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Georgia Decatur County Public Schools

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County Profile

Incorporated: December 8, 1823

Population: 28,240

Total Area: 596.8 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Bainbridge (County Seat)

• Attapulgus
• Brinson
• Climax

Decatur County was created in 1823 from portions of Early County. The county was named in honor of Commodore Stephen Decatur who defeated the Barbary Coast pirates at Tripoli in 1815. Bainbridge, the county seat, was named for Commodore William Bainbridge, commander of the U.S. Constitution, "Old Ironsides."

The Decatur County area was the site of several battles between Indians and early settlers. In the early 1700s, both the Spanish and English fought with Creek Indians. In 1818, General Andrew Jackson led troops from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Georgia to victory over the Seminole Indians.

Decatur County is divided by the Flint River, which flows to meet the Chattahoochee. Together they form the Apalachicola River which flows to the Gulf of Mexico. At the junction of the two rivers, the Jim Woodruff Dam forms Lake Seminole. A system of locks at the dam allows barge traffic to travel between the inland port at Bainbridge and the Gulf of Mexico.

The limestone aquifer underlying Decatur County is broken in many places, encouraging the formation of caves and lime sinks — one at Curry's Mill is almost 700 feet wide and reaches a depth of 102 feet.

Decatur County is the nation's leader in the production of Fuller's Earth, a type of clay with varied chemical uses. Once used for bleaching petroleum and cleaning grease out of wool, Fuller's Earth is currently used as cat litter and as an additive to insecticides and cements.

Lake Seminole is widely regarded as one of the nation's best lakes for large mouth bass fishing. In addition, local anglers fish for striped and white bass, catfish, crappy, and bream. Also, Lake Seminole is popular among area duck hunters.

Decatur County is the home to several annual festivals. During the first week in May, the Riverside Artsfest celebrates a specific state's culture, history, food, and music. The Town of Climax plays host to the annual Swine Time each November. This lighthearted event recognizes the contribution of pork products to the region's economy. Other annual events are the Dogwood Festival in Attapulgus the last Saturday in March and the Decatur County Fall Festival and Fair in October in Bainbridge.

Decatur County is one of 159 counties in Georgia. It has 596.8 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 48.3 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 26.6%. On the 2000 census form, 99.3% of the population reported only one race, with 39.9% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 3.2% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.65 persons compared to an average family size of 3.14 persons.

In 2008 retail trade was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $20,592. Per capita income grew by 4.5% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

 

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Value
Population (2009) 28,838 Covered Employment 9,965
   Growth (%) since 1990 13.0%    Average wage per job $26,457
Households (2000) 10,380 Manufacturing - % all jobs in County 10.2%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 12,043    Average wage per job $28,697
Unemployment Rate (2009) 12.1 Transportation & Warehousing - % all jobs in County 4.7%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $26,446    Average wage per job $25,690
Median Household Income (2008) $32,546 Health Care, Social Assist. - % all jobs in County 5.1%
Poverty Rate (2008) 25.1    Average wage per job $26,623
H.S. Diploma or More - % of Adults 25+ (2000) 69.7 Finance and Insurance - % all jobs in County 3.1%
Bachelor's Deg. or More - % of Adults 25+ (2000) 12.1    Average wage per job $36,705

 

 

1. BAINBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 1301 E College St, Bainbridge, GA 39819
Phone: (229) 248-2230
County: Decatur County
Enrollment: 1,622
Grades: 9-12

2. DECATUR County
Enrollment: CROSSROADS
Address: 1301 East College Street, Bainbridge, GA 39819
Phone: (229) 248-2230
County: Decatur County
Enrollment: N/A
Grades: 0

3. ELCAN-KING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: 725 E Louise St, Bainbridge, GA 39819
Phone: (229) 248-2212
County: Decatur County
Enrollment: 592
Grades: PK-5

4. HUTTO MIDDLE SCHOOL
Address: 1201 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Bainbridge, GA 39817
Phone: (229) 248-2224
County: Decatur County
Enrollment: 619
Grades: 6-8

5. JOHN JOHNSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: 1947 S West St, Bainbridge, GA 39819
Phone: (229) 248-2215
County: Decatur County
Enrollment: 543
Grades: PK-5

6. JONES-WHEAT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: 1400 E Broughton St, Bainbridge, GA 39817
Phone: (229) 248-2218
County: Decatur County
Enrollment: 539
Grades: PK-5

7. LILLIAN E. WILLIAMS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: 114 Mcgriff Ave, Attapulgus, GA 39815
Phone: (229) 465-3306
County: Decatur County
Enrollment: 216
Grades: PK-5

8. POTTER STREET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: 725 Potter St, Bainbridge, GA 39819
Phone: (229) 248-2253
County: Decatur County
Enrollment: 420
Grades: PK-5

9. WEST BAINBRIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: 915 Zorn Rd, Bainbridge, GA 39817
Phone: (229) 248-2821
County: Decatur County
Enrollment: 563
Grades: PK-5

10. WEST BAINBRIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL
Address: 1417 Dothan Rd, Bainbridge, GA 39817
Phone: (229) 248-2206
County: Decatur County
Enrollment: 550
Grades: 6-8


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