Homer, Georgia

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Homer is a town in Banks County, Georgia, United States. The population was 950 at the 2000 census. The city of Homer has a mayor, Doug Cheek, and five City Councilpersons, Sandra Garrison, Jerry Payne, Chris Tucker, Keven Cape. and Betty Boarders. The city is the county seat of Banks County[3].

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History

Homer was incorporated as a town in 1859 and its first courthouse was built in 1863.

Homer is among the earliest to hold the world record for an Easter egg hunt - 80,000 eggs, listed in the 1985 Guinness Book of World Records. The event in the small town of 950 people is an Easter Sunday tradition that's lasted 47 years. The egg hunt each year and draws about 5,000 egg hunters, children and adults.

Even though it no longer holds the record, Homer has long touted its annual hunt as the world's largest.

Geography

Homer is located at 34°20′2″N 83°29′59″W / 34.33389°N 83.49972°W / 34.33389; -83.49972 (34.333851, -83.499844)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 9.6 square miles (24.8 km²), all of it land.

Education

Banks County students in grades Kindergarten to grade twelve are in the Banks County School District, that consists of two elementary schools, a middle school and a high school.[5] The district has 150 full-time teachers and over 2,428 students.[6]

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 950 people, 366 households, and 249 families residing in the town. The population density was 99.1 people per square mile (38.2/km²). There were 406 housing units at an average density of 42.4/sq mi (16.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 84.32% White, 11.79% African American, 1.16% Native American, 0.84% Asian, 1.16% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.00% of the population.

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