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City of Folkston

IncorporatedAugust 19, 1911
Address103 N. 1st Street
Folkston, Georgia 31537
Phone(912) 496-2563
Fax(912) 496-3844

Folkston, the county seat of Charlton County, was founded on August 19, 1911. The city was named for a predominant family in the Charlton County area.

For a number of years, the city of Folkston was the self-proclaimed “Marriage Capital of the World”. The city embraced this nickname because Floridans who could not endure their state’s waiting period before tying the knot would cross the state line to wed.

Folkston participates in the Better Hometown Program run by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. This community development program is a public-private partnership intended to revitalize small communities with populations between 1,000 and 5,000. These cities have access to technical assistance and fiscal resources designed to stimulate downtown revitalization.

According to 2000 Census, the City of Folkston had a population of 2,178 persons. Between 1990 and 2000, the city experienced a population decrease of -4.7%, compared to the state growth during this period of 26.4%.