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County Profile

Incorporated: December 22, 1857

Population: 3,766

Total Area: 167.6 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Ellaville (County Seat)

Schley County was created in 1857 from parts of Marion and Sumter counties. Georgia's 122nd county was named for Georgia Governor William Schley. The name of the county is pronounced "sly." Built in 1899, the county courthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places. The clock tower, once known as the "Leaning Tower of Ellaville," was straightened and reinforced in 1991.

The city of Ellaville was named for Ella Burton, the daughter of the man who sold the land for the town site.

The City of Ellaville's water system is one of only two in the state which use duckweed as a natural water filter instead of chemicals.

Each April the residents of Schley County host a "Homecoming" weekend to welcome back people who have moved from the community. At Christmas, the courthouse, water tower, and some store fronts are outlined in lights and can be seen by passers-by on U.S. 19. "Candy Cane Lane," a small residential area, also attracts visitors with elaborate Christmas decorations.

Schley County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 167.6 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 25.8 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 21.6%. On the 2000 census form, 98.9% of the population reported only one race, with 31.3% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 2.4% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.62 persons compared to an average family size of 3.11 persons.

In 2008 manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $32,770. Per capita income grew by 1.5% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).


People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 4,325 Covered Employment 1,472
   Growth (%) since 1990 20.5%    Average wage per job $31,740
Households (2000) 1,435 Manufacturing - % all jobs in County 50.7%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 1,856    Average wage per job $32,770
Unemployment Rate (2009) 12.4 Transportation & Warehousing - % all jobs in County 0.4%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $24,671    Average wage per job $40,796
Median Household Income (2008) $38,086 Health Care, Social Assist. - % all jobs in County D
Poverty Rate (2008) 17.7    Average wage per job D
H.S. Diploma or More - % of Adults 25+ (2000) 70.0 Finance and Insurance - % all jobs in County D
Bachelor's Deg. or More - % of Adults 25+ (2000) 13.7    Average wage per job D



1. SCHLEY County
Address: P.O. Box 900, Ellaville, GA 31806
Phone: (229) 937-0550
County: Schley County
Enrollment: 707
Grades: PK-5

Address: P. O. Box 1350, Ellaville, GA 31806
Phone: (229) 937-0560
County: Schley County
Enrollment: 681
Grades: 6-12

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