Introduction to Waycross, Georgia

Waycross, Georgia, in Ware county, is 73 miles NW of Jacksonville, Florida.

Waycross History

The area now known as Waycross was originally settled in by Europeans in 1820. At that time, the area was known as "Old Nine" or "Number Nine." The name was later changed to "Pendleton," and then to "Tebeauville" in 1857. It was incorporated in 1873 as the county seat of Ware county. However, it was reincorporated as "Way Cross" on March 3, 1874. This name was chosen probably because the area was the meeting point of several railroad lines.

Waycross and nearby Attractions

  • Okefenokee Heritage Center
  • Waycross Public Library
  • Satilla Square Shopping Center
  • Bailey Branch
  • Kirkland's Lake Skating Rinks
  • Okefenokee Swamp Park

Things To Do In Waycross

The Okefenokee Heritage Center houses a museum which provides a host of information about the various groups that have been instrumental in shaping the region's history. It also has a locomotive from 1912, as well as an interactive singing exhibit. In the city, one can also visit the Waycross Public Library, the Waycross City Hall and the Ware County Jail. The Hatcher Point Mall Shopping Center and Satilla Square Shopping Center are ideal destinations for those who love shopping. In addition, residents of Waycross host the Okefenokee Agricultural Fair and the Swampfest every year.

Waycross Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Moody AFB Airport.

Waycross Higher Education

For higher education, residents of Waycross can enroll at the local Okefenokee Technical Institute or Waycross College.


Total Population 14,258
Male Share of the Population 44%
Female Share of the Population 56%
Senior Citizens 19.6%
Employed Population 16+ 4,417
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 40.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.9%
Median Earnings25+ $22,312
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $12,863
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,942


Median Family Income $38,354
% Above Poverty Level 63.7%
% Below Poverty Level 36.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.9%
% Using Public Transportation 2.8%


People Living Alone 34.1%
Median Gross Rent $591
Median House Value $65,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 59%
US/American 0%
English 7.2%
Irish 5.5%

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

Waycross Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 73 miles NW of Jacksonville, Florida
County Ware
Standard Zip Codes 31501, 31503
P.O. Box Zip Codes 31502
Phone Area Codes 912
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.213
Longitude -82.354

Waycross Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.4 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 64 F
Apr Temp 51 to 81 F
Jul Temp 71 to 95 F
Oct Temp 54 to 82 F
Annual Precip 50.4 inches
Distance 23.8 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 62 F
Apr Temp 54 to 79 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 57 to 80 F
Annual Precip 49.1 inches
Distance 27.9 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 62 F
Apr Temp 49 to 79 F
Jul Temp 67 to 93 F
Oct Temp 51 to 80 F
Annual Precip 52.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Okefenokee (31501)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Blackshear 3,522 $40,234
Hoboken 657 $65,179
Nahunta 1,095 $38,984
Nelson 1,407 $65,000
Offerman 433 $44,722
Patterson 720 $28,667

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

Waycross Public Libraries

Okefenokee Regional Library System
Waycross, Georgia
(912) 287-4980

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Waycross Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(912) 283-3030
Emergency Service: Yes

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Waycross High Schools

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,498 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

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