Location in Dodge County and the state of Georgia
The town of Rhine is situated near the Ocmulgee River, about fifteen miles south of Eastman. It was about the year 1886 that the Seaboard Airline Railroad was built through that section of Dodge County, and immediately the town of Rhine sprang up. Immediately the turpentine and lumber camps of Milan and Rhine began to flourish. They are towns in a rich agricultural section of Georgia.
The first general store opened there was by Messrs. G. W. and D. M. Ryals. Turpentine still was established by three brothers named Robitzsch, who came from North Carolina. The town was built on land that was owned for many years by J. M. Swymer. Another pioneer settler was James Reaves, whose family still resides there. Gradually other stores were built and homes erected, most of them being good substantial residences. The citizens of Rhine are principally engaged in lumber and agriculture.
Rhine is located at
31°59′23″N 83°11′56″W (31.989696, -83.198762).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 422 people, 183 households, and 114 families residing in the town. The population density was 134.4 people per square mile (51.9/km²). There were 243 housing units at an average density of 77.4 per square mile (29.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 67.54% White, 32.23% African American, and 0.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.95% of the population.
There were 183 households out of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.6% were married couples living together, 21.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% were non-families. 35.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the town the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 70.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 67.4 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $19,107, and the median income for a family was $34,750. Males had a median income of $28,281 versus $21,458 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,204. About 16.5% of families and 24.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.4% of those under age 18 and 36.0% of those age 65 or over.