Georgia Macon County Public Schools

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County Profile

Incorporated: December 14, 1837

Population: 14,074

Total Area: 403.3 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Oglethorpe (County Seat)

• Ideal
• Marshallville
• Montezuma

Macon County is named in honor of General Nathaniel Macon, a North Carolina statesman and president pro tempore of the U.S. Senate. Macon County was carved from Houston and Marion counties in 1837.

Andersonville National Cemetery and Park is in the southwest tip of Macon County. Approximately 45,000 Union soldiers were imprisoned here during the Civil War, with 13,000 perishing from hunger and disease.

The city of Montezuma was named for the Aztec leader by soldiers returning from the Mexican War.

There is a large Mennonite colony in Macon County near Montezuma.

The Colonel Fish’s House is said to be haunted by the ghost of Colonel George Fish after he was found murdered here in the late 1800s. This house was originally located in Oglethorpe and then moved to Americus. The ghost followed the house to its new location.

Sam Henry Rumph of Macon County developed the Elberta Peach, the variety responsible for establishing Georgia as the peach state. John Donald Wade, famous Georgia author, also hails from the county.

Some of the local annual festivals include the Camellia Festival in February, Crepe Myrtle Festival in July, Beaver Creek Festival in the Fall and the Oglethorpe Fall Festival in November.

Macon County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 403.3 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 33.1 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 8.8%. On the 2000 census form, 99.2% of the population reported only one race, with 59.5% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 2.6% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.71 persons compared to an average family size of 3.25 persons.

In 2008 manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $44,121. Per capita income grew by 4.1% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 13,336 Covered Employment 3,393
Growth (%) since 1990 1.7% Average wage per job $30,548
Households (2000) 4,834 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 26.1%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 5,196 Average wage per job $44,121
Unemployment Rate (2009) 12.1 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 0.6%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $23,869 Average wage per job $42,528
Median Household Income (2008) $29,374 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County 0.5%
Poverty Rate (2008) 26.5 Average wage per job $25,973
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 63.2 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 1.5%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 10.0 Average wage per job $31,679

Address: 425 Washington Street, Montezuma, GA 31063
Phone: (478) 472-6644
County: Macon County
Enrollment: N/A
Grades: 0

2. MACON County
Address: 400 State Highway 128 Bypass, Oglethorpe, GA 31068
Phone: (478) 472-6563
County: Macon County
Enrollment: 939
Grades: PK-5

3. MACON County
Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 611 Vienna Rd, Montezuma, GA 31063
Phone: (478) 472-8579
County: Macon County
Enrollment: 514
Grades: 9-12

4. MACON County
Address: 615 Vienna Rd, Montezuma, GA 31063
Phone: (478) 472-7045
County: Macon County
Enrollment: 437
Grades: 6-8