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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A
Waycross is a town in Georgia with a population of 13,836. Waycross is in Ware County. Living in Waycross offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. Many retirees live in Waycross and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Waycross are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$72,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$611
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    51%
  • Own
    49%
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Waycross Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    290.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    21.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    58.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    145.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    849.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    4,553
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    188.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    18%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    8%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    40%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

Working in Waycross

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$29,465
National
$55,322
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Waycross Reviews

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Great place to grow up! Nestled on the edge of the Okefenokee, this town of 15,000 is an affordable bedroom community in an ideal location. Less than 80 minutes east of I-75, west of the Golden Isles, and north of Jacksonville, FL. Waycross offers a lot of restaurants and there's lots of small-town pride. The Gator football team is the pride of the city and everyone feels like a family member. There are lots of trains which is a downfall but it's a nice city besides that. The mall has decent stores and there are lots of cute boutiques to shop at.
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Let me start off by saying that I'm more of a city girl so living in a small town like this doesnt amount up to what I'm used to. For the county that I live in to be the biggest county in Georgia, you would think there's plenty of things to do here. News flash- there isnt. I would describe Waycross to be more of a retirement town. This isnt a place for someone young pursuing a career or life for themselves. Currently I'm attending the University of West Georgia and Im glad I made the choice of branching out to start a life for myself.
A small town, everything is fairly easy to find. An hour away from 4 major cities. Not very much to do, but it has a "down home" feeling to it. There's two Walmarts, a small mall, and a few strip malls one can visit if they like. Also, Waycross is home to two colleges, Coastal Pines and South Georgia State. Multiple parks and a good sized lake to enjoy time with your kids if you have any. Overall, an average place.