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County Profile

Incorporated: February 20, 1796

Population: 17,266

Total Area: 527.7 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Louisville (County Seat)

• Avera
• Bartow
• Stapleton
• Wadley
• Wrens

Jefferson County, originally part of Burke and Warren counties, was created in 1796 and named for Thomas Jefferson.

Wadley was originally known as "Shakerag". The name was changed to Wadley in the 1870s in honor of the president of the Central of Georgia Railway. The name change coincided with the designation of Wadley as an official stop on the railroad.

Louisville, the county seat, was named in honor of King Louis XVI of France, because of the support given by France to the Colonials in the Revolution. Louisville was Georgia's third state capital, but its first "permanent" one. The Jefferson County Courthouse, built in 1904, stands on the site of Georgia's first permanent capitol, constructed in 1795.

Louisville was the site of the Constitutional Convention of 1798 in which the state's pre-Civil War constitution was adopted. Georgia's Great Seal, which is still in use today, was adopted at the same time.

The Old Market House, the county's major tourist attraction, dates to the 1790s and served as the commercial center for the region during the time that the state capital was in Louisville.

Jefferson County is the site of multiple festivals including the Hometown Fest in Wadley (August), Pig Pickin' Festival in Wrens (June), and Spier's Turnout Festival in Bartow (May).

Jefferson County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 527.7 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 31.2 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 0.5%. On the 2000 census form, 99.5% of the population reported only one race, with 56.3% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 1.5% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.65 persons compared to an average family size of 3.17 persons.

In 2008 manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $34,769. Per capita income grew by 12.0% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).


People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 16,478 Covered Employment 5,303
   Growth (%) since 1990 -5.3%    Average wage per job $30,854
Households (2000) 6,339 Manufacturing - % all jobs in County 23.8%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 7,057    Average wage per job $34,769
Unemployment Rate (2009) 14.0 Transportation & Warehousing - % all jobs in County 0.6%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $25,284    Average wage per job $38,106
Median Household Income (2008) $31,191 Health Care, Social Assist. - % all jobs in County D
Poverty Rate (2008) 22.9    Average wage per job D
H.S. Diploma or More - % of Adults 25+ (2000) 58.5 Finance and Insurance - % all jobs in County 2.3%
Bachelor's Deg. or More - % of Adults 25+ (2000) 9.1    Average wage per job $35,667



Address: P.O. Box 939, Wadley, GA 30477
Phone: (478) 252-5762
County: Jefferson County
Enrollment: 300
Grades: PK-5

Address: 1200 School St, Louisville, GA 30434
Phone: (478) 625-7764
County: Jefferson County
Enrollment: N/A
Grades: 0

Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 1157 Warrior Trl, Louisville, GA 30434
Phone: (478) 625-9991
County: Jefferson County
Enrollment: 948
Grades: 9-12

Address: 901 Mimosa Dr, Louisville, GA 30434
Phone: (478) 625-7794
County: Jefferson County
Enrollment: 593
Grades: PK-5

Address: 1200 School St, Louisville, GA 30434
Phone: (478) 625-7764
County: Jefferson County
Enrollment: 352
Grades: 6-8

Address: P.O. Box 308, Wrens, GA 30833
Phone: (706) 547-2063
County: Jefferson County
Enrollment: 630
Grades: PK-5

Address: P.O. Box 585, Wrens, GA 30833
Phone: (706) 547-6580
County: Jefferson County
Enrollment: 297
Grades: 6-8

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