Colquitt, Georgia

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Colquitt, Georgia
Colquitt City Hall
Colquitt City Hall
Location in Miller County and the state of Georgia
Location in Miller County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 31°10′23″N 84°43′43″W / 31.17306°N 84.72861°W / 31.17306; -84.72861Coordinates: 31°10′23″N 84°43′43″W / 31.17306°N 84.72861°W / 31.17306; -84.72861
Country United States
State Georgia
County Miller
Incorporated (City)December 19, 1860[1]
 • Total8.27 sq mi (21.42 km2)
 • Land8.23 sq mi (21.32 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
167 ft (51 m)
 • Total2,001
 • Density243.08/sq mi (93.85/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code229
FIPS code13-18000[4]
GNIS feature ID0355248[5]

Colquitt is a city in Miller County, in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. The population was 2,001 at the 2020 census.[3] Colquitt is the county seat of Miller County,[6] a role it has held since just after Miller County was created by the Georgia Legislature in 1856. The city formally incorporated on December 19, 1860,[1] and is Miller County's only incorporated municipality. Colquitt is named for U.S. Congressman and Senator Walter Terry Colquitt.[7]

The Colquitt Town Square Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.


Colquitt is located in the center of Miller County at 31°10′23″N 84°43′43″W / 31.17306°N 84.72861°W / 31.17306; -84.72861 (31.173090, -84.728512).[8]

The city is located along U.S. Route 27, Georgia State Route 45, and Georgia State Route 91 in southwestern Georgia. U.S. 27 runs northwest-southeast through the center of town as Crawford Street, leading northwest 21 mi (34 km) to Blakely and southeast 22 mi (35 km) to Bainbridge. GA-45 runs north-south through the city concurrent with U.S. 27 and GA-91, and leads north 9 mi (14 km) to Damascus and southwest 14 mi (23 km) to Iron City. GA-91 also runs north-south through the city as well, and leads northeast 28 mi (45 km) to Newton and southwest 14 mi (23 km) to Donalsonville.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.3 square miles (21 km2), of which 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 0.48%, are water.[2]

Culture and Arts[edit]

Hunter Theatre, formerly Colquitt Theatre, on North First Street

There are two Colquitt Theatres in the city:

  • The Cotton Hall Theatre is located in a former cotton warehouse at 158 East Main Street. It is home to Swamp Gravy, the "Official Folk Life Play of Georgia".[9][10][11] The show is produced by the Colquitt-Miller Arts Council, using upwards of sixty volunteer actors and a professional production crew.
  • Hunter Theatre, formerly the Colquitt Theatre, is located on North 1st Street in the Hunter Building. It has undergone a renovation in recent years.[12][13]

In December 2003, the musical play A Southern Christmas Carol, by award-winning playwright Rob Lauer, made its world premiere at Colquitt's Cotton Hall Theatre. Featuring a New York City-based cast of professional actors, the show was a critical and box-office success. The show was presented at Cotton Hall again in 2004 and 2005—attracting holiday season tourists to Colquitt from throughout the southeastern U.S. 'A Southern Christmas Carol has, in the years since, become an increasing popular holiday season show that is produced by theatres throughout the southeastern United States.[citation needed]

Colquitt was named Georgia's First Mural City by the state legislature, and hosted the Global Mural Conference in 2010.[citation needed]

Colquitt is a stop on the Trail of the Whispering Giants.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[14]

2020 census[edit]

Colquitt racial composition[15]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 802 40.08%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,096 54.77%
Native American 3 0.15%
Asian 18 0.9%
Other/Mixed 51 2.55%
Hispanic or Latino 31 1.55%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,001 people, 854 households, and 520 families residing in the city.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 1,992 people living in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 50.4% White, 45.9% Black, 0.2% Native American, 1.0% Asian and 0.7% from two or more races. 2.0% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,939 people, 772 households, and 501 families living in the city. The population density was 235.0 inhabitants per square mile (90.7/km2). There were 868 housing units at an average density of 105.2 per square mile (40.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 55.65% White, 43.63% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.05% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.31% of the population.

There were 772 households, out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.4% were married couples living together, 22.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.0% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 24.3% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 23.6% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 24.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 78.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 69.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,792, and the median income for a family was $31,413. About 21.3% of families and 26.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.0% of those under age 18 and 25.5% of those age 65 or over.


The middle/high school entrance of the Miller County School District school building

Colquitt is part of the Miller County School District.[16][17] It is served by:

Public Library[edit]

James W. Merritt, Jr. Memorial Library

Colquitt is home to the Miller County - James W. Merritt, Jr. Memorial Library.[18] The library serves the citizens of Miller County with a collection of print and audiovisual materials. The library is located at 259 E. Main Street in Colquitt.

Notable people[edit]



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  2. ^ a b "2022 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Georgia". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 26, 2023.
  3. ^ a b "P1. Race – Colquitt city, Georgia: 2020 DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved January 26, 2023.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  7. ^ "Cities & Counties: Colquitt". The New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved April 28, 2010.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ Cotton Hall Theater, Colquitt August 26, 2011 Vanishing South Georgia
  10. ^ Cotton Hall Theater Archived 2018-05-28 at the Wayback Machine Explore Georgia
  11. ^ Swamp Gravy website
  12. ^ Colquitt Theatre N. 1st Street Cinema Treasures
  13. ^ Hunter Theatre Cinema Tour
  14. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  15. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2021-12-18.
  16. ^ Georgia Board of Education[permanent dead link], Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  17. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  18. ^ "Homepage". Southwest Georgia Regional Library System. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  19. ^ "Role of the Lt. Governor". Archived 2010-03-12 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved April 28, 2010.
  20. ^ "Rites at Colquitt for Mrs. Z. Toole". The Atlanta Constitution. November 2, 1947. p. 12A. Retrieved June 30, 2020 – via

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