Dodge County, Georgia

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Dodge County, Georgia
Dodge County Courthouse.JPG
Map of Georgia highlighting Dodge County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded 1870
Named for William E. Dodge
Seat Eastman
Largest city Eastman
Area
 • Total 503 sq mi (1,303 km2)
 • Land 496 sq mi (1,285 km2)
 • Water 7.2 sq mi (19 km2), 1.4%
Population
 • Total 21,796
 • Density 44/sq mi (17/km²)
Congressional district 8th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.dodgecountyga.com

Dodge County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of 2010, the population was 21,796.[1] The county seat is Eastman.[2] Dodge County lies in the Historic South region of Georgia, an area that has architectural wonders and shows the cultural aspects of the South.

History[edit]

Dodge County was created on October 26, 1870. The county was named for William E. Dodge,[3] a New York U. S. Representative and businessman, abolitionist, and "Carpetbagger" who purchased large tracks of timberland in the area after the Civil War.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 503 square miles (1,300 km2), of which 496 square miles (1,280 km2) is land and 7.2 square miles (19 km2) (1.4%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 5,358
1890 11,452 113.7%
1900 13,975 22.0%
1910 20,127 44.0%
1920 22,540 12.0%
1930 21,599 −4.2%
1940 21,022 −2.7%
1950 17,865 −15.0%
1960 16,483 −7.7%
1970 15,658 −5.0%
1980 16,955 8.3%
1990 17,607 3.8%
2000 19,171 8.9%
2010 21,796 13.7%
Est. 2013 21,221 −2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[9] of 2010, there were 21,796 people, 8,177 households, and 5,528 families residing in the county. The population density was 43 people per square mile (17/km²). There were 9,857 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 66.8% White, 29.8% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.6% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. 3.4% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,177 households out of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.7% were married couples living together, 16.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 27% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 20 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 8.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.5 years. For every 100 females there were 110.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,815, and the median income for a family was $44,831. Males had a median income of $38,178 versus $30,371 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,417. About 15.3% of families and 19.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.9% of those under age 18 and 17.1% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Airport[edit]

The Heart of Georgia Regional Airport[10] is located three miles east of Eastman off of State Route 46. Elevation 304'. Runway 02/20 is 6,506'x100'and has a precision instrument landing system. The airport is owned by the Heart of Georgia Regional Airport Authority and is home to the Middle Georgia State College Georgia Aviation campus. Middle Georgia State College operates the Federal Aviation Administration's #1 ranked student control tower in the United States.[11] Other businesses at the airport include aircraft manufacturing, aircraft metal finishing, and general metal fabrication. The airport's Fixed Base Operator is located in the terminal building midfield. The terminal building is named after W. S. Stuckey, Sr., founder of Stuckey's Candy Company[12] (now Standard Candy) an aviation pioneer who is from Eastman.

Education[edit]

Communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  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. 107. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  10. ^ "Heart of Georgia Regional Airport". Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  11. ^ Pace, Ramey. "Air Traffic Management". Middle Georgia College. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  12. ^ "Stuckey's Candy Company". Retrieved 19 March 2011. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 32°10′N 83°10′W / 32.17°N 83.17°W / 32.17; -83.17