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Georgia Wilkes County Public Schools

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County Profile

Incorporated: February 25, 1784

Population: 10,687

Total Area: 680.5 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Washington (County Seat)

• Rayle
• Tignall

Wilkes County, the 8th county formed in Georgia, was created in 1777. Originally including Lincoln, Elbert and parts of Hart, Madison, McDuffie, Oglethorpe, Taliaferro and Warren counties, Wilkes County was named for John Wilkes, a member of the British Parliament who supported the colonies' cause.

Washington is said to be the first community in the nation to be incorporated under the name in honor of George Washington, and has more antebellum homes than any other city of its size in the state. The community was originally named Heard's Fort after the family that settled it in 1773. They were neighbors of George Washington in Virginia.

The world's first cotton gin was developed by Eli Whitney on a Wilkes County plantation in 1794. The county is also the site of the first cotton mill in the south.

Washington is the site of the Heard House where Jefferson Davis formally dissolved the Confederacy on May 5, 1865.

Callaway Plantation is a living history museum where visitors can tour plantation houses and see how life on a plantation was lived in the 1800s.

Wilkes County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 471.4 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 21.8 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 4.9%. On the 2000 census form, 99.1% of the population reported only one race, with 43.1% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 2.0% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.45 persons compared to an average family size of 2.98 persons.

In 2008 manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $28,491. Per capita income grew by 8.1% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

 

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Value
Population (2009) 10,268 Covered Employment 3,318
   Growth (%) since 1990 -3.1%    Average wage per job $26,979
Households (2000) 4,314 Manufacturing - % all jobs in County 17.2%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 4,543    Average wage per job $28,491
Unemployment Rate (2009) 11.5 Transportation & Warehousing - % all jobs in County 0.8%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $27,683    Average wage per job $38,279
Median Household Income (2008) $32,021 Health Care, Social Assist. - % all jobs in County 9.4%
Poverty Rate (2008) 21.8    Average wage per job $18,552
H.S. Diploma or More - % of Adults 25+ (2000) 65.0 Finance and Insurance - % all jobs in County 3.3%
Bachelor's Deg. or More - % of Adults 25+ (2000) 12.0    Average wage per job $43,680

 

 

1. CROSSROADS
Address: 313-e North Alexander Avenue, Washington, GA 30673
Phone: (706) 678-3494
County: Wilkes County
Enrollment: N/A
Grades: 0

2. WASHINGTON-WILKES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: 109 East St, Washington, GA 30673
Phone: (706) 678-7124
County: Wilkes County
Enrollment: 338 4-5

3. WASHINGTON-WILKES HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 304 Gordon St, Washington, GA 30673
Phone: (706) 678-2426
County: Wilkes County
Enrollment: 478
Grades: 9-12

4. WASHINGTON-WILKES MIDDLE SCHOOL
Address: 304a Gordon St, Washington, GA 30673
Phone: (706) 678-7131
County: Wilkes County
Enrollment: 411
Grades: 6-8

5. WASHINGTON-WILKES PRIMARY SCHOOL
Address: 910 E Robert Toombs Ave, Washington, GA 30673
Phone: (706) 678-2633
County: Wilkes County
Enrollment: 517
Grades: KG-3


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