Waycross

Waycross

[wey-kraws, -kros]
Waycross, city (1990 pop. 16,410), seat of Ware co., SE Ga.; settled 1818, inc. 1874. Waycross is a rail and highway center in a pine lumber, livestock, tobacco, and pecan area. It has a tobacco auction market, beef processing, and a variety of manufactures, including utility poles and pilings, apparel, fiberglass boats, plywood, paper boxes, and burial vaults. Waycross State Forest, Okefenokee Swamp Park, and a national wildlife refuge are all located nearby.
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Demographics

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 or Latino 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

Trivia

  • 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.

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