Poulan, Georgia

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Poulan, Georgia
Poulan City Hall and Police Station
Poulan City Hall and Police Station
Location in Worth County and the state of Georgia
Location in Worth County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 31°30′49″N 83°47′28″W / 31.51361°N 83.79111°W / 31.51361; -83.79111Coordinates: 31°30′49″N 83°47′28″W / 31.51361°N 83.79111°W / 31.51361; -83.79111
Country United States
State Georgia
County Worth
 • Total 1.7 sq mi (4.3 km2)
 • Land 1.7 sq mi (4.3 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 381 ft (116 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 946
 • Density 556.5/sq mi (220/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 31781
Area code(s) 229
FIPS code 13-62496[1]
GNIS feature ID 0321100[2]

Poulan is a city in Worth County, Georgia, United States. The population was 946 at the 2000 census. It was settled about 1877, was also located along the Brunswick and Albany railroad. The city was named for Judge W.A. Poulan.

Poulan is part of the Albany, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Poulan is notorious for its police department's speed trap tactics along six miles of U.S. Route 82. In 2009 Poulan's tiny police force generated nearly $900,000 in fines and fees, a number comparable to a city 30 times its size. The per capita revenue from fines and fees is $1,019.15.[3]


Poulan is located at 31°30′49″N 83°47′28″W / 31.51361°N 83.79111°W / 31.51361; -83.79111 (31.513739, -83.791041).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 946 people, 365 households, and 273 families residing in the city. The population density was 571.2 people per square mile (220.0/km²). There were 399 housing units at an average density of 240.9 per square mile (92.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.22% White, 21.99% African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.53% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.74% of the population.

There were 365 households out of which 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 15.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.2% were non-families. 23.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,708, and the median income for a family was $35,208. Males had a median income of $30,000 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,439. About 16.8% of families and 20.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.8% of those under age 18 and 16.9% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

  • Howell T. Heflin, who became a U.S. Senator from Alabama, was born in Poulan in 1921. At that time Heflin's father was serving as a Methodist minister in Poulan. The Heflin family remained there for only a short time before returning to their native Alabama.


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