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Lithonia, Georgia

Lithonia is a city located in DeKalb County, Georgia. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 2,187.

It is the birthplace of pop and country star Brenda Lee.


Lithonia is in the heart of the Georgia granite district, hence the name of the town, from the Greek lithos, for stone. The nearby granite dome, Stone Mountain, is composed largely of a rock called Lithonia gniess.

Lithonia is located at 33°42'46" North, 84°6'21" West (33.712658, -84.105897)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.0 km² (0.8 mi²). 2.0 km² (0.8 mi²) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 2,187 people, 799 households, and 560 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,068.9/km² (2,770.2/mi²). There are 892 housing units at an average density of 436.0/km² (1,129.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 16.64% White, 79.61% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.42% from other races, and 2.10% from two or more races. 2.88% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 799 households out of which 40.8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 23.3% are married couples living together, 41.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% are non-families. 25.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.8% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.70 and the average family size is 3.25.

In the city the population is spread out with 34.4% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 17.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 30 years. For every 100 females there are 76.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 63.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $23,397, and the median income for a family is $24,792. Males have a median income of $27,500 versus $23,788 for females. The per capita income for the city is $10,605. 25.9% of the population and 22.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 31.8% are under the age of 18 and 25.7% are 65 or older.

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