Washington County, Georgia

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Washington County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Washington County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded February 25, 1784
Named for George Washington
Seat Sandersville
Largest city Sandersville
Area
 • Total 684.37 sq mi (1,773 km2)
 • Land 680.34 sq mi (1,762 km2)
 • Water 4.03 sq mi (10 km2), 0.59%
Population (Est.)
 • (2010) 21,187
 • Density 12/sq mi (5/km²)
Congressional district 10th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.washingtoncountyga.com

Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. It was established on February 25, 1784. As of the 2010 census, the population was 21,187.[1] The county seat is Sandersville.[2]

Washington County, Georgia, 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.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 684.37 square miles (1,772.5 km2), of which 680.34 square miles (1,762.1 km2) (or 99.41%) is land and 4.03 square miles (10.4 km2) (or 0.59%) is water.[3] As for the county itself it is mostly made up of farms and rural areas.

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 4,552
1800 10,300 126.3%
1810 9,940 −3.5%
1820 10,627 6.9%
1830 9,820 −7.6%
1840 10,565 7.6%
1850 11,766 11.4%
1860 12,698 7.9%
1870 15,842 24.8%
1880 21,964 38.6%
1890 25,237 14.9%
1900 28,227 11.8%
1910 28,174 −0.2%
1920 28,147 −0.1%
1930 25,030 −11.1%
1940 24,230 −3.2%
1950 21,012 −13.3%
1960 18,903 −10.0%
1970 17,480 −7.5%
1980 18,842 7.8%
1990 19,112 1.4%
2000 21,176 10.8%
2010 21,187 0.1%
Est. 2012 20,879 −1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[5]

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[6] 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.

Education[edit]

The county is served by the Washington County School District, which includes:[7]

The county is also the location of one privately run school:

  • Brentwood School

Cities and towns[edit]

In fiction[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ United States Census Bureau. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 25 February 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". Census.gov. Retrieved July 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ District, Washington County School. "Washington County Board of Education - Washington County Board of Education Listing". Retrieved 2009-05-26. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Ella Mitchell, History of Washington County. Atlanta, GA: Byrd Printing Company, 1924. —Reissued 1973.

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Coordinates: 32°58′N 82°47′W / 32.97°N 82.79°W / 32.97; -82.79