Oakwood, Georgia

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Oakwood is a city in Hall County, Georgia, United States. It is part of the Gainesville, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,689 at the 2000 census. Oakwood is where Gainesville State College is located.



Oakwood is located at 34°13′52″N 83°52′57″W / 34.23111°N 83.8825°W / 34.23111; -83.8825 (34.230976, -83.882364)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.1 km²), all of it land.

Origin of name

Oakwood was named after the railroad tracks that ran, and still are running as of 2008, through both the city of Oakwood and Gainesville, Georgia. Due to the fact that most of the cars contained wood (particularly high quality oak), it seemed reasonable to name the city after that type of lumber.

Oakwood was initially called O'Dell's Crossing for its main landowner, Ulysses S. O'Dell Sr. The name changed in 1896 because Southern Railway trains would stop on the way from Atlanta to Gainesville to get oak wood for their engines.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,689 people, 1,031 households, and 686 families residing in the city. The population density was 859.1 people per square mile (331.7/km²). There were 1,098 housing units at an average density of 350.8/sq mi (135.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.76% White, 10.45% African American, 0.30% Native American, 3.12% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 7.59% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.68% of the population.

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