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Welcome to Cordele-Crisp County!

The Watermelon Capital of the World

Cordele-Crisp County has all of the “small town” charm and “southern hospitality” you would hope to find in a South Georgia community. Crisp County encompassing 296 square miles and is found along Interstate 75 approximately 130 miles south of Atlanta. Comfortable neighborhoods with shade-covered drives, Victorian and Federal style homes, and unique downtown district are only a few of the features, making Cordele an ideal place to live. Crisp County is the hub of the area and our vibrant community continues to grow with over 24,000 residents.

The Crisp County School System and Crisp Academy are a source of pride for the citizens of Cordele and Crisp County. Higher education is provided by Albany State University and South Georgia Technical College, where students are prepared to enter the work force.

Cordele has retained its agricultural roots and this important sector continues to play a large part in its success today, as agriculture is the number one economic driver in the county. As Watermelon Capital of the World, Cordele is vibrant during the summer as the watermelon crop is harvested and shipped nationwide. The community’s annual Watermelon Days Festival is just one of the many reasons to visit our community. In addition, we are home of Lake Blackshear, Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park, Historic SAM Shortline Railroad, Lake Blackshear Resort, Youth Ball Complex Crisp Motorsports Park, Cordele State Farmers Market, and the Cordele Inland Port. Locals and visitors alike enjoy golfing on two picturesque courses, water activities at the lake, a variety of sports at the recreation department and arts and entertainment. We even have our own 110’ Titan Missile, which is a landmark for our community on I-75.

Cordele has a diverse community with higher education and healthcare, unique attractions, manufacturing, tourism, small business, and an inland port – with tourism leading the pack. Economic growth in Cordele is credited to many great people and hospitality entities throughout the city.

We invite you to come for a visit or stay for a lifetime!


Monica Simmons
Chamber President