Ware County, Georgia

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Ware County, Georgia
Ware County Courthouse 01.JPG
Ware County Courthouse, (Built 1957), Waycross
Map of Georgia highlighting Ware County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded December 15, 1824
Named for Nicholas Ware
Seat Waycross
Largest city Waycross
Area
 • Total 908 sq mi (2,352 km2)
 • Land 892 sq mi (2,310 km2)
 • Water 16 sq mi (41 km2), 1.7%
Population
 • (2010) 36,312
 • Density 41/sq mi (16/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.warecounty.com

Ware County is a county located in the southeast of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 36,312.[1] The county seat is Waycross.[2]

Ware County is part of the Waycross, GA Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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".

History[edit]

Ware County, Georgia's 60th county, was created on December 15, 1824, by an act of the Georgia General Assembly from land that was originally part of Appling County.

The county is named for Nicholas Ware, the mayor of Augusta, Georgia from (1819–1821) and United States Senator who represented Georgia from 1821 until his death in 1824.

Several counties were later created from parts of the original Ware County borders:

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 908 square miles (2,350 km2), of which 892 square miles (2,310 km2) is land and 16 square miles (41 km2) (1.7%) is water.[3] It is the largest county in Georgia by area. A large portion of the county lies within the Okefenokee Swamp and its federally protected areas.

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 1,205
1840 2,323 92.8%
1850 3,888 67.4%
1860 2,200 −43.4%
1870 2,286 3.9%
1880 4,159 81.9%
1890 8,811 111.9%
1900 13,761 56.2%
1910 22,957 66.8%
1920 28,361 23.5%
1930 26,558 −6.4%
1940 27,929 5.2%
1950 30,289 8.4%
1960 34,219 13.0%
1970 33,525 −2.0%
1980 37,180 10.9%
1990 35,471 −4.6%
2000 35,483 0.0%
2010 36,312 2.3%
Est. 2013 35,709 −1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
1790-1960[5] 1900-1990[6]
1990-2000[7] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 35,483 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.

According to the census[8] of 2000, the largest ancestry groups in Ware County were English 46.13%, African 28.01%, Scots-Irish 12.29%, Scottish 4.3%, Irish 2.21% and Welsh 1.9%.

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.

Education[edit]

High Schools[edit]

Middle Schools[edit]

  • Ware County Middle School, Waycross
  • Waycross Middle School, Waycross

Elementary Schools[edit]

  • 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

Preschools[edit]

  • DAFFODIL Preschool, Waycross

Higher Education[edit]

Communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 31°03′N 82°25′W / 31.05°N 82.42°W / 31.05; -82.42