Georgia Charlton County Public Schools

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County Profile

Incorporated: February 18, 1854

Population: 10,282

Total Area: 780.8 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Folkston (County Seat)

• Homeland
• Moniac
• Race Pond
• Saint George
• Winokur

Charlton County was created in 1854 from a portion of Camden County. Georgia’s 110th county was named for Robert M. Charlton of Savannah, a U.S. Senator and one of Georgia’s foremost jurists.

Charlton County contains a large part of the Stephen C. Foster State Park and the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and Wilderness Area, which attract 350,000 visitors annually. The Okefenokee (Seminole for “Land of Quaking Earth”) Swamp is roughly 20 by 40 miles in size and takes up one-third of the county’s land. The impenetrable wilderness served as a sanctuary for the Seminoles and escaped slaves.

Folkston was for years the self-proclaimed “Marriage Capital of the World.” Floridians who could not endure their state’s waiting period before tying the knot would cross the state line to wed there.

Charlton-with over 98% of its area in woodlands-is the most timbered county in Georgia.

90 mile band between Clay County, Florida and Charlton County contains the richest titanium reserves in the nation. More than 12,000 acres adjacent to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge was purchased by DuPont to mine this titanium. After considerable resident protests that the refuge might be harmed by the mining, Dupont’s mining plan was defeated.

Charlton County is one of 159 counties in Georgia. It has 780.8 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 13.7 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 81.0%. On the 2000 census form, 98.8% of the population reported only one race, with 29.3% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 0.8% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.74 persons compared to an average family size of 3.20 persons.

In 2008 manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $28,855. Per capita income grew by 11.6% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 10,725 Covered Employment 2,303
Growth (%) since 1990 26.2% Average wage per job $28,256
Households (2000) 3,342 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 17.7%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 4,485 Average wage per job $28,855
Unemployment Rate (2009) 10.6 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 0.8%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $21,060 Average wage per job $40,119
Median Household Income (2008) $35,320 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County 4.6%
Poverty Rate (2008) 21.5 Average wage per job $22,720
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 65.1 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County D
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 6.4 Average wage per job D

Address: Rr 4 Box 1350, Folkston, GA 31537
Phone: (912) 496-7369
County: Charlton County
Enrollment: 393
Grades: PK-2

Address: 500 Indian Trl, Folkston, GA 31537
Phone: (912) 496-2501
County: Charlton County
Enrollment: N/A
Grades: 0

3. CHARLTON County
Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 500 Indian Trl, Folkston, GA 31537
Phone: (912) 496-2501
County: Charlton County
Enrollment: 766
Grades: 7-12

Address: Rr 2 Box 1730, Folkston, GA 31537
Phone: (912) 496-2360
County: Charlton County
Enrollment: 461 3-6

Address: P.O. Box 298, Saint George, GA 31646
Phone: (912) 843-2383
County: Charlton County
Enrollment: 181
Grades: PK-6