Once a small, turn-of-the-century railroad town, Rincon now thrives as a vital part of Effingham County’s economic growth and development, and provides its residents with the kind of community they can be proud to call home…
Just before the turn of the century, the city of Rincon sprang up around the miles and miles of railroad tracks making their way along the eastern seaboard through the sleepy countryside of rural Georgia. It had taken more than 150 years for residents to move beyond the original 1751 Salzburger New Ebenezer settlement along the Savannah River, but once the railroad came to town, a new city and a new era had arrived.
Chief Engineer George Wadley named the newly founded city Rincon, which was Spanish for “little spot” or “corner.” Aptly named, Rincon began as just a small area in the county named for Lord Effingham, a former member of the House of Lords in England. Businesses soon began popping up, managed by area natives and created to meet the needs of the railroad workers, followed by houses and various churches. Successful local businesses became the order of the day.
Echoing the line-and-grid street system of Savannah, Rincon systematically marched its way along the tracks and settled itself in an organized, orderly fashion. Serenaded by wistful train whistles and lulled to sleep by the steady clackety-clack of train cars on the rails, residents of the “little spot” of Rincon found a place they could call home.
Sawmills, cotton gins and turpentine stills dotted the landscape, providing additional means for business opportunities. Early landowners saw potential in the railroad and granted rights of way for its progression. Economic growth and development resulted, and the city of Rincon was incorporated August 3, 1927.
As a fledgling city in the late 1920s, Rincon elected Frank Bowers as its first mayor. The new government disbanded in 1929 but reactivated in 1954 and reconstituted its city governmental structure. The population was around 500. Although it later grew to be the largest municipality in Effingham, Rincon’s hometown atmosphere revolved around locally-owned businesses, strong community and civic organizations, and family-focused activities.
Life in Rincon continued at a slow and steady pace until the early 1980s. The city experienced a dynamic growth spurt with the arrival of large industrial and retail companies both within and just beyond Rincon’s city limits. Rincon had once again “arrived.”
The City of Rincon now is home to more than 4,000 people and a wide array of small local businesses, large retail outlets, restaurants, grocery stores and gas stations. Although more commonly used by larger cities, the council-manager form of government allows Rincon to effectively administer the vast number of services it provides.
Public services, infrastructure and great potential for quality residential and business development abound in what began as a small stop along a turn-of-the-century railroad line. By focusing on the incorporation of both hometown traditions and progressive yet balanced growth, the City of Rincon makes its community more than just a great place to work and live. It makes Rincon a great place to call home.
(Historical Sources: Springfield Herald, 50th Anniversary Edition, October 1958; City of Rincon archives)
Who lives in Rincon, what they do and why they choose to live here – find out all this and more by taking a glance at the insightful profiles listed below. Additional information is available by clicking on the links provided — some may require entering a county (Effingham) or closest Metropolitan Statistical Area (Savannah) to reach data related to Rincon. It’s an up-close and personal look at Rincon and its surrounding areas…
Census Information and Demographics
The U.S. Census Bureau data for 2010 indicates the following population totals in our community:
Effingham County: 52,250
- Rincon 8,836
- Springfield 2,852
- Guyton 1,684
- Unincorporated 38,878
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
56% of Rincon residents are married, and approximately 86% of the population 25 or older have a high school diploma. 53% of residents are owner occupied. 68% of the population is over the age of 18 and the median household income was $58,923 in 2013.
With City of Rincon Police response times of less than 3 minutes, residents can list safety and security among the top reasons for choosing to live in the Rincon area. For more crime statistic info on the overall Effingham County area, click here.
Economic Development and Employment Statistics
Employment population in Rincon has grown 73% since 2002 and in 2011 there were 3,781 workers. The County’s employment population in 2011 was 21,732. Rincon’s commercial property values have grown 125% between 2002 and 2012 and additional retail outlets are coming. Residential construction continues to improve within city limits, and the rental market is strong. For wage estimates in Rincon’s Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) of Savannah, click here also see census information
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis & Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Residents of the City of Rincon have long enjoyed excellent air, land and water quality. The City strives to protect the state waterways by using a chemical free process when treating waste water and the installation of a land application reuse system to reduce discharges in the creeks.
Over the past few decades, Effingham County school enrollment has nearly doubled, with about 280 new students enrolling each fall. Despite the growth, Effingham has maintained a student-oriented focus in delivering instructional programs, keeping student/teacher ratios lower than the state average, and channeling human resources into the classroom rather than administrative offices.
For information regarding vocational education visit Effingham College and Career Academy
Source: Effingham County Board of Education
Cost of Living Comparisons
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Property and Real Estate Information
The City of Rincon features charming, turn-of-the-century homes on quiet, tree-lined streets as well as state-of-the-art, custom built homes overlooking golf courses in well-planned subdivisions. The average home price range is $138,000, but homes are available in a wide variety of prices ranging from $89,000 to $356,000. Both yet-to-be-developed residential and commercial property also are available. To find out more about home and real estate opportunities in Rincon, click here.