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Baxley, Georgia
City hall in Baxley
City hall in Baxley
Location in Appling County and the state of Georgia
Location in Appling County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Appling
 • Total 8.11 sq mi (21.01 km2)
 • Land 8.11 sq mi (20.99 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
203 ft (62 m)
 • Total 4,942
 • Density 609.67/sq mi (235.40/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
31513, 31515
Area code(s) 912
FIPS code 13-06016
GNIS feature ID 0331106

Baxley is a city in Appling County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2020 census, the city had a population of 4,942. The city is the county seat of Appling County.


Baxley is located at 31°46′31″N 82°20′51″W / 31.77528°N 82.34750°W / 31.77528; -82.34750 (31.775152, -82.347520). Baxley is approximately 42 miles (68 km) east of Douglas, Georgia, and 47 miles (76 km) north of Waycross, Georgia.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.4 square miles (21.7 km2), of which 0.012 square miles (0.03 km2), or 0.16%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 110
1890 337 206.4%
1900 488 44.8%
1910 831 70.3%
1920 1,142 37.4%
1930 2,122 85.8%
1940 2,916 37.4%
1950 3,409 16.9%
1960 4,268 25.2%
1970 3,503 −17.9%
1980 3,586 2.4%
1990 3,841 7.1%
2000 4,150 8.0%
2010 4,400 6.0%
2020 4,942 12.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
Memorial for Confederate sacrifices, Baxley, GA, US
Confederate memorial

2020 census

Baxley racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 2,338 47.31%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,696 34.32%
Native American 3 0.06%
Asian 89 1.8%
Other/Mixed 154 3.12%
Hispanic or Latino 662 13.4%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 4,942 people, 1,436 households, and 1,068 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 4,400 people living in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 51.7% White, 35.3% Black, 0.1% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 0.1% from some other race and 0.8% from two or more races. 10.6% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Baxley in popular culture

Baxley was mentioned in Charlie Daniels' Open Letter to the Hollywood Bunch. It stated "Go down to Baxley, Georgia and hold an anti-war rally and see what the folks down there think about you."


The Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Power Plant is located north of the city along U.S. Route 1, on the banks of the Altamaha River. It is the area's largest employer.

International Forest Products Limited operates a sawmill employing over 50 people.


Appling County students in K-12 grades are in the Appling County School District, which consists of four elementary schools (three include a pre-school), a middle school and a high school. The district has 210 full-time teachers and over 3,303 students.

  • Altamaha Elementary School
  • Appling County Primary School
  • Appling County Elementary School
  • Fourth District Elementary School
  • Appling County Middle School
  • Appling County High School

Notable people

  • Robert Butler, painter best known for his portrayals of the woods and backwaters around Florida's Everglades; member of the African-American artists' group The Highwaymen
  • Byron Buxton, Major League Baseball player; second overall pick (drafted by the Minnesota Twins) in the 2012 MLB draft; winner of Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year Award in 2013
  • Dexter Carter, running back for San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets from 1990 to 1996; born in Baxley and graduated from Appling County High School
  • Frankie King, NBA guard for Los Angeles Lakers (1995); born in Baxley
  • The Lacs, country/rap music group; from Baxley
  • Caroline Miller, Georgia's first Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist; received the award for Lamb in His Bosom in 1934
  • Jamie Nails, NFL guard for Buffalo Bills (1997–2000) and Miami Dolphins (2002–2003); born in Baxley
  • Janisse Ray, author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood (1999), a memoir about growing up in Baxley which includes description of the ecosystem of the vanishing longleaf pine that once covered the area
  • Carl Simpson, defensive tackle for Chicago Bears (1993–1997), Arizona Cardinals (1998–1999), and Las Vegas Outlaws (2001)
  • Harry Skipper, defensive back in the CFL, Montreal Concordes and Saskatchewan Roughriders, 1983–1989
  • Vonzell Solomon, nicknamed Baby V, singer and actress
  • Michael Timpson, wide receiver for New England Patriots (1989–1994), Chicago Bears (1995–1996), and Philadelphia Eagles (1997); born in Baxley

See also

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