Twiggs County

May 4, 2014 

Twiggs County

Twiggs County was created in 1809, taking its territory from Wilkinson County. Georgia’s 37th county was named for Gen. John Twiggs, a prominent leader in the Revolutionary War and the Indian wars.

The county has two municipalities, Jeffersonville and Danville. Jeffersonville, the larger, is also the county seat. It was established in 1828 as Rains’ Store, but its name was changed to honor the Jefferson family, leaders in the county’s early development.

Industrial development in the county centers on the mining and production of kaolin. There are 36 mines and 3,797 acres used for kaolin and sand.

The geographic center of the state is located in the county, near Marion.

TWIGGS COUNTY GOVERNMENT

Twiggs County Commission, 101 Magnolia St., Courthouse Annex, Jeffersonville, 478-945-3629

JEFFERSONVILLE CITY GOVERNMENT

City Hall, 200 Church St., Jeffersonville, 478-945-3191

Voter registration

Twiggs County Registrar’s Office, 105 Ash St., Jeffersonville, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 478-945-3639

Auto tags

Twiggs County Tax Commissioner’s Office, Millard Hendricks Building, 101 Magnolia St., Jeffersonville, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 478-945-3359

Emergency numbers

Police Department, 911 or 478-945-6972

Sheriff’s Office, 911 or 478-945-3357

Fire and Emergency Management, 478-945-6968

Ambulance Service, 911 or 478-945-6968

POPULATION

2012 estimate: 8,447

Change, 2000 to 2010: -14.8 percent

White: 56.7 percent

Black: 41.5 percent

Hispanic: 1.6 percent

EDUCATION

High school or better: 61.4 percent

Bachelor’s or better: 6.7 percent

Public high school graduates, 2011: 60

Graduation rate, 2011: 59.1 percent

Public school enrollment, October 2012: 912

Eligible for HOPE scholarship: 32.7 percent

Enrolled, white: 33 percent

Enrolled, black: 64.5 percent

ECONOMICS

Median household income, 2011: $34,528

People below poverty level: 27.4 percent

Unemployment rate, December 2013: 9.4

Civilian labor force, December 2013: 3,992

HEALTH

Births per 1,000 people, 2010: 11.6

Deaths per 1,000 people, 2010: 12.7

Births to unwed mothers, 2010: 48.6 percent

Teen pregnancies per 1,000 girls aged 10 to 19: 35.7

People per physician, 2010: 9,023

Uninsured, less than age 65: 22.6 percent

TANF recipients, Fiscal 2011: 0.7 percent

PHYSICAL

Land: 362.6 square miles

Land in farms: 19.6 percent

Road mileage, unpaved, 2010: 23.2 percent

Sources: Telegraph analysis, Georgia Statistics System, U.S. Census Bureau, Georgia Department of Labor, Georgia Department of Education

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