Georgia Wilkinson County Public Schools

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County Profile

Incorporated: May 11, 1803

Population: 10,220

Total Area: 446.6 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Irwinton (County Seat)

• Allentown
• Gordon
• Ivey

• McIntyre
• Toomsboro

Wilkinson County, the 29th county formed in Georgia, was created in 1803. The county was named for General James Wilkinson, an officer of the Revolutionary War and native of Maryland.

Irwinton was named for Georgia governor Jared Irwin. Gordon was named for the first president of the Central Georgia Railroad, William Washington Gordon (for whom Gordon County is also named). Allentown is situated at the junction of four counties: Wilkinson, Twiggs, Laurens and Bleckley

Wilkinson county has lost courthouses to fire in 1829, 1854, 1864 and 1924.

Wilkinson County has substantial kaolin deposits, which are important to the local economy.

Wilkinson County shares the Beaver Dam with Laurens County to the southeast. This was once a Wildlife Management Area owned and operated by the Department of Natural Resources, but now is privately owned. The Oconee River forms the county’s eastern border.

Several interesting attractions include the Swampland Opera House in Toomsboro, and Beaver Creek at Ivy Station, which has a restored caboose, a cane mill and Civil War memorabilia.

Wilkinson County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 446.6 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 22.6 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 8.8%. On the 2000 census form, 99.3% of the population reported only one race, with 40.7% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 1.0% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.65 persons compared to an average family size of 3.13 persons.

In 2008 mining was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $52,718. Per capita income grew by 0.8% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 10,076 Covered Employment 3,126
Growth (%) since 1990 -1.5% Average wage per job $38,490
Households (2000) 3,827 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 8.5%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 4,710 Average wage per job $49,637
Unemployment Rate (2009) 10.6 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 8.2%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $25,157 Average wage per job $36,752
Median Household Income (2008) $40,093 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County 4.0%
Poverty Rate (2008) 19.3 Average wage per job $25,254
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 70.4 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County D
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 9.6 Average wage per job D

Address: P.O. Box 530, Irwinton, GA 31042
Phone: (478) 946-5527
County: Wilkinson County
Enrollment: 392 3-5

Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: P.O. Box 547, Irwinton, GA 31042
Phone: (478) 946-2441
County: Wilkinson County
Enrollment: 422
Grades: 9-12

Address: P.O. Box 527, Irwinton, GA 31042
Phone: (478) 946-2541
County: Wilkinson County
Enrollment: 340
Grades: 6-8

Address: P.O. Box 570, Irwinton, GA 31042
Phone: (478) 946-2161
County: Wilkinson County
Enrollment: 519
Grades: PK-2