Waycross, Georgia Population 2024

13,771

Waycross is a city located in Ware County Georgia. Waycross has a 2024 population of 13,771. It is also the county seat of Ware County.Waycross is currently growing at a rate of 0.11% annually but its population has decreased by -1.08% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 13,921 in 2020.

The average household income in Waycross is $50,100 with a poverty rate of 33.78%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Waycross is 34.7 years, 32 years for males, and 37 years for females.

Waycross Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Waycross was:

  • Black or African American: 55.19%
  • White: 37.49%
  • Two or more races: 6.06%
  • Other race: 0.94%
  • Asian: 0.32%
  • Native American:
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
State
Georgia
Land Area (mi²)
11.9 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,159.70/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-1.08% (-150)
The current population of Waycross, Georgia is 13,771 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 13,921.

Waycross, Georgia Population 2024

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Waycross Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
Black or African American7,64755.19%
White5,19537.49%
Two or more races8396.06%
Other race1300.94%
Asian450.32%
Native American
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
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Black or African American

White

Two or more races

Other race

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Waycross Population by Race

Waycross Population Pyramid 2024

Waycross Median Age

34.7

Total

32

Male

37

Female

Waycross Adults

There are 9,668 adults, (2,288 of whom are seniors) in Waycross.

Waycross Age Dependency

87.8

Age Dependency Ratio

31

Old Age Dependency Ratio

56.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Waycross Sex Ratio

Female7,64455.17%
Male6,21244.83%

Waycross Population by Age

Waycross Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All5,3002.5344.155.9
Non Family2,4891.1136.563.5
Married1,2753.4774.725.3
Female1,1944.2719.380.7
Male3423.3272.527.5
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3.61

Average Family Size

2.53

Average Household Size

44.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Waycross Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Waycross Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Waycross Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 89.67%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 22.07%.

Waycross Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$29,568

Average Earnings

$33,603

Average Male

$26,184

Average Female

Waycross Earnings by Educational Attainment

Waycross Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Waycross Language

95.99% of Waycross residents speak only English, while 4.01% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 3.53% of the population.

Waycross Language

Waycross Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Black7,5732,70835.76%
White4,7191,02221.66%
Multiple83965477.95%
Hispanic86563473.29%
Other1308968.46%
Asian4536.67%
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33.78%

Overall Poverty Rate

30.96%

Male Poverty Rate

36.09%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Waycross

The race most likely to be in poverty in Waycross is Multiple, with 77.95% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Waycross is Asian, with 6.67% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.3%. Among those working part-time, it was 28.67%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 37.75%.

Waycross Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade37.75%
High School33.04%
Some College22.28%
Bachelors or Greater7.94%
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Waycross Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed75.35%
Female Unemployed45.45%
Female Employed13.18%
Male Employed6.56%
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Waycross Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Waycross Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Waycross Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

27.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

33.3%

Male Marriage Rate

22.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Waycross Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Waycross Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Waycross Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Waycross Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

563

Number of Veterans

484

Male Veterans

79

Female Veterans

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Waycross Veterans by War

count

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Waycross Veterans by Age

count

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Waycross Veterans by Race

Waycross Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

14.91%

Veteran Poverty Rate

40.73%

Veteran Disability Rate

Waycross Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

47.5%

Labor Force Participation

44.5%

Employment Rate

6.5%

Unemployment Rate

Waycross Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Waycross Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Waycross Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

76.59%

Born in Waycross

98.3%

Native Born

1.7%

Foreign Born

1.65%

Non Citizen

0.05%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

98.3% of Waycross residents were born in the United States, with 76.59% having been born in Georgia. 1.65% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Waycross Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202913,846150.11%
202813,831150.11%
202713,816150.11%
202613,801150.11%
202513,786150.11%
202413,771150.11%
202313,756150.11%
202213,741150.11%
202113,726-195-1.4%
202013,9214113.04%
201913,510-78-0.57%
201813,588-164-1.19%
201713,752-123-0.89%
201613,87550.04%
201513,870-156-1.11%
201414,026-92-0.65%
201314,118-134-0.94%
201214,252-216-1.49%
201114,468-113-0.77%
201014,581-752-4.9%
200015,333-1,077-6.56%
199016,410-2,961-15.29%
198019,3713751.97%
197018,996-1,948-9.3%
196020,9442,04510.82%
195018,8992,13612.74%
194016,7631,2538.08%
193015,510-2,558-14.16%
192018,0683,58324.74%
191014,4858,566144.72%
19005,9192,55575.95%
18903,364
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Waycross Population by Year