Georgia Cook County Public Schools

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County Profile

Incorporated: July 30, 1918

Population: 15,771

Total Area: 299.1 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Adel (County Seat)

• Cecil
• Lenox
• Sparks

Cook County was the 153rd county formed in Georgia. It was created from Berrien County and named for General Philip Cook, who fought in both the Seminole War and the Civil War and was Georgia’s Secretary of State for over 20 years.

The county courthouse was constructed in 1939, one of many depression era public works projects in the state. This courthouse is also listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.

Another historic building, located in Adel, is the Jim Paulk-SOWEGA Building, owned by the Adel-Cook County Chamber of Commerce. The building was constructed in 1930 and originally the home office of Southwest Georgia Melon Growers Association (SOWEGA), which started in 1920 as the only cooperative association for marketing watermelons in the world.

One of the first roads cut through the Wiregrass Territory ran through Cook County at Cecil. This road, known as the Coffee Road, was called for by an act of the state legislature in 1823 and was built by General John Coffee. The Coffee Road became a main thoroughfare for early settlers, who traveled to Tallahassee and the Gulf Coast for salt and other staples.

Reed Bingham State Park is located in the county. The park has a variety of recreational facilities centering around a 400-acre lake, where swimming, skiing, boating, and fishing are excellent. Other facilities include campsites, nature trails, miniature golf, and picnic shelters.

Some of Cook County’s festivals include the Brushy Creek Muzzleloaders Spring Shoot and Rendezvous in March, the Annual Turnip Trot in November, and the Lean-Ox Festival, also in November.

Cook County is one of 159 counties in Georgia. It has 229.0 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 72.5 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 30.0%. On the 2000 census form, 99.2% of the population reported only one race, with 29.1% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 3.1% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.64 persons compared to an average family size of 3.12 persons.

In 2008 manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $34,252. Per capita income grew by 7.5% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 16,603 Covered Employment 5,039
Growth (%) since 1990 23.4% Average wage per job $24,369
Households (2000) 5,882 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 17.9%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 6,948 Average wage per job $34,252
Unemployment Rate (2009) 12.4 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 0.5%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $23,940 Average wage per job $43,983
Median Household Income (2008) $34,674 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County 1.1%
Poverty Rate (2008) 20.8 Average wage per job $28,038
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 64.6 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 2.3%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 8.1 Average wage per job $30,543

1. COOK County
Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 1200 N Hutchinson Ave, Adel, GA 31620
Phone: (229) 896-2213
County: Cook County
Enrollment: 820
Grades: 9-12

2. COOK County
Address: 1601 N Elm St, Sparks, GA 31647
Phone: (229) 549-5999
County: Cook County
Enrollment: 768
Grades: 6-8

Address: 1512 N Elm St, Sparks, GA 31647
Phone: (229) 549-6250
County: Cook County
Enrollment: 748 3-5

Address: 1531 Patterson St, Adel, GA 31620
Phone: (229) 549-7713
County: Cook County
Enrollment: 931
Grades: PK-2