East River, Georgia

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Population in July 2007: 1,747.
Males: 881  (50.5%)
Females: 866  (49.5%)
Median resident age:  33.0 years
Georgia median age:  33.4 years

Zip code: 31649

Estimated median household income in 2012: $35,890 (it was $26,275 in 2000)
East River:

$35,890
GA:

$47,209
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $14,192 (it was $11,028 in 2000)

East River CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $93,781 (it was $40,600 in 2000)
East River:

$93,781
GA:

$142,300
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $72,684; Detached houses: $81,958; Mobile homes: $64,269
East River races chart
  • White alone - 1,320 (83.5%)
  • Black alone - 208 (13.2%)
  • Two or more races - 20 (1.3%)
  • Hispanic - 17 (1.1%)
  • American Indian alone - 8 (0.5%)
  • Other race alone - 5 (0.3%)
  • Asian alone - 2 (0.1%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 1 (0.06%)
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in East River: 120.7 (high, U.S. average is 100)

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Land area: 90.7 square miles.

Population density: 19 people per square mile   (very low).

East River, Georgia map

For population 25 years and over in East River:

  • High school or higher: 62.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 5.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.7%
  • Unemployed: 2.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 31.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in East River CCD:

  • Never married: 21.8%
  • Now married: 60.2%
  • Separated: 3.1%
  • Widowed: 5.5%
  • Divorced: 12.5%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

East River CCD:  0.8% ($345)
Georgia:  0.9% ($919)
East River satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Albany, GA (78.6 miles , pop. 76,939).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Jacksonville, FL (93.8 miles , pop. 735,617).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Houston, TX (742.6 miles , pop. 1,953,631).

Nearest cities: Lakeland, GA (1.9 miles ), Du Pont, GA (3.0 miles) , Ray City, GA (3.4 miles ), Moody AFB, GA (3.5 miles ), Naylor, GA (3.5 miles ), Barretts, GA (3.8 miles ), Homerville, GA (4.0 miles ), West Echols, GA (4.4 miles ).

Latitude: 31.01 N, Longitude: 83.01 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 229

East River household income distribution East River home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

7.5%
Georgia:

7.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (29%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (10%)
  • Truck transportation (9%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Textile mills and textile products (6%)
  • Repair and maintenance (5%)
  • Wood products (4%)
  • Health care (23%)
  • Finance and insurance (9%)
  • Textile mills and textile products (9%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Social assistance (7%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (6%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (13%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (13%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (8%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Supervisors of construction and extraction workers (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (10%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (9%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (8%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (6%)
  • Other financial specialists (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)

Work and jobs in East River: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in East River, Georgia

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

East River-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Georgia state average. It is 2% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/11/1952, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 28.3 miles away from the East River place center injured 10 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 4/25/1982, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 4.9 miles away from the place center injured 5 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

East River-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Georgia state average. It is 88% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 200.1 miles away from the city center
On 9/10/2006 at 14:56:08, a magnitude 5.9 (5.9 MB, 5.5 MS, 5.8 MW, Depth: 8.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 395.8 miles away from East River center
On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB) earthquake occurred 213.0 miles away from the city center
On 10/24/1997 at 08:35:17, a magnitude 4.9 (4.8 MB, 4.2 MS, 4.9 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 252.3 miles away from the city center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi) earthquake occurred 284.7 miles away from East River center
On 11/11/2002 at 23:39:29, a magnitude 4.4 (4.0 MB, 4.4 LG, Depth: 1.5 mi) earthquake occurred 205.1 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Lanier County (6) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 3, Storms: 3, Tornadoes: 2, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowfall: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near East River:

  • LOUIS SMITH MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Critical Access Hospitals (about 5 miles away; LAKELAND, GA)
  • LAKELAND VILLA CONV CENTER (Nursing Home, about 5 miles away; LAKELAND, GA)
  • LAKELAND VILLA CONVALESCENT CENTER (Nursing Home, about 5 miles away; LAKELAND, GA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to East River:

  • Valdosta State University (about 20 miles; Valdosta, GA; Full-time enrollment: 11,155)
  • Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (about 22 miles; Valdosta, GA; FT enrollment: 3,246)
  • South Georgia State College (about 35 miles; Douglas, GA; FT enrollment: 2,507)
  • Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (about 45 miles; Tifton, GA; FT enrollment: 2,564)
  • Florida Gateway College (about 64 miles; Lake City, FL; FT enrollment: 2,179)
  • Albany State University (about 78 miles; Albany, GA; FT enrollment: 3,662)
  • Albany Technical College (about 79 miles; Albany, GA; FT enrollment: 3,707)

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Notable locations in East River: Courthouse (A), James E Branch Fire Station (B), Lanier County Fire Department Station 4 Mud Creek (C), Lanier County Fire Department Station 2 Stockton (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in East River include: Browning Chapel (A), Fender Church (B), Stockton Baptist Church (C), Mud Creek Church (D), New Prospect Church (E), Oak Grove Church (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Lovejoy Cemetery (1), Foreman Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and swamps: Fish Pond (A), Owl Bay (B), Steve Bay (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Reedy Creek (A), Dixon Mill Creek (B), Dampier Branch (C), Cross Creek (D), Cherry Creek (E), Ben Creek (F), Knight Creek (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lanier County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 40.5. This is significantly better than average.

City:

40.5
U.S.:

74.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 8.66. This is about average. Closest monitor was 20.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.66
U.S.:

9.14

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2008 was 0.00220. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 19.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.00220
U.S.:

0.01468
Average household size:
This place:  2.8 people
Georgia:  2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  63.0%
Whole state:  70.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  7.4%
Whole state:  4.8%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 1.1% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.4% of all households

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

21.2%
Whole state:

13.0%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

7.3%
Whole state:

6.1%

East River compared to Georgia state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (63%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (30%)
  • Utility gas (3%)
  • No fuel used (1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1%)
  • Wood (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

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2004 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for East River CCD (based on Lanier County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 45.27%
Here: 45.3%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchLDS (Mormon) ChurchChurch of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Other
Adherents43.0%21.5%10.4%7.4%17.8%
Congregations17.6%17.6%5.9%11.8%47.1%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
Lanier County:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.
Georgia:

1.91 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Lanier County:

1.26 / 10,000 pop.
Georgia:

0.86 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
Lanier County:

5.04 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.12 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 5
Here:

6.30 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.41 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

10.6%
Georgia:

10.4%
Adult obesity rate:
Lanier County:

29.6%
Georgia:

27.8%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

13.5%
State:

14.6%

18.69% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($20,561 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

18.69%
Georgia average:

9.45%

0.66% of residents moved from foreign countries ($1,106 average AGI)
Lanier County:

0.66%
Georgia average:

0.08%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Lowndes County, GA  6.64% ($22,630 average AGI)
from Berrien County, GA  1.00% ($19,793)


12.31% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($26,258 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

12.31%
Georgia average:

9.32%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Lowndes County, GA  4.59% ($24,959 average AGI)
to Berrien County, GA  1.08% ($19,483)

Strongest AM radio stations in East River:

  • WFVR (910 AM; 50 kW; VALDOSTA, GA; Owner: RAMA COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WJEM (1150 AM; 5 kW; VALDOSTA, GA; Owner: WJEM, INC.)
  • WOKV (690 AM; 50 kW; JACKSONVILLE, FL; Owner: COX RADIO, INC.)
  • WTHV (810 AM; daytime; 3 kW; HAHIRA, GA; Owner: ETERNAL LIFE MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WSTT (730 AM; 25 kW; THOMASVILLE, GA; Owner: MARION R. WILLIAMS)
  • WGOV (950 AM; 4 kW; VALDOSTA, GA; Owner: W G O V, INC.)
  • WDMG (860 AM; 5 kW; DOUGLAS, GA; Owner: RTG RADIO, LLC)
  • WOBS (1530 AM; daytime; 50 kW; JACKSONVILLE, FL; Owner: WORD BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WMGA (1130 AM; 10 kW; MOULTRIE, GA; Owner: RADIO MOULTRIE, INC.)
  • WGSR (1570 AM; 50 kW; FERNANDINA BEACH, FL; Owner: RJM COMMUNICATIONS, INC)
  • WHGH (840 AM; daytime; 10 kW; THOMASVILLE, GA; Owner: H. G. H INVESTMENT CORP.)
  • WMAC (940 AM; 50 kW; MACON, GA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WJEP (1020 AM; daytime; 10 kW; OCHLOCKNEE, GA; Owner: LIFELINE MINISTRIES, INCORPORATED)

Strongest FM radio stations in East River:

  • WBTY (98.7 FM; HOMERVILLE, GA; Owner: SOUTHERN BROADCASTING & INVESTMENT CO., INC.)
  • WDMG-FM (99.5 FM; DOUGLAS, GA; Owner: RTG RADIO, LLC)
  • WVGA (105.9 FM; LAKELAND, GA; Owner: RTG RADIO, LLC)
  • WJYF (95.3 FM; NASHVILLE, GA; Owner: TIFTON BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WHLJ (97.5 FM; STATENVILLE, GA; Owner: LATAURUS PRODUCTIONS INCORPORATED)
  • WXVS (90.1 FM; WAYCROSS, GA; Owner: GEORGIA PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION)
  • WQPW (95.7 FM; VALDOSTA, GA; Owner: RTG RADIO, LLC)
  • WAFT (101.1 FM; VALDOSTA, GA; Owner: CHRISTIAN RADIO FELLOWSHIP, INC.)
  • WPNG (101.9 FM; PEARSON, GA; Owner: KM RADIO OF PEARSON, L.L.C.)
  • WAAC (92.9 FM; VALDOSTA, GA; Owner: WGOV, INC.)
  • WYZK (96.7 FM; VALDOSTA, GA; Owner: C. D. J., INC.)
  • WDDQ (92.1 FM; ADEL, GA; Owner: WILLIAMS INVESTMENT COMPANY)
  • WWET (91.7 FM; VALDOSTA, GA; Owner: GEORGIA PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION)

TV broadcast stations around East River:

  • WVAG (Channel 44; VALDOSTA, GA; Owner: HUTCHENS COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WXGA-TV (Channel 8; WAYCROSS, GA; Owner: GEORGIA PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION)
  • WBFL-CA (Channel 13; VALDOSTA, GA; Owner: WTLH LICENSE CORP.)
  • WCTV (Channel 6; THOMASVILLE, GA; Owner: WCTV LICENSEE CORP.)
  • WTWC-TV (Channel 40; TALLAHASSEE, FL; Owner: WTWC LICENSEE, LLC)
  • W25CP (Channel 25; VALDOSTA, GA; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WBVJ-LP (Channel 35; VALDOSTA, GA; Owner: WTLH LICENSE CORP.)

East River on our top lists:

  • #24 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Personal appearance workers"
  • #24 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Lumber and other construction materials merchant wholesalers"
  • #49 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Warehousing and storage"
  • #82 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Construction, extraction, maintenance, and repair occupations:"
  • #83 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers"
  • #86 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Sporting goods, camera, and hobby and toy stores"
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