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Sandersville, Georgia
—  City  —
Nickname(s): Kaolin Capital of the World
Location in Washington County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 32°58′55″N 82°48′35″W / 32.98194°N 82.80972°W / 32.98194; -82.80972
Country United States
State Georgia
County Washington
Founded 1796
Incorporated 27 November 1812
 - Type Council-Mayor
 - Mayor James W. Andrews
 - Total 9.2 sq mi (23.9 km2)
 - Land 9.1 sq mi (23.7 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 449 ft (137 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 6,144
 - Density 667.8/sq mi (257.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 31082
Area code(s) 478
FIPS code 13-68208[1]
GNIS feature ID 0322445[2]

Sandersville is a city in Washington County, Georgia, United States. The population was 6,144 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Washington County[3]. It is known as the Kaolin Capital of the World.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.2 square miles (23.9 km²), of which, 9.1 square miles (23.7 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.87%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,144 people, 2,362 households, and 1,591 families residing in the city. The population density was 672.1 people per square mile (259.5/km²). There were 2,589 housing units at an average density of 283.2/sq mi (109.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 59.03% African American, 39.76% White, 0.11% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.03% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.24% of the population.

There were 2,362 households out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.2% were married couples living together, 25.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 79.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,201, and the median income for a family was $32,462. Males had a median income of $36,089 versus $21,765 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,226. About 24.3% of families and 27.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.2% of those under age 18 and 24.1% of those age 65 or over.


The city's original name was Saundersville, for Mr. M. Saunders, a local storeowner. The settlement was located at an intersection of Indian trails, and later the site of Saunder's general store. In 1796, the town was made the county seat of Wahington County.[4]

During the Civil War, General William T. Sherman skirmished and then paused in Sandersville during his March to the Sea. As they left, Sherman's troops burned the county courthouse and jail, but left the rest of the town intact.[5]


The economy of Sandersville was based on agriculture, particularly cotton, for many years. In the 1950's, an industry developed based on the mining and processing of kaolin clay found in the area. [5]



Public Schools

Sandersville is served by the Washington County Board of Education.

  • Washington County High School (grades 9 through 12)
  • T.J. Elder Middle School (grades 6 through 8)
  • Ridge Road Elementary School (grades PreK through 5)

Private Schools

  • Brentwood School (grades PreK through 12)

Higher Education



Sandersville has one newspaper: The Sandersville Progress. It is published weekly and began publication in 1870.

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ State of Georgia. "City of Sandersville". Retrieved 1 September 2009.  
  5. ^ a b Hollingsworth, Brenda. "Washington County". Retrieved 1 September 2009.  

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