Pavo, Georgia

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Pavo, Georgia
Pavo City Hall Municipal Building
Pavo City Hall Municipal Building
Location in Brooks County, Thomas County and the state of Georgia
Location in Brooks County, Thomas County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 30°57′37″N 83°44′22″W / 30.96028°N 83.73944°W / 30.96028; -83.73944Coordinates: 30°57′37″N 83°44′22″W / 30.96028°N 83.73944°W / 30.96028; -83.73944
Country United States
State Georgia
Counties Thomas, Brooks
 • Total 1.8 sq mi (4.6 km2)
 • Land 1.8 sq mi (4.6 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 256 ft (78 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 627
 • Estimate (2016)[1] 621
 • Density 356/sq mi (137.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 31778
Area code(s) 229
FIPS code 13-59556[2]
GNIS feature ID 0356459[3]

Pavo is a city that is divided by the county line between Brooks and Thomas counties in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is part of the Valdosta, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 627 at the 2010 census.[4]

The city is home to a branch of the Thomas County Public Library System.

Pavo was featured in country music star Alan Jackson's video for his hit song "Little Man", lamenting the decline of small-town America.


Pavo is located at 30°57′37″N 83°44′22″W / 30.96028°N 83.73944°W / 30.96028; -83.73944 (30.960341, -83.739352).[5] Georgia State Route 122 (Harris Street) passes through the center of town, leading southwest 17 miles (27 km) to Thomasville and east 21 miles (34 km) to Interstate 75 at Hahira. Georgia State Route 33 leads north out of town as Robert Street towards Moultrie; southbound it leaves as County Line Road towards Barwick and Boston.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Pavo has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 262
1910 572 118.3%
1920 990 73.1%
1930 750 −24.2%
1940 706 −5.9%
1950 806 14.2%
1960 817 1.4%
1970 775 −5.1%
1980 830 7.1%
1990 774 −6.7%
2000 711 −8.1%
2010 627 −11.8%
Est. 2016 621 [1] −1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 711 people, 301 households, and 191 families residing in the city. The population density was 403.1 people per square mile (156.0/km²). There were 345 housing units at an average density of 195.6 per square mile (75.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 71.31% White, 25.32% African American, 1.27% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 0.42% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.

There were 301 households out of which 22.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.2% were married couples living together, 17.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the city, the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 81.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,448, and the median income for a family was $25,938. Males had a median income of $27,000 versus $18,382 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,915. About 18.0% of families and 24.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.4% of those under age 18 and 30.2% of those age 65 or over.


Pavo cristatus

The community was originally known as McDonald, named after one of two prominent families in the area. However, concerns were raised about misdirected mail, resulting from confusion between McDonald, in the southern part of the state, and McDonough located in the north. Postmaster D. D. Peacock suggested that the community should be renamed to alleviate the postal confusion. Mr. Peacock graciously suggested the name of Pavo. The short and somewhat poetic name was quickly accepted by the townfolk. After a vote the name change was made official. It was only later that they learned that Pavo is Latin for "peacock". A street in the town of Pavo is named after the McDonalds. The city celebrates "Peacock Day" on the second Saturday each May.[7][8]

Jasper Paul Rogers (1906-1995) was one of the town's police officers for many years.

"Paco" the tour van used by the band Futurebirds perished in Pavo, GA on March 18, 2018. #PacoLives lives forever in our hearts.


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Pavo city, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
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  8. ^ 2013 Annual Peacock Day - Georgia On My Mind