Echols County, Georgia

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Echols County, Georgia
EcholsCoCourthouse.jpg
Echols County Courthouse in Statenville
Map of Georgia highlighting Echols County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded December 13, 1858
Named for Robert Milner Echols
Seat Statenville
Largest community Statenville
Area
 • Total 421 sq mi (1,090 km2)
 • Land 415 sq mi (1,075 km2)
 • Water 5.8 sq mi (15 km2), 1.4%
Population
 • (2010) 4,034
 • Density 10/sq mi (4/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.echolscountygeorgia.com

Echols County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,034.[1] The county seat is Statenville.[2] Statenville is not an incorporated municipality, making Echols County one of only three counties in Georgia to have an unincorporated county seat. The county was established in 1858 and named in honor of Robert Milner Echols[3] (1798–1847).

Echols County is part of the Valdosta, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Echols County has become notable in recent years as it has served as a place of banishment for many of Georgia's criminals. As the Georgia State Constitution forbids banishment beyond the borders of the state, officials instead ban the offender from 158 of Georgia's 159 counties, with Echols remaining as their only option.[4] Few criminals have been documented as actually moving to Echols.[5] This is because almost all banished criminals choose to leave the state instead of moving to Echols County.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 421 square miles (1,090 km2), of which 415 square miles (1,070 km2) is land and 5.8 square miles (15 km2) (1.4%) is water.[6] The county contains a notable swamp, Whitehead Bay. [7]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,491
1870 1,978 32.7%
1880 2,553 29.1%
1890 3,079 20.6%
1900 3,209 4.2%
1910 3,309 3.1%
1920 3,313 0.1%
1930 2,744 −17.2%
1940 2,964 8.0%
1950 2,494 −15.9%
1960 1,876 −24.8%
1970 1,924 2.6%
1980 2,297 19.4%
1990 2,334 1.6%
2000 3,754 60.8%
2010 4,034 7.5%
Est. 2013 4,057 0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 3,754 people, 1,264 households, and 936 families residing in the county. The population density was 9 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 1,482 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 77.14% White, 6.93% Black or African American, 1.15% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 13.69% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. 19.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,264 households out of which 38.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.60% were married couples living together, 10.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.90% were non-families. 18.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.26.

In the county, the population was spread out with 29.30% under the age of 18, 12.50% from 18 to 24, 30.80% from 25 to 44, 18.30% from 45 to 64, and 9.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 116.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 114.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,851, and the median income for a family was $27,700. Males had a median income of $24,650 versus $17,297 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,727. 28.70% of the population and 22.30% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 33.10% are under the age of 18 and 29.80% are 65 or older.

2005 Estimates[edit]

In 2005 63.1% of the county population was non-Hispanic whites, 27.3% Hispanics, 8.8% African-Americans and 1.0% Native Americans.[13]

Education[edit]

Communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 22, 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. 113. 
  4. ^ Bynum, Russ (2001-11-11). "Georgia Communities Put Criminals on First Bus Out of Town". Los Angeles Times. 
  5. ^ http://americancityandcounty.com/mag/government_qarural_county_baffled/
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Whitehead Bay, Echols County". Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  13. ^ http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/13/13101.html

Coordinates: 30°43′N 82°54′W / 30.72°N 82.90°W / 30.72; -82.90