Plains is a small town in Sumter County, Georgia, United States. The population was 776 at the 2010 census. It is part of the AmericusMicropolitan Statistical Area. Plains is the birthplace and home of Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States.
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|Motto: "Home of the 39th President of the United States"|
Location in Sumter County, Georgia, USA
Originally inhabited by the Muscogee people, by the 1840s three small settlements existed nearby: Plains of Dura, Magnolia Springs, and Lebanon. As railway access expanded into the region in response to increased cotton farming, these settlements coalesced closer to the new railway location. As businesses rapidly developed, local businessmen successfully petitioned the State Legislature to shorten Plains of Dura to Plains. Plains was subsequently incorporated in 1896. Plains continued to experience growth fueled by cotton cultivation well into the early twentieth century. A substantial school and the pioneering Wise Sanitarium were both built in the 1920s. Despite differentiation into peanut cultivation, theGreat Depression deprived the community of much of its prosperity. Plains remained a quiet Southern town until Jimmy Carter rose to political prominence in the 1970s.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all of it land. The city's boundary is in the shape of a circle. Plains, Ga has a center longitude/latitude point which is -83.0813 / 33.4553.
Koinonia Farm, a non-profit multi-racial, multi-cultural Christian community where all possessions are mutually owned, is located nearby. Andersonville National Historic Site and the National Prisoner of War Museum are located in the vicinity of Plains. Georgia Southwestern State University is located in the nearby town of Americus, some students choosing to live and to worship in Plains. Westville, a re-created town depicting the living history of mid-nineteenth century Georgia, is located in the nearby town of Lumpkin in adjacent Stewart County.