|Cochran, Georgia, USA|
|— City —|
|Bleckley County and the state of Georgia|
|• Mayor||William Basby|
|• Total||4.2 sq mi (10.6 km2)|
|• Land||4.1 sq mi (10.2 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.4 km2)|
|Elevation||341 ft (104 m)|
|• Density||1,090.5/sq mi (420.6/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0355210|
Cochran, the County Seat of Bleckley County, Georgia, is named for Judge Arthur E. Cochran and was incorporated on March 19, 1869. Once known as Dykesboro, Cochran was settled by B. B. Dykes, who owned the site on which the town is built. The earliest settlers located here to engage in the turpentine industry.
Judge Cochran was largely instrumental in developing this section of Georgia through his work as President of the Macon & Brunswick Railroad, now the Southern Railway.
The government of Cochran operates under a strong mayor-council system of local government. The current mayor of Cochran is Willie Basby. The City Manager is Matt Turknett. The Police Chief of Cochran is Key McGuire, and the Fire Chief is Glenn A. Lord.
In 2008, some of the Cochran Police Force came under scrutiny for various acts of misconduct, which include child molestation charges. One officer was charged and another resigned after being investigated for interference with custody.
Cochran is located at (32.386646, -83.350684).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.2 square miles (11 km2), of which, 4.1 square miles (11 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (3.32%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,455 people, 1,632 households, and 1,055 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,090.5 people per square mile (420.6/km²). There were 1,851 housing units at an average density of 453.1 per square mile (174.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 55.31% White, 42.09% African American, 0.09% Native American, 1.41% Asian, 0.47% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.99% of the population.
There were 1,632 households out of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.6% were married couples living together, 23.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 15.6% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 83.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $25,545, and the median income for a family was $35,854. Males had a median income of $29,434 versus $22,813 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,354. About 14.8% of families and 21.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.3% of those under age 18 and 23.0% of those age 65 or over.
Bleckley County School District
Bleckley County students in grades Kindergarten to grade twelve are in the Bleckley County School District, that consists of a primary school, an elementary school, a middle school and a high school. The district has 151 full-time teachers and over 2,355 students.
- Bleckley County Primary School
- Bleckley County Elementary School
- Bleckley County Middle School
- Bleckley County High School
- Ronald A. Gray, convicted spree killer
- Clarence Reid, a.k.a. Blowfly, musician and songwriter
- Ed Roberts, MD, founder of MITS and creator of the Altair 8800 microcomputer, widely regarded as starting the microcomputer revolution.
- Obie Walker, claimant of the World Colored Heavyweight Championship boxing title in the 1930s.
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