|official_name = Waycross, Georgia
|settlement_type = City
|image_map = Ware_County_Georgia_Incorporated_and_Unincorporated_areas_Waycross_Highlighted.svg
|mapsize = 250px
|map_caption = Location in Ware County
and the state of Georgia
|subdivision_type = Country
|subdivision_name = United States
|subdivision_type1 = State
|subdivision_name1 = Georgia
|subdivision_type2 = Counties
|subdivision_name2 = Pierce
|leader_title = Mayor
|leader_name = Clarence Billups
|area_magnitude = 1 E9
|unit_pref = Imperial
|area_total_km2 = 30.3
|area_land_km2 = 30.3
|area_water_km2 = 0.1
|area_total_sq_mi = 11.7
|area_land_sq_mi = 11.7
|area_water_sq_mi = 0.0
|population_as_of = 2000
|population_total = 15,333
|population_density_km2 = 506.4
|population_density_sq_mi = 1311.8
|timezone = EST
|utc_offset = -5
|timezone_DST = EDT
|utc_offset_DST = -4
|latd = 31 |latm = 12 |lats = 50 |latNS = N
|longd = 82 |longm = 21 |longs = 18 |longEW = W
As of the census
of 2000, there were 15,333 people, 6,094 households, and 3,741 families residing in the city. The population density
was 1,311.8 people per square mile (506.4/km²). There were 7,534 housing units at an average density of 644.5/sq mi (248.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 44.31% White
, 53.51% African American
, 0.12% Native American
, 0.62% Asian
, 0.02% Pacific Islander
, 0.68% from other races
, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 1.37% of the population.
There were 6,094 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.3% were married couples living together, 21.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.6% were non-families. 34.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 19.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 83.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $23,399, and the median income for a family was $28,712. Males had a median income of $24,865 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,468. About 24.8% of families and 30.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 45.9% of those under age 18 and 17.0% of those age 65 or over.
Famous natives and residents
- Bill Darden - Founder of The Green Frog, Red Lobster and Darden Restaurants which owns Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, Smokey Bones, LongHorn Steakhouse and The Capital Grille.
- Gram Parsons - Musician of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers
- Ossie Davis - Actor, Writer, Director, Producer
- Pernell Roberts - actor
- Stanley Booth - author, journalist, music critic
- Sonora Webster Carver - First woman horse diver
- Burt Reynolds - actor, director, writer, producer, casting director, singer
- Nikki DeLoach - Former member of the new MMC and the girl group innosense and actress on the television series' North Shore and Windfall
- Will Denton - Drummer for dc talk and Steven Curtis Chapman; currently on tour with LeAnn Rimes
- Tim McCray - Professional football player from 1985-1990 in the CFL
- Caroline Miller - Pulitzer Prize winning author
- Rory Segrest - Special Teams Coordinator for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles
- Jay Gogue - Auburn University President
- Billy Carter- brother of President Jimmy Carter founder of Billy Beer
- Arthur Albertson - silent film actor
- Covington Barrett - silent film actor
- Candance Gosch - actress
- Lindy Newton - actress
- After his banishment from Major League Baseball following the 1919 Black Sox Scandal, Shoeless Joe Jackson played numerous minor league baseball games in the city of Waycross.
- Waycross is the hometown of the character Stroker Ace in the Burt Reynolds movie Stroker Ace
- Barbecue Bob recorded a song about the city in 1928 called "Waycross Georgia Blues"
- Mickey Newbury's 1969 epic song "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the story of a Waycross farm boy's tragic life.
- The Madea character created by Tyler Perry once lived in Waycross.