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County Profile

Incorporated: December 15, 1818

Population: 12,354

Total Area: 511.3 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Blakely (County Seat)

• Arlington
• Damascus
• Jakin

Early County was created from land obtained from the Creek Indians. The counties of Calhoun, Clay, Decatur, Dougherty, Grady, Miller, Mitchell, and Seminole were all created from territory originally belonging to Early County.

Georgia’s 41st county was named for Peter Early, Governor of Georgia from 1813 to 1815, Superior Court Judge, and member of Congress. Blakely, the county seat, was named for Captain Johnson Blakely, a North Carolinian lost at sea during the War of 1812.

Kolomoki Mounds State Park, located in the north central part of Early County, contains a row of mounds of Native American origin dating to around the year 800. One mound believed to have been a temple base is the largest in the United States. The museum interprets seven mounds built during the 12th and 13th centuries by Swift Creek and Weeden Island Indians. The park also features a beautiful lake for canoeing and swimming, primitive and RV camping, and a nature trails for hiking and bird watching.

The southernmost covered bridge in the United States, Coheelee Creek Bridge, is located in the western part of the county. Built for $490 in 1891, the bridge stretches 96 feet across the Coheelee Creek. The bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 and completely restored in 1984. The area surrounding the bridge is now operated as a historic park, offering creekside trails with native plants and picnic facilities.

As with many counties in Southwest Georgia, peanut farming is a vital component of Early County’s economy. Early County is the largest peanut quota holding county in the nation. In recognition of this crop’s importance, a statue of a peanut was erected on the square in Blakely in 1954.

Erected in 1861, the only known Confederate Flag Pole is the last remaining wooden Confederate flag pole standing. Located on the northside grounds of the Early County Courthouse in downtown Blakely. This historic landmark is the only one of its kind in the Southeastern area.

The Kolomoki Festival is an annual event held the second Saturday in October at Kolomoki State Park. The festival highlights primitive and pioneer skill demonstrations, arts and crafts, food and entertainment at the local amphitheater.

Holidays on the Square is held the first Saturday in December in downtown Blakely around the Courthouse Square. Arts and crafts, a parade, an antique car show, food and entertainment are featured at this event.

Early County is one of 159 counties in Georgia. It has 511.2 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 22.6 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population declined by 2.6%. On the 2000 census form, 99.2% of the population reported only one race, with 48.1% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 1.2% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.58 persons compared to an average family size of 3.13 persons.

In 2008 manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $72,978. Per capita income grew by 18.5% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 11,568 Covered Employment 4,186
Growth (%) since 1990 -2.4% Average wage per job $37,483
Households (2000) 4,695 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 17.7%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 5,565 Average wage per job $72,978
Unemployment Rate (2009) 10.1 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 0.9%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $30,637 Average wage per job $38,822
Median Household Income (2008) $31,761 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County 14.3%
Poverty Rate (2008) 25.9 Average wage per job $30,539
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 68.4 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 3.1%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 12.6 Average wage per job $38,093

Address: 763 Jesse Johnson Dr, Blakely, GA 39823
Phone: (229) 724-2137
County: Early County
Enrollment: 0 9-10

2. EARLY County
Address: 544 Howell Street, Blakely, GA 39823
Phone: (229) 723-3943
County: Early County
Enrollment: N/A
Grades: 0

3. EARLY County
Address: 283 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Blakely, GA 39823
Phone: (229) 723-4101
County: Early County
Enrollment: 1,255
Grades: PK-5

4. EARLY County
Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 12020 Columbia St, Blakely, GA 39823
Phone: (229) 723-3006
County: Early County
Enrollment: 672
Grades: 9-12

5. EARLY County
Address: 12053 Columbia St, Blakely, GA 39823
Phone: (229) 723-3746
County: Early County
Enrollment: 506
Grades: 6-8

Address: 313 E Tu Nake Pl, Blakely, GA 39823
Phone: (770) 458-4607
County: Early County
Enrollment: 21
Grades: 6-10