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County Profile

Incorporated: August 14, 1912

Population: 6,179

Total Area: 297.7 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Alamo (County Seat)

• Glenwood

Wheeler County, the 146th county formed in Georgia, was created in 1912 from part of Montgomery County. The county was named for General Joseph Wheeler, who served in the Confederate Calvary and later as a U.S. Army officer in the Spanish-American War.

Wheeler County has two locations listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Wheeler County Courthouse, built in 1915, is a large brick structure featuring columns across the entrance and marble corridors. The Woodland Plantation, constructed in 1870, is a 19-room private residence featuring imported Italian black marble fireplaces, a multi-gabled roof, and ornate mahogany molding.

Another site of historical significance is the Milly Troup Tomb and the Big Oak Tree. According to legend, a young slave who died in 1863 was buried near the home of her master, and an oak tree was planted to shade the grave; however, it is more likely that the young woman was buried near an existing tree. The tombstone is still there, and the tree now measures 30 feet in circumference, with a canopy that spreads 141 feet.

The Little Ocmulgee River forms a natural border on the western side of the county, the Ocmulgee River forms the southern tip of the county, and the Oconee River forms the eastern border. They flow together into the Altamaha River. The area is often referred to as the "three rivers" area.

Little Ocmulgee State Park provides a recreation and conservation area for Wheeler County. Its features include a lodge, restaurant, conference center, 18-hole golf course, lake, fishing, cottages, camp sites, picnic shelters, miniature golf, and playground.

Wheeler County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 297.7 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 23.5 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 34.4%. On the 2000 census form, 99.2% of the population reported only one race, with 33.2% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 3.5% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.54 persons compared to an average family size of 3.08 persons.

In 2008 ag., forestry, fishing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $32,747. Per capita income declined by 0.1% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).


People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 7,010 Covered Employment 1,390
   Growth (%) since 1990 43.0%    Average wage per job $28,394
Households (2000) 2,011 Manufacturing - % all jobs in County D
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 2,932    Average wage per job D
Unemployment Rate (2009) 9.3 Transportation & Warehousing - % all jobs in County 5.8%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $18,411    Average wage per job $30,145
Median Household Income (2008) $31,728 Health Care, Social Assist. - % all jobs in County D
Poverty Rate (2008) 35.2    Average wage per job D
H.S. Diploma or More - % of Adults 25+ (2000) 67.9 Finance and Insurance - % all jobs in County D
Bachelor's Deg. or More - % of Adults 25+ (2000) 7.1    Average wage per job D



1. TRI-County
Address: P.O. Box 84, Glenwood, GA 30428
Phone: (912) 568-7166
County: Wheeler County
Enrollment: N/A
Grades: 0

2. WHEELER County
Address: Rr 2 Box 5, Alamo, GA 30411
Phone: (912) 568-7159
County: Wheeler County
Enrollment: 522
Grades: PK-5

3. WHEELER County
Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: Rr 1 Box 145, Alamo, GA 30411
Phone: (912) 568-7166
County: Wheeler County
Enrollment: 507
Grades: 6-12

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