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County Profile

Incorporated: August 18, 1905

Population: 12,684

Total Area: 333.4 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Hazlehurst (County Seat)

Jeff Davis County was created in 1905 from parts of Appling and Coffee counties. Georgia’s 140th county was named for Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy. Davis had served as the U.S. Secretary of War prior to the Civil War.

Hazlehurst was named for Colonel George Hazlehurst, a civil engineer who surveyed the Macon & Brunswick Railroad. In August of 1995, Hazlehurst celebrated its “Censilver,” 150 years of existence.

The Altamaha River is formed from the merger of the Oconee and Ocmulgee rivers just northwest of Jeff Davis County. This is the largest free-flowing stream in Georgia and a haven for sports enthusiasts. Some of the largest largemouth bass in Georgia are found in these rivers. At least ten fishing tournaments are held in the county every year.

The tobacco crop was very important in the early history of Jeff Davis County, and the Hazlehurst Tobacco Market was one of Georgia’s strongest.

Jeff Davis County shares the Bullard Creek Wildlife Management Area, totaling 16,000 acres, with Bacon County.

There are many festivals and special events in the county including the Pilot’s Club Antique Car and Truck Show, the Annual Cotton Arts and Crafts Harvest Festival, Annual Christmas Parade and the 1890 Homestead Celebration.

Jeff Davis County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 333.4 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 41.0 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 34.6%. On the 2000 census form, 99.4% of the population reported only one race, with 15.1% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 5.1% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.61 persons compared to an average family size of 3.02 persons.

In 2008 manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $30,537. Per capita income grew by 0.5% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 13,659 Covered Employment 4,134
Growth (%) since 1990 13.5% Average wage per job $27,690
Households (2000) 4,828 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 25.2%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 5,339 Average wage per job $30,537
Unemployment Rate (2009) 13.4 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 0.6%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $24,956 Average wage per job $40,823
Median Household Income (2008) $32,750 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County 4.2%
Poverty Rate (2008) 19.1 Average wage per job $23,724
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 63.3 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 2.1%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 9.4 Average wage per job $29,602

Address: 81 Pat Dixon Rd, Hazlehurst, GA 31539
Phone: (912) 375-6730
County: Jeff Davis County
Enrollment: 695 3-5

Address: 156 Collins St, Hazlehurst, GA 31539
Phone: (912) 375-6760
County: Jeff Davis County
Enrollment: 753
Grades: 9-12

Address: 96 W Jefferson St, Hazlehurst, GA 31539
Phone: (912) 375-6750
County: Jeff Davis County
Enrollment: 614
Grades: 6-8

Address: 44 Charles Rogers Blvd, Hazlehurst, GA 31539
Phone: (912) 375-6700
County: Jeff Davis County
Enrollment: N/A
Grades: 0

Address: 71 Burketts Ferry Rd, Hazlehurst, GA 31539
Phone: (912) 375-6720
County: Jeff Davis County
Enrollment: 841
Grades: PK-2