Jesup, Georgia
City Hall photo
City Hall photo
Location in Wayne County and the state of Georgia
Location in Wayne County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 31°36′7″N 81°53′6″W / 31.60194°N 81.88500°W / 31.60194; -81.88500
CountryUnited States
 • MayorRalph Hickox
 • City ManagerRose Marcus
 • Total16.76 sq mi (43.41 km2)
 • Land16.55 sq mi (42.85 km2)
 • Water0.21 sq mi (0.56 km2)
95 ft (29 m)
 • Total9,809
 • Density592.83/sq mi (228.90/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
31545-31546, 31599
Area code912
FIPS code13-42268[2]
GNIS feature ID0316104[3]

Jesup is a city in Wayne County, Georgia, United States. The population was 9,809 at the 2020 census. The city is the county seat of Wayne County.[4]


By February 1869, Willis Clary had begun building a two-story hotel near the junction of Macon and Brunswick Railroad and the Atlantic and Gulf Railroad and four stores had sprung up in the area.[5] Clary became a driving force for the establishment of what would become Jesup and was its first mayor.

By September 1869, the town included five stores, a sawmill, and a railroad eating house in addition to Clary's hotel.[6] By December 1869 the community had become known as Jesup.

Jesup was named for Thomas Jesup, a general during the Second Seminole War.[7]

The area was then part of Appling County, Georgia. On August 27, 1872, eastern sections of Appling land districts 3 and 4 were added to Wayne County.[8] In 1873, the seat of Wayne County was transferred to Jesup from Waynesville.[9]

In 2021, Rose Marcus made history by becoming the first African American City Manager and first African American female City Manager for the City of Jesup in Jesup, GA.


Jesup is located at 31°36′7″N 81°53′6″W / 31.60194°N 81.88500°W / 31.60194; -81.88500 (31.601866, -81.885070).[10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.6 square miles (43 km2), of which, 16.5 square miles (43 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.30%) is water. It is 35 miles west of Hinesville and 12 miles southwest of Ludowici, Georgia.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
Jesup racial composition as of 2020[12]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 4,692 47.83%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 3,954 40.31%
Native American 27 0.28%
Asian 92 0.94%
Other/Mixed 336 3.43%
Hispanic or Latino 708 7.22%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 9,809 people, 3,754 households, and 2,365 families residing in the city.

Government and infrastructure

The Federal Bureau of Prisons operates the Federal Correctional Institution in Jesup.[13] The United States Postal Service operates the Jesup Post Office.[14]


For the high school in Jesup, Iowa, see Jesup Community School District.

Wayne County High School
Wayne County Library

The Wayne County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of a pre-K center, five elementary schools, two middle schools, a high school, and an academy school.[15] The district has 320 full-time teachers and over 5,256 students.[16]

Jesup is home to Coastal Pines Technical College as well as one high school, Wayne County High School, which is located within the city limits. This complex replaced the original Wayne County High School on Orange Street, and was completed in 2002. In 2014, the county school system took bids for asbestos removal and the demolition of buildings belonging to the old high school.[17] Until its demolition, the original facility was still providing usefulness, housing the Jesup Police, the Boys and Girls Club of Wayne County, and the Three Rivers Regional Library System's Regional Office. The Jesup Police Department is now located in the facilities previously housing Jesup Elementary, at 642 E. Plum Street. All sporting events except basketball and tennis and track including football, baseball, soccer, and softball, are held at the original Wayne County High School complex.

The Wayne County Library borders the sports complex.


Amtrak's Silver Meteor passenger train stops at the Jesup Amtrak Station.

United States highways that pass through Jesup are U.S. Highway 25, U.S. Highway 84, U.S. Highway 301, and U.S. Highway 341.

Jesup-Wayne County Airport, also known as William A. Zorn Airport (FAA location identifier: JES), is located south of town.


Notable people


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  2. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 9, 2015. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  5. ^ "A Visit to Macon and Brunswick Railroad". Macon Daily Telegraph. Macon, Georgia. February 28, 1869. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  6. ^ "From Brunswick". Macon Daily Telegraph. Macon, Georgia. September 23, 1869. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  7. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 121. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  8. ^ Acts and Resolutions of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia, Passed at its Session in July and August, 1872. Vol. 1. p. 387.
  9. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 234. ISBN 978-1135948597. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved December 14, 2021.
  13. ^ "Contact." Federal Correctional Institution, Jesup. Retrieved on April 26, 2011. "FCI JESUP FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION 2600 HIGHWAY 301 SOUTH JESUP, GA 31599"
  14. ^ "Post Office™ Location - JESUP Archived 2012-08-30 at the Wayback Machine." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on April 26, 2011. "405 E WALNUT ST JESUP, GA "
  15. ^ Georgia Board of Education[permanent dead link], Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  16. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  17. ^ [1][dead link]