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Cochran, Georgia
Location in Bleckley County and the state of Georgia
Location in Bleckley County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Bleckley
 • Total 4.7 sq mi (12.3 km2)
 • Land 4.6 sq mi (11.9 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
341 ft (104 m)
 • Total 5,150
 • Density 1,123/sq mi (433.4/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 478
FIPS code 13-17328
GNIS feature ID 0355210

Cochran is a city in Bleckley County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 5,150. The city is the county seat of Bleckley County.

Cochran is named for Judge Arthur E. Cochran and was incorporated on March 19, 1869. Judge Cochran was largely instrumental in developing this section of Georgia through his work as president of the Macon & Brunswick Railroad, now the Southern Railway. Once known as Dykesboro, Cochran was settled by B. B. Dykes, who owned the site on which the town is built. The earliest settlers located here to work in the turpentine industry.

Cochran is home to Bleckley County High School and Middle Georgia State University. Three properties in Cochran are listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the Bleckley County Courthouse in Courthouse Square, the Cochran Municipal Building and School at the junction of Dykes and Second streets, and Hillcrest at 706 Beech Street.


Cochran, originally known as Dykesboro, was settled in the 1850s by B. B. Dykes. It was renamed Cochran in 1869 after Arthur Cochran, a railroad official who brought the Macon and Brunswick Railroad to town. In 1912, Cochran was designated seat of the newly formed Bleckley County.


Cochran is located at 32°23′12″N 83°21′2″W / 32.38667°N 83.35056°W / 32.38667; -83.35056 (32.386646, -83.350684).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.7 square miles (12.3 km2), of which 4.6 square miles (11.9 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 3.63%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 1,531
1910 1,638 7.0%
1920 2,021 23.4%
1930 2,267 12.2%
1940 2,464 8.7%
1950 3,357 36.2%
1960 4,714 40.4%
1970 5,161 9.5%
1980 5,121 −0.8%
1990 4,390 −14.3%
2000 4,455 1.5%
2010 5,150 15.6%
Est. 2015 4,363 −15.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 5,150 people residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 48.1% Black, 47.3% White, 0.1% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander and 1.0% from two or more races. 1.8% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,455 people, 1,632 households, and 1,055 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,090.5 people per square mile (420.6/km²). There were 1,851 housing units at an average density of 453.1 per square mile (174.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 55.31% White, 42.09% African American, 0.09% Native American, 1.41% Asian, 0.47% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.99% of the population.

There were 1,632 households out of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.6% were married couples living together, 23.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the city, the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 15.6% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 83.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,545, and the median income for a family was $35,854. Males had a median income of $29,434 versus $22,813 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,354. About 14.8% of families and 21.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.3% of those under age 18 and 23.0% of those age 65 or over.

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