Webster County, Georgia

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Webster County, Georgia
Webster County, GA Courthouse.JPG
County courthouse in Preston
Map of Georgia highlighting Webster County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded December 16, 1853
Named for Daniel Webster
Seat Preston
Largest community Preston
Area
 • Total 210 sq mi (544 km2)
 • Land 209 sq mi (541 km2)
 • Water 1.1 sq mi (3 km2), 0.5%
Population
 • (2010) 2,799
 • Density 13/sq mi (5/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.webstercountyga.org

Webster County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 Census reflected a population of 2,799,[1] making it the third-least populous county in Georgia. The county seat is Preston.[2]

History[edit]

Webster County was created by an act of the Georgia General Assembly on December 16, 1853, as Kinchafoonee County. A subsequent legislative act on February 21, 1856, changed the name to Webster. The land for the county came from portions of Stewart County.

The County is named for Daniel Webster, U.S. representative of New Hampshire and U.S. representative and U.S. senator of Massachusetts.[3] Webster County's original name of Kinchafoonee comes from the Kinchafoonee Creek which runs through the county.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 210 square miles (540 km2), of which 209 square miles (540 km2) is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) (0.5%) is water.[4]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 5,030
1870 4,677 −7.0%
1880 5,237 12.0%
1890 5,695 8.7%
1900 6,618 16.2%
1910 6,151 −7.1%
1920 5,342 −13.2%
1930 5,032 −5.8%
1940 4,726 −6.1%
1950 4,081 −13.6%
1960 3,247 −20.4%
1970 2,362 −27.3%
1980 2,341 −0.9%
1990 2,263 −3.3%
2000 2,390 5.6%
2010 2,799 17.1%
Est. 2013 2,719 −2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 2,390 people, 911 households, and 675 families residing in the county. The population density was 11 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 1,115 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 50.50% White, 47.03% Black or African American, 0.08% Native American, 1.59% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. 2.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 911 households out of which 31.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.90% were married couples living together, 16.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.90% were non-families. 23.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.20% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 14.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 101.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,992, and the median income for a family was $32,462. Males had a median income of $26,444 versus $19,125 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,772. About 17.20% of families and 19.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.00% of those under age 18 and 19.40% of those age 65 or over.

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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. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). "Historical Gazetteer of the United States". Routledge. p. 242. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 32°03′N 84°33′W / 32.05°N 84.55°W / 32.05; -84.55