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There were 8,876 households, out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.1% were married couples living together, 24.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.17.
In the city, the population was spread out, with 28.7% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $30,088, and the median income for a family was $33,963. Males had a median income of $30,488 versus $21,352 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,563. About 17.7% of families and 21.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.4% of those under age 18 and 16.0% of those ages of 65 or over.
The Griffin-Spalding County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve and consists of eleven elementary schools, four middle schools, and three high schools. The district has 661 full-time teachers and over 10,648 students.Griffin Technical College was located in Griffin from 1963 and, following a merger, a branch of Southern Crescent Technical College is in Griffin. The Griffin Synodical Female College was established by Presbyterians but closed.
The University of Georgia maintains a branch campus in Griffin.
Griffin Region College and Career Academy located within the City limits  GRCCA preparing students for college and careers through actual college courses for both high school and college credits.
Very popular Civil Air Patrol awarding-winning aerospace education program promotes aerospace, aviation and STEM-related careers with engaging, standards-based, hands-on curriculum and activities. It shapes the experiences and aspirations of youth both in and outside of CAP's cadet program.
Griffin, during the "golden ages" of baseball hosted several minor league class D teams
Griffin Lightfoots, Georgia-Alabama League (1915-1916)
Griffin Griffs, Georgia-Alabama League (1917)
Griffin, Georgia State League (1920)
Griffin, Georgia State League (1921)
Griffin Pimientos, Georgia-Alabama League (1947-1949, 1951) (class d affiliate to the St. Louis Browns)
Griffin Tigers, Georgia-Alabama League (1950)
The Griffin Daily News is a local paper, founded in 1872.WMVV is a local Christian station, WHIE AM broadcasts country music, while WKEU (AM) broadcasts oldies. WYFK, a Christian station, has their W290AG translator in Griffin. University of Georgia Griffin Campus has a news radio station on 88.9FM or live stream at wkeuradio.com
Bill Anderson - country singer who was born in South Carolina and grew up in Griffin
Brian Bohannon - head football coach at Kennesaw State since March 2013. He played wide receiver for UGA and held a number of assistant coaching positions before becoming a head coach.
James S. Boynton- was an American politician and jurist. Boynton briefly served as the 51st Governor of Georgia from 1883 after the death of governor Alexander Stephens. At the time of Stephens' death, Boynton was serving as the president of the Georgia Senate so he assumed the governorship. His additional political service included the office of Mayor of Griffin, Georgia. Boynton also served as a judge in the Spalding County, Georgia Court, and the Flint Circuit Superior Court. He was born in Henry County, Georgia and moved to Griffin in 1865. Boynton died at his home in Griffin in 1902 and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in that same city.
The city of Griffin received a 2017 Live, Work, Play City Award presented by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), in conjunction with Georgia Trend Magazine, during GMA's annual Mayors' Day Conference in Atlanta.
The Griffin Ballet Theatre was founded in 1994.
The Main Street Players professional theater was founded in 2001.
The Griffin Museum is located upstairs in the Welcome Center and contains an array of Griffin artifacts and memorabilia, including some dating from the mid-1800s.
Griffin Choral Arts, founded in 2007 is a 50-voice auditioned regional community chorus that performs four major concerts each season.
The Griffin Chamber Music Society was founded in 2017.
Griffin/Spalding Art Association was founded in 1969.
The Griffin Area Concert Association was founded in 1969. It presents performances by national and international performing artists featuring dance, musical theater, solo instrumentalists, vocal, string or brass ensembles and other performing arts.
Griffin Spalding Historical Society was founded in 1969. Its headquarter is in the Bailey-Tebault House houses at Meriwether Street, of which it provides tours.
The Griffin-Spalding Athletic Hall of Fame was founded in 1983.
In downtown Griffin there is a haunted house attraction, the Sinister Suites Haunted Hotel. The hotel was built in 1910, and after being closed in the 1970s was re-opened as a haunted attraction during October. It features a five-story, 60,000-square foot walk-through of the hotel.
Griffin has been featured or used as a production site in many films and television shows.