Waycross, GA

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Population

14,009

1.26% decline

Median Age

38.3


Median Household Income

$28,729

6.55% growth

Poverty Rate

30.9%


Number of Employees

4,573

2.93% growth

Median Property Value

$67,700

2.73% growth

About

In 2017, Waycross, GA had a population of 14k people with a median age of 38.3 and a median household income of $28,729. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Waycross, GA declined from 14,188 to 14,009, a -1.26% decrease and its median household income grew from $26,963 to $28,729, a 6.55% increase.

The population of Waycross, GA is 54.2% Black or African American Alone, 37.1% White Alone, and 6.14% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Waycross, GA speak a non-English language, and 97.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Waycross, GA are Coastal Pines Technical College (1,677 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Waycross, GA is $67,700, and the homeownership rate is 47.5%. Most people in Waycross, GA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 15.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Waycross, GA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Waycross, GA employs 4.57k people. The largest industries in Waycross, GA are Health Care & Social Assistance (859 people), Manufacturing (611 people), and Retail Trade (547 people), and the highest paying industries are Manufacturing ($61,240), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($47,019), and Public Administration ($34,957).

Median household income in Waycross, GA is $28,729. Males in Waycross, GA have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,261. The income inequality in Waycross, GA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$28,729

2017 value

± $2,116

6.55%

1 Year Growth

± 11.4%

Households in Waycross, GA have a median annual income of $28,729, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $26,963 in 2016, which represents a 6.55% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,744

Average Male Salary

± $1,190

$46,261

Average Female Salary

± $830

In 2017, full-time male employees in Georgia made 1.36 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $58,486 ± $3,787

  2. White

    $53,819 ± $950

  3. Two or More Races

    $43,415 ± $4,855

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Georgia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.09 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Waycross, GA is from Georgia.

0.478

2017 Wage GINI

0.477

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Georgia was 0.478 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.233% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Georgia was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Georgia in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Georgia across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9506

  2. Census Tract 9502

  3. Census Tract 9604

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Waycross, GA was Census Tract 9506 with a value of $46,835, followed by Census Tract 9502 and Census Tract 9604, with respective values of $44,060 and $41,375.

The following map shows all of the places in Waycross, GA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 6 - 11

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

30.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Waycross, GA (4.19k out of 13.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 6 - 11, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 6 - 11.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    2,700 ± 336

  2. White

    1,482 ± 318

  3. Hispanic

    58 ± 111

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Waycross, GA is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

4.57k

2017 Value

± 544

2.93%

1 Year growth

± 16.6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Waycross, GA grew at a rate of 2.93%, from 4.44k employees to 4.57k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Waycross, GA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (633 people), Sales & Related Occupations (510 people), and Production Occupations (489 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Waycross, GA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Waycross, GA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (633 people), Sales & Related Occupations (510 people), and Production Occupations (489 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Waycross, GA has an unusually high number of residents working as Healthcare Support Occupations (2.89 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (2.29 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (2.01 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Waycross, GA, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($78,125), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($70,000), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($70,000).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

4.57k

2017 Value

± 544

2.93%

1 Year growth

± 16.6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Waycross, GA grew at a rate of 2.93%, from 4.44k employees to 4.57k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Waycross, GA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (859 people), Manufacturing (611 people), and Retail Trade (547 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Waycross, GA, though some of these residents may live in Waycross, GA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Waycross, GA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (859 people), Manufacturing (611 people), and Retail Trade (547 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Waycross, GA has an unusually high number of Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.93 times higher than expected), Public Administration (1.71 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.36 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Waycross, GA, by median earnings, are Manufacturing ($61,240), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($47,019), and Public Administration ($34,957).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Georgia to other states, or from other states to Georgia.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $48.1B

  2. $38B

  3. $30.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $48.1B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($38B) and Electronics ($30.6B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Georgia products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$430B

2015 Value

$628B

Projected 2045 Value

46.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Georgia trade was $430B. This is expected to increase 46.1% to $628B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Georgia trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Georgia to other states, or from other states to Georgia.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $39.4B

  2. $25.3B

  3. $20.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Florida with $39.4B, followed by South Carolina with $25.3B and North Carolina and $20.5B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Georgia shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

81.9% of the population of Waycross, GA has health coverage, with 25.4% on employee plans, 31.9% on Medicaid, 13.5% on Medicare, 10% on non-group plans, and 1.17% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Waycross, GA was $6,587 in 2014. This is a 5.41% increase from the previous year ($6,249).

Primary care physicians in Waycross, GA see 1519 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.459% decrease from the previous year (1526 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1984 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 829 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.2%). Additionally, Rockdale County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (38.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,519 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Georgia see an average of 1,519 patients per year. This represents a 0.459% decrease from the previous year (1,526 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$6,587

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,406

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,199

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,429

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Georgia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.41%, from $6,249 to $6,587.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

18.1%

Uninsured

25.4%

Employer Coverage

31.9%

Medicaid

13.5%

Medicare

10%

Non-Group

1.17%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Waycross, GA declined by 3.65% from 18.7% to 18.1%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Waycross, GA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 18.2% prevalence

  2. 17.3% prevalence

  3. 16.9% prevalence

Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Georgia, at 18.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Georgia by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Waycross, GA is home to a population of 14k people, from which 97.4% are citizens. As of 2017, N/A% of Waycross, GA residents were born outside of the country (747 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Waycross, GA is composed of 7.59k Black or African American Alone residents (54.2%), 5.2k White Alone residents (37.1%), 860 Hispanic or Latino residents (6.14%), 277 Asian Alone residents (1.98%), 78 Two or More Races residents (0.557%), 10 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0714%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Waycross, GA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 3.8

44

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 14.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Waycross, GA was 38.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Waycross, GA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Waycross, GA residents was 40.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2017 Foreign-Born Population

  1. N/A%

    747 people

  2. N/A%

    N/A people

As of 2017, N/A% of Waycross, GA residents (747 people) were born outside of the United States, which is approximately the same as the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Waycross, GA was N/A%, meaning that the rate has been maintaining.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    264,376 ± 12,459 people

  2. India

    85,239 ± 7,138 people

  3. Korea

    45,011 ± 5,197 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Georgia was Mexico, the natal country of 264,376 Georgia residents, followed by India with 85,239 and Korea with 45,011.

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Citizenship

97.4%

2017 Citizenship

97.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.4% of Waycross, GA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Waycross, GA was 97.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Black or African American Alone

    7.59k ± 571

  2. White Alone

    5.2k ± 571

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    860 ± 601

In 2017, there were 1.46 times more Black or African American Alone residents (7.59k people) in Waycross, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.2k White Alone and 860 Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Waycross, GA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Waycross, GA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Waycross, GA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Waycross, GA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    296 ± 105

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    98 ± 68

  3. World War II

    96 ± 43

Waycross, GA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.02 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Waycross, GA awarded 1,677 degrees. The student population of Waycross, GA is skewed towards women, with 1,118 male students and 1,657 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Waycross, GA are White (1,130 and 67.5%), followed by Black or African American (407 and 24.3%), Hispanic or Latino (73 and 4.36%), and Two or More Races (29 and 1.73%).

The largest universities in Waycross, GA by number of degrees awarded are Coastal Pines Technical College (1,677 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Waycross, GA are Other Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services (159 and 9.48%), Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (155 and 9.24%), and General Cosmetology (127 and 7.57%).

The median tuition costs in Waycross, GA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Waycross, GA was Other Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services with 159 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Waycross, GA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

1,677 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Waycross, GA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Coastal Pines Technical College with 1,677 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

762

Degrees Awarded to Men

915

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 762 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Waycross, GA, which is 0.833 times less than the 915 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,130 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    407 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    73 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Waycross, GA were to White students. These 1,130 degrees mean that there were 2.78 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 407 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Waycross, GA was $67,700 in 2017, which is 0.311 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $65,900 to $67,700, a 2.73% increase. The homeownership rate in Waycross, GA is 47.5%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Waycross, GA have an average commute time of 15.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Waycross, GA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$28,729

Median Household Income

± $2,116

5.85k

Number of Households

± 550

In 2017, the median household income of the 5.85k households in Waycross, GA grew to $28,729 from the previous year's value of $26,963.

The following chart displays the households in Waycross, GA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$67,700

2017 Median

± $7,573

$65,900

2016 Median

± $4,836

In 2017, the median property value in Waycross, GA grew to to $67,700 from the previous year's value of $65,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Waycross, GA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Waycross, GA the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Waycross, GA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Waycross, GA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

47.5%

2017 Homeownership

47.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 47.5% of the housing units in Waycross, GA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 47.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Waycross, GA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Waycross, GA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Waycross, GA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

15.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Waycross, GA have a shorter commute time (15.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.1% of the workforce in Waycross, GA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.3%

  2. Carpooled

    9.74%

  3. Walked

    3.88%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Waycross, GA was Drove Alone (80.3%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.74%) and those who Walked (3.88%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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