Summerville, Georgia
Summerville City Hall
Summerville City Hall
Location in Chattooga County and the state of Georgia
Location in Chattooga County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 34°28′47″N 85°20′53″W / 34.47972°N 85.34806°W / 34.47972; -85.34806Coordinates: 34°28′47″N 85°20′53″W / 34.47972°N 85.34806°W / 34.47972; -85.34806
CountryUnited States
 • Total4.01 sq mi (10.40 km2)
 • Land4.01 sq mi (10.40 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
650 ft (198 m)
 • Total4,435
 • Density1,104.88/sq mi (426.64/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)706/762
FIPS code13-74376[2]
GNIS feature ID0333158[3]

Summerville is a city and the county seat of Chattooga County, Georgia, United States.[4] The population was 4,534 at the 2010 census.


Hollis and Hinton store on Commerce Street, circa 1911
Hollis and Hinton store on Commerce Street, circa 1911

Summerville was founded in 1838 as the seat of the newly formed Chattooga County. It was incorporated as a town in 1839 and as a city in 1909.[5] Summerville was named from the fact it was a popular summer resort.[6] The city thrived in the late 1880s with the construction of the Chattanooga, Rome and Columbus Railroad (later part of the Central of Georgia system).[7]

The Chattooga County Courthouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was completed in 1909.[7] The Summerville Depot, completed by the Central of Georgia in 1918, is also listed on the National Register, and is home to several annual festivals.[8]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10 km2), all of it land. The city lies along the Chattooga River at the western base of the Taylor Ridge. U.S. Route 27 connects Summerville with Chattanooga, Tennessee, to the north, and Rome to the southeast. Georgia State Route 114 connects the city with Lyerly to the south, and Georgia State Route 48 connects the city with Menlo near the Alabama state line to the west.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

2020 census

Summerville racial composition[10]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 3,060 69.0%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 958 21.6%
Native American 6 0.14%
Asian 5 0.11%
Other/Mixed 270 6.09%
Hispanic or Latino 136 3.07%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 4,435 people, 1,769 households, and 997 families residing in the city.

2000 census

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,556 people, 1,823 households, and 1,141 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,144.3 people per square mile (442.0/km2). There were 2,092 housing units at an average density of 525.4 per square mile (202.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 72.06% White, 25.31% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.90% from other races, and 1.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.58% of the population.

Summerville Depot
Summerville Depot

There were 1,823 households, out of which 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.8% were married couples living together, 17.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.4% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 24.3% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,911, and the median income for a family was $35,579. Males had a median income of $26,707 versus $20,222 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,090. About 18.1% of families and 20.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.5% of those under age 18 and 20.3% of those age 65 or over.


Public education in Summerville is administered by the Chattooga County School District. The district operates four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.[11] The district has 184 full-time teachers and over 2,834 students.[12]

Notable people

See also


  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 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  5. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 248. ISBN 978-1135948597. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Summerville". Calhoun Times. September 1, 2004. p. 37. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  7. ^ a b Elizabeth Cooksey, "Chattooga County," New Georgia Encyclopedia, 2005.
  8. ^ Kenneth Thomas, Jr., National Register of Historic Places Inventory Form for Summerville Depot, December 1991.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  10. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2021-12-17.
  11. ^ Georgia Board of Education[permanent dead link], Retrieved June 3, 2010.
  12. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 3, 2010.