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Cordele, Georgia

  •   State: 
    Crisp County
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    31°57′51″N 83°46′38″W
      Area total: 
    10.51 sq mi (27.21 km²)
      Area land: 
    10.42 sq mi (26.99 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.08 sq mi (0.22 km²)
    315 ft (96 m)
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      Dman name cbsa: 
    Cordele, GA
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
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    Cordele, Crisp County, Georgia, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    980.62 residents per square mile of area (378.61/km²)
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Cordele was incorporated on January 1, 1888, and named for Cordelia Hawkins, eldest daughter of Colonel Samuel Hawkins, the president of the Savannah, Americus and Montgomery Railway. The area that is now Cordele served as the temporary capital of Georgia in 1864. Crisp County was formed in 1905 by taking a portion of southern Dooly County, and Cordele became its county seat. By August 1930, Cordele housed the CrisP County Hydroelectric System, the first county-owned electric system. Located on the Flint River, the hydroelectric plant continues to operate, and the resulting Lake Blackshear has attracted residents to its waterfront properties. Cordele has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa), with mild winters and hot, humid summers. U.S. Route 41 passes through the city as Seventh Street and leads north 9 miles (14 km) to Vienna and south 20 miles (32 km)to Ashburn. State Route 300 leads from the south side of the city 37 miles (60 km) southwest to Albany. The city is located at 31°5751N 83°4638W (31.964178, -83.777277) and has a total area of 10.2 square miles (26.5 km²) The city has a population of 11,147, with 3,874 households, and 2,453 families residing in the city. The population was 11,608 in 2000, and 10,220 in 2020.


Cordele was incorporated on January 1, 1888, and named for Cordelia Hawkins, eldest daughter of Colonel Samuel Hawkins. Before 1905 Cordele was located in southern Dooly County, 9 miles (14 km) from the county seat in Vienna. Crisp County was formed in 1905, and Cordele became its county seat. The town was located at the junction of two major railroads the Savannah, Americus & Montgomery line, and the Georgia Southern & Florida. On April 2, 1936, a tornado struck Cordele, killing 23 people. Located on the Flint River, the hydroelectric plant continues to operate. The resulting Lake Blackshear has attracted residents to its waterfront properties. The hotel was destroyed by a fire in late 1994 and was rebuilt in late 2006. It was replaced in 1890 by the Suwanee Hotel, located in what became downtown Cordele. In August 1930, Cordele housed the first county-owned electric system, the first County Hydroelectric System, which still operates to this day. It is located on the Flint River, near the town of Americus, Georgia. It has a population of about 2,000 people, making it one of the smallest cities in Georgia. Cordele is located in the eastern part of the state, about 30 miles (50 km) south of Atlanta. The city's population is about 3,000. The county seat is Vienna, Georgia, which is about 20 miles (30 km) north of Cordele and is the county's largest city.


Cordele is located north of the center of Crisp County at 31°5751N 83°4638W (31.964178, -83.777277). U.S. Route 41 passes through the city as Seventh Street and leads north 9 miles (14 km) to Vienna and south 20 miles (32km) to Ashburn. State Route 300 leads from the south side of the city 37 miles (60 km) southwest to Albany. Cordele has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa), with mild winters and hot, humid summers. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.2 square miles (26.5 km²), of which 10.3 square miles is land and 0.077 sq miles (0.2 km²) is water. The city is located on the Georgia-Florida state line and has a population of 1,788. The town is located in Crisp county, which is in the eastern part of the state. The county seat is Macon, and the state line is at the Florida state line. It is located at 31.5751 N 83.4638 W (31,964 178, 83,777277), and has an elevation of 31.965 N 83,4638. It has a climate of Cfa (Humid Subtropical Climate) with mild summers and mild winters, and is located near the Georgia/Florida border.


As of the 2020 U.S. census, there were 10,220 people, 3,874 households, and 2,453 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 31.90% White, 65.03% African American, 0.06% Native American,0.84% Asian, 1.19% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. The city's median income was $17,615, and the median income for a family was $21,677. About 38.1% of families and 41.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 59.2% of those under age 18 and 26.7% of people age 65 or over. The median age of a city resident is 31.6 years old. For every 100 females, there are 81.7 males. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.22. The per capita income for the city is $12,746. The city has a population of 11,608 people, with 4,303 households and 4,782 housing units as of the census of 2000. The population density was 1,222.5 inhabitants per square mile (472.0/km²) The city is located on the Mississippi River, which runs through the center of the town. It is the only city in the state to be on the National Highway System, which connects to the Mississippi, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

Cordele City Commissioners

Five citizens of Cordele are elected to serve as the City Commissioners. The current Cordele City Commissioners are:Jeanie Bartee,esley Rainey,Royce Reeves,Vesta Beal Shephard, andChairman John Wiggins. The City Commissioners serve a four-year term. They are elected by the citizens of the city. They can only serve one term at a time. They cannot be re-elected. They must serve the full term of their term. This term runs until the end of the next election year. The next election will be held in January 2015. It will be the first City Commissioners' election in the city's history. It is the first time the city has had five City Commissioners in one term. The city has never had more than four City Commissioners at one time. It has never been so many in one city at the same time. This is a first for Cordele. It's also the first city in the state of Alabama to have so many City Commissioners on the same team at once. This has never happened before. The previous City Commissioners were elected by a majority of the residents of the town. They were elected for three-year terms. This time, they will serve four years. The first City Commissioner was elected for a fourth term. It was the second City Commissioner's first term, and the third will be elected for the fourth. The fourth City Commissioner is the current City Commissioner, Wesley Rainey. The fifth City Commissioners is Royce Reeves. He was elected in 2010.

Representation in the Georgia State Legislature

In the Georgia State Senate, the City of Cordele is represented by Sen. Carden Summers. In the Georgia House of Representatives, the city is represented in the House by Rep. Noel Williams Jr. The city is located on the Georgia Turnpike, which runs through downtown Cordele. The City is served by the Cordele City Council, which is made up of seven members. The council is made of African-American, white, and Hispanic residents. The mayor is African- American, and the city council is white, Hispanic, and Asian-American. The state of Georgia has a unicameral legislature, with the House and the Senate both making up the Senate. The House has a speaker, who is elected by a majority of the House members, and a vice-speaker, who serves a two-year term. The Senate has a senator and a representative, both of whom are African-Americans, who represent the city. The governor is a Democrat, who represents the state in the Senate and the House of Representative. The State of Georgia is represented on the Turnpikes by the State House of Reps, which makes the city a member of both houses of the Georgia state legislature. It is also represented by a mayor, who was elected in 2008, and two state senators, who were elected in 2010 and 2012. The town's mayor is a Republican, who served in the 1990s and 2012, and who was re-elected in 2012 and 2014.

Representation in the United States House of Representatives

In the U.S. House of Representatives, the City of Cordele is represented by Rep. Sanford Bishop. Bishop is a Republican who was first elected to the House in 1998. He was re-elected in 2010 and is currently in his third term. The City is located in the eastern part of the state. The city has a population of about 2,000 people. It is located near the intersection of Interstate 80 and I-85 in Cordele, which is about 40 miles north of the city's main business district. The town is located on the eastern edge of the San Francisco Bay Area, near the junction of I-80 and the San Francisco River. It also has a small portion of the town of San Francisco, about 20 miles north. The community is also known as "Cordele" because of its proximity to the San Franciso River, which runs through the city. It was named after the town's namesake, Sanford Bishop, who was elected to Congress in 1998 and served in the House of Representatives until his second term in 2010. The City is also known for its large amounts of undeveloped land, which was first used as a farming area in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It has also been known as the "City of the Stars" because it was once the site of a major rail line. The Cordele area was once known as one of the first cities in the United States to develop.

Georgia Veterans State Park

Georgia Veterans State Park is located on the eastern edge of Lake Blackshear. The park provides many outdoor activities for ex members of the US armed services. There are also interesting displays of preserved military aircraft and helicopters and army tanks and other fighting vehicles. These displays are open to public viewing during daylight hours and are free to the public to see. The state park is located just west of Cordele, Georgia. It is open to the general public during the day and is free to visit during the evenings and weekends.

Arts and culture

Cordele is home to Crisp Motorsports Park, a 3/8-mile asphalt oval. The town hosts an annual Watermelon Festival each June. Cordele was featured in the eighteenth episode of the Small Town News Podcast. In 1968 a Titan I missile was erected by the Rotary Club of Cordele at the intersection of I-75 and U.S. 280 East. It is also home to the annual pre-season race known as SpeedFest, which is sanctioned by the Champion Racing Association (CRA) organization. The event features a 125-lap race for the CRA Jegs All-Star Tour (crate late models) and a 200-laprace for the ARCA/CRA Super Series (super late models). Cordele is also the home of the Cordele High School football team, which was founded in the town in the early 1960s. It has been home to Cordele's high school football team since the 1970s. The Cordele Police Department has been in charge of the department since the late 1970s, when it was founded. The police department is part of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which has been responsible for the creation of the Highway Safety Act of 1990. Cordlee is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Institute of Architects. It was the site of the opening of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. in 1973. It also hosts the National Museum of American History and Culture, which opened in 1978.


The Crisp County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of four elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. The district has 266 full-time teachers and over 4,337 students. The school district is located in the town of Crisp, which has a population of around 2,000. The Crisp School District is a part of the Florida Department of Education, which is based in Tallahassee. It is the only school district in the state with more than 1,000 students in grades pre-k-12. It also has a middle and high school, as well as an elementary school and a primary school. It was founded in 1903, and was named after the Crisp River, which runs through the town. The first elementary school was built in 1903. The high school was opened in 1904, and the middle school in 1905. The primary school opened in 1906, and it is the oldest school in the district. It has a total of four schools, with a total enrollment of more than 4,300 students, including over 2,300 in pre-K. The elementary school has a gymnasium, a library, a science lab, a computer lab, and an art lab. The middle school has an art and science center, a music room, a theater, a dance studio, a band, a chorus, a drama and a chorus hall, a nursery, a daycare, a gym, and two other schools.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Cordele, Crisp County, Georgia = 87. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 100. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 98. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Cordele = 5.4 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 10,220 individuals with a median age of 32.7 age the population dropped by -2.38% in Cordele, Crisp County, Georgia population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 980.62 residents per square mile of area (378.61/km²). There are average 2.53 people per household in the 4,239 households with an average household income of $21,165 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 12.00% of the available work force and has dropped -9.04% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 9.92%. The number of physicians in Cordele per 100,000 population = 116.6.


The annual rainfall in Cordele = 44.6 inches and the annual snowfall = 0.1 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 92. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 222. 93 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 37.3 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 27, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Cordele, Crisp County, Georgia which are owned by the occupant = 38.26%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 36 years with median home cost = $82,170 and home appreciation of -3.85%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $8.01 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $5,471 per student. There are 14.4 students for each teacher in the school, 385 students for each Librarian and 492 students for each Counselor. 3.01% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 7.80% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 3.53% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Cordele's population in Crisp County, Georgia of 3,473 residents in 1900 has increased 2,94-fold to 10,220 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 54.25% female residents and 45.75% male residents live in Cordele, Crisp County, Georgia.

    As of 2020 in Cordele, Crisp County, Georgia are married and the remaining 56.27% are single population.

  • 18.6 minutes is the average time that residents in Cordele require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    72.08% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 20.09% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 2.24% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 2.00% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Cordele, Crisp County, Georgia, 38.26% are owner-occupied homes, another 50.64% are rented apartments, and the remaining 11.10% are vacant.

  • The 44.66% of the population in Cordele, Crisp County, Georgia who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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