Oglethorpe, Georgia

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Oglethorpe is a city in Macon County, Georgia, United States. The population was 1,200 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Macon County.[3] It was named for Georgia's founder, James Oglethorpe. Oglethorpe was once one of the largest cities in Georgia, and by the 1850s, was tagged as "The Metropolis of Southwest Georgia". By the late 1850s, the city had a population of around 20,000. A Malaria and Smallpox epidemic wiped out most of the city's population in the early 1860s and the remaining residents in Oglethorpe fled south to Americus.



Oglethorpe is located at 32°17′36″N 84°3′45″W / 32.29333°N 84.0625°W / 32.29333; -84.0625 (32.293328, -84.062616)[4]. (0.04 sq mi) of it (1.46%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,200 people, 481 households, and 320 families residing in the city. The population density was 590.3 people per square mile (228.2/km²). There were 566 housing units at an average density of 278.4/sq mi (107.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 27.67% White, 70.25% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.75% Asian, 0.75% from other races, and 0.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.83% of the population.

There were 481 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.0% were married couples living together, 29.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.2 males.

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