Cochran, Georgia
Cochran Municipal Building
Cochran Municipal Building
Motto: 
Your Southern Home
Location in Bleckley County and the state of Georgia
Location in Bleckley County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 32°23′12″N 83°21′2″W / 32.38667°N 83.35056°W / 32.38667; -83.35056Coordinates: 32°23′12″N 83°21′2″W / 32.38667°N 83.35056°W / 32.38667; -83.35056
CountryUnited States
StateGeorgia
CountyBleckley
Government
 • MayorBilly Yeomans
 • City ManagerRichard Newbern
Area
 • Total4.86 sq mi (12.58 km2)
 • Land4.69 sq mi (12.14 km2)
 • Water0.17 sq mi (0.44 km2)
Elevation
341 ft (104 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total5,026
 • Density1,072.56/sq mi (414.16/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
31014
Area code478
FIPS code13-17328[2]
GNIS feature ID0355210[3]
Websitewww.cityofcochran.com

Cochran is a city in Bleckley County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2020 census, the city had a population of 5,026. The city is the county seat of Bleckley County.[4]

Cochran is named for Judge Arthur E. Cochran and was incorporated on March 19, 1869. Judge Cochran was largely instrumental in developing this section of Georgia through his work as president of the Macon and Brunswick Railroad, now the Southern Railway (a component of Norfolk Southern Railway). 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 work in the turpentine industry.

Cochran is home to Bleckley County High School and Middle Georgia State University. Three properties in Cochran are listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the Bleckley County Courthouse in Courthouse Square, the Cochran Municipal Building and School at the junction of Dykes and Second streets, and Hillcrest at 706 Beech Street.

History

Cochran, originally known as Dykesboro, was settled in the 1850s by B. B. Dykes. It was renamed Cochran in 1869 after Arthur Cochran, a railroad official who brought the Macon and Brunswick Railroad to town. In 1912, Cochran was designated seat of the newly formed Bleckley County.[5]

Government

Cochran operates under a Mayor-Council system of government, with the day-to-day business being handled by a city manager. The city manager is Richard Newburn. The Mayor is Billy Yeomans. The Police Chief is Jeff Trawick, and the fire chief is Brock Wilcher.

In 2016, at a City Council meeting held on October 11, Mayor Michael Stoy resigned from office, alleging that certain City Council members had participated in an illegal meeting. Since there was more than a year remaining in his term, a special election was held to elect another Mayor.[6]

In 2013, the city manager decided to terminate the employment of the police and fire chief, and replace them with a public safety director in order to save money, but rescinded his decision days later amidst public disapproval, and announced the appointment of a task force to look at the budget and advise him on choices.[7]

In 2011, Mayor Cliff Avant was charged with felony theft for allegedly donating city-owned PVC pipe to a local church. He admitted the donation and the mistake of not having it declared surplus property by the city council.[8] On the day of the trial, as a result of a plea deal, Avant resigned as mayor, and pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal trespass.[9]

In 2008, some of the Cochran Police Force came under scrutiny for various acts of misconduct, which included child molestation charges. One officer was charged and another resigned after being investigated for interference with custody.[10]

Geography

Cochran is located at 32°23′12″N 83°21′2″W / 32.38667°N 83.35056°W / 32.38667; -83.35056 (32.386646, -83.350684).[11]

The city is located in the central part of the state along U.S. Route 23, which runs from southeast to northwest to the northeast of downtown, leading northwest 40 mi (64 km) to Macon and southeast 18 mi (29 km) to Eastman. Georgia State Route 26 runs from southwest to northeast through the center of the city, leading northeast 21 mi (34 km) to Dudley (after meeting U.S. Route 80), and southwest 11 mi (18 km) to Hawkinsville, concurrent with U.S. Route 129 Alternate.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.7 square miles (12.3 km2), of which 4.6 square miles (11.9 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 3.63%, is water.[12]

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
19001,531
19101,6387.0%
19202,02123.4%
19302,26712.2%
19402,4648.7%
19503,35736.2%
19604,71440.4%
19705,1619.5%
19805,121−0.8%
19904,390−14.3%
20004,4551.5%
20105,15015.6%
20205,026−2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]

2020 census

Cochran Racial Composition[14]
Race Num. Perc.
White 2,612 51.97%
Black or African American 1,854 36.89%
Native American 3 0.06%
Asian 112 2.23%
Pacific Islander 4 0.08%
Other/Mixed 133 2.65%
Hispanic or Latino 308 6.13%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 5,026 people, 1,406 households, and 814 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 5,150 people living in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 48.1% Black, 47.3% White, 0.1% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander and 1.0% from two or more races. 1.8% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

2000 census

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,455 people, 1,632 households, and 1,055 families living in the city. The population density was 1,090.5 inhabitants per square mile (421.0/km2). There were 1,851 housing units at an average density of 453.1 per square mile (174.9/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.


Education

Bleckley County School District

Bleckley County students in kindergarten to grade twelve are in the Bleckley County School District, which consists of a primary school, an elementary school, a middle school and a high school.[15] The district has 151 full-time teachers and over 2,355 students.[16]

Middle Georgia State University

Middle Georgia State University is a public university with its main campus in Macon, Georgia. It was founded in 2013 through the merger of Middle Georgia College and Macon State College. Middle Georgia College's campus in Cochran is now one of the multiple campuses of Middle Georgia State University.

Tourist attractions

Notable people

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