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Statesboro, Georgia

Statesboro, Georgia
Bulloch County Courthouse in downtown Statesboro
Bulloch County Courthouse in downtown Statesboro
Official seal of Statesboro
Nickname(s): The Boro

Location in Georgia
Statesboro is located in USA
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Georgia
County Bulloch
 • Mayor Jan Moore
 • City 13.9 sq mi (35.9 km2)
 • Land 13.5 sq mi (35.0 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
Elevation 253 ft (77 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • City 28,422
 • Estimate (2014)[2] 30,367
 • Density 2,105/sq mi (812.9/km2)
 • Metro 71,214 (US: 95th)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 30458-30461
Area code(s) 912
FIPS code 13-73256[3]
GNIS feature ID 0323541[4]
Website City of Statesboro

Statesboro is the largest city and the Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral-Research University.

The city was chartered in 1803, starting as a small trading community providing the basic essentials for surrounding Statesboro Blues", written by Blind Willie McTell in the 1920s, and covered in a well-known version by The Allman Brothers Band.[9]


  • History 1
  • Economy 2
  • Geography 3
  • Climate 4
  • Demographics 5
  • Education 6
    • Bulloch County School District 6.1
    • Higher education 6.2
  • Culture 7
  • Media 8
  • Transportation 9
  • Notable people 10
  • Points of interest 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13


Statesboro City Hall, located downtown in the renovated Jaeckel Hotel building

In 1801, George Sibbald of Augusta donated a 9,301-acre (37.64 km2) tract for a centrally located county seat for the growing agricultural community of Bulloch County. It was developed for large cotton plantations, worked by slave labor. In December 1803, the Georgia legislature created the town of Statesborough. In 1866 the state legislature granted a permanent charter and changed the spelling of the name to its present form of Statesboro.

During the Civil War and General William T. Sherman's famous march to the sea, a Union officer asked a saloon proprietor for directions to Statesboro. The proprietor replied, "You are standing in the middle of town." The soldiers destroyed only the courthouse—a crude log structure that doubled as a barn when court was not in session. After the Civil War, the city began to grow and Statesboro emerged as a major town in southeastern Georgia.

Around the turn of the century, new stores and banks sprang up along the town's four major streets, each named Main. In 1908 Statesboro led the world in sales of long-staple Florida.

The 1906 First District Agricultural & Mechanical School at Statesboro changed to the 1924 Georgia Normal School, then became the South Georgia Teachers College in 1929, Georgia Teachers College in 1939, and Cold War, the Statesboro Bomb Plot of the 12th RBS Squadron was a Strategic Air Command radar station for Radar Bomb Scoring.[10][11]


A Vendor at the Main Street Statesboro Farmers Market

The economy of Statesboro consists of a diverse blend of education, manufacturing, and agribusiness sectors. Statesboro serves as a regional economic hub and has over a billion dollars in annual retail sales.[12]

Georgia Southern University is the largest employer in the City with 6,700 regional jobs tied directly and indirectly to the campus.

Agriculture is responsible for $100 million in annual farm gate revenues.[13]

Statesboro is home to multiple manufacturing facilities. Statesboro Briggs & Stratton Plant is the third largest employer in the region with 950 employees.[14]

Great Dane Trailers recently constructed a new plant in the Gateway Industrial Park.

GAF the largest privately owned roofing manufacturer in North America also recently located to Statesboro.[13]


Statesboro is located at (32.445147, -81.779234).[15] According to the sweetgum, and a variety of other trees can be found in the area.


Statesboro has a humid subtropical climate according to the Köppen classification. The city experiences very hot and humid summers with average July highs of about 91 degrees and lows around 70. Afternoon thunderstorms associated with the summer heat and humidity can spawn from time to time. Winters are mild with average January highs of 58 degrees and lows of 36 degrees.[16] Winter storms are rare, but they can happen on occasion, the most recent being an ice storm that hit in January 2014. About 2 inches of snow fell on the city during the evening of February 12, 2010.[17]


As of the census of 2010, there were 28,422 people, 8,560 households, and 3,304 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,812.9 people per square mile (700.0/km²). There were 9,235 housing units at an average density of 737.6 per square mile (284.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 53% White, 39.4% African American, 0.1% Native American, 2.8% Asian,1.6% from other races, and 3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.[20]

There were 8,560 households out of which 17.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 21.9% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 61.4% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city the population was spread out with 14.3% under the age of 18, 48.7% from 18 to 24, 16.6% from 25 to 44, 11.3% from 45 to 64, and 9.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. For every 100 females there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $19,016, and the median income for a family was $35,391. Males had a median income of $29,132 versus $20,718 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,585. About 20.5% of families and 42.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.9% of those under age 18 and 21.4% of those age 65 or over.


Bulloch County School District

The Bulloch County Board of Education runs the public school district in Statesboro. The largest school in the city is Statesboro High School. Other public schools include Southeast Bulloch High School, William James Middle School, Langston Chapel Middle School, Southeast Bulloch Middle School, Julia P. Bryant Elementary School, Sallie Zetterower Elementary School, Mattie Lively Elementary School, Langston Chapel Elementary School, and Mill Creek Elementary School. Private schools include Bulloch Academy, Trinity Christian School, and Bible Baptist Christian School. The Charter Conservatory for Liberal Arts and Technology, part of the CCAT public school district, is a charter school located within the city limits.

Higher education

Georgia Southern University is the largest research University in South Georgia
Georgia Southern University is the largest university in south Georgia.

, compete in the Sun Belt Conference.

Two community colleges are located in Statesboro. U.S. Highway 301 South, outside of the city limits and approximately 3 miles (5 km) from the campus of Georgia Southern.


The Emma Kelly Theater
The Averitt Center for the Arts, downtown Statesboro
The Statesboro Regional Library, part of the PINES library network of the state

The culture of Statesboro reflects a blend of both its southern heritage and college town identity.[21]

The city has developed a unique culture, common in many college towns, that coexists with the university students in creating an art scene, music scene and intellectual environment. Statesboro is home to numerous restaurants, bars, live music venues, bookstores and coffee shops that cater to its creative college town climate.[22]

Statesboro's downtown was named one of eight "Renaissance Cities" by Georgia Trend magazine.[23] The downtown area is currently undergoing a revitalization. The Old Bank of Statesboro and Georgia Theater have been adapted with renovation for the David H. Averitt Center for the Arts.[24] It houses the Emma Kelly Theater, named after the local singer, known as the "Lady of 6,000 Songs".[9] The center also contains art studios, conference rooms and an exhibition area. Downtown Statesboro has been featured in several motion pictures including Botanical Gardens at Bland Cottage.[26] Touring groups appear at the Performing Arts Center, and also featured are shows put on by Georgia Southern students and faculty.

Mill Creek Regional Park is a large outdoor recreational facility with athletic fields and a water park, Splash in the Boro.[27]


Statesboro is served by a variety of media outlets in print, radio, television, and the Internet. Statesboro Magazine is the community's premier quality of life publication. The local newspaper is the Georgia Southern University students, Connect Statesboro, a weekly entertainment publication, and the E11eventh Hour, a twice-a-month entertainment publication. Radio stations include WHKN, WMCD, WPMX, WPTB, WWNS, and WVGS. Statesboro Business Magazine offers Statesboro and area business news, articles, features, jobs, real estate listings and other area business information and reviews. has received numerous state[28] and national awards[29] from the newspaper industry for online innovation.


Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is located 41 miles to the East

U.S. Highway 80, which is the main east-west route through the city. The Veterans Memorial Parkway (Highway 301 Bypass and Highway 25 Bypass) forms a near circle around the city.

Approximately 3 miles (5 km) outside of Statesboro is the Statesboro-Bulloch County Airport, which can accommodate private aircraft but does not have a control tower or commercial flights. Most travelers use the nearby Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, which is located 45 miles (72 km) to the east and is served by nine commercial airlines. Statesboro is about three hours by highway from the major Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Rail service for freight is provided by Georgia Southern Railway.

Notable people

Points of interest

Eagle Creek Brewing Company


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  8. ^ "Bulloch County QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau". Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  9. ^ a b Statesboro, Georgia Convention and Visitors Bureau
  10. ^ War Stories & More
  11. ^ Frenchy But Chic!: GIANT ZERO - Vincent Johnson's at Statesboro Bomb Plot
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  15. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  16. ^ Average Weather for Statesboro, GA - Temperature and Precipitation
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  18. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
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  21. ^ "Georgia Southern - Graduate Admissions". Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  22. ^ "Visit Statesboro". Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
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  24. ^ "New arts center opens today in Statesboro | | Savannah Morning News". 2004-09-08. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
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External links

  • City of Statesboro official website
  • Statesboro at
  • Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Statesboro 360, events and entertainment listings
  • Averitt Center for the Arts
  • Center for Wildlife Education and Lamar Q. Ball Raptor Center
  • Georgia Southern University
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