Georgia Talbot County Public Schools

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County Profile

Incorporated: December 14, 1827

Population: 6,498

Total Area: 393.2 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Talbotton (County Seat)

• Geneva
• Junction City
• Woodland

Talbot County, Georgia’s 74th county, was created in 1827 from part of Muscogee County. The county and county seat, Talbotton, were named for Governor Matthew Talbot, who was serving as president of the Senate when Governor Rabun died. The first session of the Georgia Supreme Court was held on January 26, 1846 at the old Claiborne Hotel in Talbotton. Here, the state’s first fifteen attorneys were sworn in and qualified to practice law.

Lying at the edge of the coastal plain, Talbot used to be at the ocean’s edge. Now the county has large deposits of white sand which provides 90% of the United States’ golf courses with their sand.

“Magic Hill,” in Talbot County, is located at the foot of Pine Mountain. It is so named because of the illusion that a car with its brakes released appears to roll uphill on the road.

The county is also home to the Big Lazer Creek Wildlife Management Area.

Lazarus Straus, an immigrant from Bavaria, settled in Talbot County with his family and established a business which was the forerunner of Macy’s department stores. Straus’ sons, Isadore, Oscar and Nathan, were known nationally for their leadership in business, diplomacy and health reform, respectively.

Talbot County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 393.2 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 16.2 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population declined by 1.9%. On the 2000 census form, 99.2% of the population reported only one race, with 61.6% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 1.3% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.55 persons compared to an average family size of 3.06 persons.

In 2008 construction was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $32,125. Per capita income grew by 21.0% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 6,355 Covered Employment 876
Growth (%) since 1990 -2.6% Average wage per job $29,129
Households (2000) 2,538 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County N/A
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 3,132 Average wage per job N/A
Unemployment Rate (2009) 9.1 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 2.2%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $25,265 Average wage per job $36,741
Median Household Income (2008) $32,206 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County D
Poverty Rate (2008) 22.4 Average wage per job D
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 64.8 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County D
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 7.9 Average wage per job D

Address: P.O. Box 308, Talbotton, GA 31827
Phone: (706) 665-8577
County: Talbot County
Enrollment: 656
Grades: PK-12