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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population14,188
Male Share of the Population43.9%
Female Share of the Population56.1%
Senior Citizens19.8%
Employed Population 16+4,350
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married41.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher14%
Median Earnings25+$23,684
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,145
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,106

Wealth

Median Family Income$40,759
% Above Poverty Level66.4%
% Below Poverty Level33.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.9%
% Using Public Transportation2.8%

Housing

People Living Alone32.7%
Median Gross Rent$610
Median House Value$65,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)62.2%
Irish6%
English5.7%
German2.6%
Scottish1.3%
French Except Basque0.7%
West Indian0.7%
Dutch0.6%
Haitian0.5%
Welsh0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
Italian0.4%
Bahamian0.3%
Polish0.3%
Romanian0.3%
African0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Australian0.1%
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Waycross Almanac

CategoryValue
County Ware County
Standard Zip Codes31501, 31503
P.O. Box Zip Codes31502
Phone Area Codes912
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude31.21
Approximate Longitude-82.35

Waycross Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationWAYCROSS 4 NE
Distance3.4 miles
Jan Temp37 to 64 F
Apr Temp51 to 81 F
Jul Temp71 to 95 F
Oct Temp54 to 82 F
Annual Precip50.4 inches
StationALMA BACON COUNTY AP
Distance23.8 miles
Jan Temp41 to 62 F
Apr Temp54 to 79 F
Jul Temp72 to 92 F
Oct Temp57 to 80 F
Annual Precip49.1 inches
StationHOMERVILLE 5 N
Distance27.9 miles
Jan Temp35 to 62 F
Apr Temp49 to 79 F
Jul Temp67 to 93 F
Oct Temp51 to 80 F
Annual Precip52.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Blackshear3,546$47,595
Hoboken656$71,667
Nahunta1,080$34,375
Nelson1,470$74,375
Offerman459$48,232
Patterson560$46,979

Waycross Public Libraries

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

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Waycross Hospitals

Mayo Clinic Health System In Waycross, Inc
1900 Tebeau Street

Waycross Public Schools

Center Elementary School
2114 Dorothy St
ZIP: 31501
(912) 287-2366
Primary
Total Enrollment 495
Waycross Middle School
700 Central Ave
ZIP: 31501
(912) 287-2333
Middle
Total Enrollment 526
Williams Heights Elementary School
705 Dewey St
ZIP: 31501
(912) 287-2399
Primary
Total Enrollment 514
Memorial Drive Elementary School
2580 Ambrose St
ZIP: 31503
(912) 287-2327
Primary
Total Enrollment 373
Ruskin Elementary School
3550 Valdosta Hwy
ZIP: 31503
(912) 287-2325
Primary
Total Enrollment 452
Wacona Elementary School
3101 State St
ZIP: 31503
(912) 287-2362
Primary
Total Enrollment 1046
Ware County High School
700 Victory Dr
ZIP: 31503
(912) 287-2351
High
Total Enrollment 1537
Ware County Middle School
2301 Cherokee St
ZIP: 31503
(912) 287-2341
Middle
Total Enrollment 728
Waresboro Elementary School
3379 W Church St
ZIP: 31503
(912) 287-2393
Primary
Total Enrollment 443
Waycross Regional Youth Detention Center
3275 Harris Rd
ZIP: 31503
(912) 287-6680
Other
Total Enrollment 4

Waycross Private Schools

Southside Baptist Church & Christian School
3439 Knight Ave
ZIP: 31503
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 108
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