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Overview

Introduction to Blakely, Georgia

Blakely, Georgia is 29 miles E of Dothan, Alabama (center to center) and 167 miles S of Atlanta, Georgia. The population of the city, which is located in Early County, is 5,696.

Blakely History

Creek Indians were the original inhabitants of the area. In the early 1800s, General Jackson conquered the natives, and on August 9, 1814, the treaty at Fort Jackson in Alabama was signed and the land was ceded to Georgia. In 1825, the County of Baker was created out of Early County, which eventually led to the establishment of the City of Blakely. The community was named in honor of Captain Johnston Blakeley who disappeared at sea during the War of 1812. Blakely was incorporated as a city on October 24, 1870. Due to the city's large production of peanut products, it is nicknamed "The Peanut Capital of the World".

Blakely and Nearby Attractions

  • Kolomoki Mounds State Historic Park
  • Wiregrass Museum of Art
  • Coheelee Creek Covered Bridge
  • Providence Canyon State Park
  • Dothan Area Botanical Gardens
  • Adventureland

Things To Do In Blakely

Kolomoki Mounds State Historic Park is an important archaeological site in the city of Blakely. Covering 1,294 acres, the park includes the Indian Museum, seven earthen mounds built by Weeden Island and Swift Creek Indians between 250 and 950 A.D., two lakes, and an amphitheater. It offers facilities for camping, boating, hiking, and golfing. The Albany Museum of Art, Wiregrass Museum of Art, Albany Civil Rights Movement Museum, and Georgia Rural Telephone Museum are also close by. Lakepoint Resort State Park, Florida Caverns State Park, Blue Springs State Park, and Chattahoochee State Park are popular parks in the area. The city also offers easy access to the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens, and Adventureland theme park.

Blakely Transportation

Dothan Regional Airport is the nearest major airport.

Blakely Higher Education

Colleges near Blakely include the Andrew College, Troy University - Dothan, Wallace Community College - Dothan, and Bainbridge College.

People

Total Population 4,854
Male Share of the Population 45.4%
Female Share of the Population 54.6%
Senior Citizens 17.4%
Employed Population 16+ 1,435
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 28.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $34,073
% Above Poverty Level 66.7%
% Below Poverty Level 33.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.3%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 35.6%
Median Gross Rent $571
Median House Value $79,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 78.7%
US/American 0%
English 5.5%
Irish 4.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Blakely Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 29 miles E of Dothan, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 167 miles S of Atlanta, Georgia
County Early
Standard Zip Codes 39823
Phone Area Codes 229
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.377
Longitude -84.934

Blakely Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BLAKELY
Distance 1.2 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 60 F
Apr Temp 52 to 79 F
Jul Temp 70 to 92 F
Oct Temp 54 to 80 F
Annual Precip 54.5 inches
Station FORT GAINES
Distance 16.8 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 60 F
Apr Temp 54 to 78 F
Jul Temp 71 to 90 F
Oct Temp 56 to 78 F
Annual Precip 51.7 inches
Station COLQUITT 2 W
Distance 17.6 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 62 F
Apr Temp 53 to 79 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 55 to 81 F
Annual Precip 53.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arlington 1,242 $0
Bluffton 73 $0
Colquitt 2,268 $26,250
Damascus 332 $33,438
Edison 1,054 $22,813
Fort Gaines 1,087 $26,250

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Blakely Hospitals

EARLY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
630 COLUMBIA ROAD
(229) 723-4241
Emergency Service: Yes

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Blakely High Schools

EARLY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
12020 COLUMBIA STREET
229-723-3006
Serves 787 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

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