Georgia Worth County Public Schools

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County Profile

Incorporated: December 20, 1853

Population: 21,967

Total Area: 569.8 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Sylvester (County Seat)

• Poulan
• Sumner
• Warwick

Worth County obtained its territory from Dooly and Irwin counties in 1853. The county was named for Major General William J. Worth who served in the Mexican War. The Flint River forms a part of the county’s western boundary. A dam on the river at the north county line creates Lake Blackshear.

Pindartown, an Indian village of note in pioneer days, was located on the Flint River in Worth County. For years it had the only post office in that section of the state.

Sylvester was originally known as “Isabella Station,” but in 1894 the name was changed to honor a prominent local family. The county courthouse burned down in 1982, and has since been rebuilt.

Worth County is home to Peter Pan Peanut Butter. In fact, every jar is manufactured in Sylvester.

Michigan Governor Chase S. Osborne, who made his winter home in Poulan in the early 1900s, built the famous Big Poke and Little Poke mansions in Possum Lane, now tourist attractions.

Beginning the first weekend in October, Sylvester pays tribute to the peanut by hosting the annual Georgia Peanut Festival. A parade is held downtown, featuring arts and crafts, entertainment, food and a street dance. Beauty pageants are also held to honor the Peanut Queens.

Worth County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 569.7 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 37.2 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 48.7%. On the 2000 census form, 99.4% of the population reported only one race, with 29.6% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 1.1% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.68 persons compared to an average family size of 3.12 persons.

In 2008 educational services was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $35,238. Per capita income grew by 14.6% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 21,214 Covered Employment 3,581
Growth (%) since 1990 7.4% Average wage per job $28,295
Households (2000) 8,106 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 8.4%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 10,220 Average wage per job $34,057
Unemployment Rate (2009) 9.8 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 0.9%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $30,334 Average wage per job $38,355
Median Household Income (2008) $37,353 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County D
Poverty Rate (2008) 21.1 Average wage per job D
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 68.3 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 3.4%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 8.6 Average wage per job $34,871

Address: 103 Eldridge St, Sylvester, GA 31791
Phone: (229) 776-8605
County: Worth County
Enrollment: 828 3-5

2. WORTH County
Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 406 W King St, Sylvester, GA 31791
Phone: (229) 776-8625
County: Worth County
Enrollment: 1,112
Grades: 9-12

3. WORTH County
Address: 1305 N Isabella St, Sylvester, GA 31791
Phone: (229) 776-8620
County: Worth County
Enrollment: 906
Grades: 6-8

4. WORTH County
Address: 1304 N Isabella St, Sylvester, GA 31791
Phone: (229) 776-8660
County: Worth County
Enrollment: 880
Grades: PK-2