Pierce County, Georgia

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Pierce County, Georgia
Pierce County Courthouse, Blackshear, GA, US.jpg
Pierce County Courthouse in Blackshear
Map of Georgia highlighting Pierce County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded December 18, 1857
Named for Franklin Pierce
Seat Blackshear
Largest city Blackshear
 • Total 343 sq mi (888 km2)
 • Land 316 sq mi (818 km2)
 • Water 27 sq mi (70 km2), 7.8%
 • (2010) 18,758
 • Density 59/sq mi (23/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Pierce County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,758.[1] The county seat is Blackshear.[2]

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


Pierce County is named for Franklin Pierce, fourteenth President of the United States. It was created December 18, 1857, from Appling and Ware counties.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 343 square miles (890 km2), of which 316 square miles (820 km2) is land and 27 square miles (70 km2) (7.8%) is water.[3]

The northeastern third of Pierce County, bordered by a line from just west of Mershon to just south of Bristol, then south to just north of Blackshear, and then heading due east, is located in the Little Satilla River sub-basin of the St. Marys River-Satilla River basin. The southern two-thirds of the county is located in the Satilla River sub-basin of the St. Marys-Satilla River basin.[4]

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Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,973
1870 2,778 40.8%
1880 4,538 63.4%
1890 6,379 40.6%
1900 8,100 27.0%
1910 10,749 32.7%
1920 11,934 11.0%
1930 12,522 4.9%
1940 11,800 −5.8%
1950 11,112 −5.8%
1960 9,678 −12.9%
1970 9,281 −4.1%
1980 11,897 28.2%
1990 13,328 12.0%
2000 15,636 17.3%
2010 18,758 20.0%
Est. 2014 18,991 [5] 1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 15,636 people, 5,958 households, and 4,438 families residing in the county. The population density was 46 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 6,719 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 86.90% White, 10.91% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.97% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. 2.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

As of the census[10] of 2000, the largest ancestry groups were: 71.14% of people in Pierce County were of English descent, 11.37% were of Scots-Irish descent and 10.91% were of African descent.

There were 5,958 households out of which 34.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.00% were married couples living together, 11.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.50% were non-families. 23.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.70% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,895, and the median income for a family was $35,903. Males had a median income of $28,331 versus $19,771 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,230. About 14.40% of families and 18.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.50% of those under age 18 and 22.40% of those age 65 or over.




  • Blackshear
  • Offerman
  • Patterson
  • Waycross (a small part) Effective July 1, 2015, Waycross is no longer located nor allowed to be located in Pierce County, Georgia. Rep. Chad Nimmer[11] introduced HB 523 during the 2015 Legislative Session without providing the required statutory notice to the City of Waycross. HB 523 de-annexed the portion of Waycross located in Pierce County and prevents the City of Waycross from coming back into Pierce County. [12] Rep. Nimmer had also received numerous campaign contributions from Jimmy Stewart, CEO of The Stewart Companies.[13] The Stewart Companies own and operate a commercial business in the area of Pierce County which was previously in the City of Waycross and would benefit greatly from deannexation.

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Coordinates: 31°22′N 82°13′W / 31.36°N 82.22°W / 31.36; -82.22