Eastman is a city in Dodge County, Georgia, United States. The population was 4,962 at the 2010 census. The city was established in 1872, and is the county seat of Dodge County. The firstStuckey's store, now well known throughout the Southeastern United States, was founded in Eastman in 1937.
|Eastman, Georgia, USA|
Eastman City Hall in Eastman
|Nickname(s): Azalea City|
Location in Dodge County and the state of Georgia
Eastman was founded in 1871 as the seat of the newly formed Dodge County. It was incorporated a town in 1873 and as a city in 1905 Eastman is named for W. P. Eastman, who, with W. E. Dodge, presented the county with a courthouse.
During that same time period, Ira Roe Foster, former Quartermaster General of Georgia, operated a saw mill in Dodge County. In 1869, Foster built a residence in what would become the city of Eastman. Foster was one of many who came to the area to participate in the saw mill boom. During the boom, it was estimated that, on average, there was one mill every two miles along the industrial corridor created by the Macon and Brunswick Railroad. Unlike earlier eras, when timber was transported downstream in large river rafts, saw mills along the industrial corridor shipped their timber by rail. In his book The New South Comes to Wiregrass Georgia 1860-1910 author Mark V. Wetherington states: "Ira R. Foster shipped lumber to Brunswick, where it was loaded onto timber schooners and transported to international markets like Liverpool, Rio de Janeiro, and Havana." When the city of Eastman was incorporated in 1872, Foster served as its first mayor.
Eastman is located at
32°11′52″N 83°10′45″W (32.197760, -83.179271).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.1 square miles (13 km2), of which, 5.1 square miles (13 km2) of it is land and 0.20% is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 13,541 people, 5,261 households, and 1,318 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,067.3 people per square mile (411.8/km²). There were 2,418 housing units at an average density of 474.4 per square mile (183.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 60.28% White, 37.35% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.16% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.80% of the population.
There were 2,154 households out of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.9% were married couples living together, 19.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.8% were non-families. 35.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.96.
In the city the population was spread out with 29.5% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $23,604, and the median income for a family was $30,500. Males had a median income of $27,292 versus $20,497 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,332. About 20.2% of families and 23.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.1% of those under age 18 and 25.0% of those age 65 or over