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Waynesboro, Georgia
Downtown Waynesboro, within the historic district
Downtown Waynesboro, within the historic district
Nickname(s): "The Bird Dog Capital of the World"
Location in Burke County and the state of Georgia
Location in Burke County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Burke
 • Total 5.47 sq mi (14.16 km2)
 • Land 5.42 sq mi (14.03 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
Elevation 295 ft (90 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,766
 • Density 1,064/sq mi (411.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 30830
Area code(s) 706
FIPS code 13-80984
GNIS feature ID 0347180

Waynesboro is a city in Burke County, Georgia, United States. The population was 5,766 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Burke County. It is part of the Augusta, Georgia metropolitan area.

Waynesboro is known as "The Bird Dog Capital of the World". The Waynesboro Commercial Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Waynesboro is located in Burke County, one of the eight original counties of Georgia. The city was named after General Anthony Wayne, whose daring efforts during the Revolutionary War earned him the nickname "Mad Anthony Wayne".

Although the residents lived in the area before the Revolutionary War, the town was not laid out until 1783. The city was officially incorporated in 1883 as Waynesborough. The name was changed to Waynesboro sometime after.

President George Washington spent the night of May 17, 1791, in Waynesboro. There is a stone monument marking the historical location in front of the Golden Pantry (formerly Kwik Stop) on Liberty Street. Some claim that Washington owned land in Waynesboro. He had planned to develop it as a sugar plantation prior to his involvement with the American revolutionaries. He later sold it upon purchase of his Mount Vernon property in northern Virginia.

On December 4, 1864, the Civil War Battle of Waynesboro was fought just south of the town. Forces under Union General Judson Kilpatrick prevented troops led by Confederate General Joseph Wheeler from interfering with Union General William T. Sherman's campaign to destroy a wide swath of the South on his march to Savannah, Georgia, and the Atlantic Ocean.


Waynesboro is located in the center of Burke County at 33°5′26″N 82°0′55″W / 33.09056°N 82.01528°W / 33.09056; -82.01528 (33.090482, -82.015404). U.S. Route 25 bypasses the city on the east side, while State Route 121 passes through the center as Liberty Street. To the north it is 28 miles (45 km) to downtown Augusta, and to the south it is 49 miles (79 km) to Statesboro.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Waynesboro has a total area of 5.5 square miles (14.2 km2), of which 5.4 square miles (14.0 km2) is land and 0.039 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.96%, is water. The city's elevation is 295 feet (90 m) above sea level. Pine, oak, dogwood, and other trees found in the South are in Waynesboro.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 196
1880 1,008
1890 1,711 69.7%
1900 2,030 18.6%
1910 2,729 34.4%
1920 3,311 21.3%
1930 3,922 18.5%
1940 3,793 −3.3%
1950 4,461 17.6%
1960 5,359 20.1%
1970 5,530 3.2%
1980 5,760 4.2%
1990 5,701 −1.0%
2000 5,813 2.0%
2010 5,766 −0.8%
Est. 2015 5,704 −1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 5,766 people residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 70.4% Black, 25.9% White, <0.1% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from some other race and 1.0% from two or more races. 2.0% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,813 people, 2,151 households, and 1,473 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,064.1 people per square mile (411.1/km²). There were 2,395 housing units at an average density of 438.4 per square mile (169.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 62.55% African American, 35.89% White, 0.10% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.41% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.20% of the population.

There were 2,151 households out of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.1% were married couples living together, 32.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the city, the population was spread out with 33.3% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 17.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 78.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 69.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $20,346, and the median income for a family was $24,012. Males had a median income of $30,750 versus $19,462 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,151. About 35.3% of families and 42.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 60.6% of those under age 18 and 28.9% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

The Burke County Museum traces the area's history, from plantation life to the establishment of agribusiness.

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