Walker County, Georgia

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Walker County, Georgia
Walker County (GA) Courthouse.jpg
Walker County Courthouse in LaFayette
Map of Georgia highlighting Walker County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded December 18, 1833
Seat LaFayette
Largest city LaFayette
Area
 • Total 447 sq mi (1,158 km2)
 • Land 446 sq mi (1,155 km2)
 • Water 0.6 sq mi (2 km2), 0.1%
Population
 • (2010) 68,756
 • Density 154/sq mi (59/km²)
Congressional district 14th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.walkercountytax.com

Walker County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 68,756.[1] The county seat is LaFayette.[2] The county was created on December 18, 1833 from land formerly belonging to the Cherokee Indian Nation.

Walker County is part of the Chattanooga, TN–GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Walker County is one of only nine counties in the United States still employing the sole commissioner form of government.

History[edit]

Civil War[edit]

At the outbreak of the American Civil War many of the men and boys of Walker County left their farms to fight for the cause of the Confederacy. They joined units in surrounding counties as well as the following companies raised from men in Walker County.

1st Confederate Regiment Georgia Volunteers, Company D

9th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company G, LaFayette Volunteers

11th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company G, Catoosa County Georgia (most of the men were from Walker County Georgia)

23rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company H, Bartow Invincibles

39th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company E, Walker Light Guards

39th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company K, Walker County Volunteers

60th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company I

Battles fought in Walker County[edit]

Civil War battles fought in Walker County were part of the Chickamauga Campaign fought between August 21 and September 20, 1863:

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 447 square miles (1,160 km2), of which 446 square miles (1,160 km2) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) (0.1%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties[edit]

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Defunct[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 6,572
1850 13,109 99.5%
1860 10,082 −23.1%
1870 9,925 −1.6%
1880 11,056 11.4%
1890 13,282 20.1%
1900 15,661 17.9%
1910 18,692 19.4%
1920 23,370 25.0%
1930 26,206 12.1%
1940 31,024 18.4%
1950 38,198 23.1%
1960 45,264 18.5%
1970 50,691 12.0%
1980 56,470 11.4%
1990 58,340 3.3%
2000 61,053 4.7%
2010 68,756 12.6%
Est. 2013 68,198 −0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
1790-1960[5] 1900-1990[6]
1990-2000[7] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 61,053 people, 23,605 households, and 17,467 families residing in the county. The population density was 137 people per square mile (53/km²). There were 25,577 housing units at an average density of 57 per square mile (22/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.43% White, 3.78% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. 0.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 23,605 households out of which 32.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.80% were married couples living together, 12.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.00% were non-families. 22.90% 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 2.54 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.80% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 28.80% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 13.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,406, and the median income for a family was $39,034. Males had a median income of $29,448 versus $21,583 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,867. About 10.00% of families and 12.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.10% of those under age 18 and 11.70% of those age 65 or over.

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 34°44′N 85°18′W / 34.73°N 85.30°W / 34.73; -85.30