Toombs County, Georgia
|Toombs County, Georgia|
Location in the state of Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
|Founded||August 18, 1905|
|Named for||Robert Toombs|
368.64 sq mi (955 km²)
366.65 sq mi (950 km²)
1.99 sq mi (5 km²),
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Toombs County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. It was created on August 18, 1905. As of the 2010 census, the population was 26,067. The 2011 Census Estimate showed a population of 27,434. The county seat is Lyons.
The County is named for Robert Toombs, United States representative and senator. During the Civil War, Toombs also served in the Confederate Provisional Congress, as Secretary of State of the Confederate States, and a brigadier general in the Confederate Army. Toombs County was founded in 1905.
Toombs County is most famously known for its Vidalia onions.
Toombs County is also famous for being the boyhood home of Paul Anderson. The county also is the home of 1996 Mr.Georgia bodybuilder Jason McBride and of former NFL football player Fred Stokes.
It was founded as the 142nd county in Georgia by the State Legislature on August 18, 1905 and organized on October 9 of that year. The county was originally formed from portions of Tattnall and Montgomery counties; a small piece of Emanuel County was added in 1907 to give Toombs County its present-day boundaries.
Toombs County is governed by a 5-member Board of Commissioners, headed by Buddy West, the Chairman. It is also governed by Alvie Kight, Jr., who has been Sheriff for 9 years now.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 368.64 square miles (954.8 km2), of which 366.65 square miles (949.6 km2) (or 99.46%) is land and 1.99 square miles (5.2 km2) (or 0.54%) is water.
Major highways 
U.S. highways 
State routes 
- State Route 4
- State Route 15
- State Route 29
- State Route 30
- State Route 56
- State Route 86
- State Route 130
- State Route 147
- State Route 152
- State Route 178
- State Route 292
- State Route 297
- State Route 298
Adjacent counties 
- Emanuel County (north)
- Tattnall County (east)
- Appling County (south)
- Jeff Davis County (southwest)
- Montgomery County (west)
As of the census of 2000, there were 26,067 people, 9,877 households, and 6,825 families residing in the county. The population density was 71 people per square mile (27/km²). There were 11,371 housing units at an average density of 31 per square mile (12/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 69.16% White, 24.15% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 5.34% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 8.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 9,877 households out of which 34.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.70% were married couples living together, 15.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.90% were non-families. 27.00% 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 2.59 and the average family size was 3.13.
In the county the population was spread out with 28.60% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 27.80% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 91.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.30 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $26,811, and the median income for a family was $34,478. Males had a median income of $26,988 versus $18,051 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,252. About 17.80% of families and 23.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.80% of those under age 18 and 18.30% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns 
Notable residents 
(or former residents)
- Mel Blount (football hall of famer and founder of Mel Blount Youth Home
- Nick Eason (NFL player currently with the Pittsburgh Steelers)
- Craig Campbell (country music singer)
- Fred Stokes (former pro football player)
- Travares Tillman (professional football player)
- Don Collins (former professional baseball player)
- Paul Claxton (PGA tour professional golfer)
- Wallace Moses (former professional baseball player)
- Algur H. Meadows (Oilman, businessman)
- Iris Blitch (politician)
- Carl Simpson (former professional baseball player)
- Don Harris (journalist killed during Jonestown Massacre)
- Ben Utt (professional football player)
See also 
- United States Census Bureau. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
|Montgomery County||Tattnall County|
|Jeff Davis County||Appling County|