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Metter, Georgia
Courthouse of Candler County, Georgia.jpg
Location in Candler County and the state of Georgia
Location in Candler County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Candler
 • Total 7.68 sq mi (19.90 km2)
 • Land 7.50 sq mi (19.42 km2)
 • Water 0.19 sq mi (0.48 km2)
220 ft (67 m)
 • Total 4,004
 • Density 534.01/sq mi (206.18/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 912
FIPS code 13-51072
GNIS feature ID 0318060

Metter is a city in Candler County, Georgia, United States. The population was 4,130 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Candler County.


Metter was founded in 1889. In 1914, Metter was designated seat of the newly formed Candler County. Metter was incorporated as a town in 1903 and as a city in 1920.


Downtown view of Metter. A tree-shaded park is to the left.
2007 GuidoGardensLightDisplay 1
Part of the Christmas display at Guido Gardens
2007 GuidoGardensLightDisplay 2
Part of the Christmas display at Guido Gardens looking towards the parking lot from inside the grounds
A metalwork fountain of herons located in the tree-shaded park downtown
A view across the central, downtown parking area

Metter is located near the center of Candler County at 32°23′47″N 82°03′45″W / 32.396253°N 82.062414°W / 32.396253; -82.062414, in eastern Georgia. Interstate 16 touches the southern edge of the city, leading east 63 miles (101 km) to Savannah, and west 102 miles (164 km) to Macon. A short, tree-lined parkway leads from I-16 to the downtown area.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Metter has a total area of 7.9 square miles (20.4 km2), of which 7.7 square miles (19.9 km2) is land and 0.19 square miles (0.5 km2), or 2.53%, is water.

Longtime residents use the slogan "Everything's Better in Metter".

Metter may be best known as the home of "The Sower", Michael Guido, who has delivered short evangelical PSAs on late-night television nationwide for decades. Dr. Guido's messages were filmed at Guido Gardens, which houses a public botanical garden and a school of ministry. Guido died at the age of 94 on February 22, 2009. His messages were aired on TV stations in the Georgia and South Carolina region.

A prominent event in Metter is Another Bloomin' Festival, an arts and crafts festival held the day before Easter. The festival draws thousands of out-of-town residents, who come to enjoy homemade desserts, barbecue, and crafts. In addition, it serves as a homecoming celebration for former residents who have returned to celebrate the holiday with their families.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 213
1910 408 91.5%
1920 908 122.5%
1930 1,424 56.8%
1940 1,823 28.0%
1950 2,091 14.7%
1960 2,362 13.0%
1970 2,912 23.3%
1980 3,531 21.3%
1990 3,707 5.0%
2000 3,879 4.6%
2010 4,130 6.5%
2020 4,004 −3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Metter racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 1,865 46.58%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,553 38.79%
Native American 6 0.15%
Asian 47 1.17%
Pacific Islander 2 0.05%
Other/Mixed 113 2.82%
Hispanic or Latino 418 10.44%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 4,004 people, 1,455 households, and 1,018 families residing in the city.


Candler County School District

The Candler County School District holds pre-kindergarten to grade twelve, and consists of an elementary school, a middle school and a high school. The district has 117 full-time teachers and over 1,930 students.

Elementary schools

  • Metter Elementary School

Middle school

  • Metter Middle School

High school

  • Metter High School

Notable residents

  • LaVon Mercer (born 1959), American-Israeli basketball player

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