AboutAbout the Town of Resaca
The Town of Resaca, Georgia was incorporated and granted a charter by the State of Georgia in 1981. There are several variations for the derivation of the name Resaca the more likely is that the word stems from the Spanish “resacar” which means “to retake” and alludes to the dissipation of floodwater from the Oostanaula river basin.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.5 km2), of which 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (2.47%) is water.
The Civil War Battle of Resaca was fought in and around Resaca in May 1864. Each year a re-enactment of the Battle of Resaca, the first battle of the Atlanta Campaign, is held on the third weekend of May. Resaca is also the location of the first Confederate cemetery in the state of Georgia.
As of the census of 2000, there were 815 people, 263 households, and 189 families residing in the city. The population density was 295.4 people per square mile (114.0/km²). There were 280 housing units at an average density of 101.5 per square mile (39.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 78.90% White, 2.70% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.86% Asian, 15.58% from other races, and 1.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.77% of the population.
There were 263 households out of which 37.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.7% were married couples living together, 20.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.1% were non-families. 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.14.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 89.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $30,170, and the median income for a family was $30,938. Males had a median income of $22,321 versus $20,132 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,052. About 8.6% of families and 11.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.4% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.