Hart County, Georgia

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Hart County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Hart County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded December 7, 1853
Named for Nancy Hart
Seat Hartwell
Largest city Hartwell
Area
 • Total 256.42 sq mi (664 km2)
 • Land 232.21 sq mi (601 km2)
 • Water 24.21 sq mi (63 km2), 9.44%
Population
 • (2010) 25,213
 • Density 99/sq mi (38/km²)
Congressional district 9th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Hart County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 25,213.[1] The county seat is Hartwell.[2]

Hart County was created December 7, 1853 and named for Nancy Hart. Of Georgia's 159 counties, Hart County is the only one named after a woman. Lake Hartwell is also named for her.[3]

Letters to Miss Celie in the movie The Color Purple (film) by Steven Spielberg, based on the novel The Color Purple by Alice Walker, are addressed to "Hartwell County, Georgia" suggesting that the movie is set either in Hartwell or Hart County.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 256.42 square miles (664.1 km2), of which 232.21 square miles (601.4 km2) (or 90.56%) is land and 24.21 square miles (62.7 km2) (or 9.44%) is water.[4]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 6,137
1870 6,783 10.5%
1880 9,094 34.1%
1890 10,887 19.7%
1900 14,492 33.1%
1910 16,216 11.9%
1920 17,944 10.7%
1930 15,174 −15.4%
1940 15,512 2.2%
1950 14,495 −6.6%
1960 15,229 5.1%
1970 15,814 3.8%
1980 18,585 17.5%
1990 19,712 6.1%
2000 22,997 16.7%
2010 25,213 9.6%
Est. 2012 25,518 1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 22,997 people, 9,106 households, and 6,610 families residing in the county. The population density was 99 people per square mile (38/km²). There were 11,111 housing units at an average density of 48 per square mile (18/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 79.09% White, 19.36% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.24% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. 0.85% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,106 households out of which 29.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.80% were married couples living together, 12.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.40% were non-families. 24.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.50% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 27.30% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 16.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,833, and the median income for a family was $39,600. Males had a median income of $30,652 versus $21,233 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,714. About 12.20% of families and 14.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.10% of those under age 18 and 16.50% of those age 65 or over.

Attractions[edit]

  • Lake Hartwell, which is a beautiful lake that covers approximately 56,000 square acres.
  • The Scarecrow festival occurs in Hartwell every year during the month of October. This is when the downtown gets "invaded" by scarecrows, which are handmade scarecrows placed in front of local shops and businesses.
  • Cateechee is one of the state's finest golf courses. It has 380 acres of land and 18 holes.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Georgia.gov - Hart County info page
  4. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 34°21′N 82°58′W / 34.35°N 82.96°W / 34.35; -82.96