Georgia Candler County Public Schools

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County Profile

Incorporated: July 14, 1914

Population: 9,577

Total Area: 247 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Metter (County Seat)

• Pulaski

The county was created from parts of Bulloch, Emanuel, and Tattnall counties. Georgia’s 48th county was named for former Governor Allen D. Candler who spent a great deal of his retirement years compiling the state’s Colonial, Revolutionary, and Confederate records.

The Candler County Courthouse, built in 1921, and the South Metter Residential Historic District, comprised of 75 late 19th and early 20th century homes on landscaped boulevards, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Local attractions include the Charles C. Harrold Nature Preserve, home of the rare gopher tortoise and the Elliotta racemosa plant; and the George L. Smith State Park.

Metter is home to Michael Guido and the Guido Evangelical Association, familiar to radio and television audiences worldwide for its “Seeds from the Sower” programs. The Guidos’ prayer chapel and garden are open to the public.

Candler County is one of 159 counties in Georgia. It has 246.9 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 43.3 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 49.4%. On the 2000 census form, 99.2% of the population reported only one race, with 27.1% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 9.2% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.72 persons compared to an average family size of 3.17 persons.

In 2008 retail trade was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $21,822. Per capita income grew by 6.1% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 10,680 Covered Employment 2,790
Growth (%) since 1990 37.9% Average wage per job $25,609
Households (2000) 3,375 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 6.6%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 4,332 Average wage per job $37,664
Unemployment Rate (2009) 8.9 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 0.7%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $24,392 Average wage per job $39,884
Median Household Income (2008) $31,651 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County 7.9%
Poverty Rate (2008) 23.7 Average wage per job $25,661
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 56.9 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 2.8%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 10.2 Average wage per job $34,427

1. CANDLER County
Address: 210 South College Street, Metter, GA 30439
Phone: (912) 685-5713
County: Candler County
Enrollment: N/A
Grades: 0

Address: 805 E Lillian St, Metter, GA 30439
Phone: (912) 685-2058
County: Candler County
Enrollment: 762
Grades: PK-3

Address: 34905 Ga Highway 129 S, Metter, GA 30439
Phone: (912) 685-2134
County: Candler County
Enrollment: 518
Grades: 9-12

Address: 423 W Vertia St, Metter, GA 30439
Phone: (912) 685-7400
County: Candler County
Enrollment: 298 4-5

Address: 431 W Vertia St, Metter, GA 30439
Phone: (912) 685-5580
County: Candler County
Enrollment: 414
Grades: 6-8