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Cochran, Georgia
Cochran Municipal Building
Cochran Municipal Building
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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 4.86 sq mi (12.58 km2)
 • Land 4.69 sq mi (12.14 km2)
 • Water 0.17 sq mi (0.44 km2)
341 ft (104 m)
 • Total 5,026
 • Density 1,072.56/sq mi (414.16/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 2020 census, the city had a population of 5,026. 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 and Brunswick Railroad, now the Southern Railway (a component of Norfolk 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%
2020 5,026 −2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Cochran Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 2,612 51.97%
Black or African American 1,854 36.89%
Native American 3 0.06%
Asian 112 2.23%
Pacific Islander 4 0.08%
Other/Mixed 133 2.65%
Hispanic or Latino 308 6.13%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 5,026 people, 1,406 households, and 814 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 5,150 people living 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.


Bleckley County School District

Bleckley County students in kindergarten to grade twelve are in the Bleckley County School District, which consists of a primary school, an elementary school, a middle school and a high school. The district has 151 full-time teachers and over 2,355 students.

  • Bleckley County Learning Center
  • Bleckley County Primary School
  • Bleckley County Elementary School
  • Bleckley County Middle School
  • Bleckley County Success Academy
  • Bleckley County High School

Middle Georgia State University

Middle Georgia State University is a public university with its main campus in Macon, Georgia. It was founded in 2013 through the merger of Middle Georgia College and Macon State College. Middle Georgia College's campus in Cochran is now one of the multiple campuses of Middle Georgia State University.

Notable people

  • Amberle L. Husbands - writer of pulp-noir and science fiction short stories and novels
  • Danny Mathis - Politician and coroner.
  • Nancye Radmin (1938–2020), American businesswoman, founder of The Forgotten Woman retail chain
  • Clarence Reid, a.k.a. Blowfly - musician and songwriter
  • Ed Roberts - Physician and founder of MITS where he created the Altair 8800 microcomputer, starting the microcomputer revolution. It featured Microsoft's first software, the Altair BASIC and employed Bill Gates, Paul Allen, and Monte Davidoff.
  • Obie Walker - claimant of the World Colored Heavyweight Championship boxing title in the 1930s
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