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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  city is located in Early County,

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population4,787
Male Share of the Population43.9%
Female Share of the Population56.1%
Senior Citizens14.9%
Employed Population 16+1,403
Age of the Population32

Families

% of people married27.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher12.9%
Median Earnings25+$24,326
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,618
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,719

Wealth

Median Family Income$26,083
% Above Poverty Level59.1%
% Below Poverty Level40.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.4%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone30%
Median Gross Rent$605
Median House Value$81,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)80.8%
English3.3%
Irish2.1%
German0.7%
West Indian0.5%
African0.5%
Jamaican0.5%
Scottish0.3%
Swedish0.2%
Italian0.2%
French Except Basque0.2%
Canadian0.1%
Polish0.1%
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Blakely Almanac

CategoryValue
County Early County
Standard Zip Codes39823
Phone Area Codes229
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude31.33
Approximate Longitude-84.94

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)

StationBLAKELY
Distance1.2 miles
Jan Temp37 to 60 F
Apr Temp52 to 79 F
Jul Temp70 to 92 F
Oct Temp54 to 80 F
Annual Precip54.5 inches
StationFORT GAINES
Distance16.8 miles
Jan Temp39 to 60 F
Apr Temp54 to 78 F
Jul Temp71 to 90 F
Oct Temp56 to 78 F
Annual Precip51.7 inches
StationCOLQUITT 2 W
Distance17.6 miles
Jan Temp39 to 62 F
Apr Temp53 to 79 F
Jul Temp71 to 92 F
Oct Temp55 to 81 F
Annual Precip53.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Arlington1,459$0
Bluffton90$61,250
Colquitt2,336$25,833
Damascus286$22,750
Edison1,146$23,571
Fort Gaines1,040$26,667

Blakely Hospitals

Pioneer Community Hospital Of Early
11740 Columbia Street

Blakely Public Schools

Early County Elementary School
283 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
ZIP: 39823
(229) 723-4101
Primary
Total Enrollment 1073
Early County High School
12020 Columbia St
ZIP: 39823
(229) 723-3006
High
Total Enrollment 640
Early County Middle School
12053 Columbia St
ZIP: 39823
(229) 723-3746
Middle
Total Enrollment 486
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