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Wilcox County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Wilcox County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of USA GA
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded December 22, 1857
Seat Abbeville
Largest city Abbeville
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

383 sq mi (992 km²)
380 sq mi (984 km²)
3 sq mi (8 km²), 0.78%
 - (2000)
 - Density

23/sq mi (9/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Wilcox County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of 2000, the population is 8,577. The 2005 Census Estimate shows a population of 8,721 [1]. The county seat is Abbeville6.

History Edit

It is unclear whether Wilcox County is named for General Mark Wilcox, a Georgia state legislator and one of the founders of the Georgia Supreme Court, or if it is named for his son John Wilcox. The formation of the county was led by Norman McDuffie of Pulaski County. It was formed on December 22, 1857 from parts of Irwin, Pulaski, and Dooly counties.

Jefferson Davis, President of The Confederate States of America spent his last night in Wilcox County, before being captured by Union troops. His capture marked the end of the Confederacy.


Census InformationEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 993 km² (383 sq mi). 985 km² (380 sq mi) of it is land and 8 km² (3 sq mi) of it (0.78%) is water.

Adjacent countiesEdit

Major HighwaysEdit

Notable FestivalsEdit

The Ocmulgee Wild Hog Festival takes place in Abbeville every year on the Saturday before Mother's Day.


As of the census2 of 2000, there were 8,577 people, 2,785 households, and 1,977 families residing in the county. The population density was 9/km² (23/sq mi). There were 3,320 housing units at an average density of 3/km² (9/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 62.61% White, 36.21% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.48% from other races, and 0.43% from two or more races. 1.62% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,785 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.10% were married couples living together, 15.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.00% were non-families. 26.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.80% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 31.20% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 123.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 131.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,483, and the median income for a family was $34,968. Males had a median income of $27,171 versus $20,366 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,014. About 16.80% of families and 21.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.80% of those under age 18 and 21.30% of those age 65 or over.

Education Edit

Until the late 1950's all cities in Wilcox County had their own school districts. Currently, Wilcox County has one consolidated school district called the Wilcox County School System. The Board of Education office is located in Abbeville and all three county schools are located in Rochelle.

  • Wilcox County Elementary School: Pre-K through 5th
  • Wilcox County Middle School: 6th through 8th
  • Wilcox County High School: 9th through 12th

Also located in Rochelle is a satellite campus of East Central Technical College.

Cities Edit

Unincorporated Cities and Towns Edit

External links Edit

Coordinates: 31°58′N 83°26′W / 31.97, -83.44

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