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Riverdale, Georgia

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Riverdale is a city in Clayton County, Georgia, United States The population was 15,134 at the 2010 census,5 up from 12,478 in 2000 Riverdale is a suburb just south of Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport and is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Politics
  • 5 Transportation
    • 51 State highways
    • 52 Main roads
    • 53 Minor roads
    • 54 Interstate highway
    • 55 Transit systems
  • 6 Education
  • 7 Sports and entertainment
    • 71 Shopping
    • 72 Parks
  • 8 Notable people
  • 9 References
  • 10 External links


The area now known as Riverdale was settled before the Civil War In 1887, a railroad, built from Atlanta and Fort Valley, passed through Riverdale Farmers in the area provided wood for the railroad In turn, the farmers would get fertilizer As the railroad grew, it needed more land Mr and Mrs W S Rivers donated their land for the railroad to grow, and their land grew to become one of the railroad's main stops

In 1908, the city was incorporated with the name Riverdale, named in honor of Mr WS Rivers6


Riverdale is in western Clayton County, 12 miles 19 km south of downtown Atlanta and 6 miles 10 km northwest of Jonesboro, the county seat

According to the US Census Bureau, Riverdale has an area of 45 square miles 116 km2, of which 0012 square miles 003 km2, or 022%, is water5


Historical population
1910 139
1920 159 144%
1930 158 −06%
1940 207 310%
1950 263 271%
1960 1,045 2973%
1970 2,521 1412%
1980 7,121 1825%
1990 9,359 314%
2000 12,478 333%
2010 15,134 213%
Est 2016 16,258 74%
US Decennial Census7

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 12,478 people, 4,389 households, and 3,107 families residing in the city The population density was 2,9263 people per square mile 1,1309/km² There were 4,590 housing units at an average density of 1,0764 per square mile 4160/km² The racial makeup of the city was 2009% White, 6742% African American, 030% Native American, 773% Asian, 008% Pacific Islander, 228% from other races, and 210% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 481% of the population

There were 4,389 households out of which 446% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 393% were married couples living together, 252% had a female householder with no husband present, and 292% were non-families 240% of all households were made up of individuals and 33% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 280 and the average family size was 332

In the city, the population was spread out with 325% under the age of 18, 93% from 18 to 24, 361% from 25 to 44, 164% from 45 to 64, and 58% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 30 years For every 100 females there were 874 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 806 males

The median income for a household in the city was $39,530, and the median income for a family was $42,323 Males had a median income of $30,802 versus $26,102 for females The per capita income for the city was $15,377 About 106% of families and 125% of the population were below the poverty line, including 140% of those under age 18 and 188% of those age 65 or over


Riverdale City Hall

The city is governed by a mayor and four council members Each council member represents the entire city and is elected at-large Council members come from the four wards that divide the city The mayor and council appoint a city manager, who has oversight over five departments


State highwaysedit

  • Georgia State Route 85 Clark Howell Memorial Hwy
  • Georgia State Route 138 Martin Luther King Jr Hwy
  • Georgia State Route 139 Main St/Riverdale Rd
  • Georgia State Route 314 Fayetteville Rd, running west of the city limits

Main roadsedit

These are roads with more than four lanes

  • Gardenwalk Boulevard
  • Lamar Hutcheson Parkway
  • Pointe South Parkway
  • Upper Riverdale Road

Minor roadsedit

These are roads with two to four lanes

  • Church Street
  • Roberts Drive
  • Taylor Road
  • Valley Hill Road
  • Bethsaida Road
  • Helmer Road
  • Thomas Road
  • E Fayetteville Road
  • Rountree Rd

Interstate highwayedit

Interstate 75 passes northeast of the city, with access from Exit 237 GA 331 and Exit 237A GA 85 southbound only

Transit systemsedit

Two MARTA bus routes serve the city, including:

  • Route 191 - Justice Center/Hartsfield Intl
  • Route 196 - Church/Upper Riverdale/MtZion

Both of these routes connect the city to the College Park Station Xpress GA commuter buses serve the city with Route 442


Schools in Riverdale are in the Clayton County School System

  • Elementary
  • Anderson Elementary
  • Arnold Elementary
  • Brown Elementary
  • Callaway Elementary
  • Church Street Elementary
  • East Clayton Elementary
  • Edmonds Elementary
  • Fountain Elementary
  • Harper Elementary
  • Hawthorne Elementary
  • Haynie Elementary
  • Huie Elementary
  • Jackson Elementary
  • Kemp Elementary
  • Kemp Primary
  • Kilpatrick Elementary
  • Lake City Elementary
  • Lake Ridge Elementary
  • Lee Street Elementary
  • Marshall Elementary
  • Martin Luther King Jr Elementary
  • McGarrah Elementary
  • Morrow Elementary
  • Mt Zion Elementary
  • Mt Zion Primary
  • Northcutt Elementary
  • Oliver Elementary
  • Pointe South Elementary
  • Riverdale Elementary
  • River's Edge Elementary
  • Smith Elementary
  • Suder Elementary
  • Swint Elementary
  • Tara Elementary
  • Unidos Dual Language Charter School
  • West Clayton Elementary
  • White Academy Elementary
  • Middle
  • Adamson Middle School
  • Babb Middle School
  • Elite Scholars Academy
  • Forest Park Middle School
  • Jonesboro Middle School
  • Kendrick Middle School
  • Lovejoy Middle School
  • Morrow Middle School
  • Mundy's Mill Middle School
  • North Clayton Middle School
  • Pointe South Middle School
  • Rex Mill Middle School
  • Riverdale Middle School
  • Roberts Middle School
  • Sequoyah Middle School
  • Utopian Academy for the Arts
  • White Academy
  • High
  • Charles Drew High School
  • Elite Scholars Academy
  • Fine Arts Magnet High School
  • Forest Park High School
  • Jonesboro High School
  • Lovejoy High School
  • Morrow High School
  • Mt Zion High School
  • Mundy's Mill High School
  • North Clayton High School
  • Open Campus High School
  • Riverdale High School Georgia

Sports and entertainmentedit


Riverdale's main shopping district is along SR 85, between SR 138 and Gardenwalk Blvd, with a number of Asian, Hispanic, and African cultural stores


The city currently has three parks, all within a mile of each other:

  • Travon D Wilson Memorial Park on Church St behind the Merchant Shopping Center
  • Church Park on Wilson Rd behind the First Baptist Church of Riverdale
  • Banks Park on Main St and West St next to city hall

Notable peopleedit

  • DJ Shockley, football player
  • Alex Faith, hip-hop/rap artist
  • Ciara, singer
  • Edawn Coughman, football player
  • Waka Flocka Flame, rapper
  • Will Rackley, NFL player
  • Cordy Glenn NFL player
  • Ashley Holcombe, softball player
  • Cecil Travis, infielder, Washington Senators
  • Barry Loudermilk, US Representative for Georgia's 11th District


  • Atlanta portal
  • Georgia US state portal
  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates" Retrieved June 9, 2017 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names" United States Geological Survey 2007-10-25 Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990" United States Census Bureau 2011-02-12 Retrieved 2011-04-23 
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data G001: Riverdale city, Georgia" US Census Bureau, American Factfinder Retrieved July 28, 2014 
  6. ^ Riverdale, GA - Official Website - History
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Retrieved June 4, 2015 

External linksedit

  • City of Riverdale official website

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