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County Profile

Incorporated: December 22, 1857

Population: 8,577

Total Area: 380.4 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Abbeville (County Seat)

• Pineview
• Rochelle

Wilcox County was created from Dooly, Irwin, and Pulaski counties in 1857. Georgia's 124th county was named for General Mark Wilcox, state legislator and one of the founders of the Georgia Supreme Court.

Poor Robin Spring, located near Abbeville, was named for an Indian chief who was said to have been healed after bathing in its ice-cold waters. A venison ham more than 100 years old was taken from the depths of the spring and found to be petrified.

The Ocmulgee River forms the county's eastern boundary. Guided wild boar hunts are available along its banks.

Wilcox is primarily an agricultural community. It is the state's second largest producer of watermelons and among the top producers of cantaloupe. Other products include peanuts, cotton, broilers, and timber.

The Ocmulgee Wild Hog Festival is held in Abbeville each May. Visitors enjoy big plates of barbeque, a womanless beauty pageant, arts and crafts, a hog baying contest, and displays of wild boars.

Wilcox County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 380.3 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 23.4 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 22.6%. On the 2000 census form, 99.6% of the population reported only one race, with 36.2% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 1.6% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.55 persons compared to an average family size of 3.09 persons.

In 2008 educational services was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $29,282. Per capita income declined by 0.5% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).


People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 8,895 Covered Employment 1,292
   Growth (%) since 1990 26.9%    Average wage per job $25,414
Households (2000) 2,785 Manufacturing - % all jobs in County 1.6%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 3,284    Average wage per job $19,061
Unemployment Rate (2009) 11.4 Transportation & Warehousing - % all jobs in County 1.4%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $23,787    Average wage per job $37,328
Median Household Income (2008) $31,128 Health Care, Social Assist. - % all jobs in County 16.6%
Poverty Rate (2008) 30.8    Average wage per job $19,175
H.S. Diploma or More - % of Adults 25+ (2000) 68.2 Finance and Insurance - % all jobs in County D
Bachelor's Deg. or More - % of Adults 25+ (2000) 7.0    Average wage per job D



1. WILCOX County
Address: 104 Gordon St, Rochelle, GA 31079
Phone: (229) 365-7858
County: Wilcox County
Enrollment: 630
Grades: PK-5

2. WILCOX County
Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 186 7th Ave, Rochelle, GA 31079
Phone: (229) 365-7231
County: Wilcox County
Enrollment: 383
Grades: 9-12

3. WILCOX County
Address: 114 7th Ave, Rochelle, GA 31079
Phone: (229) 365-2331
County: Wilcox County
Enrollment: 303
Grades: 6-8

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