Oglethorpe is the county seat of Macon County and has a population of around 1,400. Our great city was named after James Oglethorpe, the founder of Georgia. At one point, Oglethorpe was one of the largest cities in Georgia with a population of around 20,000. Oglethorpe was called "the metropolis of the Southeast" and was in line to be the capital of Georgia. By the 1850s a smallpox and malaria epidemic tragically wiped out most of the citys population.
Historical treasures and beautiful scenery make Oglethorpe a wonderful place to visit or call home. We have two annual festivals and much, much more to enjoy! We are conveniently located just a short drive from Americus, Perry, Albany and Warner Robins. We are an agricultural community, who loves hunting, family, and small town ways of life.
The City of Oglethorpe is dedicated to serving its residents by providing a variety of services to meet the needs of the community. We offer water and sewerage service and trash and garbage pick-up.
City Hall is located at 115 Chatham Street and our mailing address is P.O. Box 425 , Oglethorpe, Georgia 31068. Our phone number is (478)-472-6485 and our fax number is (478)-472-1241. The staff at city hall provides a variety of services to assist you or will be able to direct your inquiry to the right department. Our staff is available Monday through Thursday 8AM to 6PM and Fridays 8AM-1PM.
Convenient payment options for city services include automatic bank draft, night box drop off, mail in payments and personal service from our friendly staff.
Oglethorpe is governed by a Mayor, Mayor protem, and four councilmembers. All elected officials are elected at large.
The estimated population in 2021 was 1,350.
Oglethorpe is industry friendly with a close proximity to Interstate 75 and other major state routes. The Norfolk Southern and CSX Railroad companies, and Macon County Airport are also an asset. We are a large agricultural community with farmers growing row crops, peaches, pecans, and other foods and vegetables.