Ware County, Georgia
|Ware County, Georgia|
Ware County Courthouse, (Built 1957), Waycross
Location in the state of Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
|Founded||December 15, 1824|
|Named for||Nicholas Ware|
|• Total||908 sq mi (2,352 km2)|
|• Land||892 sq mi (2,310 km2)|
|• Water||16 sq mi (41 km2), 1.7%|
|• Density||41/sq mi (16/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
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".
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)
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. 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.
National protected area
As of the census 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.
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.
- Ware County High School, Waycross
- Ware County Middle School, Waycross
- Waycross Middle School, Waycross
- 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
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
- "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
- "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
- "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
- "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|