Coweta County, Georgia
|Coweta County, Georgia|
Historic Coweta County Courthouse in Newnan
Location in the state of Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
|• Total||446 sq mi (1,155 km2)|
|• Land||441 sq mi (1,142 km2)|
|• Water||4.9 sq mi (13 km2), 1.1%|
|• Density||289/sq mi (112/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
The land for Lee, Muscogee, Troup, Coweta, and Carroll counties was ceded by the Creek people in the 1825 Treaty of Indian Springs. The counties' boundaries were created by the Georgia General Assembly on June 9, 1826, but they were not named until December 14, 1826. Coweta County was named for the Koweta Indians (a sub-group of the Creek people), who had several towns in and around present day Coweta.
Government and politics
The legislative body of Coweta County is the Coweta County Commission. The commission consists of five members elected from numbered districts. The commission chairmanship rotates among the members, Coweta County is the only in Georgia that operates with a rotating chairmanship.
|District||Commissioner||Party||Term of Office||Seat Up|
|3rd.||Bob Blackburn (chairman)||Republican||2011–present||2014|
- Fulton County – northeast
- Fayette County – east
- Spalding County – southeast
- Meriwether County – south
- Troup County – southwest
- Heard County – west
- Carroll County – northwest
As of the census of 2000, there were 89,215 people, 31,442 households, and 24,713 families residing in the county. The population density was 202 people per square mile (78/km²). There were 33,182 housing units at an average density of 75 per square mile (29/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 78.86% White, 17.97% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.68% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.22% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. 3.14% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 31,442 households out of which 39.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.50% were married couples living together, 12.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.40% were non-families. 17.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.17.
In the county the population was spread out with 28.70% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 33.40% from 25 to 44, 21.80% from 45 to 64, and 8.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 98.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $52,706, and the median income for a family was $58,750. Males had a median income of $41,369 versus $27,322 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,949. About 6.10% of families and 7.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.60% of those under age 18 and 10.50% of those age 65 or over.
The Coweta County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of nineteen elementary schools, six middle schools, and three high schools. The district has 1,164 full-time teachers and over 18,389 students. Private schools in the county include The Heritage School and Trinity Christian School.
Mercer University has a Regional Academic Center in Newnan. The center, opened in 2010, offers programs through the university's College of Continuing and Professional Studies. The University of West Georgia has a campus located in Newnan, near I-85. This campus is currently holding two undergraduate programs- Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Early Childhood Education.
- Ellis Gibbs Arnall, Governor of Georgia from 1943 to 1947.
- William Yates Atkinson, Governor of Georgia from 1894 to 1896. Founded Georgia State College for Women, now Georgia College & State University.
- Steve Bedrosian, former Major League baseball player and the National League Cy Young Award winner in 1987.
- Keith Brooking, football player who played for the Atlanta Falcons, now plays for Dallas Cowboys.
- Erskine Caldwell, author of the novels Tobacco Road and God's Little Acre.
- Lewis Grizzard, newspaper columnist, author, and humorist, of Atlanta, Ga.
- Drew Hill, played for the pro football Houston Oilers, Los Angeles Rams, and Atlanta Falcons.
- Alan Jackson, country music singer and musician.
- Joe M. Jackson, colonel, U.S. Air Force, Medal of Honor winner.
- Warren Newson, played pro baseball for the Chicago White Sox.
- Stephen W. Pless, major, U.S. Marine Corps, Medal of Honor winner.
- Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith (1860–98), confidence man and crime boss.
- Charles Wadsworth, retired director of the Chamber Music Society at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
- Jerome Walton, former Major League baseball player and the Rookie of the Year in the National League in 1989.
- Rutledge Wood, auto racing analyst and host of Top Gear
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- One of the Coweta websites for family history
- A Coweta website for the African American Heritage Museum News
- Fox 5 Hot List for CCAAHRC
- A church and cemetery website for Coweta and surrounding Counties
||Carroll County||Fulton County|
|Heard County||Fayette County|
|Troup County||Meriwether County||Spalding County|