Macon County, Georgia

Macon County, Georgia
Macon County Courthouse in Oglethorpe, Georgia

Location in the state of Georgia

Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded December 14, 1837
Named for Nathaniel Macon
Seat Oglethorpe
Largest city Montezuma
 • Total 406 sq mi (1,052 km2)
 • Land 401 sq mi (1,039 km2)
 • Water 5.4 sq mi (14 km2), 1.3%
 • (2010) 14,740
 • Density 37/sq mi (14/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Macon County is a Oglethorpe.[2][3]

The Oglethorpe, Georgia.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Major highways 2.1
    • Adjacent counties 2.2
    • National protected area 2.3
  • Demographics 3
  • Education 4
  • Communities 5
  • In popular culture 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Macon County was created in 1837 from parts of Peach counties, in 1852 and 1924, respectively.

The first county seat was not chosen until 1838, when the county's state legislature) designated it on December 29 of that year and incorporated it as a town.

In the 1850s, the Oglethorpe was designated the following year in 1857.

During the Andersonville National Cemetery, established for the many Union dead, is at the southwestern tip of the county.[5]

The county has an active Mennonite community within the county. The area code for Macon County is currently 478.


According to the Flint River basin and the Ocmulgee River basin.

Major highways

  • State Route 26
  • State Route 49
  • State Route 90
  • State Route 127
  • State Route 128
  • State Route 128 Bypass
  • State Route 224
  • State Route 240
  • State Route 329

Adjacent counties

  • Peach County (northeast)
  • Houston County (east)
  • Dooly County (southeast)
  • Sumter County (south)
  • Schley County (southwest)
  • Taylor County (northwest)

National protected area


As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 14,074 people, 4,834 households, and 3,485 families residing in the county. The population density was 35 people per square mile (13/km²). There were 5,495 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 59.48% Black or African American, 37.37% White or Caucasian, 0.22% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.52% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 2.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,834 households out of which 34.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.70% were married couples living together, 24.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.90% were non-families. 25.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.60% under the age of 18, 9.70% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $24,224, and the median income for a family was $29,402. Males had a median income of $26,922 versus $18,611 for females. The per capita income for the county was $11,820. About 22.10% of families and 25.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.00% of those under age 18 and 22.60% of those age 65 or over.



  • Ideal
  • Marshallville
  • Montezuma
  • Oglethorpe

In popular culture

Macon County has been an important setting for season 4 of AMC's hit TV show, The Walking Dead.
Macon County was a shooting place for the new 2013 movie, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

See also

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Macon County, Georgia


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External links

  • Macon County government

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