Mountain and off Brownsville Road. It was at about this time that the Cherokee people were forced off their land and removed to Indian Territory west of the Mississippi River on the Trail of Tears.

Springville was renamed Powder Springs in 1859. The name was derived from the seven springs in the city limits.[7] The water in these springs contains some 26 minerals that turn the surrounding sand black like gunpowder – hence the earlier name of Gunpowder Springs.[8]

Civil War history includes a skirmish at Lattermore's Mills on June 20, 1864, which was a part of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain and General Sherman's Atlanta Campaign.[9] Many slaves escaped the plantations in this area to join Sherman's forces and gain freedom.

In 2015, the city elected its first black mayor, Al Thurman. He was the first African-American to be elected as a mayor in Cobb County, but was one of several elected in small towns in Georgia in 2015.[10][11]


Powder Springs is located in southwestern Cobb County at 33°51′57″N 84°40′49″W / 33.86583°N 84.68028°W / 33.86583; -84.68028 (33.865933, -84.680349).[12] U.S. Route 278 (C. H. James Parkway) passes through the city west of its center, leading 5 miles (8 km) southeast to Austell and 11 miles (18 km) northwest to Dallas. Downtown Atlanta is 22 miles (35 km) to the east via US 278 and Interstate 20.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Powder Springs has a total area of 7.2 square miles (18.6 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2), or 0.17%, is water.[5]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[13]

2020 census

Powder Springs racial composition[14]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 4,287 25.39%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 9,180 54.36%
Native American 38 0.23%
Asian 268 1.59%
Pacific Islander 6 0.04%
Other/Mixed 773 4.58%
Hispanic or Latino 2,335 13.83%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 16,887 people, 5,125 households, and 3,899 families residing in the city.

2000 census

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 12,481 people, 4,004 households, and 3,267 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,969.2 inhabitants per square mile (760.3/km2). There were 4,101 housing units at an average density of 647.0 per square mile (249.8/km2) The racial makeup of the city was 57.89% African American, 37.38% Caucasian, 0.20% Native American, 1.08% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.72% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.32% of the population.

There were 4,004 households, out of which 50.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.2% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.4% were non-families. 14.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 3.06 and the average family size was 3.39.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 33.8% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 36.9% from 25 to 44, 16.3% from 45 to 64, and 6.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $56,486, and the median income for a family was $59,392. Males had a median income of $41,345 versus $31,774 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,776. About 5.8% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.8% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.

Parks and recreation


Powder Springs city hall

Powder Springs Public Schools are part of the Cobb County School District, including McEachern High School, located on the site of the former Native American burial ground and the former Seventh District Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) School.

The late Georgia Senator Richard B. Russell attended the Seventh District A&M School. The administrative building of McEachern High School is named for Senator Russell.

Other schools in Powder Springs include Hillgrove High School, Tapp Middle School, Dobbins Middle School, Powder Springs Elementary School, Lovinggood Middle School, Varner Elementary, Compton Elementary, Kemp Elementary, Still Elementary, and Vaughan Elementary.[18]


The Bright Side is a newspaper serving Powder Springs and several other small cities.[10]

Notable people


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