Claxton is a city in Evans County, Georgia, United States. The population was 2,393 at the 2010 census, up from 2,276 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Evans County. The petition to incorporate the town of Claxton was approved by Tattnall Superior Court in April 1894.
The latitude of Claxton is 32.161N. The longitude is -81.904W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 184 feet.
There is some dispute about the origin of the name. Some local historians contend that the name of a popular actress, Kate Claxton, in the early 1900s was the source, while others believe it was in honor of Philander Priestly Claxton, a noted educator of the time.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 2,746 people residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 46.4% White, 41.7% Black, 0.0% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.1% from some other race and 1.2% from two or more races. 9.6% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
At the 2000 United States Census, there were 2,276 people residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 57.0% White, 39.6% Black, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 2.4% from some other race and 0.7% from two or more races. 3.6% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
Claxton is governed by a mayor and city council. The mayor is elected at large, while the seven member council is elected by district. Other officials in the city include the city manager, city attorney, police chief, street superintendent, public works director, personnel director, finance officer, purchasing agent, code enforcement, fire chief, municipal court judge, municipal court clerk, zoning administrator, gas superintendent, and the water superintendent.
Public education in Claxton is supervised by the Evans County School District. The current superintendent is Dr. Marty Waters.
All schools have been fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as well as the Georgia Accrediting Commission. The public schools in Claxton are: Claxton Elementary School; Claxton Middle School; and Claxton High School.
Claxton meteorite, on December 10, 1984, a meteorite fell in Claxton and hit a mailbox. The mailbox sold for $83,000 because it is said that it is the only meteorite to have struck a mailbox. The meteorite is also classified as an L6 meteorite.