Waycross, Georgia

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Waycross, Georgia
The Cross
City
Waycross City Hall
Waycross City Hall
Motto: Headwaters of the Okefenokee
Location in Ware County and the state of Georgia
Location in Ware County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 31°12′50″N 82°21′18″W / 31.21389°N 82.35500°W / 31.21389; -82.35500Coordinates: 31°12′50″N 82°21′18″W / 31.21389°N 82.35500°W / 31.21389; -82.35500
CountryUnited States
StateGeorgia
CountiesPierce, Ware[1][2]
Government
 • MayorClarence Billups (Constitution Party)
Area
 • Total11.7 sq mi (30.3 km2)
 • Land11.7 sq mi (30.3 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation131 ft (40 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total14,725
 • Density1,258.6/sq mi (485.9/km2)
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes31501-31502-31503
Area code(s)912
FIPS code13-80956[3]
GNIS feature ID0356622[4]
Websitehttp://www.waycrossga.com
 
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Waycross, Georgia
The Cross
City
Waycross City Hall
Waycross City Hall
Motto: Headwaters of the Okefenokee
Location in Ware County and the state of Georgia
Location in Ware County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 31°12′50″N 82°21′18″W / 31.21389°N 82.35500°W / 31.21389; -82.35500Coordinates: 31°12′50″N 82°21′18″W / 31.21389°N 82.35500°W / 31.21389; -82.35500
CountryUnited States
StateGeorgia
CountiesPierce, Ware[1][2]
Government
 • MayorClarence Billups (Constitution Party)
Area
 • Total11.7 sq mi (30.3 km2)
 • Land11.7 sq mi (30.3 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation131 ft (40 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total14,725
 • Density1,258.6/sq mi (485.9/km2)
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes31501-31502-31503
Area code(s)912
FIPS code13-80956[3]
GNIS feature ID0356622[4]
Websitehttp://www.waycrossga.com

Waycross is the county seat of, and only incorporated city in, Ware County in the U.S. state of Georgia. The population was 14,725 at the 2010 Census. A small portion of the city extends into Pierce County.[5] According the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of this small section was estimated at just 9 in 2008.[6]

Waycross is the principal city of the Waycross micropolitan area, a micropolitan area that covers Pierce and Ware counties[7] and had a combined population of 51,119 at the 2000 Census.

History[edit]

The area now known as Waycross was first settled around 1820, locally known as "Old Nine" or "Number Nine" and then Pendleton. It was renamed Tebeauville in 1857, incorporated in 1866 and designated county seat of Ware County in 1873. Then it was incorporated as "Way Cross" on March 3, 1935.[8]

During the 1950s the city had a tourist gimmick. The local police would stop motorists with out-of-state license plates and escort them to downtown Waycross. There they would be met by the Welcome World Committee and given overnight lodging, dinner and a trip to the Okefenokee Swamp. The tradition faded away after the interstates opened through Georgia.[citation needed]

During the mid 1990's, Waycross became the birthplace and testing ground of a frozen hamburger you can start cooking without defrosting called Bubba Burgers.[9] Bubba Burgers was the creation of Eaves Foods, Inc., a company that later changed to Bubba Foods, LLC. in 2000. Bubba Burgers are now sold nation-wide as well as world-wide through the United States Military Commissary system.[10]

Geography[edit]

Waycross is located at 31°12′50″N 82°21′18″W / 31.21389°N 82.35500°W / 31.21389; -82.35500 (31.213860, -82.354911)[11] and is the closest city to the Okefenokee Swamp.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.7 square miles (30 km2), of which, 11.7 square miles (30 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.17%) is water.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Waycross
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °F (°C)86
(30)
88
(31)
95
(35)
96
(36)
102
(39)
106
(41)
105
(41)
106
(41)
104
(40)
99
(37)
92
(33)
87
(31)
106
(41)
Average high °F (°C)66
(19)
67
(19)
73
(23)
80
(27)
87
(31)
92
(33)
93
(34)
92
(33)
89
(32)
81
(27)
72
(22)
65
(18)
80
(27)
Daily mean °F (°C)53
(12)
55
(13)
61
(16)
67
(19)
74
(23)
80
(27)
82
(28)
81
(27)
78
(26)
69
(21)
59
(15)
53
(12)
68
(20)
Average low °F (°C)41
(5)
43
(6)
49
(9)
55
(13)
62
(17)
69
(21)
71
(22)
71
(22)
67
(19)
57
(14)
46
(8)
41
(5)
56
(13)
Record low °F (°C)13
(−11)
4
(−16)
20
(−7)
32
(0)
40
(4)
48
(9)
58
(14)
57
(14)
41
(5)
27
(−3)
18
(−8)
12
(−11)
4
(−16)
Precipitation inches (cm)3
(8)
3.8
(9.7)
3.6
(9.1)
3.1
(7.9)
3.5
(8.9)
5.5
(14)
6.9
(17.5)
5.9
(15)
4.9
(12.4)
2.7
(6.9)
2.1
(5.3)
3
(8)
48
(122)
Snowfall inches (cm)0.1
(0.3)
0.1
(0.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.2
(0.5)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in)6.27.36.66.26.58.39.58.67.44.53.86.281.1
Source: Weatherbase [12]


Media[edit]

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Health care[edit]

With over 1,000 employees and 100 physicians, Satilla Regional Medical Center is a leading center in health care in the area. The 3 story facility has a tramua unit, cancer care unit, outpatient surgery and imaging services. In 2012, Satilla Regional Medical Center joined the Mayo Clinic Health System and became "Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross."

Transportation[edit]

U.S. Highway 82 is an east-west highway in Waycross. U.S. Highway 1 is north-south through Waycross. U.S. Highway 84 is east-west through Waycross. Waycross-Ware County Airport (IATA: AYS, ICAO: KAYS, FAA LID: AYS) is a public airport located three miles (5 km) northwest of the central business district of Waycross. It is owned by the City of Waycross and Ware County.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 15,333 people, 6,094 households, and 3,741 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,311.8 people per square mile (506.4/km²). There were 7,534 housing units at an average density of 644.5 per square mile (248.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 44.31% White, 53.51% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.68% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.37% of the population.

There were 6,094 households, out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.3% were married couples living together, 21.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.6% were non-families. Individuals made up 34.9% of all households, and 16.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37, and the average family size was 3.09.

In the city the population was spread out, with 26.3% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 19.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 83.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,399, and the median income for a family was $28,712. Males had a median income of $24,865 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,468. About 24.8% of families and 30.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 45.9% of those under age 18 and 17.0% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Ware County School District[edit]

The Ware County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of a pre-school, six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school.[13] The district has 431 full-time teachers and over 6,370 students.[14]

Private Education[edit]

Higher education[edit]

Famous natives and residents[edit]

Burt Reynolds actor

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Census Bureau. Census 2000, Summary File 1. GCT-PH1. Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2000 - County Subdivision and Place, "Pierce County". American FactFinder. <http://factfinder2.census.gov>. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ U.S. Census Bureau. Census 2000, Summary File 1. GCT-PH1. Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2000 - County Subdivision and Place, "Ware County". American FactFinder. <http://factfinder2.census.gov>. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "1990 Census of Population and Housing, Population and Housing Unit Counts: Georgia" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. 1992-09-29. p. III-4. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  6. ^ "Subcounty population estimates: Georgia 2000-2008" (CSV). United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  7. ^ MICROPOLITAN STATISTICAL AREAS AND COMPONENTS, Office of Management and Budget, 2007-05-11. Accessed 2008-07-27.
  8. ^ Ware County Courthouse entry on GeorgiaInfo.com Ware County Courthouse, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 2008. Accessed 2008-07-16.
  9. ^ [1], The Augusta Chronical. Accessed 2013-10-08.
  10. ^ [2], Bubba Burger Heritage. Accessed 2013-10-08.
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  12. ^ "Historical Weather for Waycross, Georgia, United States". Weatherbase. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  13. ^ Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved June 29, 2010.
  14. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 29, 2010.
  15. ^ [3]
  16. ^ Okefenokee Technical College- Waycross Campus, Retrieved June 29, 2010.

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