Atkinson County, Georgia

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Atkinson County, Georgia
Atkinson County Courthouse.jpg
Map of Georgia highlighting Atkinson County
Location in the U.S. state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded August 15, 1917
Named for William Yates Atkinson
Seat Pearson
Largest city Pearson
Area
 • Total 345 sq mi (894 km2)
 • Land 339 sq mi (878 km2)
 • Water 5.2 sq mi (13 km2), 1.5%
Population
 • (2010) 8,375
 • Density 25/sq mi (10/km²)
Congressional district 8th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.atkinson-ga.org

Atkinson County is a county located in the southeastern portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,375.[1] The county seat is Pearson.[2] The county was formed in 1917 from parts of Coffee and Clinch Counties. It is named for William Yates Atkinson, Democratic governor of Georgia from 1894 to 1898. In 2003 it had the highest illiteracy rate of any U.S. county at 36%.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 345 square miles (890 km2), of which 339 square miles (880 km2) is land and 5.2 square miles (13 km2) (1.5%) is water.[4]

The vast majority of Atkinson County is located in the Satilla River sub-basin of the St. Marys-Satilla River basin. The entire narrow western border area, in a line parallel to the western border and running through Willacoochee, is located in the Alapaha River sub-basin of the Suwannee River basin. A small southeastern corner of the county is located in the Upper Suwannee River sub-basin of the same Suwannee River basin.[5]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 7,656
1930 6,894 −10.0%
1940 7,093 2.9%
1950 7,362 3.8%
1960 6,188 −15.9%
1970 5,879 −5.0%
1980 6,141 4.5%
1990 6,213 1.2%
2000 7,609 22.5%
2010 8,375 10.1%
Est. 2016 8,273 [6] −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[11] of 2010, there were 8,375 people, 2,983 households, and 2,159 families residing in the county. The population density was 25 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 3,171 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 62.2% White, 17.3% Black or African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 17.7% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. 24.3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,983 households out of which 41.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.3% were married couples living together, 15.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.6% were non-families. 22.9% of all households were made up of individuals living alone and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.8 and the average family size was 3.29.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,682.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 8,375 people, 2,983 households, and 2,159 families residing in the county.[12] The population density was 24.7 inhabitants per square mile (9.5/km2). There were 3,522 housing units at an average density of 10.4 per square mile (4.0/km2).[13] The racial makeup of the county was 62.2% white, 17.3% black or African American, 0.6% American Indian, 0.3% Pacific islander, 0.3% Asian, 17.7% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 24.3% of the population.[12] In terms of ancestry, 16.1% were English, 16.0% were Irish, and 7.5% were American.[14]

Of the 2,983 households, 41.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.3% were married couples living together, 15.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 27.6% were non-families, and 22.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.29. The median age was 33.4 years.[12]

The median income for a household in the county was $33,834 and the median income for a family was $34,859. Males had a median income of $29,286 versus $25,705 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,456. About 19.8% of families and 28.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.4% of those under age 18 and 21.3% of those age 65 or over.[15]

Education[edit]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

  • Axson
  • Guthrie Heights
  • Henderson Still
  • Kirkland
  • Leliaton
  • Oberry
  • Sandy Bottom
  • Morrisville

Politics[edit]

Previous Presidential Elections Results[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 72.0% 1,878 26.7% 697 1.3% 35
2012 66.7% 1,938 32.0% 930 1.3% 39
2008 66.8% 1,941 32.3% 938 1.0% 28
2004 67.4% 1,666 32.3% 799 0.3% 8
2000 59.3% 1,228 39.6% 821 1.1% 22
1996 42.9% 784 45.1% 823 12.0% 219
1992 35.7% 779 48.3% 1,056 16.0% 350
1988 55.6% 1,126 43.8% 887 0.6% 12
1984 51.2% 944 48.8% 901
1980 33.6% 747 65.2% 1,449 1.2% 26
1976 18.2% 347 81.8% 1,560
1972 74.9% 924 25.1% 309
1968 11.4% 288 27.1% 686 61.5% 1,554
1964 58.8% 1,157 41.2% 811 0.1% 1
1960 15.6% 239 84.5% 1,298
1956 6.6% 122 93.4% 1,719
1952 11.1% 194 88.9% 1,560
1948 10.2% 114 83.8% 938 6.1% 68
1944 10.5% 90 89.5% 766
1940 8.6% 66 91.3% 703 0.1% 1
1936 2.9% 29 97.1% 958
1932 5.2% 41 94.2% 747 0.6% 5
1928 25.7% 121 74.3% 350
1924 5.7% 25 90.4% 394 3.9% 17
1920 20.8% 119 79.2% 453

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ https://nces.ed.gov/naal/estimates/StateEstimates.aspx
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission Interactive Mapping Experience". Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission. Retrieved 2015-11-27. 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  12. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  13. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  14. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  15. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  16. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

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Coordinates: 31°17′N 82°52′W / 31.29°N 82.87°W / 31.29; -82.87