Population, Race and Ethnicity
Waycross is a city in Ware County, Georgia, with a population of 13,836. According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, 36.00% of residents identify as white, 56.50% as Black or African American, 0.10% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.10% as Asian, 0.00% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 6.60% as Hispanic or Latino, and 0.70% as some other race or combination of races.
Nationally, some 61.1% of Americans identify as white, 12.3% as Black or African American, 0.7% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 5.4% as Asian, 0.2% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 17.8% as Hispanic or Latino, and 2.6% as some other race or combination of races.
Census respondents are also asked to report ancestry. Some of the most commonly reported ancestries in Waycross include American, Irish, English, Scotch-Irish, and German. Measured by location quotient — comparing the city share to the national share — some of the most highly concentrated ancestries in city are Bahamian, Trinidadian and Tobagonian, and Scotch-Irish.
Native and foreign-born population
An estimated 96.10% of Waycross residents are native-born, meaning they were born in the United States, Puerto Rico, a U.S. Island Area, or abroad to a U.S. citizen. Of the 3.90% of the population that is foreign-born, 23.30% have become naturalized U.S. citizens. Nationwide, 86.5% of Americans are native-born. And of the 13.5% of Americans who are foreign-born, 48.5% have become naturalized U.S. citizens.
The population of Waycross is about as old as the United States as a whole. The median age is 37.2 years, 0.7 years less than the national median age of 37.9 years. An estimated 18.40% of the population is 65 years and over, compared to 15.2% of the U.S. population.
Family and household composition
Family and household composition also varies heavily across the United States. In Waycross, 32.50% of households are occupied by married-couple families, compared to the 48.3% national figure. Some 5.70% of households are occupied by single male householders, 20.80% by single female householders, and 41.00% by non-family occupants. Nationwide, 4.9% of households are occupied by single male householders, 12.6% by single female householders, and 34.3% by non-family occupants. An estimated 49.30% of heads of household own their homes, compared to the national homeownership rate of 63.8%.
English is by far the most commonly spoken language in Georgia and across the U.S. as a whole. Similarly, in Waycross, 99.7% of local residents aged 5 and up speak English exclusively, or, if they are multilingual, speak English very well. For context, 94.5% of the 5 and older population across Georgia only speaks English, or speak it very well, and 91.5% of the same age group nationwide do.
Residents of Waycross are less likely than the typical American to be married. Of all local residents aged 15 and older, 38.4% are currently married, compared to 48.1% of Americans nationwide in the same age group. Across Georgia as a whole, 46.9% of residents 15 and older are married.
Divorce is more common in Waycross than it is across the U.S. as a whole. According to Census estimates, 14.2% of residents 15 and older are divorced — compared to 10.8% of the U.S. population in the same age group. In Georgia, 11.2% of the 15 and older population is divorced.
An estimated 32.4% of Waycross residents 15 and older have never married, compared to one-third of all Americans in the same age group.
In Waycross, 8.3% of the 18 and older civilian population are veterans — compared to 7.5% of adult civilians nationwide and 8.2% of the civilian population in all of Georgia.
In Waycross, adults are less likely to have a high school education than the typical American adult, and are less likely to have a four-year college education. Among Waycross residents 25 and older, 83.70% have a high school diploma or equivalent, and 12.90% have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 87.7% and 31.5% of adults nationwide, respectively. Across Georgia, 86.7% of adults have graduated high school, and 30.7 have a bachelor’s degree.
The typical household in Waycross earns $29,465 a year, about $30,800 less than the national median of $60,293 and $26,200 less than the median household income across the state of $55,679.
Serious financial hardship is more common in Waycross than it is nationwide. The local poverty rate stands at 30.50%, while the national poverty rate is 14.1%. Across the state as a whole, 16% of the population lives below the poverty line.
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