Montezuma, Georgia

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Montezuma is a city in Macon County, Georgia (ZIP code 31063). The population was 3,999 at the 2000 census. It is home to the armory of Bravo Company, 648th Engineers of the Georgia Army National Guard.

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History

Montezuma was originally started, according to legend, by Aztec descendants, who gave the town its name [3]. It was incorporated in 1854[4]. It is also home to a thriving Mennonite community, because ten to fifteen Mennonite families moved from Virginia in the 1950s[5]. These ten to fifteen families quickly became over 100 families sharing two to three common surnames: Yoder, Kaufman, and Overholt. Widely criticized for marrying close family members, the Mennonite community require their children to drop out of school by 8th grade. Boys will typically continue to learn their fathers' trade and girls will begin learning to sew and cook and are generally married by 14 to 16 years of age with parental consent per Georgia law. [6]

Geography

Montezuma is located at 32°18′10″N 84°1′38″W / 32.30278°N 84.02722°W / 32.30278; -84.02722 (32.302789, -84.027352)[7].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.5 square miles (11.7 km²), of which, 4.5 square miles (11.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.66%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,999 people, 1,501 households, and 1,050 families residing in the city. The population density was 887.9 people per square mile (343.1/km²). There were 1,673 housing units at an average density of 371.5/sq mi (143.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 28.03% White, 69.84% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.70% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.40% of the population.

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