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City of Cairo

IncorporatedOctober 28, 1870
Address119 N. Broad Street
Cairo, Georgia 39828
Phone(229) 377-1722

Cairo was incorporated as a town on October 28, 1870, and later designated the county seat for Grady County in 1905. It is believed Cairo was named for either the city in Egypt or the town of Cairo, Illinois. The city’s name, however, is pronounced “Cayroe”. This city has been regarded as Georgia’s center for the syrup trade.

Cairo is the birthplace of famous baseball player Jackie Robinson. He was the first African-American baseball player in the major leagues and was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1949.

The city hosts the Great Southern Antique Car Rally held every May, which features 100 of the world’s most expensive antique cars. The Cairo Antique Auto Museum features antique cars from every decade of the 1900s, along with Matchbox cars, antique bicycles and other collectibles.

According to 2000 Census, the City of Cairo had a population of 9,239 persons. Between 1990 and 2000, the city experienced a population increase of 2.3%, compared to the state growth during this period of 26.4%.