Waycross is the county seat of, and only incorporated city in, Ware County. in the U.S. state of Georgia. The population was 14,725 at the 2010 Census. A small portion of the city extends into Pierce County. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of this small section was estimated at just 9 in 2008.
Waycross is the principal city of the Waycross micropolitan area, which covers Pierce and Ware counties and had a combined population of 51,119 at the 2000 Census.
Waycross includes two historic districts (Downtown Waycross Historic District and Waycross Historic District) and several properties on the National Register of Historic Places, including the U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, Lott Cemetery, First African Baptist Church and Parsonage, and Obediah Barber Homestead.
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Location in Ware County and the state of Georgia
Waycross is located at Okefenokee Swamp. (31.213860, -82.354911) and is the closest city to the
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.7 square miles (30 km2), of which, 11.7 square miles (30 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.17%) is water.
In May 2010, the city purchased the Bandalong Litter Trap and installed it in Tebeau Creek, a tributary of the Satilla River. The trap was invented in Australia, but is manufactured in the United States. Although the city has maintained a good standing with the state's Environmental Protection Division, the city wanted to take action to reduce the amount of human generated trash entering the Satilla River and ultimately the Atlantic Ocean. Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue said, “Water is one of Georgia’s most important and precious resources... the litter trap installed by Waycross is a model of stewardship for the state and the nation.” The Satilla River litter trap is the first in Georgia and only the second in the nation
With over 1,000 employees and 100 physicians, Satilla Regional Medical Center is a leading center in health care in the area. The three-story facility has a trauma unit, cancer care unit, outpatient surgery and imaging services. In 2012, Satilla Regional Medical Center joined the Mayo Clinic Health System and became the Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross
The Ware County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of a pre-school, six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. The district has 431 full-time teachers and over 6,370 students.