Irwin County, Georgia

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Irwin County, Georgia
Irwin County Courthouse (East face).jpg
Irwin County Courthouse, Ocilla
Map of Georgia highlighting Irwin County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded December 15, 1818
Seat Ocilla
Largest city Ocilla
Area
 • Total 363 sq mi (940 km2)
 • Land 354 sq mi (917 km2)
 • Water 8.4 sq mi (22 km2), 2.3%
Population
 • (2010) 9,538
 • Density 27/sq mi (10/km²)
Congressional district 8th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.ocillachamber.net

Irwin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,538.[1] The county seat is Ocilla.[2] The county was created on December 15, 1818. It was named for Governor Jared Irwin.[3]

The Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site [1] is in Irwin County.

Georgia Sweet Potato Festival[edit]

Ocilla is home to the annual Georgia Sweet Potato Festival which is currently held on the last Saturday in October.

The first festival was held on November 21, 1961. The major address was by Agriculture Commissioner Phil Campbell. Ginger Gail Land was selected the first Sweet Potato Princess. One of the most popular parts of the festival was the cooking competition and display of dishes from favorite sweet potato recipes. The winning recipes were published and widely distributed.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 363 square miles (940 km2), of which 354 square miles (920 km2) is land and 8.4 square miles (22 km2) (2.3%) is water.[4]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 411
1830 1,180 187.1%
1840 2,038 72.7%
1850 3,334 63.6%
1860 1,699 −49.0%
1870 1,837 8.1%
1880 2,696 46.8%
1890 6,316 134.3%
1900 13,645 116.0%
1910 10,461 −23.3%
1920 12,670 21.1%
1930 12,199 −3.7%
1940 12,936 6.0%
1950 11,973 −7.4%
1960 9,211 −23.1%
1970 8,036 −12.8%
1980 8,988 11.8%
1990 8,649 −3.8%
2000 9,931 14.8%
2010 9,538 −4.0%
Est. 2013 9,427 −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 9,931 people, 3,644 households, and 2,696 families residing in the county. The population density was 28 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 4,149 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 71.98% White, 25.88% Black or African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.25% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. 2.03% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,644 households out of which 35.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.50% were married couples living together, 14.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.00% were non-families. 23.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.80% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 26.10% from 25 to 44, 21.90% from 45 to 64, and 14.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,257, and the median income for a family was $35,234. Males had a median income of $28,827 versus $20,532 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,867. About 13.50% of families and 17.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.30% of those under age 18 and 20.80% of those age 65 or over.

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Cities[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 23, 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. 166. 
  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 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Coordinates: 31°36′N 83°16′W / 31.60°N 83.27°W / 31.60; -83.27

  1. ^ http://www.gasweetpotatofestival.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12&Itemid=11