Introduction to Jesup, States

Located in Wayne county, Jesup, Georgia is 57 miles SW of Savannah, Georgia (center to center) and 89 miles N of Jacksonville, Florida.

Jesup History

Jesup was formed in the year 1870. It became the county seat of Wayne county in the year 1873. It is said that the community derived its name from General Thomas S. Jesup, an American Indian War hero. However, according to other sources, the city was named in honor of Morris K Jesup, a railroad financier from New York, who had saved the railroad from possible bankruptcy. Jesup was formed at the intersection of the Savannah, Florida and Western Railroad, and the Macon and Brunswick Railroad. The first post office was founded in the year 1871. In 1872, the first church of Jesup was organized.

Jesup and nearby Attractions

  • Sapelo Island National Estuarine Sanctuary
  • Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Museum
  • Laura S. Walker State Park
  • Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum
  • Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park
  • Pierce county Heritage Museum & Depot

Things To Do In Jesup

Museums in the area include the Saint Simons Island Lighthouse Museum, Okefenokee Heritage Center, Jekyll Island Museum, Seabrook Village, and Pierce County Heritage Museum & Depot. The McMillen Market Square Shopping Center is located in the community. There are many churches in the area such as the First Presbyterian Church, Bennett Union Baptist Church, Church of God and Calvary Baptist Church. The Hal Richardson Recreation Center, Bill Morris Recreation Park, and Sapelo Island National Estuarine Sanctuary, also offer many recreational opportunities.

Jesup Transportation

Savannah/ Hilton Head International Airport is the closest airport to the city.

Jesup Higher Education

Altamaha Technical College, Georgia Southern University, Valdosta State University, and Armstrong Atlantic State University are the local higher education schools.


Total Population 10,163
Male Share of the Population 55.6%
Female Share of the Population 44.4%
Senior Citizens 14.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,827
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 36.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $42,741
% Above Poverty Level 68.4%
% Below Poverty Level 31.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.2%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 32.6%
Median Gross Rent $569
Median House Value $104,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 49.1%
US/American 0%
English 10.3%
Irish 8.3%

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

Jesup Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 57 miles SW of Savannah, Georgia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 89 miles N of Jacksonville, Florida
County Wayne
Standard Zip Codes 31545, 31546
P.O. Box Zip Codes 31598
Company Zip Codes 31599
Phone Area Codes 912
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.607
Longitude -81.885

Jesup Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station JESUP 4 NE
Distance 4.3 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 62 F
Apr Temp 54 to 79 F
Jul Temp 72 to 94 F
Oct Temp 56 to 80 F
Annual Precip 49.5 inches
Station JESUP 8 S
Distance 7.5 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 63 F
Apr Temp 51 to 80 F
Jul Temp 70 to 93 F
Oct Temp 55 to 80 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Distance 22.3 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 62 F
Apr Temp 51 to 80 F
Jul Temp 69 to 92 F
Oct Temp 54 to 80 F
Annual Precip 46.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Jesup, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Doctortown (31545)

Gardi (31545)

Madray Springs (31545)

McKinnon (31545)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Allenhurst 577 $46,250
Ludowici 2,343 $40,673
Odum 586 $62,941
Offerman 433 $44,722
Screven 893 $49,625
Walthourville 4,136 $41,474

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

Jesup Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
865 S 1ST ST
(912) 427-6811
Emergency Service: Yes

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Jesup High Schools

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Serves 1,499 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

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Serves 31 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.6

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