Georgia Oglethorpe County Public Schools

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County Profile

Incorporated: December 19, 1793

Population: 12,635

Total Area: 441.1 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Lexington (County Seat)

• Crawford
• Maxeys

Oglethorpe County was created in 1793. Georgia’s 19th county is named for the state’s founder, General James E. Oglethorpe.

Lexington, the county seat, is named in honor of the Revolutionary War battle. The largest city is Crawford, named for William H. Crawford, former Governor, U.S. Senator, Secretary of the Treasury and Minister to France.

The site known as Cherokee Corner was once an angle in the boundary between Creek and Cherokee lands. At one time, the site was important to surveying in the region.

Other important sites are the home of Governor Gilmer and Watson Mill Bridge State Park, which is shared with Madison County. The bridge, which is located on the South Fork Broad River, is the largest in Georgia, and was in the past the site of a grist mill and power generation plant.

Bartram Buffalo Lick, located in Philomath, is an iron-bearing clay pit of about 1.5 acres. This site was often visited by buffalo, deer and cattle, although it has no saline properties. It was a meeting place for the area’s Indians.

Oglethorpe County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 441.1 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 32.5 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 66.3%. On the 2000 census form, 99.2% of the population reported only one race, with 19.8% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 1.4% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.58 persons compared to an average family size of 3.05 persons.

In 2008 educational services was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $29,781. Per capita income grew by 17.8% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 14,328 Covered Employment 1,794
Growth (%) since 1990 46.8% Average wage per job $25,310
Households (2000) 4,849 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 6.6%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 7,791 Average wage per job $29,870
Unemployment Rate (2009) 8.1 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 1.1%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $30,075 Average wage per job $35,646
Median Household Income (2008) $43,832 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County D
Poverty Rate (2008) 14.2 Average wage per job D
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 72.1 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 2.8%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 15.6 Average wage per job $35,794

Address: 735 Athens Road, Lexington, GA 30648
Phone: (706) 743-8128
County: Oglethorpe County
Enrollment: N/A
Grades: 0

Address: 15 Fairground Rd, Lexington, GA 30648
Phone: (706) 743-8750
County: Oglethorpe County
Enrollment: 544 3-5

Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 749 Athens Rd, Lexington, GA 30648
Phone: (706) 743-8124
County: Oglethorpe County
Enrollment: 764
Grades: 9-12

Address: 757 Athens Rd, Lexington, GA 30648
Phone: (706) 743-8146
County: Oglethorpe County
Enrollment: 590
Grades: 6-8

Address: 300 Comer Rd, Lexington, GA 30648
Phone: (706) 743-8194
County: Oglethorpe County
Enrollment: 571
Grades: PK-2