Hephzibah, Georgia

Coordinates: 33°18′15″N 82°5′53″W / 33.30417°N 82.09806°W / 33.30417; -82.09806
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Hephzibah, Georgia
Location in Richmond County and the state of Georgia
Location in Richmond County and the state of Georgia
Hephzibah is located in Georgia
Location within the state of Georgia
Hephzibah is located in the United States
Hephzibah (the United States)
Coordinates: 33°18′15″N 82°5′53″W / 33.30417°N 82.09806°W / 33.30417; -82.09806
Country United States
State Georgia
 • Total19.56 sq mi (50.65 km2)
 • Land19.49 sq mi (50.47 km2)
 • Water0.07 sq mi (0.18 km2)
 • Total3,830
 • Density196.54/sq mi (75.89/km2)
ZIP code
FIPS code13-38040

Hephzibah (/ˈhɛpzɪbə/) is a city in southern Richmond County, in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is part of the Augusta metropolitan area. The population was 4,011 at the 2010 census.[2] Hephzibah is a poetic name used in the Book of Isaiah (62:4) to refer to Jerusalem, meaning "My delight is in Her."


Hephzibah was originally named Brothersville, in honor of three brothers who settled near one another. In October 1860, a Baptist seminary was established in Brothersville by a group of Appling residents.[citation needed] They established the Hephzibah Baptist Church in 1862. The prominence of these new religious institutions in the area swayed the state of Georgia to rename the town Hephzibah in 1870.[3] In 1909, Walter A. Clark published a book of local history, named A Lost Arcadia - The Story of My Old Community, detailing the earliest days of Hephzibah.[4]

In 1996 the governments of the city of Augusta and Richmond County combined to form a consolidated government. The residents of Hephzibah and nearby Blythe voted to maintain their separate city governments prior to this action. Some municipal services in Hephzibah are provided by the consolidated Augusta-Richmond County, while water, fire, and police services are maintained by the city.


Hephzibah is located at 33°18′15″N 82°5′53″W / 33.30417°N 82.09806°W / 33.30417; -82.09806 (33.304126, -82.097923).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.4 square miles (50.2 km2), of which 0.07 square miles (0.17 km2), or 0.34%, is water.[6]



Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

2020 census[edit]

Hephzibah racial composition[8]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 2,168 56.61%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,319 34.44%
Native American 23 0.6%
Asian 9 0.23%
Pacific Islander 5 0.13%
Other/Mixed 190 4.96%
Hispanic or Latino 116 3.03%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,830 people, 1,424 households, and 1,022 families residing in the city.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 3,880 people, 1,374 households, and 1,090 families residing in the city. The population density was 200.4 inhabitants per square mile (77.4/km2). There were 1,570 housing units at an average density of 81.1 per square mile (31.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 71.37% White, 25.08% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 0.75% from other races, and 1.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.96% of the population.

There were 1,374 households, out of which 39.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, 17.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.6% were non-families. 17.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 28.2% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,123, and the median income for a family was $42,898. Males had a median income of $32,917 versus $22,841 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,905. About 12.9% of families and 16.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.5% of those under age 18 and 16.8% of those age 65 or over.


Richmond County School System operates public schools, including Hephzibah Elementary School,[10] Hephzibah Middle School, and Hephzibah High School.

There is also a charter school, Georgia School of Innovation and the Classics (GSIC).[11]


Christianity is predominant in the region, with the largest denominations being Independent Baptist, Southern Baptist and Methodist.

Notable locations[edit]

Notable people[edit]

This list includes people who were born in Hephzibah or who spent a significant amount of time living in the town.

Name Date of Birth Notes References
Darrell Blocker, nicknamed "The Spy Whisperer" CIA agent [12]
Wendell Chavous 1985 NASCAR driver
John Wesley Gilbert 1863 First student and black professor of Paine College, one of the first black American archaeologists [13]
George Kitchens 1983 Track and field athlete
Marlon Riggs 1957 Filmmaker and educator [14]
Vaughn Taylor 1976 PGA Tour golfer [15]
Itoro Umoh-Coleman 1977 WNBA basketball player and Clemson assistant coach
Ben Chestnut 1973/1974 Founder and CEO of Mailchimp [16]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  2. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Hephzibah city, Georgia". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  3. ^ "Hephzibah proud of separate identity". The Augusta Chronicle.
  4. ^ Walter A. Clark (1909). "A Lost Arcadia" (PDF). University System of Georgia.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  6. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Hephzibah city, Georgia". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 14, 2021.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  10. ^ Home. Hephzibah Elementary School. Retrieved on September 12, 2018.
  11. ^ Home. Georgia School of Innovation and the Classics. Retrieved on September 12, 2018. "5073 Storey Mill Road Hephzibah, GA 30815"
  12. ^ Kampeas, Ron (December 10, 2020). "Darrell Blocker, the Black, Jewish 'spy whisperer' who could lead Biden's CIA". The Times of Israel.
  13. ^ Johnny Edwards, MCG plans memorial to Gilbert Manor namesake, Augusta Chronicle, January 29, 2009. Retrieved 01-29-2009.
  14. ^ Porter, Lavelle (July 30, 2019). "Black or Gay: Meditations on Marlon Riggs's Tongues Untied at 30". AAIHS. Retrieved September 22, 2020.
  15. ^ "Vaughn Taylor". Web.com Tour. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  16. ^ "Want Proof That Patience Pays Off? Ask the Founders of This 17-Year-Old $525 Million Email Empire". Inc.com. December 11, 2017.

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