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County Profile

Incorporated: August 17, 1905

Population: 23,659

Total Area: 458.2 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Cairo (County Seat)

• Whigham

Grady County was created in 1905 from portions of Decatur and Thomas counties. It was named for Henry W. Grady, who was editor of the Atlanta Constitution and an advocate of the “New South.”

Accounts of Hernando DeSoto’s trek through the southeast in 1540 indicate that he entered Georgia in what is now Grady County.

Cairo, the county seat, was named for either the city in Egypt or the town of Cairo, Illinois. The city’s name, however, is pronounced “Kayro.”

The Birdsong Nature Center is located in Grady County. Dedicated to providing natural history education programs for the public and preserving the natural environment of the area, the center is located on a 565-acre tract that was formerly known as Birdsong Plantation. The center features several nature trails and exhibits that highlight the diverse wildlife of the area. Herons, bluebirds, anhingas, wood ducks, otters, and alligators inhabit the center’s grounds.

Grady County is located in the heart of South Georgia’s famed “Plantation Trace” and is only 60 miles from the beaches on the Gulf of Mexico.

Several famous individuals hail from Grady County. These include football standouts Rosie Grier and Bill Stanfill; Teresa Edwards, a gold medalist in Olympic basketball; and baseball great Jackie Robinson, who was born in Cairo. Mack Robinson, Jackie’s older brother, took the 200-meter dash silver medal behind Jessie Owens at the 1936 Olympics held in Munich.

Annual events in Grady County include the Rattlesnake Roundup, held in Whigham each January; the Great Southern Antique Car Rally, held in Cairo every May; and Calvary’s annual Mule Day in November. All of the events feature arts and crafts and local cuisine, and the Mule Day’s parade often attracts close to 40,000 spectators.

Grady County is one of 159 counties in Georgia. It has 458.1 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 55.0 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 32.7%. On the 2000 census form, 99.2% of the population reported only one race, with 30.1% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 5.2% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.66 persons compared to an average family size of 3.08 persons.

In 2008 manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $29,919. Per capita income grew by 11.7% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 25,187 Covered Employment 6,023
Growth (%) since 1990 24.2% Average wage per job $27,364
Households (2000) 8,797 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 14.7%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 11,668 Average wage per job $29,919
Unemployment Rate (2009) 9.5 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 0.6%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $25,517 Average wage per job $42,886
Median Household Income (2008) $35,688 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County 7.2%
Poverty Rate (2008) 22.4 Average wage per job $30,756
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 69.4 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 2.3%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 10.6 Average wage per job $39,247

Address: 455 5th St SE, Cairo, GA 39828
Phone: (229) 377-2222
County: Grady County
Enrollment: 1,187
Grades: 9-12

Address: 575 6th Ave SE, Cairo, GA 39828
Phone: (229) 378-1222
County: Grady County
Enrollment: N/A
Grades: 0

Address: 1201 20th St NE, Cairo, GA 39828
Phone: (229) 377-8441
County: Grady County
Enrollment: 657
Grades: PK-5

Address: 985 1st St NW, Cairo, GA 39828
Phone: (229) 377-2422
County: Grady County
Enrollment: 355
Grades: PK-5

Address: 491 Third Street, SE, Cairo, GA 39828
Phone: (229) 377-3723
County: Grady County
Enrollment: 541
Grades: PK-5

Address: 1277 Booker Hill Blvd SW, Cairo, GA 39828
Phone: (229) 377-2106
County: Grady County
Enrollment: 589
Grades: 6-8

Address: 211 W Broad Ave, Whigham, GA 39897
Phone: (229) 762-4167
County: Grady County
Enrollment: 515
Grades: PK-8