Cochran is a city located in Bleckley County, Georgia. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 4,455. The city is the county seat of Bleckley County6.
HistoryCochran, the County Seat of Bleckley County, Georgia, is named for Judge Arthur E. Cochran and was incorportated 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 Railroad.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.9 km² (4.2 mi²). 10.6 km² (4.1 mi²) of it is land and 0.4 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 3.32% water.
As of the census of 2000, there are 4,455 people, 1,632 households, and 1,055 families residing in the city. The population density is 420.6/km² (1,090.5/mi²). There are 1,851 housing units at an average density of 174.7/km² (453.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 55.31% White, 42.09% African American, 0.09% Native American, 1.41% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. 0.99% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 1,632 households out of which 30.8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.6% are married couples living together, 23.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% are non-families. 31.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 15.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.44 and the average family size is 3.10.
In the city the population is 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 are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 33 years. For every 100 females there are 83.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 78.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $25,545, and the median income for a family is $35,854. Males have a median income of $29,434 versus $22,813 for females. The per capita income for the city is $13,354. 21.5% of the population and 14.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 33.3% are under the age of 18 and 23.0% are 65 or older.