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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
Area
 • Total 8.01 sq mi (20.75 km2)
 • Land 8.00 sq mi (20.73 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation
203 ft (62 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 4,400
 • Estimate 
(2019)
4,659
 • Density 582.08/sq mi (224.76/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 2010 census, the city had a population of 4,400. The city is the county seat of Appling County.

Geography

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.

Demographics

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%
2019 (est.) 4,659 5.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
Memorial for Confederate sacrifices, Baxley, GA, US
Confederate memorial

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.

At the census of 2000, there were 4,150 people, 1,567 households, and 1,048 families living in the city. The population density was 580.7 people per square mile (224.1/km2). There were 1,866 housing units at an average density of 261.1 per square mile (100.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 57.28% White, 37.93% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 3.16% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.23% of the population.

There were 1,567 households, out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.3% were married couples living together, 18.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% were non-families. 28.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 27.6% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,441, and the median income for a family was $30,648. Males had a median income of $28,087 versus $16,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,321. About 21.6% of families and 24.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.0% of those under age 18 and 26.3% of those age 65 or over.

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."

Economy

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.

Education

Appling County students in K-12 grades are in the Appling County School District, which consists of four elementary schools (three include 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
  • 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
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