Stephens County, Georgia

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Stephens County, Georgia
Stephens County, Georgia courthouse.JPG
Map of Georgia highlighting Stephens County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded August 18, 1905
Named for Alexander Stephens
Seat Toccoa
Largest city Toccoa
Area
 • Total 184.23 sq mi (477 km2)
 • Land 179.26 sq mi (464 km2)
 • Water 4.97 sq mi (13 km2)
Population
 • (2010) 26,175
 • Density 146/sq mi (56/km²)
Congressional district 9th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Stephens County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 26,175.[1] The county seat is Toccoa.[2]

History[edit]

Created on August 18, 1905 from parts of Franklin County and Habersham County, the County is named after Alexander Stephens, U.S. representative, Vice President of the Confederate States of America, and fifty-third governor of Georgia.

Two courthouses have served Stephens County. The first courthouse was built in 1908, and the second was built in 2000.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 184.23 square miles (477.2 km2), of which 179.26 square miles (464.3 km2) (or 97.30%) is land and 4.97 square miles (12.9 km2) (or 2.70%) is water.[4]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 9,728
1920 11,215 15.3%
1930 11,740 4.7%
1940 12,972 10.5%
1950 16,647 28.3%
1960 18,391 10.5%
1970 20,331 10.5%
1980 21,763 7.0%
1990 23,257 6.9%
2000 25,435 9.4%
2010 26,175 2.9%
Est. 2012 25,891 −1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[6]

As of the 2010 Census, there were 12,681 housing units, with an average of 2.63 persons per household.[7] The population density was 146 people per square mile (55/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 85.1% White, 10.9% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. 2.4% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[8] 86.7 % of the population were Protestant of any denomination.

There were 9,247 households out of which 30.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.60% were married couples living together, 11.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.00% were non-families. 25.50% 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 2.46 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.50% under the age of 18, 10.50% from 18 to 24, 26.60% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 15.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 92.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,466, and the median income for a family was $35,660. Males had a median income of $28,067 versus $20,850 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,529. About 11.30% of families and 15.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.30% of those under age 18 and 18.60% of those age 65 or over.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). "Historical Gazetteer of the United States". Routledge. p. 250. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ "State & County Quick Facts." U.S. Census Bureau. United States Census Bureau, 06 Jun 2011. Web. 24 Aug 2011. <http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/13/13257.html>.
  8. ^ "State & County Quick Facts." U.S. Census Bureau. United States Census Bureau, 06 Jun 2011. Web. 24 Aug 2011. <http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/13/13257.html>.
  9. ^ Toccoa Falls College, Retrieved June 26, 2010.
  10. ^ North Georgia Technical College, Retrieved September 22, 2010.

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Coordinates: 34°34′N 83°17′W / 34.56°N 83.29°W / 34.56; -83.29