Introduction to Sandersville, Georgia

Sandersville, Georgia, in Washington county, is 48 miles E of Macon, Georgia (center to center) and 105 miles SE of Atlanta, Georgia.

Sandersville History

The Sandersville community was established in 1796, when it was an intersection of Indian trails. Later, Mr. M. Saunders built a general store and the community was named "Saundersville" in his honor. It was incorporated as "Sandersville" on November 27th, 1812. It is a major producer of kaolin, the fine white clay used to create a range of products from paper and cosmetics to the nose cone of rockets. Consequently, Sandersville is nicknamed "Kaolin Capital of the World," or "The Kaolin City." The city is also the birthplace of Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam, and Takeo Spikes, Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl linebacker.

Sandersville and Nearby Attractions

  • Washington County Museum
  • Old Governor's Mansion
  • Uncle Remus Museum
  • Magnolia Springs State Park
  • Civil War Heritage Trail
  • Lockerly Arboretum

Things To Do In Sandersville

The city of Sandersville has numerous historical locations including the Historical Society Brown House Museum, the Historical Society Genealogy Museum, and the Old City Cemetery. Confederate Museum, Uncle Remus Museum, Old Governor's Mansion, and the home of writer Flannery O'Connor are also close by. The Hamburg State Park, which is situated on 741 acres, includes a museum, a lake, and a grist mill. It also offers facilities for fishing, hiking, and boating. A walk along the Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails takes visitors back to the region's Civil War era. In addition, the community hosts the Washington County Ag & Youth Fair in October every year.

Sandersville Transportation

Middle Georgia Regional Airport is the nearest major airport.

Sandersville Higher Education

Sandersville is home to the Sandersville Technical Institute. Mercer University, Georgia College and State University, and Macon State College are also close by.



Total Population5,616
Male Share of the Population44.1%
Female Share of the Population55.9%
Senior Citizens16.8%
Employed Population 16+2,105
Age of the Population42


% of people married31.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher13.6%
Median Earnings25+$29,283
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$33,015
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,400


Median Family Income$46,033
% Above Poverty Level64.4%
% Below Poverty Level35.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work4%
% Using Public Transportation%


People Living Alone30%
Median Gross Rent$572
Median House Value$87,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)54.4%
French Except Basque0.8%
West Indian0.1%
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Sandersville Almanac

CountyWashington County
Standard Zip Codes31082
Phone Area Codes478
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude32.98
Approximate Longitude-82.81

Sandersville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance1.2 miles
Jan Temp34 to 56 F
Apr Temp49 to 75 F
Jul Temp70 to 91 F
Oct Temp51 to 76 F
Annual Precip46.4 inches
Distance26.5 miles
Jan Temp31 to 57 F
Apr Temp46 to 77 F
Jul Temp68 to 93 F
Oct Temp48 to 77 F
Annual Precip46.5 inches
Distance30.7 miles
Jan Temp32 to 53 F
Apr Temp47 to 74 F
Jul Temp68 to 91 F
Oct Temp50 to 74 F
Annual Precip50.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Sandersville Hospitals

Washington County Regional Medical Center
(Government - District/authority)
610 Sparta Highway

Sandersville Public Schools

Ridge Road Elementary School
285 Ridge Rd.
ZIP: 31082
(478) 552-2245
Total Enrollment 738
Ridge Road Primary School
285 Ridge Rd.
ZIP: 31082
(478) 552-6047
Total Enrollment 884
Sandersville Regional Youth Detention Center
423 Industrial Dr
ZIP: 31082
(912) 552-3919
Total Enrollment 7
T. J. Elder Middle School
902 Linton Rd
ZIP: 31082
(478) 552-2007
Total Enrollment 651
Washington County High School
420 Riddleville Rd
ZIP: 31082
(478) 552-2324
Total Enrollment 851

Sandersville Private Schools

Brentwood School
725 Linton Rd
ZIP: 31082
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 345
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