Washington County, Georgia
|Washington County, Georgia|
Location in the state of Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
|Founded||February 25, 1784|
|Named for||George Washington|
|• Total||684 sq mi (1,772 km2)|
|• Land||678 sq mi (1,756 km2)|
|• Water||5.9 sq mi (15 km2), 0.9%|
|• Density||31/sq mi (12/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 21,187. The county seat is Sandersville. The county was established on February 25, 1784. It was named for General George Washington prior to him becoming President and is the only county in the U.S. to be named for him as a General.
- Glascock County (northeast)
- Jefferson County (east)
- Johnson County (south)
- Wilkinson County (southwest)
- Baldwin County (west)
- Hancock County (northwest)
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 21,187 people residing in the county. 52.7% were Black or African American, 45.0% White, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Native American, 0.7% of some other race and 1.0% of two or more races. 1.9% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).
As of the census of 2000, there were 21,176 people, 7,435 households, and 5,382 families residing in the county. The population density was 31 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 8,327 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 45.73% White, 53.20% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.43% from two or more races. 0.63% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 7,435 households out of which 34.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.70% were married couples living together, 21.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.60% were non-families. 24.80% 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 2.65 and the average family size was 3.17.
In the county the population was spread out with 26.90% under the age of 18, 8.80% from 18 to 24, 30.30% from 25 to 44, 21.40% from 45 to 64, and 12.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 81.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.20 males. The median income for a household in the county was $29,910, and the median income for a family was $36,325. Males had a median income of $33,263 versus $21,388 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,565. About 18.70% of families and 22.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.00% of those under age 18 and 23.20% of those age 65 or over.
The county is served by the Washington County School District, which includes:
- Ridge Road Elementary School
- T.J. Elder Middle School
- Washington County High School.
The county is also the location of one privately run school:
- Brentwood School
In popular culture
The 1933 short story The People's Choice by Erskine Caldwell is set in Washington County, where the story's protagonist is a popular local politician elected again and again as the county's tax assesor.
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||Hancock County||Glascock County|
|Baldwin County||Jefferson County|
|Wilkinson County||Johnson County|