Georgia Atkinson County Public Schools

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County Profile

Incorporated: August 15, 1917

Population: 7609

Total Area: 338.1 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Pearson (County Seat)

• Axson
• Kirkland
• Willacoochee

The county is named for William Yates Atkinson, who served as Governor and Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives. Willacoochee is home to McCraine’s Turpentine Still, a preserved wood-burning turpentine still of 19th-century design that operated from 1936 to 1942. Atkinson County, created from Clinch and Coffee counties, has a county courthouse that was constructed in 1921. Pearson, was named to honor Benjah Pearson who served in the Indian War of 1838.

The Minnie F. Corbitt Memorial Museum was established in 1955 in the first residence built in Pearson (1873). It is dedicated to the memory of South Georgia pioneers and their way of life.

The city of Willacoochee is home of the “No Name Bar,” fondly referred to by the late Lewis Grizzard in many of his columns.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Pearson was known as the “Chess Capital” of the state. The town hosted four consecutive championships, and Pearson residents made up one-fourth of the membership of the Georgia Chess Association.

Atkinson County is one of 159 counties in Georgia. It has 338.0 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 24.3 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 29.4%. On the 2000 census form, 98.9% of the population reported only one race, with 19.6% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 17.0% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.78 persons compared to an average family size of 3.27 persons.

In 2008 manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $32,509. Per capita income declined by 7.1% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 8,230 Covered Employment 1,734
Growth (%) since 1990 32.5% Average wage per job $26,934
Households (2000) 2,717 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 36.7%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 3,306 Average wage per job $32,509
Unemployment Rate (2009) 14.2 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 4.2%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $21,895 Average wage per job $32,440
Median Household Income (2008) $31,389 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County 5.4%
Poverty Rate (2008) 24.6 Average wage per job $32,956
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 56.3 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 3.1%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 6.9 Average wage per job $29,992
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1. ATKINSON County
Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 145 Rebel Ln, Pearson, GA 31642
Phone: (912) 422-3267
County: Atkinson County
Enrollment: 506
Grades: 8-12

Address: 563 King St N, Pearson, GA 31642
Phone: (912) 422-3882
County: Atkinson County
Enrollment: 876
Grades: PK-7

Address: 430 South Vickers Street, Willacoochee, GA 31650
Phone: (912) 534-5302
County: Atkinson County
Enrollment: 351
Grades: PK-7