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Comer, Georgia
North Avenue
North Avenue
"Make Our Town Your Town"
Location in Madison County and the state of Georgia
Location in Madison County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
Counties Madison, Oglethorpe
 • City 3.26 sq mi (8.45 km2)
 • Land 3.24 sq mi (8.39 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
 • Urban
2 sq mi (2.59 km2)
702 ft (214 m)
 • City 1,512
 • Density 466.95/sq mi (180.32/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 706
FIPS code 13-19084
GNIS feature ID 0312868
Motto "Make Our Town Your Town"

Comer is a city in Madison and Oglethorpe County, Georgia, United States. It had a population of 1,126 as of the 2010 census. Comer is the largest city in Madison County based on population and total land area. The city is included in the Athens-Clarke County, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Atlanta- Athens-Clarke County-Sandy Springs, Georgia Combined Statistical Area.

Comer's motto is "Make Our Town Your Town".


Comer was incorporated on January 1, 1893, and was named after local settler A.J. Comer.


Comer is located at 34°03′47″N 83°07′30″W / 34.062921°N 83.124952°W / 34.062921; -83.124952. (twenty miles east of Athens) at the intersection of Georgia State Routes 72, 98, and 22.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2). All of it is land. Watson Mill is the nearest state park.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 336
1910 868 158.3%
1920 1,001 15.3%
1930 900 −10.1%
1940 811 −9.9%
1950 882 8.8%
1960 882 0.0%
1970 828 −6.1%
1980 930 12.3%
1990 939 1.0%
2000 1,052 12.0%
2010 1,126 7.0%
2020 1,512 34.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,052 people, 391 households, and 251 families residing in the city. The population density was 330.6 people per square mile (127.7/km2). There were 424 housing units at an average density of 133.2 per square mile (51.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 77.95% White, 20.25% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.38% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.05% of the population.

There were 391 households, out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.5% were married couples living together, 16.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.04.

Main street Comer GA
Main street

In the city, the population was spread out, with 22.7% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 24.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 73.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 70.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,059, and the median income for a family was $40,750. Males had a median income of $33,333 versus $22,969 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,742. About 12.4% of families and 16.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.7% of those under age 18 and 24.1% of those age 65 or over.


Children in the City of Comer are zoned to attend the following schools for the Comer School Zone, Madison County School District.

  • Comer Elementary School (CES), Home of the Comer Comets
  • Madison County Middle School (MCMS), Home of the Mustangs
  • Madison County High School (MCHS), Home of the Red Raiders
  • Broad River College and Career Academy

The Gholston Fund is an education-directed trust set up by J. Knox Gholston before his death to continue his legacy of funding local education projects in Comer.

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