About Hahira, Georgia
The City government consist of a Mayor and four Council Members. The Mayor is elected at large and Council Members are elected by districts. Elected officials serve four year terms and elections are held every two years. Other staff members are a City Manager, Administrative Clerk, Police Chief, Fire Chief, and Public Works Director.
Hahira has a great quality of life. Citizens have access to a historical downtown where they can shop or work. All the daily needs of residents are within walking distance of one another. People are able to walk from their homes to the downtown and shop for food, gifts, clothing, and do their banking. They can also walk to one of the five city maintained parks located throughout the city. City services provided, are police and fire protection, paved city streets, water, sewer and sanitation. The police and fire departments provide 24 hour protection to businesses and homes. Both departments have state-of-the-art, modern equipment. and work closely with all county, state, and federal law and fire prevention agencies. Through its street and sanitation departments, Hahira strives to provide clean safe, well-lighted streets and dependable garbage and trash collection. The city's entire water and sewer system includes three water storage tanks with a total capacity of 425,000 gallons. The waste-water treatment facility is capable of treating up to 400,000 gallons per day and uses a state of the art Created Wetlands and a land application system where treated wastewater is applied directly to approximately sixty acres of agricultural land by irrigation methods, thus allowing the living filter of soil and growing vegetation to continue the treatment process and provide nutrients to the ground.
Hahira has been designated a "Tree City USA" for eighteen consecutive years and has a city wide beautification program. The city is beautifully landscaped and environmentally clean. Each spring citizens participate in the annual "Let's Keep Georgia Peachy Clean" Cleanup Week. During the week citizens clean up the city and plant flowers and shrubs in planters at city buildings and principle entrances.
In 2001 Hahira became one of 50 small towns in Georgia to be awarded the Better Hometown Designation by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
Hahira is the northern gateway into Lowndes County, one of the fastest growing and most progressive counties in Georgia. Located only eleven miles north of Valdosta, the county seat, and a regional trade center. Valdosta is experiencing unprecedented industrial, residential, and commercial growth and has a positive impact on Hahira. As Valdosta expands, residential growth will move towards Hahira. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 1,626. Currently due to residential and downtown business growth that figure is estimated to be near 2500.
Hahira is located at 30°59'26" North, 83°22'17" West (30.990537, -83.371433)1. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.9 km² (2.3 mi²). 5.7 km² (2.2 mi²) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 3.93% water.
As of the census of 2000, there are 1,626 people, 643 households, and 448 families residing in the city. The population density is 285.4/km² (739.4/mi²). There are 715 housing units at an average density of 125.5/km² (325.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 73.49% White, 22.32% African American, 0.92% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 1.97% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. 4.43% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 643 households out of which 37.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.5% are married couples living together, 18.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 30.3% are non-families. 27.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 15.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.50 and the average family size is 3.08.
In the city the population is spread out with 29.4% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 18.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 32 years. For every 100 females there are 83.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 80.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $27,946, and the median income for a family is $37,188. Males have a median income of $27,121 versus $18,981 for females. The per capita income for the city is $12,899. 17.6% of the population and 13.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 23.1% are under the age of 18 and 19.6% are 65 or older.
Hahira is an excellent place to live. If its greatest asset is its warm friendly hardworking productive citizens. The greatest attraction is quality of life. In Hahira, there is good affordable housing, an excellent school system, a low crime rate, and "easy-going" way of life. As stated before, everyone in Hahira is a neighbor. People still stop one another on the streets to talk or gather at the local cafe to discuss everything from world politics to high school football. Hahira contains a charm and character that sets it apart from other towns and gives it its own identity. Part of this charm comes from its historic resources. Downtown Hahira still retains most of its original architecture. Historic resources include the Stanfil Building, Norfolk Southern Railroad Caboose, City Cafe, old Smith Hospital building, Court House, Gold Leaf Hotel, turn of the century Churches and of course City Hall.