Ware County, Georgia
|Ware County, Georgia|
Location in the state of Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
|Founded||December 15, 1824|
906.31 sq mi (2,347 km²)
902.29 sq mi (2,337 km²)
4.02 sq mi (10 km²), 33%
41/sq mi (16/km²)
By geographic area, Ware County is the largest Georgia county. There's a local saying that the county seat of Waycross is "the largest city in the largest county in the largest state, east of the Mississippi". The county is part of the Waycross Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Several counties were later created from parts of the original Ware County borders:
- Bacon County (from portions of Appling, Pierce, and Ware counties in 1917)
- Charlton County (from portions of Camden and Ware county)
- Clinch County (from portions of Lowndes and Ware counties in 1850)
- Coffee County (from portions of Clinch, Irwin, Telfair, and Ware counties in 1854)
- Pierce County (from portions of Appling and Ware counties in 1857)
Ware County has a total area of 903 square miles (2,339 km²) and is the largest geographically in Georgia. 597 square miles (1,546 km²) of it is land and 306 square miles (793 km²) of it is water. A large portion of the county lies within the Okefenokee Swamp and its federally protected areas.
Major highways 
U.S. highways 
State routes 
- State Route 4
- State Route 4 Business
- State Route 38
- State Route 122
- State Route 158
- State Route 177
- State Route 520
Adjacent counties 
- Bacon County, Georgia - north
- Pierce County, Georgia - east
- Brantley County, Georgia - east
- Charlton County, Georgia - southeast
- Baker County, Florida - south
- Clinch County, Georgia - west
- Atkinson County, Georgia - west
- Coffee County, Georgia - northwest
National protected area 
As of the census of 2007, there were 35,073 people, 13,475 households, and 9,297 families residing in the county. The population density was 39 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 15,831 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 69.65% White, 28.01% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.99% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 1.94% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 13,475 households out of which 30.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.30% were married couples living together, 14.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.00% were non-families. 27.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.80% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 15.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.50 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $28,360, and the median income for a family was $34,372. Males had a median income of $26,910 versus $20,424 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,384. About 15.90% of families and 20.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.10% of those under age 18 and 16.70% of those age 65 or over.
High Schools 
- Ware County High School, Waycross
Middle Schools 
- Ware County Middle School, Waycross
- Waycross Middle School, Waycross
Elementary Schools 
- Wacona Elementary School, Waycross
- Center Elementary School, Waycross
- Williams Heights Elementary School, Waycross
- Memorial Drive Elementary School, Waycross
- Ruskin Elementary School, Waycross
- Waresboro Elementary School, Waycross
- DAFFODIL Preschool, Waycross
Higher Education 
Cities and communities 
See also 
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Official Ware County website
- Ware County Community Website & Community Calendar
- Georgia GenWeb Ware County site
- Okefenokee Swamp Park homepage
- Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
||Coffee County||Bacon County|
|Atkinson County and Clinch County||Pierce County and Brantley County|
|Baker County, Florida||Charlton County|