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Georgetown
State capital and charter city
City of Georgetown
Images from top, left to right: Veritas Superdome, The Verona State University at Georgetown, Globe Life Park, Lake Prince, Arcanum Georgetown
Images from top, left to right: Veritas Superdome, The Verona State University at Georgetown, Globe Life Park, Lake Prince, Arcanum Georgetown
Flag of Georgetown
Flag
Official seal of Georgetown
Seal
Nickname(s): Gtown
Motto: "Sincerely Yours"
Location of Georgetown in Richland County and Verona
Location of Georgetown in Richland County and Verona
Country Insui
State Verona
County Richland
Formed as city1921
Government
 • TypeMayor-Council
 • BodyCity Council
 • MayorDavid Grayco (SDP)
Population
 • State capital and charter city681,338
 • Metro4,214,798
Time zoneCentral (UTC-1:00)
Zip Code(s)93001-93016
Area Code(s)750
Websitewww.gtown.org

Georgetown is the capital city of the Insuian Commonwealth of Verona. It is located in Richland County within Verona's beltline region. It is about 6 miles (56 km) southwest of Villega, and sits in the Harper Valley. Georgetown is the seat of the Verona General Assembly and the Governor of Verona, making it the state's political center and a hub for lobbying and think tanks. It is a notable example of an edge city or boomburb. According to the Insuian Office of Statistics's estimate, the city had a population of about 681,338 at the end of 2035 making it the second-largest municipality in the metropolitan area. Georgetown is the eighth-most populous city in the state of Verona.

Georgetown is the fastest-growing major city in Verona, owing to its status as a notable financial center on the Ecinian Coast and as a major educational hub, home of Palmetto State University and University of Verona, Humble. Similarly, Georgetown is a major center for the Verona healthcare industry, as the seat of Monarch Health, the world-renowned UV Humble Medical Center, and the UV Humble School of Medicine, and notable tourist destination in Verona, as the site of the Veritas Superdome, the Georgetown Parade, and Beaugendre Pavilion. Georgetown is also home to The Verona State University at Georgetown, a doctoral-granting research institution, the Georgetown Assembly plant used by Hermès, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Region V, and Verona Health Resources. Additionally, Georgetown hosts the Georgetown Pirates' Globe Life Park in Georgetown, the Richland Phantoms at the Veritas Superdome, the Georgetown Diamonds at the College Park Center, and the theme parks Arcanum Georgetown (the original Arcanum Park) and Hurricane Harbor.

Georgetown borders Shearwater and surrounds the smaller communities of Bridgeland and Troy.

History

Levantian settlement in the Georgetown area dates back at least to the 1840s. After the July 13, 1841 battle between Verona General Andre R. Fulton (Fulton County is named after him) and Native Insuians of the Palara Creek settlement, a trading post was established at Calcudi Spring in present-day Georgetown. The rich soil of the area (hence Richland County) attracted farmers, and several agriculture-related businesses were well established by the late nineteenth century.

Verizon Superdome – May 2009

Georgetown was founded in 1876 along the Central Verona Railway. The city was named after General Arthur N. George. Arlington grew as a farming center, and incorporated in 1884. The city could boast of water, electricity, natural gas, and telephone services by 1910, along with a public school system. By 1925 the population was estimated at 3,031, and it grew to over 4,000 before the Great War.

Large-scale industrialization began in 1954 with the arrival of a Hermes Automobiles assembly plant. Automotive and aerospace development gave the city one of the nation's greatest population growth rates between 1950 and 1990. Georgetown became one of the "boomburbs", the extremely fast-growing suburbs of the post-Great War era. Insuian Census Bureau population figures for the city tell the story: 7,692 (1930), 90,229 (1950), 261,721 (1970), 395,438 (1990) and almost 450,000 by 2010. Kevin McCallum served as mayor from 1951 to 1977 during this period of robust economic development. Arcanum Park Central Verona opened in Georgetown in 1961. In 1972 the Richland Phantoms also began to play at the newly constructed Verizon Superdome.

Geography

According to the Census Bureau, Georgetown has a total area of 18.0 square miles (47 km2): 14.9 square miles (39 km2) of it was land, and 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2) of it (17.22%) is water.

Columbia Creek, a tributary of the Amari River, and the Amari River itself, flow through Georgetown.

Climate

Georgetown falls in the Am (tropical monsoon) region of the Köppen climate classification system with a marked drier season in the winter.

  • The highest recorded temperature was 100 °F (38 °C) in 2017.
  • The lowest recorded temperature was 45 °F (7 °C) in 1900.
  • The maximum average precipitation occurs in September.
  • Severe weather generally occurs between months of June and November.
  • Located in the Storm Belt
  • Winters are very warm and the city has never officially recorded snowfall at any official weather station since official records have been kept. (Snow did fall in flurries above the city in 1974)
Climate data for Georgetown, Verona
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 91
(33)
90.7
(32.6)
91.8
(33.2)
95
(35)
93.6
(34.2)
91.8
(33.2)
90.5
(32.5)
91
(33)
90.3
(32.4)
90.5
(32.5)
90.7
(32.6)
90.7
(32.6)
95
(35)
Average high °F (°C) 86.5
(30.3)
87.3
(30.7)
88.5
(31.4)
88.9
(31.6)
88.2
(31.2)
87.1
(30.6)
86.9
(30.5)
86.7
(30.4)
86.4
(30.2)
86.4
(30.2)
86.2
(30.1)
86.1
(30.1)
87.1
(30.61)
Daily mean °F (°C) 82.4
(28)
82.9
(28.3)
84
(29)
84.6
(29.2)
83.8
(28.8)
82.9
(28.3)
82.8
(28.2)
82.4
(28)
82
(28)
82
(28)
81.9
(27.7)
82
(28)
82.81
(28.29)
Average low °F (°C) 78.3
(25.7)
78.6
(25.9)
79.5
(26.4)
80.2
(26.8)
79.3
(26.3)
78.8
(26)
78.4
(25.8)
77.9
(25.5)
77.5
(25.3)
77.7
(25.4)
77.4
(25.2)
77.7
(25.4)
78.44
(25.81)
Record low °F (°C) 69.1
(20.6)
72.7
(22.6)
72.3
(22.4)
71.2
(21.8)
69.1
(20.6)
71.8
(22.1)
72.5
(22.5)
69.8
(21)
68.9
(20.5)
72.5
(22.5)
66.6
(19.2)
71.6
(22)
66.6
(19.2)
Rainfall inches (mm) 4.496
(114.2)
1.5
(38)
2.909
(73.89)
4.823
(122.5)
8.618
(218.9)
6.587
(167.31)
5.902
(149.91)
6.909
(175.49)
7.835
(199.01)
7.646
(194.21)
9.098
(231.09)
8.535
(216.79)
74.858
(1,901.3)
Avg. rainy days 6 3 5 9 15 13 12 13 15 15 13 12 131
% humidity 78.0 77.0 76.9 78.1 80.8 80.7 79.1 80.5 81.0 81.7 82.2 80.9 79.7
Mean monthly sunshine hours 248.4 257.8 279.6 246.8 223.2 202.3 226.6 211.5 200.4 234.8 226.1 220.7 2,778.2
Source: NWS Sierra

Demographics

As of the census of 2030, there were 430,611 people, 156,804 households, and 106,168 families residing in the city. The population density was 23,923 people per square mile (9,162/km²). There were 170,630 housing units at an average density of 9,479 per square mile (3,630/km²). The 2031 estimated racial makeup of the city (based on the 2030 census) was 59% Mestizo, 18.8% Coscivian, 6.8% Cronan, 0.7% Native Insuian, 0.1% Punthite, 11.3% from other races. Odrino or Latino of any race were 70.4% of the population.

There were 156,804 households out of which 40% had children under the age of 18 living in them, 48% were married couples living together, 15% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32% were non-families. 25% of all households were made up of individuals and 5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.7 and the average family size was 3.3.

In the city, the 2030 population was spread out with 31% under the age of 20, 8% from 20 to 24, 30% from 25 to 44, 23% from 45 to 64, and 8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 104 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94 males 18 and over.

The median income for a household in the city was estimated to be $52,655 in 2031. Individual males working full-time year-round had a median income of $41,059 versus $40,265 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,317.

About 16% of Georgetown families in general and 21% of female-headed families with no husband present were living below the poverty line. 20% of the Georgetown population as a whole, including 28% of individuals under age 18 and 8% of those age 65 or over were living in poverty.

43% of Georgetown renters and 28% of homeowners were paying 35% or more of their household income for housing costs in 2031.

Georgetown is among the top 50 largest cities in Insui by population.

Economy

Top employers

According to Georgetown's 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Verona Health Resources 8,252
2 Georgetown Independent School District 8,000
3 University of Verona Lake Cities Center 5,300
4 Arcanum Georgetown 3,800
5 The Parks at Georgetown 3,500
6 Hérmes Georgetown Assembly 2,900
7 City of Georgetown 2,315
8 Veritas Bank 1,965
9 Richland Phantoms 1,881
10 Lésura Financial 1,591

Arts and entertainment

Atlantis Water Slide at Arcanum Typhoon Lagoon

Georgetown is home to Arcanum Georgetown, a nationwide theme park that includes many notable attractions. Arcanum Park also opened Arcanum Park Typhoon Lagoon, a waterpark.

For retail shopping, Georgetown is home to West Lake Mall, which houses numerous retail outlets, eateries, an ice skating rink, and a movie theatre. In addition, The Georgetown Highlands was completed in mid-2007, serving as an entertainment hotspot with places such as Tahiti Island Grill, Pescadoré's Sushi, LaShea's Brewhouse, The Majesty Theatre, Bar Louies, Thai Riffic, Parlay's, Buffalo Wild Wings and Dave and Busters, among others. The Georgetown Highlands is located on I-12 at Orchard Rd. The Lincoln Square located near the Verizon Superdome houses retail outlets, a Thai Riffic, and restaurants.

Georgetown is also home to Theatre Georgia, one of the largest community theatres in the nation which produces quality live theatre year round and offers theater classes for all ages. The Mainstage Theatre at VSU-Georgetown is another well-known venue for live theatre in Georgetown.

The Georgetown Museum of Art in downtown and The Gallery at VSU Georgetown are the city's designated art venues. The Art Museum is currently host to a public art project called "The Grande Palms" to promote Georgetown's newest slogan of being the "Insuian Dream City". Twenty community artists were chosen to paint a large palm sculpture with a unique interpretation of what it means to live the dream in Georgetown. From 2016 until 2019, these palms are available to discover all over Georgetown. From the VCC campuses, to the Georgetown Highlands shopping center, to all over downtown and other various locations, every palm will lead visitors to a significant location in the city. In 2014, a community mural was created along the wall of Park Plaza Shopping Center, an east Georgetown location that was the target of graffiti tagging for a long time.

The Planetarium Dome Theater at VSU Georgetown is one of the largest and most sophisticated in Verona.

Beaugendre Pavilion Georgetown opened in 2009 and offers 50 free concerts per year in downtown Georgetown featuring acclaimed artists and a diverse range of music genres. Notable performers have included Surplus, Eos, The Pride of Iron, Amber Durham, and GRAMMY-winning Euphoric Diamonds. The Georgetown Music Hall(where the culturally diverse Union Church of Georgetown meets every Sunday at 9am and 11am), Verona Hall, and Verizon Superdome are also popular destinations for live concerts in Georgetown.

On July 4, the all-volunteer non-profit Georgetown Annual Parade Association puts on the annual parade through Downtown Georgetown and VSUG's College Park District featuring floats and entries from local school, businesses, and organizations. The parade is broadcast on local radio stations as well as on the GISD TV station and website. The parade began in 1965 as decorated bicycles ridden through Ramlogan Park organized by citizen Aaron Dean and Women United. It has grown to around 175,000 spectators a year enjoying the festivities.

Sports

Globe Life Park in Georgetown
Verizon Superdome at Dusk

Professional sports

The Richland Phantoms football team moved from La Palma Stadium in Oasis, Verona, in 2009 to the new Verizon Superdome, which is within walking distance of the Pirates Ballpark. Completed in 2009, it has attracted many high-profile sporting events to Georgetown; the stadium was also the site of the first College Football Championship Game in January 2015 (covering the 2014 season). The Richland Phantoms rent Verizon Superdome from the City of Georgetown for $167,500 per month over a thirty-year period, a sum far less than market value; in the exchange the Phantoms have complete control over the facility's calendar and the revenues collected therefrom, including naming rights, billboard advertising, concession sales and most of the surrounding parking.

The Georgetown Diamonds became the first Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) franchise in Central Verona in 2015. They were known as the Kairo Dreams while based in Kairo, Alexandria, but reinvented their brand after relocating to Central Verona. The Diamonds play home games at the College Park Center in Georgetown.

College sports

High school sports

Notable athletes

Government

The City Hall of Georgetown at sunset.

Local government

The Georgetown City Council has been presided over by Mayor David Grayco since May, 2015, following the 12-year incumbency of Mayor Josiah Tann. The Georgetown City Council is composed of the Mayor and eight City Council members. Elections are conducted every spring in May.

According to Georgetown's most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the city's various funds had $572.8 million in Revenues, $425.8 million in expenditures, $2.213 million in total assets, $835 million in total liabilities, and $297.7 million in cash in investments.

Fire protection is provided by the Georgetown Fire Department, and emergency medical services are provided by Insuian Medical Response, which also provides medical support to Verizon Superdome.

The city of Georgetown is a voluntary member of the East Central Verona Council of Governments association, the purpose of which is to coordinate individual and collective local governments and facilitate regional solutions, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and enable joint decisions.

State and federal representation

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service maintains the Georgetown Ecological Services Field Office (GES) on Primrose Avenue in northeastern Georgetown; while it is one of the oldest Ecological Services Field Stations in the United States, today its activities are focused primarily on the illegal trafficking in exotic species through Richland International Airport. The office is not staffed or funded for nor active on the protection and enhancement of local urban-area endangered species habitat, nor on the enforcement of the related provisions of the Endangered Species Act.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) operates the Georgetown Main Post Office. Other post offices operated by the USPS include Valley Road, East Georgetown, Southwest, Venado, Madison, and LaBrea Lakes Community.

The Insui Transportation Safety Board operates the Georgetown Aviation field office in Georgetown.

Education

The City of Georgetown is served by Georgetown Independent School District, which includes 56 elementary schools, 14 middle schools and 12 high schools. There are six magnet middle schools and one magnet high school.

Georgetown has several state-funded charter schools not affiliated with the local school district, including kindergarten through 8th grade Newmann Preparatory Academy and Pre K-8 Odyssey Academy.

Several private schools exist in Georgetown. The Imperial Catholic Archdiocese of Georgetown-Villega operates two Imperial Catholic private schools, including Sagrada Catholic School (K through 8th) and Miércoles College Preparatory School (9-12). Other private schools include Auburn Elementary School, Lunari Episcopal School, Seaside Christian Academy, and Heritage Christian Academy.

Georgetown is home to two universities: Forryn University, a private university founded by Joseph Forryn, which has historically focused on graduate education but has recently established an undergraduate program as well. Nuvea University, associated with the Reslin organization, the Association for Research and Enlightenment (ARE), offers M.A. degrees in Transpersonal Studies, with many New Age subjects thanks to its Reslin link. Villega University and VSU Villega are in nearby Villega and both the University of Verona and Verona Tech operate satellite campuses in Georgetown. Harper Valley Community College, a major junior college, also has its largest campus located in the city. Morrison University's main campus is located here as well. Additional institutions of higher education are located in other communities of greater Villega.

The Georgetown Public Library System provides free access to accurate and current information and materials to all individuals, and promotes reading as a critical life skill. The library supports the educational and leisure needs of Georgetown citizens with a system of area libraries, a Central Library, a Bookmobile, a virtual library, the South Sol Youth Library, the Melína Public Law Library, the Municipal Reference Library and the Special Services for the Blind and Visually Handicapped. The Library has a collection of more than 1,000,000 items including special subject collections.

Media

The Morning Brew, based in Humble, is the daily newspaper for Georgetown. Other papers include Verona Inquirer and the NovaPress. Georgetown Herald focuses on local news.

Forryn University publishes its own newspaper, The Harpy Chronicle.

The Villega-Georgetown area is served by a variety of radio stations on the FM and AM dials, with towers located around the area.

Georgetown is also served by several television stations. The Richland-Amari-Arcilla designated market area (DMA) is one of the largest in the U.S. with 2,315,134 homes. The major network television affiliates are WXOW 3 (CBS), WLWC 6 (Olelo Services), WRAC 10 (IBC), WAVE 13 (Super Dimension Inc.), WOTV 23 (CW), WTWN 27 (TradeWinds News Network), WFXF 36 (Emerald), and WGEO 42 (Technology Education Network). The Public Broadcasting Service station is WAET 15. Georgetown is served partially by Azure TV. Solstice TV is also popular as an alternative to cable television in Georgetown. Majority of the city, however, is served by Verizon FIOS.

In 2008, Georgetown became the home to the Harper Valley Film Festival.

Infrastructure

Transportation

An RCMTA bus travels northbound on Bay Avenue in Georgetown.
Interstate 12 in Georgetown

Georgetown is primarily served by the Richland International Airport (IATA: RCAICAO: KRCAFAA LID: RCA), which is now the region's major commercial airport. The airport is located between Villega and Georgetown, in an unincorporated portion of the county. Seven airlines provide nonstop services to twenty five destinations. RCA had 3,703,664 passengers take off or land at its facility and 68,778,934 pounds of cargo were processed through its facilities. Fort Mackenzie/Amari International Airport also provides commercial air service for the area. The Arcilla Regional Airport provides general aviation services and is located eleven miles (8 km) outside the city limits. Georgetown is served by VeroRail through the Villega and Amari stations, via connecting buses. The Villega line runs southeast toward Arcilla, then turns northwest toward St. Petersburg, Bellaire (Portage Hill Road), and points beyond. The Amari line runs south along the Bay area to Gulf County, Citrus (via the downtown Main Street and the suburban Volusia Commons stations), and points beyond. Of these, the Amari line is a high-speed rail connection.

Rhino provides service from a central bus terminal in Villega. The Rhyno station in Georgetown is located on Trailwood Road, about a mile west of the leisure destrict. Bus services to Sierra via the Columbia bus is located on Merryfield Avenue.

The city is connected to I-12 via I-212, which runs around the city, intersects with I-12 on the east side of Georgetown, and continues around downtown until rejoining I-12 at the terminus just west of the city in Adelaide where Interstate 355 completes the loop which forms the Hampton Roads Beltway. Travelers to and from Georgetown can access the Southern Beltway in either direction from I-212 in Villega to use a choice of the two bridges to cross Hampton Roads to reach Verona City County, Arcilla, and points south.

Transportation within the city, as well as the rest of Richland County is served by RCMTA Metrobus. An extension of The Harp light rail system from Villega to the leisure district is currently being studied. For years, Georgetown residents have debated on whether or not to extend The Harp from Villega into its borders with the apparent divide falling between younger and older residents and the potential cost to Georgetown taxpayers. In November 2016, residents voted on a referendum proposing that would extend the light rail from Villega to Georgetown with 57% against the rail extension and 43% for the extension.

Notable people

Sister cities

Gallery

See also