Georgia Irwin County Public Schools

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County Profile

Incorporated: December 15, 1818

Population: 9,931

Total Area: 356.8 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Ocilla (County Seat)

• Abba
• Holt
• Irwinville
• Mystic

• Osterfield
• Waterloo
• Wray

Irwin County, the 45th county created, retains only a small portion of the territory given to it when it was formed from Creek Indian lands in 1818. It once encompassed all of south central Georgia, but now contains the upper reaches of the Alapaha, Willacoochee and Satilla rivers.

Irwin County was named for Governor Jared Irwin, a North Carolina native. Irwin was famous for his opposition to the Yazoo Law of 1795, by which the state of Georgia sold a vast tract of land at one and a half cents per acre to several companies, including one owned in part by a U.S. Senator. Irwin rescinded the law in 1796 during his term as governor.

During the Civil War, Irwinville to the northeast of Ocilla was the county seat, and the location where Union soldiers captured Jefferson Davis. The site is now the Jefferson Davis Park and Museum.

Ocilla is a version of an old Indian name, Osceola. The county’s first courthouse was constructed in 1848-1849, and the one currently in use was built in 1905.

There are two entries on the National Register from Irwin County: the Irwin County Courthouse and the Jefferson Davis Capture Site. The state has also identified 27 archaeological sites worth exploring in the county. These are being kept secret to avoid contamination problems.

There are several endangered species found in the county, including the Florida Panther, the Peregrine Falcon and the Southern Bald Eagle.

Irwin County is one of 159 counties in Georgia. It has 356.8 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 28.3 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 23.6%. On the 2000 census form, 99.5% of the population reported only one race, with 25.9% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 2.0% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.62 persons compared to an average family size of 3.07 persons.

In 2008 Public administration was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $24,060. Per capita income declined by 3.0% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 10,086 Covered Employment 2,241
Growth (%) since 1990 16.6% Average wage per job $26,007
Households (2000) 3,644 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 12.2%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 4,065 Average wage per job $28,249
Unemployment Rate (2009) 14.8 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 4.1%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $23,520 Average wage per job $24,397
Median Household Income (2008) $34,199 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County D
Poverty Rate (2008) 22.3 Average wage per job D
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 67.7 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 1.8%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 9.9 Average wage per job $42,271

Address: 310 Vo Tech Drive, Ocilla, GA 31774
Phone: (229) 468-9719
County: Irwin County
Enrollment: N/A
Grades: 0

2. IRWIN County
Address: 521 Lax Hwy, Ocilla, GA 31774
Phone: (229) 468-9476
County: Irwin County
Enrollment: 905
Grades: PK-5

3. IRWIN County
Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 149 Chieftain Cir, Ocilla, GA 31774
Phone: (229) 468-9421
County: Irwin County
Enrollment: 482
Grades: 9-12

4. IRWIN County
Address: 149 Chieftain Cir, Ocilla, GA 31774
Phone: (229) 468-5517
County: Irwin County
Enrollment: 361
Grades: 6-8