Fact Sheet: West Point, Ga.

"We cannot think of a better place to equip students to take their faith into the marketplace in new and culturally relevant ways than West Point, Ga."

-Dean Collins, president, Point University

  • Location: Centrally located on the I-85 corridor, an hour from Atlanta and an hour from Montgomery, Ala., the city straddles Troup and Harris Counties in Georgia and is part of the thriving Greater Valley Area, which includes the nearby Alabama cities of LaFayette, Lanett and Valley. 

  • Founded: 1832

  • Mayor: Drew Ferguson IV

  • Size: 4.43 square miles

  • Population: Approximately 3,500

  • Climate: As locals like to say, the city is "above the gnat line and below the freeze line," with an average winter temperature in the 60s and an average summer temperature in the 80s.

  • Industry: The once-vibrant textile community was home to West Point-Pepperell, Inc., one of the world's largest and most versatile producers of textile goods, and is now home to the new $1 billion Kia Motors automobile manufacturing plant, which offers employment to 3,500 and has revitalized the area's economy.

  • Education: Education is a top priority, with 11 public and private secondary schools, including Springwood School, Alabama's top-rated Christian school, and public and private higher education opportunities nearby.

  • Recreation:          

  • Boating, kayaking, fishing and camping on a scenic, undeveloped stretch of the Chattahoochee River

  • Swimming, skiing, sailing and other water sports on 500 miles of shoreline at 26,000-acre West Point Lake and its Southern Harbor Marina

  • Valley Community Center and Sportsplex, a first-rate, 54,000-square-foot complex with tennis courts, baseball fields, soccer fields, Olympic indoor aquatic center, weight room, walking track, basketball, racquetball and football facilities and an amphitheater

  • 18-hole golf course adjacent to Riverside Country Club

  • Attractions: A walkable historic downtown includes an eclectic assortment of shops—from antiques and home furnishings to apparel and accessory boutiques—and eateries including Asian, Southern and pub-style cuisine. Cultural opportunities include art galleries and community theatre.

  • Central to Getaways: Travel time is four hours to the nearest beach, four hours to the mountains, an hour from Atlanta and an hour from Montgomery.

  • Community Resources: High-tech healthcare facilities and libraries offer innovative programs for all ages.

  • Accommodations: Area hotels bear the leading names in hospitality including, Days Inn, Hampton Inn and Suites, and Holiday Inn Express.

  • Area Living: Choose from a variety of apartments, condominium homes, upper-loft residential living and single family communities to suit every lifestyle.

  • Historical Highlights:          

  • In 1865, the last fort battle of the Civil War was fought atop West Point's summit, giving Fort Tyler the distinction of being the last fort to fall to Union troops.

  • The Atlanta & LaGrange Rail Road, chartered in 1847, was completed in May 1854, and ran from East Point to West Point.

  • At one time West Point served as the western-most point of the rail line, and trains had to transfer cargo to a new rail line to head further west.

  • West Point is now home to the biggest rail yard in the South.

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