Harlem, Georgia

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Harlem is a city in Columbia County, Georgia and is part of the Augusta, Georgia metropolitan area. The population was 1,814 at the 2000 census. Harlem is the birthplace of comedian Oliver Hardy; the annual Harlem Oliver Hardy Festival is held each October on Main Street in his honor.

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History

From the building of the Georgia Railroad which passes through town until at least the 1860s. Harlem was formed after a few citizens of Saw Dust, Ga. became infuriated at the rowdiness of Saw Dust. The people packed up and moved one mile east and formed Harlem, Ga. which they aptly named from Harlem, New York. This act made the people of Saw Dust mad by naming the town after a northern city.

Geography

Harlem is located at 33°25′1″N 82°18′50″W / 33.41694°N 82.31389°W / 33.41694; -82.31389 (33.416822, -82.313762)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.6 km²), of which, 2.5 square miles (6.5 km²) of it is land and 0.40% is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,814 people, 704 households, and 506 families residing in the city. The population density was 719.9 people per square mile (277.9/km²). There were 763 housing units at an average density of 302.8/sq mi (116.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 70.95% White, 25.41% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.88% Asian, 1.10% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.26% of the population.

There were 704 households out of which 38.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 20.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.0% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.07.

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