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Ware County
Ware County Courthouse, (Built 1957), Waycross
Ware County Courthouse, (Built 1957), Waycross
Map of Georgia highlighting Ware County
Location within the U.S. state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Georgia
Founded December 15, 1824; 199 years ago (1824-12-15)
Named for Nicholas Ware
Seat Waycross
Largest city Waycross
 • Total 908 sq mi (2,350 km2)
 • Land 892 sq mi (2,310 km2)
 • Water 16 sq mi (40 km2)  1.7%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density 41/sq mi (16/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 1st
Laura S Walker State Park
Laura S. Walker State Park

Ware County is a county located in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 36,312. The county seat is Waycross.

Ware County is part of the Waycross, Georgia Micropolitan Statistical Area.

By geographic area, Ware County is the largest county in Georgia.


Ware County, Georgia's 60th county, was created on December 15, 1824, by an act of the Georgia General Assembly from land that was originally part of Appling County.

The county is named for Nicholas Ware, the mayor of Augusta, Georgia from (1819–1821) and United States Senator who represented Georgia from 1821 until his death in 1824.

Several counties were later created from parts of the original Ware County borders:


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 908 square miles (2,350 km2), of which 892 square miles (2,310 km2) is land and 16 square miles (41 km2) (1.7%) is water. It is the largest county in Georgia by area. A large portion of the county lies within the Okefenokee Swamp and its federally protected areas.

More than half of Ware County, made up by the western half of the southern portion of the county, the land bridge to the northern portion of the county, and the southern and western portion of the northern section of the county, is located in the Upper Suwannee River sub-basin of the Suwannee River basin. The eastern half of the southern portion of Ware County is located in the St. Marys River sub-basin of the St. Marys-Satilla River basin. The rest of the county, from just southeast to north and west of Waycross, is located in the Satilla River sub-basin of the same St. Marys-Satilla River basin.

Major highways

  • US 1.svg U.S. Route 1
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    US 1.svg U.S. Route 1 Business
  • US 23.svg U.S. Route 23
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    US 23.svg U.S. Route 23 Business
  • US 82.svg U.S. Route 82
  • US 84.svg U.S. Route 84
  • Georgia 4.svg State Route 4
  • Georgia 4 Business.svg State Route 4 Business
  • Georgia 38.svg State Route 38
  • Georgia 122.svg State Route 122
  • Georgia 158.svg State Route 158
  • Georgia 177.svg State Route 177
  • Georgia 520.svg State Route 520

Adjacent counties

National protected area


Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 1,205
1840 2,323 92.8%
1850 3,888 67.4%
1860 2,200 −43.4%
1870 2,286 3.9%
1880 4,159 81.9%
1890 8,811 111.9%
1900 13,761 56.2%
1910 22,957 66.8%
1920 28,361 23.5%
1930 26,558 −6.4%
1940 27,929 5.2%
1950 30,289 8.4%
1960 34,219 13.0%
1970 33,525 −2.0%
1980 37,180 10.9%
1990 35,471 −4.6%
2000 35,483 0.0%
2010 36,312 2.3%
2018 (est.) 35,680 −1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 36,312 people, 13,654 households, and 9,209 families living in the county. The population density was 40.7 inhabitants per square mile (15.7/km2). There were 16,326 housing units at an average density of 18.3 per square mile (7.1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 66.4% white, 29.5% black or African American, 0.8% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 1.5% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.3% of the population.

Of the 13,654 households, 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.6% were married couples living together, 17.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.6% were non-families, and 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.03. The median age was 38.4 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,517 and the median income for a family was $47,609. Males had a median income of $36,149 versus $27,034 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,295. About 16.7% of families and 20.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.5% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.

2020 census

Ware County Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 22,275 61.45%
Black or African American 10,703 29.52%
Native American 77 0.21%
Asian 333 0.92%
Pacific Islander 18 0.05%
Other/Mixed 1,233 3.4%
Hispanic or Latino 1,612 4.45%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 36,251 people, 13,823 households, and 8,909 families residing in the county.



Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


High schools

  • Ware County High School, Waycross

Middle schools

  • Ware County Middle School, Waycross
  • Waycross Middle School, Waycross

Elementary schools

  • Wacona Elementary School, Waycross
  • Center Elementary School, Waycross
  • Williams Heights Elementary School, Waycross
  • Memorial Drive Elementary School, Waycross
  • Ruskin Elementary School, Waycross
  • Waresboro Elementary School, Waycross


  • DAFFODIL Preschool, Waycross

Private schools

Higher education

  • South Georgia State College, Waycross
  • Coastal Pines Technical College, Waycross

See also

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