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Appling, Georgia
Appling, Georgia is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Appling, Georgia
Appling, Georgia
Location in Georgia (U.S. state)
Appling, Georgia is located in the United States
Appling, Georgia
Appling, Georgia
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Georgia
County Columbia
 • Total 8.83 sq mi (22.86 km2)
 • Land 8.82 sq mi (22.84 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
292 ft (89 m)
 • Total 658
 • Density 74.61/sq mi (28.81/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area codes 706 & 762
GNIS ID 354381

Appling is a census-designated place in and the county seat of Columbia County, Georgia, United States. As of 2017, its population is 771. It is part of the Augusta metropolitan area.

Appling was formerly a city but, with the 1993 passage of legislation requiring cities to provide at least three municipal services, Appling was not able to remain incorporated. It was one of 187 inactive cities in Georgia that lost its charter on 1 June 1995. There was question as to whether it had ever been incorporated at all since it had no functioning corporate authorities.

Columbia County government and judicial offices are in Evans with the Columbia County Government Center, the Government Complex Addition, and the Columbia County Courthouse Annex all located there. Appling retains its status as county seat but all governmental functions are carried out in Evans.


Appling is located at 33°32′45″N 82°18′57″W / 33.54583°N 82.31583°W / 33.54583; -82.31583.

Appling lies along U.S. Route 221 (Appling-Harlem Road) and is traversed by (Great) Kiokee Creek.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2020 658
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Appling racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 553 84.04%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 30 4.56%
Native American 8 1.22%
Asian 3 0.46%
Other/Mixed 46 6.99%
Hispanic or Latino 18 2.74%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 658 people, 311 households, and 145 families residing in the CDP.


In 1816, the town known as Columbia Courthouse was chartered as the Town of Appling, named for the family of William Appling that had donated the land to the county and for Colonel John Appling, a local resident that had died in a campaign against the Seminoles.

In the early 19th century, Appling was the political, educational, social, and religious center of Columbia County. Near Appling were located Mt. Carmel Academy and Columbia Institute. Mt. Carmel Academy was run by the famous Southern educator, Moses Waddel and it was here that John C. Calhoun and William H. Crawford were educated. Columbia Institute was started by a man pretending his last name was Bush who was actually Bushnell of revolutionary war submariner fame.

In the 1830s, when the Georgia Railroad was established, it was decided that to have the trains passing near Appling would disturb the proceeding of the court, so the railway that passed through the county from Atlanta to Augusta went well below Appling.

In 1855, the Courthouse in Appling received a major overhaul, and after the remodeling was complete in 1856, the building was in more or less its present form, a vernacular structure with Greek Revival and Italianate influences. Despite the extensive project, the shell of the 1809-1812 building was retained and the structure has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1980.

Appling was nearly wiped off the map by a tornado in the 1870s and it never regained the prestige it had prior to the tornado and the Civil War. Although there was an effort to organize the municipality in the early 20th century, the corporation remained inactive. Appling lost its charter in 1995.

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