|Motto: "Come linger' longer"|
Location in Jeff Davis County and the state of Georgia
Hazlehurst was founded about 1880 as a depot on the Macon and Brunswick Railroad. The community was named for railroad surveyor Col. George Hazlehurst
At the census of 2000, there were 3,787 people, 1,513 households, and 1,039 families residing in the city. There were 1,810 housing units. The racial makeup of the city was 68.55% White, 27.67% African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 1.66% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.43% of the population.
There were 1,513 households out of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them; 44.7% weremarried couples living together; 19.8% had a female householder with no husband present; and 31.3% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% 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 2.95.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 85.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $24,306, and the median income for a family was $27,890. Males had a median income of $27,436 versus $18,304 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,996. About 21.1% of families and 26.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.0% under age 18 and 25.7% age 65 or over.
The Jeff Davis County School District consists of two elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. The district has 149 full-time teachers and over 2,624 students.