Welcome to LaGrange...
Called "America's Greatest Little City," LaGrange exemplifies big city life with a small town atmosphere which embraces diversity. With two colleges, an extensive arts community, a top-of-the-mark parks and recreation department, and so much more, we feel entitled to brag.
And that's just the county seat!
When we go only a little farther afield, we find the recreational mecca of West Point Lake, the rolling hills that are foothills of the Appalachian range, and two other great little cities - Hogansville and West Point.
Each of them are known for charming shops, great antiques, and wonderful restaurants.
Early History and the Name LaGrange...
The land area that contains modern day Troup county was part of an area ceded by the Creek people in the 1825 Treaty of Indian Springs. The current boundaries were created by the Georgia General Assembly on June 9, 1826. The area was named Troup County on December 14, 1826 in honor of then Governor George M. Troup, who had previously served the state as a member of U.S. House of Representatives (1807-1815) and the United States Senate (1816-1818). Following his term as Governor (1823-1827) he returned to the United States Senate (1829-1833). The orignal settlement began in the early 19th century soon after the territory was ceded by the Creek Indians and the subsequent establishment of Troup County, Georgia.
A French soldier and statesman, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier ,the Marquis de Lafayette had earned the love and respect of Americans through his service to the United States during the American Revolution. He spent much of his personal time and fortune to aid the United States.
LaFayette was the guest of the United States Government from September 1824 until December 1825 and during this time he spent two weeks in Georgia with Governor George M. Troup serving as his official host. During this time he visited the burgeoning community and commented how much it reminded him of his home; LaGrange. Colonel Julius Caesar Alford suggested naming the town "LaGrange" to honor LaFayette when the city was incorporated in 1828.
As of the census of 2010, there were 29,588 people, 11,005 households, and 6,402 families residing in the city. The population density was 346.6/km² (897.8/mi²). There were 11,000 housing units at an average density of 146.7/km² (379.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 47.9% African American, 43.2% White, 0.2% Native American, 0.82% Asian, 2.5% Pacific Islander, 0.04% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.7% of the population.
There were 10,022 households out of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.6% were married couples living together, 23.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the city the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 85.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $29,289, and the median income for a family was $31,430. Males had a median income of $29,001 versus $20,690 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,056. About 18.2% of families and 21.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.9% of those under age 18 and 18.4% of those age 65 or over.
Statue honoring LaFayette
in the town square.
George M. Troup
Governor of Georgia (1823-27) for whom the county is named.
Marie-Joseph Paul Yves
Roch Gilbert du Motier
The Marquis de Lafayette