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Cordele, Georgia

Cordele, Georgia
Cordele City Hall
Cordele City Hall
Motto: Gateway to South Georgia[1]

Location in Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Crisp
 • Total 10.2 sq mi (26.5 km2)
 • Land 10.2 sq mi (26.3 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 315 ft (96 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 11,147
 • Density 1,099/sq mi (424.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 31010, 31015
Area code(s) 229
FIPS code 13-19616[2]
GNIS feature ID 0312971[3]
Website .com.cityofcordelewww

Cordele is a city in

  • City of Cordele official website
  • Cordele Dispatch, local newspaper
  • Georgia Veterans State Park
  • O'Neal Historic District
  • Cordele, Georgia, at

External links

  1. ^ "City of Cordele Georgia Website". City of Cordele Georgia Website. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Cordele city, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  6. ^ City of Cordele official website
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Profile for Cordele, Georgia, GA". ePodunk. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  10. ^ "Cordele". Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  13. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  14. ^ "Buster Brown". all music. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Mac Hyman (1923-1963)". The New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Jody Powell". NNDB. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Joe Williams". all about jazz. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 


Notable people

The Cordele Inland Port is operated by a private company, Savannah. Class I railroads CSX and Norfolk Southern pass through Cordele. Shortline railroad, Heart of Georgia currently interchanges with CSX in downtown Cordele.

  • Interstate 75 / SR 401
  • State Route 7
  • State Route 30
  • State Route 33
  • State Route 90
  • State Route 257
  • State Route 300 (Georgia-Florida Parkway)

Major highways


  • A. S. Clark Elementary School
  • Blackshear Trail Elementary School
  • J. S. Pate Elementary School
  • Southwestern Elementary School
  • Crisp County Middle School
  • Crisp County High School

The Crisp County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of four elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school.[12] The district has 266 full-time teachers and over 4,337 students.[13]

Crisp County School District


In 1968 a Titan I missile was erected by the Rotary Club of Cordele at the intersection of I-75 and U.S. 280 East.[11]

Museums and other points of interest

Cordele hosts an annual Watermelon Festival each July.[10]

Annual cultural events

Arts and culture

The median income for a household in the city was $17,615, and the median income for a family was $21,677. Males had a median income of $23,253 versus $17,282 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,746. About 38.1% of families and 41.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 59.2% of those under age 18 and 26.7% of those age 65 or over.

In the city the population was spread out with 31.6% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 81.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.9 males.

There were 4,303 households out of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.1% were married couples living together, 30.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.0% were non-families. 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.22.

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 11,608 people, 4,303 households, and 2,839 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,222.5 people per square mile (471.8/km²). There were 4,782 housing units at an average density of 503.6 per square mile (194.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 31.90% White, 65.03% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.84% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.19% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.95% of the population.


According to the United States Census Bureau, Cordele has a total area of 10.2 square miles (26.5 km2), of which 10.2 square miles (26.3 km2) is land and 0.077 square miles (0.2 km2), or 0.82%, is water.[4]

Cordele is located north of the center of Crisp County at (31.964178, -83.777277).[9] Albany.


On April 2, 1936, a tornado struck Cordele, killing 23 persons.

By August 1930, Cordele housed the Crisp County Hydroelectric System, the first county-owned electric system. Located on the Flint River, the hydroelectric plant continues to operate, and the resulting Lake Blackshear has attracted residents to its waterfront properties.

Cordele was founded in 1888 by J.E.D. Shipp of Vienna. With Cordele's continued progress, many in the community felt the need for a seat of government to be closer than Vienna. Crisp County was formed in 1905 by taking a portion of southern Dooly County, and Cordele became its county seat.

In November 1864, the area that is now Cordele served as the temporary capital of Georgia. During the last days of the Joseph E. Brown used his rural farm house to escape the wrath of Sherman's March to the Sea. During that time the farm house which Brown called "Dooly County Place" served as the official capital for only a few days. It was replaced in 1890 by the Suwanee Hotel, located in what became downtown Cordele. The hotel was destroyed by a fire in late 1994 and was rebuilt.

Cordele was incorporated on January 1, 1888,[7] and named for Cordelia Hawkins, eldest daughter of Colonel Samuel Hawkins, the president of the Savannah, Americus and Montgomery Railway.[8]



  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Arts and culture 4
    • Annual cultural events 4.1
    • Museums and other points of interest 4.2
  • Education 5
    • Crisp County School District 5.1
  • Infrastructure 6
    • Major highways 6.1
  • Notable people 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Cordele calls itself the Watermelon Capital of the World.[6]

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