Macon County Georgia

Board of Commissioners' Office
121 South Sumter Street
Oglethorpe, Georgia 31068

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About Macon County

Macon County, Georgia's 91st county, was created in 1837 from parts of Houston and Marion Counties. Like the nearby-but-unrelated city of Macon, Macon County was named in honor of Congressman General Nathaniel Macon of North Carolina.

Macon County is relatively rural, with a population of 14,263, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The county is home to the Andersonville National Cemetery and Park, the Montezuma Bluff Wildlife Management Area and Whitewater Creek State Park. The Georgia Department of Labor estimates our labor force to be 5,650 people.

Diverse agriculture and agriculture-related businesses are the backbone of the Macon County economy.

Forest products play an important role in the local economy. Weyerhaeuser has a large pulp processing plant near Oglethorpe with more than 500 employees and hundreds more employed by support industries such as trucking.

Southern Wood Suppliers has a large chip mill in Macon County that produces hard wood chips used in the manufacture of paper.

Major Employers

The most recent data available shows that the three largest employers in Macon County are:


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 406 square miles, of which, 403 square miles  is land and three square miles (0.66 percent) is water.

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As of the census of 2010, there were 14,740 people, 4,716 households, and 3,485 families residing in the county. There were 6,179 housing units. The racial makeup of the county was 37.1 percent White, 60 percent Black or African American, .04 percent Native American, 1.5 percent Asian, 0.1 percent Pacific Islander, 0.9 percent from two or more races. Four percent of the population was Hispanic or Latino.

The median income for a household in the county was $24,224, and the median income for a family was $30.906.

Click here for a complete look at the latest Census Quick Facts for Macon County.