Decatur County, Georgia

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Decatur County, Georgia
Decatur County Courthouse (NW corner).JPG
Decatur County Courthouse in Bainbridge, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Decatur County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded 1823
Named for Stephen Decatur
Seat Bainbridge
Largest city Bainbridge
Area
 • Total 623.16 sq mi (1,614 km2)
 • Land 596.80 sq mi (1,546 km2)
 • Water 26.36 sq mi (68 km2), 4.23%
Population
 • (2010) 27,842
 • Density 47/sq mi (18/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.decaturcountyga.org

Decatur County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 27,842.[1] The county seat is Bainbridge.[2]

History[edit]

The County was created by an act of the Georgia General Assembly on December 8, 1823, from a portion of Early County. Three other counties were created from land that was originally part of Decatur County.

In 1825, a portion of Decatur was used in the creation of Thomas County. In 1905, another portion of Decatur was used in the creation of part of Grady County. In 1920, the western portion of Decatur County was used to form Seminole County in its entirety.

Decatur County is named for United States Navy Commodore Stephen Decatur, a hero of the War of 1812.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 623.16 square miles (1,614.0 km2), of which 596.80 square miles (1,545.7 km2) (or 95.77%) is land and 26.36 square miles (68.3 km2) (or 4.23%) is water.[4] Decatur County should not be confused with the City of Decatur, which is in DeKalb County.

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 3,854
1840 5,872 52.4%
1850 8,262 40.7%
1860 11,922 44.3%
1870 15,183 27.4%
1880 19,072 25.6%
1890 19,949 4.6%
1900 29,454 47.6%
1910 29,045 −1.4%
1920 31,785 9.4%
1930 23,622 −25.7%
1940 22,234 −5.9%
1950 23,620 6.2%
1960 25,203 6.7%
1970 22,310 −11.5%
1980 25,495 14.3%
1990 25,511 0.1%
2000 28,240 10.7%
2010 27,842 −1.4%
Est. 2012 27,509 −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 28,240 people, 10,380 households, and 7,546 families residing in the county. The population density was 47 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 11,968 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 57.10% White, 39.91% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.64% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. 3.20% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 10,380 households out of which 35.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.00% were married couples living together, 19.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.30% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.50% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 21.10% from 45 to 64, and 13.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 91.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,820, and the median income for a family was $32,635. Males had a median income of $27,180 versus $20,745 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,063. About 19.20% of families and 22.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.00% of those under age 18 and 19.20% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Cities and towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

  • Amsterdam
  • Ausmac
  • Bethany
  • Black Jack
  • Cyrene
  • Eldorendo
  • Faceville
  • Fowlstown
  • Hannatown
  • Hanover
  • Jinks
  • Laingkat
  • Lynn
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Otisco
  • Parker Courthouse
  • Recovery
  • Smith's Landing
  • Vada

Ghost Towns[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States Census Bureau. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 102. 
  4. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 30°53′N 84°35′W / 30.88°N 84.58°W / 30.88; -84.58