Hawkinsville, Georgia

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Hawkinsville, Georgia
Hawkinsville Downtown.jpg
The Good Life, Harness Capital of the World
Where Progress Sets Pace
Location in Pulaski County and the state of Georgia
Location in Pulaski County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 32°17′1″N 83°28′36″W / 32.28361°N 83.47667°W / 32.28361; -83.47667Coordinates: 32°17′1″N 83°28′36″W / 32.28361°N 83.47667°W / 32.28361; -83.47667
CountryUnited States
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • Council ChairmanShelly Berryhill
 • City ManagerSara Myers
 • Total5.38 sq mi (13.93 km2)
 • Land5.37 sq mi (13.91 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
262 ft (80 m)
 • Total4,589
 • Estimate 
 • Density981.38/sq mi (378.88/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)478
FIPS code13-37396[3]
GNIS feature ID0331934[4]

Hawkinsville is a city in and the county seat of Pulaski County, Georgia, United States.[5] The population was 4,589 at the 2010 census.

Hawkinsville is known as the "Harness Horse Capital" of Georgia.[6] The Lawrence Bennett Harness Horse Racing facility is owned by the city and serves as an important training ground during winter months.[7] The Harness Festival takes place every April at the end of training before horses head north for the harness racing season.


Hawkinsville was founded by European Americans in 1830. In 1837, the seat of Pulaski County was transferred to Hawkinsville from Hartford.[8] The community was named for Benjamin Hawkins, delegate to the Continental Congress, and the United States Indian Agent in the Southeast, appointed by President George Washington.[9]

The city includes Hawkinsville High School and several historical sites, including Hawkinsville City Hall-Auditorium, Hawkinsville Public School, the Merritt-Ragan House, the Pulaski County Courthouse, and Taylor Hall. St. Thomas African Methodist Episcopal Church was organized after the American Civil War as one of hundreds of AME churches planted in the South by missionaries from the first black independent denomination in the United States, founded in the early 19th century in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Hawkinsville Commercial and Industrial Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hawkinsville is also home to the historic Hawkinsville Opera House.

On May 15, 1919 a black man, Henry Prince, was lynched in Hawkinsville.[10]


Hawkinsville is located at 32°17′1″N 83°28′36″W / 32.28361°N 83.47667°W / 32.28361; -83.47667 (32.283688, -83.476736).[11]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11 km2), of which 4.4 square miles (11 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (1.57%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)5,270[2]14.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 4,589 people, 3,485 households, and 3,062 families residing in the city. The population density was 748.4 people per square mile (289.1/km2). There were 1,579 housing units at an average density of 360.3 per square mile (139.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 48.32% White, 49.15% African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.73% Asian, 0.37% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.19% of the population.

There were 3,485 households, out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.6% were married couples living together, 21.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.3% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 26.2% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 81.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,977, and the median income for a family was $32,926. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $19,628 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,670. About 19.7% of families and 20.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.8% of those under age 18 and 27.2% of those age 65 or over.


Pulaski County School District[edit]

The Pulaski County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve. It consists of one elementary school, a middle school, and a high school.[13] The district has 122 full-time teachers and over 1,632 students.[14]


The Georgia Department of Corrections operates the Pulaski State Prison in Hawkinsville.[15]

The United States Postal Service operates the Hawkinsville Post Office.[16]

The United States Air Force operates the Hawkinsville Air Force Space Surveillance System.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  6. ^ [1], Hawkinsville Chamber of Commerce
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2008-08-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), Macon.com
  8. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 105. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  9. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 232. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  10. ^ McWhirter, Cameron (2011). Red Summer The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America. Henry Holt and Company. p. 52. ISBN 9780805089066.
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  13. ^ Georgia Board of Education[permanent dead link], Retrieved June 25, 2010.
  14. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 25, 2010.
  15. ^ "Pulaski State Prison Archived 2011-05-23 at the Wayback Machine." Georgia Department of Corrections. Retrieved on September 14, 2010.
  16. ^ "Post Office Location - HAWKINSVILLE Archived 2012-06-16 at the Wayback Machine." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on September 14, 2010.
  17. ^ Behar, Richard. "Joe's Bad Trip". Time. July 24, 1989.

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