Population, Race and Ethnicity
Waynesboro is a city in Burke County, Georgia, with a population of 5,558. According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, 24.20% of residents identify as white, 72.90% as Black or African American, 0.00% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.00% as Asian, 0.00% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 1.20% as Hispanic or Latino, and 1.60% as some other race or combination of races.
The population of Waynesboro is younger than the United States as a whole. The median age is 29.5 years, 8.4 years less than the national median age of 37.9 years. An estimated 15.00% 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 Waynesboro, 34.10% of households are occupied by married-couple families, compared to the 48.3% national figure. Some 6.70% of households are occupied by single male householders, 29.40% by single female householders, and 29.90% 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 44.30% 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 Waynesboro, 99.3% 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 Waynesboro are less likely than the typical American to be married. Of all local residents aged 15 and older, 41.6% 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 less common in Waynesboro than it is across the U.S. as a whole. According to Census estimates, 7.7% 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 41.5% of Waynesboro residents 15 and older have never married, compared to one-third of all Americans in the same age group.
In Waynesboro, 5.8% 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 Waynesboro, 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 Waynesboro residents 25 and older, 84.90% have a high school diploma or equivalent, and 20.50% 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 Waynesboro earns $30,536 a year, about $29,800 less than the national median of $60,293 and $25,100 less than the median household income across the state of $55,679.
Serious financial hardship is more common in Waynesboro than it is nationwide. The local poverty rate stands at 36.60%, 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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