Redan, Georgia, located at 33 degrees N 84 degrees W, a growing suburb of Atlanta, GA. Nestled in the heart of unincorporated DeKalb County, it is home to more than 30,000 people. Its quirky history is somewhat unknown. Officially, the name of the city is derived from the forts built in the American Civil war. During the Atlanta campaign, specialized defensive structures with V shaped walls were built in and around the city. These were called Redans. However, long time residents believe the name was generated from the old trading post owned by Reed and Ann, or the Redan Store. Throughout its history, Redan has also had a few claims to fame. A unique individual connected with Redan was Emmit Bankston. Emmit Bankston was a famous banjo player born in Redon at the turn of the century. More recently, Kevin Gregory Butt kicker Butler, place kicker for the Chicago Bears from 1985-1995, played on the Redan High school Football team.
Whatever its history, Redan is now a flourishing town with a promising future. A search of the Redan, GA yellow pages or Redan, GA business directory reveals an eclectic mix of restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. Of course, it is within easy driving distance of all the great Atlanta hot spots as well as national parks and camping outside the city. Redan is also connected to major airports, schools, and events through MARTA, Atlanta's mass transit system. Its proximity to Atlanta and its own thriving business district makes Redan an ideal residence. This almost 10 square mile city hosts local parks, churches, libraries, and DeKalb County schools. Comparing Redan with CNN's Best Places to Live survey, it has as many or more movie theaters, golf courses, restaurants, and libraries as the best places. In that same survey, compared with the national average of 100, Redan's racial diversity score is an astounding 3342.1; the higher number being the better.Redan, GA is moderate in terms of weather. The average minimum temperature in January is 42.6 and the average maximum temperature in July is 88.8. It doesn't stay too hot and it doesn't stay too cold. Although snowfall is rare, the city does experience heavy thunderstorms accompanied by the occasional hail and the even more infrequent Tornado warning. Overall, it is a temperate area for vacationing or residing.
Written by Lyndsey Morgan