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County Profile

Incorporated: December 10, 1807

Population: 11,794

Total Area: 441.2 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• McRae (County Seat)

• Helena
• Lumber City
• Milan
• Scotland

Telfair County, the 35th county formed in Georgia, was created in 1807. The county was named for Governor Edward Telfair, who came to Savannah from Scotland in 1766, eventually serving in the Continental Congress and as governor of Georgia.

The county was primarily settled by Scottish Presbyterians from the Carolinas. Jacksonville was the first seat of government and remained an important river trading center until after the Civil War. Lumber City, in the eastern part of the county, is known for its 50 artesian wells.

At the intersection of five state highways in the county is what is known as "Liberty Square," where the county has its own replica of the Statue of Liberty. The statue, which stands about 35 feet high, is one twelfth of the size of the original. Also located here is the old McRae fire bell, refurbished to look like the original Liberty Bell.

The world record for the largest large-mouth bass ever caught is held by George Perry of Telfair County, who caught a fish that weighed 22 pounds, 4 ounces in 1932. The record still stands.

Little Ocmulgee State Park started with donated land from landowners along the Ocmulgee River. This 265-acre lake with a beach situated in a 1,397-acre park is a main attraction in the county along with the 18-hole golf course and lodge.

Eugene and Herman Talmadge--a father and son who each served as governor of Georgia--were from Telfair County. Herman Talmadge was also a U.S. Senator. While governor, he was known for his progressive programs of school, hospital and road building projects.

Some of the local area festivals include the Lumber City Farm Day in September, God and Country Fourth of July Celebration, the Milan Fall Festival, and the Spanish Moss Festival.

Telfair County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 441.1 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 29.0 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 3.5%. On the 2000 census form, 99.5% of the population reported only one race, with 38.4% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 1.8% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.48 persons compared to an average family size of 3.01 persons.

In 2008 educational services was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $28,071. Per capita income declined by 10.8% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).


People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 12,792 Covered Employment 4,081
   Growth (%) since 1990 16.3%    Average wage per job $22,728
Households (2000) 4,140 Manufacturing - % all jobs in County D
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 4,628    Average wage per job D
Unemployment Rate (2009) 13.6 Transportation & Warehousing - % all jobs in County 0.7%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $19,560    Average wage per job $40,326
Median Household Income (2008) $29,486 Health Care, Social Assist. - % all jobs in County 0.3%
Poverty Rate (2008) 33.0    Average wage per job $28,662
H.S. Diploma or More - % of Adults 25+ (2000) 63.6 Finance and Insurance - % all jobs in County D
Bachelor's Deg. or More - % of Adults 25+ (2000) 8.3    Average wage per job D



1. TELFAIR County
Enrollment: ELEMENTARY
Address: Rr 1 Box 23a, Mcrae, GA 31055
Phone: (229) 868-7483
County: Telfair County
Enrollment: 953
Grades: PK-5

2. TELFAIR County
Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 1900 S 3rd Ave, Mcrae, GA 31055
Phone: (229) 868-6096
County: Telfair County
Enrollment: 422
Grades: 9-12

3. TELFAIR County
Address: 101 Ga Highway 280 W, Mcrae, GA 31055
Phone: (229) 868-7465
County: Telfair County
Enrollment: 376
Grades: 6-8

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