"The referendum that ended the town was part of the settlement in a lawsuit brought by city residents charging the city should be dissolved because it didn't deliver enough services to justify its existence under state law. Incorporated in 1882, Lithia Springs was dissolved the first time in 1933. Since reincorporating in 1994, it has had five mayors and one scandal: Former Mayor Rosa Mary Johnson in 1998 pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge for using city money to buy personal items."
As of the census of 2000, there are 2,072 people, 861 households, and 607 families residing in the city. The population density is 362.0/km² (937.6/mi²). There are 918 housing units at an average density of 160.4/km² (415.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 87.93% White, 9.60% African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 1.35% from two or more races. 1.54% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 861 households out of which 25.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.4% are married couples living together, 11.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% are non-families. 25.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.8% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.41 and the average family size is 2.85.
In the city the population is spread out with 20.8% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 42 years. For every 100 females there are 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 92.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $36,029, and the median income for a family is $42,500. Males have a median income of $32,240 versus $25,357 for females. The per capita income for the city is $21,421. 10.2% of the population and 5.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 3.0% are under the age of 18 and 19.5% are 65 or older.