Whitfield County, Georgia

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Whitfield County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Whitfield County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded December 30, 1851
Seat Dalton
Largest city Dalton
Area
 • Total 291 sq mi (754 km2)
 • Land 290 sq mi (751 km2)
 • Water 0.6 sq mi (2 km2), 0.2%
Population
 • (2010) 102,599
 • Density 353/sq mi (136/km²)
Congressional district 14th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.whitfieldcountyga.com

Whitfield County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census shows a population of 102,599.[1] The county seat is Dalton.[2] The county was created on December 30, 1851.

Whitfield County is part of the Dalton, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Chattanooga-Cleveland-Dalton, TN-GA-AL Combined Statistical Area.

History[edit]

During the Civil War, the men of Whitfield County answered the call to enlist in the Confederate Army. The following units were raised in Whitfield County.

  • 2nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company H, Whitfield Infantry
  • 2nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company H, Georgia Volunteers
  • 34th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company A, Fitzgerald Rifles
  • 36th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Glenn), Company B
  • 36th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Glenn), Company C
  • 36th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Glenn), Company G
  • 36th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Glenn), Company H
  • 36th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Glenn), Company I
  • 39th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company C, Wells Guards
  • 60th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company B, Fannin Guards
  • 60th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company C, Walker Independents
  • 60th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company D, Whitfield Volunteers
  • 60th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company E, Bartow Avengers
  • 60th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company F, Gilmer Volunteers
  • 1st Regiment Georgia State Guards, "Tunnel Hill Guards" Commanded by Captain Rev. Hamiliton Young (Home Guard Unit)
  • "Dalton Machine Guards" Commanded by Captain James H. Bard (Home Guard Unit)

Several engagements took place in and around Whitfield County including:

  • Battle of Varnell's Station: May 9, 1864; Skirmish: May 7, 1864
  • Battle of Buzzards Roost/Rocky Face Ridge: May 7–13, 1864; October 13–14, 1864
  • Battle of Dug Gap: May 8, 1864
  • Battle of Nickajack Gap: March 9, 1864; May 7, 1864
  • Battle of Dalton I: February 22–27, 1864
  • Battle of Dalton II: August 14–15, 1864
  • Battle of Resaca: May 13–15, 1864
  • Skirmish at Dalton: January 1, 1864; November 30, 1864; December 5, 1864; March 14, 1865
  • Affair at Dalton: March 13, 1865
  • Skirmishes at Tunnel Hill: September 11, 1863; January 28, 1864; February 23, 24-25 1864; May 5–7, 1864; March 3, 1865
  • Battle of Tilton: October 13, 1864; Skirmish: May 13, 1864
  • Skirmish near Trickum's Crossroads: October 27, 1864
  • Skirmish at Buzzard's Roost: April 22, 1865

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 291 square miles (750 km2), of which 290 square miles (750 km2) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) (0.2%) is water.[3]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 10,047
1870 10,117 0.7%
1880 11,900 17.6%
1890 12,916 8.5%
1900 14,509 12.3%
1910 15,934 9.8%
1920 16,897 6.0%
1930 20,808 23.1%
1940 26,105 25.5%
1950 34,432 31.9%
1960 42,109 22.3%
1970 55,108 30.9%
1980 65,789 19.4%
1990 72,462 10.1%
2000 83,525 15.3%
2010 102,599 22.8%
Est. 2013 102,945 0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
1790-1960[5] 1900-1990[6]
1990-2000[7] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[8] of 2010, there were 102,599 people and 31,452 households residing in the county. The population density was 353.2 people per square mile (136/km²). There were 39,899 housing units at an average density of 137 per square mile (53/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 62.2% White, 3.7% Black or African American, 0.6% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, and 0.5% from two or more races. 31.6% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

As of the 2000 Census, there were 29,385 households out of which 36.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.50% were married couples living together, 10.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.60% were non-families. 20.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.30% under the age of 18, 10.00% from 18 to 24, 30.80% from 25 to 44, 21.50% from 45 to 64, and 10.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 101.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,377, and the median income for a family was $44,652. Males had a median income of $30,122 versus $23,709 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,515. About 8.60% of families and 11.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.70% of those under age 18 and 11.70% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Whitfield County Schools[edit]

High Schools[edit]

Middle Schools[edit]

  • Eastbrook Middle School
  • New Hope Middle School
  • North Whitfield Middle School
  • Valley Point Middle School
  • Westside Middle School

Elementary Schools[edit]

  • Antioch Elementary School
  • Beaverdale Elementary School
  • Cedar Ridge Elementary School
  • Cohutta Elementary School
  • Dawnville Elementary School
  • Dug Gap Elementary School
  • Eastside Elementary School
  • New Hope Elementary School
  • Pleasant Grove Elementary School
  • Tunnel Hill Elementary School
  • Valley Point Elementary School
  • Varnell Elementary School
  • Westside Elementary School

Private Schools[edit]

  • Cedar Valley Christian Academy
  • Christian Heritage School
  • Learning Tree School

Alternative Schools[edit]

  • Crossroads Academy
  • Phoenix High School

Communities[edit]

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°48′N 84°58′W / 34.80°N 84.97°W / 34.80; -84.97