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McRae–Helena, Georgia
City of McRae–Helena
Downtown McRae–Helena, Georgia
Downtown McRae–Helena, Georgia
The Purple Heart City
The Crossroads City
McRae–Helena, Georgia is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
McRae–Helena, Georgia
McRae–Helena, Georgia
Location in Georgia (U.S. state)
Country United States
State Georgia
County Telfair, Wheeler
 • Total 6.53 sq mi (16.92 km2)
 • Land 6.44 sq mi (16.67 km2)
 • Water 0.10 sq mi (0.25 km2)
 • Total 6,253
 • Density 971.57/sq mi (375.15/km2)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 229
FIPS code 13-49100

McRae–Helena is a city in the U.S. state of Georgia, formed on January 1, 2015, by the merger of the two cities of McRae and Helena. McRae–Helena is the county seat of Telfair County.

It is the largest city in Telfair County, with an estimated population of 8,380 in 2018. This includes the population held as inmates at McRae Correctional Institution.


McRae-Helena limit US319NB
McRae-Helena City Limits Sign

Major employers in McRae–Helena include:

  • Husqvarna
  • McRae Correctional Institution
  • City of McRae–Helena
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Plant
  • Golden Peanut Company
  • Telfair State Prison
  • Little Ocmulgee State Park
  • Cook Petro
  • Griffins Warehouse–McRae, LLC


Historical population
Census Pop.
2020 6,253
U.S. Decennial Census

In 2015 it was estimated there were 8,754 people, including the population held as inmates at McRae Correctional Institution, residing in the city. McRae-Helena as Telfair County's largest city is the cultural and economic center of the county. The city of McRae-Helena has a Trading Area of 25,000 people.

2020 census

McRae-Helena racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 1,894 30.29%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,513 40.19%
Native American 19 0.3%
Asian 21 0.34%
Pacific Islander 14 0.14%
Other/Mixed 77 1.23%
Hispanic or Latino 1,729 27.65%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 6,253 people, 1,989 households, and 1,456 families residing in the city.


Telfair County School District

The Telfair County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of one elementary school, a middle school, and a high school. The district has 112 full-time teachers and over 1,648 students.

  • Telfair County Elementary School
  • Telfair County Middle School
  • Telfair County High School

Higher education

  • Oconee Fall Line Technical College - McRae–Helena Campus
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