Folkston, GA Demographics

Folkston, the county seat of Charlton County, was founded on August 19, 1911. The city was named for a predominant family in the Charlton County area.

For a number of years, the city of Folkston was the self-proclaimed “Marriage Capital of the World”. The city embraced this nickname because Floridans who could not endure their state’s waiting period before tying the knot would cross the state line to wed.

The Folkston courthouse, build in the late 1920s, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Also the Folkston Railroad Depot, built in 1903, is a museum of railroad artifacts housed with the Folkston-Charlton County Chamber of Commerce.

The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge includes a restored swamp homestead, picnic facilities, a 4,000-foot boardwalk and an observation tower.

Folkston host the annual Okefenokee Festival held every October.

Folkston participates in the Better Hometown Program run by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. This community development program is a public-private partnership intended to revitalize small communities with populations between 1,000 and 5,000. These cities have access to technical assistance and fiscal resources designed to stimulate downtown revitalization.

Population (year 2000): 2,178
Males: 981 (45.0%), Females: 1,197 (55.0%)

Charlton County

Zip code: 31537

Median resident age: 35.7 years
Median household income: $21,840 (year 2000)
Median house value: $65,500 (year 2000)

Races in Folkston:

  • Black (51.5%)
  • White Non-Hispanic (46.1%)
  • Two or more races (1.5%)
  • American Indian (1.1%)
  • Hispanic (0.9%)

Ancestries: United States (10.5%), English (9.8%), Irish (5.6%), German (2.3%), Scottish (2.2%), Subsaharan African (1.5%).

Elevation: 81 feet

Land area: 3.6 square miles

Population

For population 25 years and over in Folkston

  • High school or higher: 58.7%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 9.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.1%
  • Unemployed: 10.4%
  • Mean travel time to work: 28.8 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Folkston city

  • Never married: 23.4%
  • Now married: 50.9%
  • Separated: 3.9%
  • Widowed: 12.0%
  • Divorced: 9.7%

2.0% Foreign born

Hospitals

Hospital/medical center in Folkston:

  • CHARLTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (1203 NORTH THIRD STREET)

Other hospitals/medical centers near Folkston:

  • CAMDEN MEDICAL CENTER (about 31 miles; SAINT MARYS, GA)
  • SATILLA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (about 36 miles; WAYCROSS, GA)
  • SHANDS JACKSONVILLE MEDICAL CENTER (about 40 miles; JACKSONVILLE, FL)

Airports

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Folkston:

  • JACKSONVILLE INTL (about 33 miles; JACKSONVILLE, FL; ID: JAX)
  • BRUNSWICK GOLDEN ISLES (about 48 miles; BRUNSWICK, GA; ID: BQK)
  • ST AUGUSTINE (about 77 miles; ST AUGUSTINE, FL; ID: SGJ)

Other public-use airports nearest to Folkston:

  • DAVIS FIELD (about 4 miles; FOLKSTON, GA; ID: 3J6)
  • HILLIARD AIRPARK (about 13 miles; HILLIARD, FL; ID: 01J)
  • BRANTLEY COUNTY (about 27 miles; NAHUNTA, GA; ID: 4J1)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Folkston:

  • FLORIDA COMMUNITY COLLEGE AT JACKSONVILLE (about 43 miles; JACKSONVILLE, FL; Full-time enrollment: 10,495)
  • UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA (about 53 miles; JACKSONVILLE, FL; FT enrollment: 9,256)
  • UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA (about 83 miles; GAINESVILLE, FL; FT enrollment: 41,543)
  • SAINT JOHNS RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 84 miles; PALATKA, FL; FT enrollment: 2,509)
  • SANTA FE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 85 miles; GAINESVILLE, FL; FT enrollment: 7,942)
  • VALDOSTA STATE UNIVERSITY (about 89 miles; VALDOSTA, GA; FT enrollment: 7,157)
  • ARMSTRONG ATLANTIC STATE UNIVERSITY (about 97 miles; SAVANNAH, GA; FT enrollment: 3,945)

Schools

Public high school in Folkston:

  • CHARLTON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 923; Location: 500 INDIAN TRAIL; Grades: 07 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Folkston:

  • FOLKSTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 514; Location: HIGHWAY 121; Grades: 03 – 06)
  • BETHUNE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 399; Location: SIXTH STREET EXTENSION; Grades: PK – 02)
  • CHARLTON ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL PROGRAM (Location: 501 INDIAN TRAIL; Grades: 00 – 00)