Jesup is a city in Wayne County, Georgia, United States. The population was 10,214 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Wayne County.
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. 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. By December 1869 the community had become known as Jesup. Jesup was either named for Morris Ketchum Jesup a New York banker who was an investor in the Macon and Brunswick Railroad or for Thomas Jesup who was a general during the Second Seminole War. 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. In 1873, the seat of Wayne County was transferred to Jesup from Waynesville.
Jesup is located at 31°36′7″N 81°53′6″W (31.601866, -81.885070). 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, GA.
As of the census of 2010, there were 10,214 people, 2,921 households, and 2,015 families residing in the city. The population density was 561.2 people per square mile (216.6/km²). There were 3,469 housing units at an average density of 209.8 per square mile (81.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 49.1% White, 39.6% Black, 0.3% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.9% Pacific Islander, 0.0% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.2% of the population.
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