Georgia Pierce County Public Schools

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County Profile

Incorporated: December 18, 1857

Population: 15,636

Total Area: 343 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Blackshear (County Seat)

• Bristol
• Mershon
• Offerman
• Patterson

Pierce County was created from parts of Appling and Ware counties. Georgia’s 119th county was named for Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States.

Blackshear was named for General David Blackshear, who supervised construction of the Blackshear Road. Patterson was named for William Patterson who resettled in the county from New York. He ran a sawmill in the area.

The Pierce County courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There have been preliminary efforts to have the old Blackshear Jail and its hanging tower listed on the National Register.

A Confederate prison camp in Pierce County held about 5,000 Union prisoners of war during the last months of the Civil War. Prisoners were transferred to Pierce County from Millen, and possibly Andersonville, so that Sherman’s troops would not be able to free them on their march south.

The Marion Anderson Library Black Heritage Collection in Blackshear contains about 300 volumes and oil paintings addressing African-American heritage. This is the largest publicly accessible collection of this type in the region.

Pierce County shares the Little Satilla Wildlife Management Area with Wayne County to the east.

There are two main festivals in Pierce County: the Harvest Fest in October and the Pecan Festival in November.

Pierce County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 343.3 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 54.1 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 68.5%. On the 2000 census form, 99.3% of the population reported only one race, with 10.9% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 2.3% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.61 persons compared to an average family size of 3.06 persons.

In 2008 wholesale trade was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $29,560. Per capita income grew by 6.2% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 18,580 Covered Employment 4,055
Growth (%) since 1990 39.4% Average wage per job $27,667
Households (2000) 5,958 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 9.6%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 8,487 Average wage per job $29,056
Unemployment Rate (2009) 9.1 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 0.9%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $25,959 Average wage per job $39,147
Median Household Income (2008) $36,721 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County 6.4%
Poverty Rate (2008) 17.6 Average wage per job $29,598
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 69.8 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 3.2%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 10.1 Average wage per job $39,194

Address: 5217 Ga Highway 121, Blackshear, GA 31516
Phone: (912) 449-2088
County: Pierce County
Enrollment: 1,287
Grades: PK-5

Address: 3414 Drawdy St, Patterson, GA 31557
Phone: (912) 647-5373
County: Pierce County
Enrollment: 532
Grades: PK-5

3. PIERCE County
Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 4850 County
Enrollment: Farm Rd, Blackshear, GA 31516
Phone: (912) 449-2055
County: Pierce County
Enrollment: 977
Grades: 9-12

4. PIERCE County
Address: 5216 County
Enrollment: Farm Rd, Blackshear, GA 31516
Phone: (912) 449-2077
County: Pierce County
Enrollment: 767
Grades: 6-8