Toombs County, Georgia

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Toombs County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Toombs 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 Robert Toombs
Seat Lyons
Largest city Vidalia
 • Total 368.64 sq mi (955 km2)
 • Land 366.65 sq mi (950 km2)
 • Water 1.99 sq mi (5 km2)
 • (2010) 27,223
 • Density 74/sq mi (29/km²)
Congressional district 12th
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.[1] The county seat is Lyons.[2]

Toombs County is part of the Vidalia Micropolitan Statistical Area.


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 Blake Tillery, the Chairman. It is also governed by Alvie Kight, Jr., who has been Sheriff since 1997.


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.[3]

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Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 11,206
1920 13,897 24.0%
1930 17,165 23.5%
1940 16,952 −1.2%
1950 17,382 2.5%
1960 16,837 −3.1%
1970 19,151 13.7%
1980 22,592 18.0%
1990 24,072 6.6%
2000 26,067 8.3%
2010 27,223 4.4%
Est. 2012 27,315 0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[5]

As of the census[6] 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.

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  1. ^ United States Census Bureau. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved July 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved July 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 32°07′N 82°20′W / 32.12°N 82.34°W / 32.12; -82.34