Georgia Dooly County Public Schools

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County Profile

Incorporated: May 15, 1821

Population: 11,525

Total Area: 393 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Vienna (County Seat)

• Byromville
• Dooling
• Lilly
• Pinehurst

• Unadilla

Dooly County, the 48th county formed in Georgia, was created in 1821. It was one of the original landlot counties and was later divided to make Crisp and parts of Macon, Pulaski, Turner, Wilcox, and Worth counties.

The county was named for Colonel John Dooly, a revolutionary war hero who helped prosecute Tories in 1779 and was murdered by them the following year. Vienna (pronounced vye’-enna locally), the county seat, was named after the capital of Austria.

Historic sites in the county include the Dooly County Courthouse. Built in 1891 of granite, slate, and brick, the structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Dooly Campground, which was built in 1875, is an open-air tabernacle constructed with hand-hewn timbers that still hosts many community activities.

Vienna is home to the Georgia State Cotton Museum and Dooly County Welcome Center.

Hunting is popular in Dooly County, with sportsmen bagging deer, dove, quail, duck, rabbit, squirrel, and turkey. The county participates in a pilot deer hunting program designed to increase the number of large bucks in the area.

Dooly County claims several notable Georgians past and present. Walter F. George was a member of the U.S. Senate from 1922-1957, served as President Pro Tem of the Senate and chaired the Finance and Foreign Relations Committees. A museum honoring George, located in his old law office, operates in Vienna. George Busbee, governor from 1975-1983, was born and raised in Dooly County. Roger Kingdom, gold medallist in the high hurdles at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, was born in Dooly County. Jody Powell, press secretary to President Jimmy Carter, also hails from the county.

Dooly County is home to two annual events that celebrate the area’s fine cuisine. The Southern Wild Game & Fish Cookout, held every March, features a cooking competition with participants from throughout the Southeast, a flea market, entertainment, and a shooting competition. Held during October, the county’s Big Pig Jig is Georgia’s Official Barbecue Cooking Championship. The festival attracts over 30,000 spectators and sends the Grand Champion to compete in the “Memphis in May International Barbecue Cook-off.”

Dooly County is one of 159 counties in Georgia. It has 392.9 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 30.1 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 10.8%. On the 2000 census form, 99.1% of the population reported only one race, with 49.5% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 4.7% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.62 persons compared to an average family size of 3.14 persons.

In 2008 manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $30,198. Per capita income grew by 9.8% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 11,819 Covered Employment 3,313
Growth (%) since 1990 19.4% Average wage per job $28,415
Households (2000) 3,909 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 36.6%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 4,829 Average wage per job $30,198
Unemployment Rate (2009) 9.6 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 6.6%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $25,536 Average wage per job $29,156
Median Household Income (2008) $32,608 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County 0.6%
Poverty Rate (2008) 27.2 Average wage per job $23,450
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 68.5 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 2.3%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 9.6 Average wage per job $39,687

1. DOOLY County
Address: 11949 Us Highway 41, Pinehurst, GA 31070
Phone: (229) 645-3421
County: Dooly County
Enrollment: 781
Grades: PK-5

2. DOOLY County
Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 712 N 3rd St, Vienna, GA 31092
Phone: (229) 268-8181
County: Dooly County
Enrollment: 388
Grades: 9-12

3. DOOLY County
Address: 11949 Us Highway 41, Pinehurst, GA 31070
Phone: (229) 645-3421
County: Dooly County
Enrollment: 294
Grades: 6-8