Henry County, Georgia
|Henry County, Georgia|
Location in the state of Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
|Founded||May 15, 1821|
|Named for||Patrick Henry|
|• Total||327 sq mi (847 km2)|
|• Land||322 sq mi (834 km2)|
|• Water||4.4 sq mi (11 km2), 1.4%|
|• Density||633/sq mi (244/km²)|
|Congressional districts||3rd, 10th, 13th|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Henry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the county's population was 203,922. The county seat is McDonough. The county was named for Patrick Henry, Revolutionary War firebrand and champion of individual rights, to whom the slogan "give me liberty, or give me death" is attributed.
Henry County is part of the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is home to the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton. The Henry County Courthouse (McDonough, Georgia) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been the 10th-fastest growing county in the nation.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Education
- 5 Media
- 6 Communities
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Henry County, Georgia was created by the Georgia State Legislature in 1821 from land acquired from the Creek Indian Nation by the First Treaty of Indian Springs. Henry's original land area was much larger than it is today, stretching from near Indian Springs (present-day Indian Springs State Park) in the south to the Chattahoochee River near Sandy Springs in the north; encompassing most of present day Metropolitan Atlanta. Before one year passed the size of the County was diminished through the separation of land areas which, in whole or in part, became present day DeKalb, Fulton, Fayette and Newton Counties. Later divisions resulted in Clayton, Spalding, Rockdale and Butts Counties.
In the beginning Henry County was a virgin wilderness, having just been ceded from the Creek Nation. Prior to 1821, the Creeks and a few trappers and traders were the only residents of this area. The Creek Indians left their mark through place names, a few small Indian Mounds scattered around the County and through the arrowheads and broken pottery which can be found throughout Henry County.
Jesse Johnson, son of John Johnson and great-grandfather of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson, was a "first settler" of Henry County. He was a prosperous farmer, sheriff (1822–1835), and judge, before he fled to Alabama.
- Rockdale County – north
- DeKalb County – north
- Newton County – east
- Butts County – southeast
- Spalding County – southwest
- Clayton County – west
As of the census of 2010, there were 203,922 people, 70,255 households, and 54,445 families residing in the county. The population density was 649 people per square mile (250/km²). There were 76,533 housing units at an average density of 237 per square mile (92/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 55.0% White, 36.9% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 2.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.4% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. 5.8% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 70,255 households out of which 40.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.9% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a male householder with no wife present, 16.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.5% were non-families. 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.29.
In the county the population was spread out with 29.3% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 8.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.3 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.9 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $64,251, and the median income for a family was $70,724. Males had a median income of $51,021 versus $40,203 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,949. About 7.6% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.1% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.
As of the census of 2000, there were 119,341 people, 41,373 households, and 33,305 families residing in the county. The population density was 370 people per square mile (143/km²). There were 43,166 housing units at an average density of 134 per square mile (52/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 81.38% White, 14.68% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 1.76% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.79% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. 2.26% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Census Estimates from the 2008 American Community Survey indicate that the African-American population is 32.6%.
There were 41,373 households out of which 42.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.40% were married couples living together, 10.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.50% were non-families. 15.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the county the population was spread out with 29.20% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 34.90% from 25 to 44, 21.00% from 45 to 64, and 7.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.80 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $57,309, and the median income for a family was $61,607. Males had a median income of $41,449 versus $29,211 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,945. About 3.70% of families and 4.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.50% of those under age 18 and 7.80% of those age 65 or over.
Local public schools are run by the Henry County School System.
- Austin Road Elementary School
- Bethlehem Elementary School
- Cotton Indian Elementary School
- Dutchtown Elementary School
- East Lake Elementary School
- Fairview Elementary School
- Flippen Elementary School
- Hampton Elementary School
- Hickory Flat Elementary School
- Locust Grove Elementary School
- Luella Elementary School
- McDonough Elementary School
- Mt. Carmel Elementary School
- New Hope Elementary School
- Oakland Elementary School
- Ola Elementary School
- Pate's Creek Elementary School
- Pleasant Grove Elementary School
- Red Oak Elementary School
- Rock Spring Elementary School
- Rocky Creek Elementary School
- Smith Barnes Elementary School
- Stockbridge Elementary School
- Timber Ridge Elementary School
- Tussahaw Elementary School
- Union Grove Elementary School
- Walnut Creek Elementary School
- Wesley Lakes Elementary School
- Woodland Elementary School
- Austin Road Middle School
- Dutchtown Middle School
- Eagle's Landing Middle School
- Hampton Middle School
- Henry County Middle School
- Locust Grove Middle School
- Luella Middle School
- Ola Middle School
- Stockbridge Middle School
- Union Grove Middle School
- Woodland Middle School
- Patrick Henry Middle School
- Patrick Henry High School
- Mainstay Academy
- Bible Baptist Christian School (K4–12)
- Community Christian School (Nursery–12)
- Creekside Christian Academy
- Eagle's Landing Christian Academy (K3–12)
- Lake Dow Christian Academy
- New Creation Christian Academy
- Strong Rock Christian School (K–12)
- Peoples Baptist Academy
Mercer University has a Regional Academic Center in McDonough. The center, opened in 2003, offers programs through the university's College of Continuing and Professional Studies and Mercer's Tift College of Education.
Henry County has one radio station, WKKP AM 1410, broadcasting a classic country music format.
Henry County has several Public, educational, and government access (PEG) cable tv channels that are available on the Charter Communications system. One is Henry TV on local cable channel 14. There are also two Public-access television cable channel. One being the Southern Crescent Broadcasting, Channel 15, owned and operated by J2 Productions. Beginning operation in 2004, SCB-TV has been providing Henry, Lamar and Butts counties with local news, business information and entertainment. Southern Crescent Broadcasting is a six time Telly Award winner.
The Henry Daily Herald is the legal organ of Henry County and publishes six days a week. The paper was founded in 1874. The Herald is owned by Southern Community Newspapers, Inc. based in Lawrenceville, Ga.
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- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
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- Caro, Robert A. (1983). The Path to Power. The Years of Lyndon Johnson. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. p. 15. ISBN 0394499735. LCCN 90-201781.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 23, 2014.
- "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 23, 2014.
- "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 23, 2014.
- "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 23, 2014.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
- Henry County Board of Commissioners
- Henry County Chamber of Commerce
- Taste of Henry An annual fundraiser that showcases many of Henry County's best restaurants.
- Kelleytown, GA Website run by Mr. Beau Kelley, a descendant of the original family to which the community is named.
- A Friend's House Henry County's emergency shelter for abused, neglected, and abandoned children.
- Howard, John. "The Sub Series: Henry County, Georgia." Southern Spaces, January 26, 2010. http://southernspaces.org/2010/sub-series-henry-county-georgia.
||Rockdale County and DeKalb County|
|Clayton County||Newton County|
|Spalding County||Butts County|