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Settled in 1829, Stockbridge is a city in the northern section of Henry County in the state of Georgia. It is located about 20 miles south of Atlanta and is part of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. It covers an area of slightly over 13 square miles. The community was granted a post office in 1847 and was in 1895 incorporated as town. It was incorporated as a city on August 6, 1920.
A degree of uncertainty surrounds whom the city was actually named after. An account has it that Stockbridge was named for Levi Stockbridge, a professor who frequently traveled through and stopped in the town in its earlier days. The traveling professor was believed to have been so much loved and respected by the residents that they named their community after him. But another account has it that Stockbridge was named for Thomas Stock, President of the Georgia State Senate and State Surveyor in the 1820s. The Levi Stockbridge angle has, however, become the one accepted by many after further clarification recently.
Stockbridge had a population of 25,637 people in 2010, which was more than two and half times the total count in the 2000 census. This means the city now has significantly higher population density than the 900 people per square reported in 2000, when the total housing units was 3,991. As of 2014, the median age of residents was 35 years, slightly lower than the state average of 35.9 years. Median household income was estimated at more than $52,000 in 2013, while the estimated per capita income was $21,380
City residents enjoy a good transportation system. Stockbridge is sometimes described as the "Gateway to Henry County." It is served by several highways, including Interstate 75, Interstate 675, U.S. Highway 23, and Georgia State Route 42. Bus services is provided to the locals by Xpress GA. Berry Hill Airport, which is situated close to the city, provides regional air service. The Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is located just about 12 miles from Stockbridge as well.
There are numerous schools in the area to provide quality education to young people. Top public schools in Stockbridge include Red Oak Elementary School, Stockbridge Elementary School, Lorraine Middle School, Austin Road Middle School, General Ray Davis Middle School, Stockbridge High School and Dutchtown High School. The public school system is administered by the Henry County School District.
There are several parks in the city where you and your family can have fun. The parks around here include Memorial Park, Clark Community Park and Monument Park at Eagles Landing. Bridgefest and Screen on the Green are two of major annual events held in Stockbridge.
The city of Stockbridge has experienced considerable growth in recent years, helped by availability of essential public services and an improving economy. A good number of those who move here are those seeking to enjoy the amazing small town hospitality that this area boasts. It also provides access to a good road network to facilitate businesses.