Emanuel County, Georgia

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Emanuel County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Emanuel County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded 1812
Named for David Emanuel
Seat Swainsboro
Largest city Swainsboro
Area
 • Total 690 sq mi (1,787 km2)
 • Land 681 sq mi (1,764 km2)
 • Water 9.6 sq mi (25 km2), 1.4%
Population
 • (2010) 22,598
 • Density 33/sq mi (13/km²)
Congressional district 12th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Emanuel County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 22,598.[1] The county seat is Swainsboro.[2]

History[edit]

The County was created on December 10, 1812, by an act of the Georgia General Assembly from land originally in parts of Bulloch and Montgomery counties. Emanuel County is named in honor of former Governor of Georgia David Emanuel.[3]

Portions of Johnson (1858), Jenkins (1905), Toombs (1905), Candler (1914), and Treutlen (1918) counties were taken from Emanuel's original borders.

Courthouses[edit]

Emanuel County has had seven courthouses in its 200 years of existence.[4] In the county's early years, the court met at Steven Rich's home. Emanuel County's first courthouse was erected in 1814 and burned in 1841. It wasn't until 1854, the same time that the city of Swainsboro was formally incorporated, that the county was allowed to build a replacement. In a string of bad luck, this new courthouse burned in 1855 and was replaced by another courthouse, which burned in 1857. Emanuel County's fourth courthouse burned in 1919 and was replaced by a three-story brick structure which, characteristically, burned in 1938. The next courthouse, a two-story marble structure, was built in 1940 and was the first courthouse in Emanuel County's history not to be destroyed by fire. However, by the 1990s, the courthouse's cramped and deteriorating condition caused several county offices to vacate the courthouse and move into vacant office space surrounding the courthouse square. The courthouse was demolished in the spring of 2000, leaving only the sheriff's office annex. In the late 1990s, the Emanuel County commissioners purchased the former U.S. Post Office building, which was built in 1936, to serve as an interim courthouse. In 2000, the county commission acquired land adjacent to the old Post Office to build a new courthouse and sheriff's office. Emanuel County's current courthouse, a large, single story brick structure incorporating the old Post Office building, was completed in 2002, and a city square was built on the former courthouse site with the old sheriff's office renovated to serve as the city's visitors' center as well as the office for Swainsboro-Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce.[5]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 690 square miles (1,800 km2), of which 681 square miles (1,760 km2) is land and 9.6 square miles (25 km2) (1.4%) is water.[6]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Emanuel County borders a total of eleven counties, more than any other county in Georgia

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 2,928
1830 2,673 −8.7%
1840 3,129 17.1%
1850 4,577 46.3%
1860 5,081 11.0%
1870 6,134 20.7%
1880 9,759 59.1%
1890 14,703 50.7%
1900 21,279 44.7%
1910 25,140 18.1%
1920 25,862 2.9%
1930 24,101 −6.8%
1940 23,517 −2.4%
1950 19,789 −15.9%
1960 17,815 −10.0%
1970 18,189 2.1%
1980 20,795 14.3%
1990 20,546 −1.2%
2000 21,837 6.3%
2010 22,598 3.5%
Est. 2013 22,867 1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 21,837 people, 8,045 households, and 5,752 families residing in the county. The population density was 32 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 9,419 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 63.69% White, 33.28% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 2.13% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. 3.41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,045 households out of which 34.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.10% were married couples living together, 17.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.50% were non-families. 25.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.80% under the age of 18, 10.40% from 18 to 24, 26.00% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 13.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 92.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $24,383, and the median income for a family was $31,113. Males had a median income of $26,605 versus $18,145 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,627. About 21.80% of families and 27.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.70% of those under age 18 and 27.50% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 15, 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. 119. 
  4. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). "Historical Gazetteer of the United States". Routledge. p. 248. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Emanuel County Courthouse". Georgia Info. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Coordinates: 32°35′N 82°18′W / 32.59°N 82.30°W / 32.59; -82.30