City of Americus
|Address||101 W. Lamar Street
Americus, Georgia 31709
Americus is the county seat of Sumter County and was founded in 1832. The city was incorporated as a town and established as the county seat December 22, 1832. Americus, the masculine version of America, was named for the western continents, which in turn were named for Amerigo Vespucci.
The international headquarters for Habitat for Humanity is located in Americus. This non-profit organization is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing around the world. It is now one of the top ten homebuilders in the country.
Famous people who are past Americus residents include Dan Reeves, the head coach for the Atlanta Falcons, and Chan Gailey, the coach for the Dallas Cowboys.
Georgia Southwestern State University, located in the city of Americus, is a member of the University System of Georgia. Also, South Georgia Technical Institute, a two-year vocational-technical school, provides residents with an opportunity for technical training.
Vintage architecture in Americus can be seen in the Windsor Hotel, located in the business district of the city. This massive brick structure, built in 1892, occupies an entire city block.
According to 2000 Census, the City of Americus had a population of 17,013 persons. Between 1990 and 2000, the city experienced a population increase of 3.0%, compared to the state growth during this period of 26.4%.