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Alma, Georgia
Alma City services in Bacon County Courthouse
Alma City services in Bacon County Courthouse
"Georgia's Blueberry Capital"
Location in Bacon County and the state of Georgia
Location in Bacon County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Bacon
 • Total 6.22 sq mi (16.11 km2)
 • Land 6.09 sq mi (15.78 km2)
 • Water 0.13 sq mi (0.33 km2)
200 ft (61 m)
 • Total 3,433
 • Density 563.53/sq mi (217.57/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 912
FIPS code 13-01612
GNIS feature ID 0310492

Alma is a city in Bacon County, Georgia, United States, and the county seat. As of the 2020 census, the city had a population of 3,433.

Alma is known as Georgia's blueberry capital, and hosts a Blueberry Festival each June.


Alma was founded in 1900 as a stop on the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. It was incorporated as a city in 1906 and designated seat of the newly formed Bacon County in 1914. There are two theories about the origin of the name of the town. The first is that it was named for the wife of a traveling salesmen, Alma Sheridan; the other is that it was named for the initial letter of the four state capitals Georgia has had: Augusta, Louisville, Milledgeville, and Atlanta.

There are four sites in Alma listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Alma Depot, Bacon County Courthouse, Bacon County School, and the Rabinowitz Building.


Alma is located in southeastern Georgia at 31°32′30″N 82°28′0″W / 31.54167°N 82.46667°W / 31.54167; -82.46667 (31.541543, -82.466666).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.2 square miles (16.1 km2), of which 5.5 square miles (14.3 km2) is land and 0.69 square miles (1.8 km2), or 11.27%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 458
1920 1,061 131.7%
1930 1,235 16.4%
1940 1,840 49.0%
1950 2,588 40.7%
1960 3,515 35.8%
1970 3,756 6.9%
1980 3,819 1.7%
1990 3,663 −4.1%
2000 3,236 −11.7%
2010 3,466 7.1%
2020 3,433 −1.0%
U.S. decennial census

2020 census

Alma racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 1,599 46.58%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,455 42.38%
Native American 2 0.06%
Asian 25 0.73%
Pacific Islander 3 0.09%
Other/Mixed 105 3.06%
Hispanic or Latino 244 7.11%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,433 people, 1,005 households, and 620 families residing in the city.


Alma is served by the Bacon County School District. The district has 126 full-time teachers and over 1,900 students, and operates these schools:

  • Bacon County Elementary School
  • Bacon County Primary School
  • Bacon County Middle School
  • Bacon County High School

Alma is also served by Coastal Pines Technical College.

Notable people

  • Harry Crews, novelist, playwright, short story writer and essayist
  • Braswell Deen, U.S. Representative from Georgia; moved to Alma
  • Daniel W. Lee, recipient of Congressional Medal of Honor
  • Walter J. Leonard, former president of Fisk University
  • William M. Wheeler, U.S. Representative from Georgia

See also

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