Macon County, Georgia
|Macon County, Georgia|
Macon County Courthouse in Oglethorpe, Georgia
Location in the state of Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
|Founded||December 14, 1837|
|Named for||Nathaniel Macon|
|• Total||406 sq mi (1,052 km2)|
|• Land||401 sq mi (1,039 km2)|
|• Water||5.4 sq mi (14 km2), 1.3%|
|• Density||37/sq mi (14/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Macon County was created in 1837 from Houston ("house-ton") and Marion counties, effective December 14 of that year. The 91st county, it was named for the recently deceased General Nathaniel Macon of North Carolina, who served in the U.S. Congress for 37 years and ran for U.S. vice president. (The city of Macon, Georgia was also named for him, but is actually the seat of another county.) Parts of the county were used to create Taylor and Peach counties, in 1852 and 1924 respectively.
The first county seat was actually not chosen until 1838 when the county's inferior court selected Lanier. The Georgia General Assembly (state legislature) designated it so on December 29 of that year and incorporated it as a town. The Central of Georgia Railroad was then built through Oglethorpe in the 1850s, and the assembly called for a referendum on moving the seat to Oglethorpe in February of both 1854 and 1856. Little is known about the first vote, but the second resulted in the change to the new county seat the following year.
The infamous Andersonville National Cemetery is at the southwestern tip of the county. During the American Civil War, 13,000 died there from starvation and disease.  The county has seen an increase in tourists due to a song by The Mountain Goats. There is also an active Mennonite community within the county. The area code for Macon County is currently 478.
- Peach County (northeast)
- Houston County (east)
- Dooly County (southeast)
- Sumter County (south)
- Schley County (southwest)
- Taylor County (northwest)
National protected area
As of the census of 2000, there were 14,074 people, 4,834 households, and 3,485 families residing in the county. The population density was 35 people per square mile (13/km²). There were 5,495 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 59.48% Black or African American, 37.37% White or Caucasian, 0.22% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.52% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 2.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 4,834 households out of which 34.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.70% were married couples living together, 24.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.90% were non-families. 25.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.25.
In the county the population was spread out with 27.60% under the age of 18, 9.70% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.70 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $24,224, and the median income for a family was $29,402. Males had a median income of $26,922 versus $18,611 for females. The per capita income for the county was $11,820. About 22.10% of families and 25.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.00% of those under age 18 and 22.60% of those age 65 or over.
In popular culture
The Mountain Goats reference Macon County in their song, "Going to Georgia".
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||Taylor County||Peach County|
|Schley County||Sumter County||Dooly County|