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Bleckley County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Bleckley County
Location in the state of Georgia (U.S. state)
Map of the U.S. highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded 1912
Named for Logan Edwin Bleckley
Seat Cochran
Largest city Cochran
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

219 sq mi (567 km²)
216 sq mi (559 km²)
3.3 sq mi (9 km²), 1.5%
 - (2010)
 - Density

61/sq mi (24/km²)
Congressional district 8th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Bleckley County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,063.[1] The county seat is Cochran.[2]


The county was named for Logan Edwin Bleckley, a soldier and Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia. The state constitutional amendment to create the county was proposed by the Georgia General Assembly on July 30, 1912, and ratified November 5, 1912. Bleckley County was formerly home to Middle Georgia College, the oldest two-year public college in the nation. In 2013 it merged with Macon State College to become Middle Georgia State College.[3]

After making similar news in Mississippi, Bleckley County High School made news on March 2010 for allowing a same-sex couple to attend its senior prom, after another same-sex couple in Mississippi were denied attendance at another senior prom.[4]


Bleckley County is one of 8 remaining counties in Georgia that operates under a Sole Commissioner form of government, with a single county commissioner acting as the county executive and legislative branches. The current County Commissioner is Robert Brockman. The Sheriff of Bleckley County is Harold Lancaster, the Clerk of Superior Court is Dianne C. Brown, the Tax Commissioner is J. David Brown, and the Probate Judge is Hon. Kenneth Powell.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 219 square miles (570 km2), of which 216 square miles (560 km2) is land and 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2) (1.5%) is water.[5]

Major highways[]

  • I-16.svg Interstate 16
  • US 23.svg U.S. Route 23
  • U.S. Route 23 Business
  • U.S. Route 129 Alternate
  • Georgia 26.svg State Route 26
  • Georgia 87.svg State Route 87
  • Georgia 87 Business.svg State Route 87 Business
  • Georgia 112.svg State Route 112
  • Georgia 126.svg State Route 126
  • Georgia 257.svg State Route 257
  • Georgia 278.svg State Route 278
  • Georgia 404.svg State Route 404 (unsigned designation of I-16)

Adjacent counties[]


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1920 10,532
1930 9,133 −13.3%
1940 9,655 5.7%
1950 9,218 −4.5%
1960 9,642 4.6%
1970 10,291 6.7%
1980 10,767 4.6%
1990 10,430 −3.1%
2000 11,666 11.9%
2010 13,063 12.0%
Est. 2013 12,771 9.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 11,666 people, 4,372 households, and 3,121 families residing in the county. The population density was 54 people per square mile (21/km²). There were 4,866 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 73.24% White, 24.59% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.93% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.48% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. 0.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,372 households out of which 32.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.80% were married couples living together, 15.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.60% were non-families. 25.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.60% under the age of 18, 11.30% from 18 to 24, 26.50% from 25 to 44, 22.10% from 45 to 64, and 13.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 93.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,448, and the median income for a family was $41,095. Males had a median income of $30,917 versus $22,912 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,934. About 11.70% of families and 15.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.10% of those under age 18 and 17.80% of those age 65 or over.



  • Allentown
  • Cary
  • Cochran
  • Empire

See also[]


Coordinates: 32°26′N 83°20′W / 32.44, -83.33

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