Brantley County, Georgia

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Brantley County, Georgia
Brantley County Courthouse, Nahunta, GA, USA.jpg
Map of Georgia highlighting Brantley County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded 1920
Seat Nahunta
Largest city Nahunta
 • Total 447 sq mi (1,158 km2)
 • Land 442 sq mi (1,145 km2)
 • Water 4.8 sq mi (12 km2), 1.1%
 • (2010) 18,411
 • Density 42/sq mi (16/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.brantleycountyga.<br />

Brantley County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,411.[1] The county seat is Nahunta.[2]

Brantley County is part of the Brunswick, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Georgia voters passed a state constitutional amendment on November 2, 1920, to form Brantley County from pieces of Charlton, Pierce, and Wayne counties. The younger Brantley served as a state representative, state senator, and eight-term United States representative.

Since the Okefenokee Swamp is to the south and west of the county, passage through Brantley County was essential to the railroads running from the coast through the southern part of the state.

Fort McIntosh was built in the early years of the American Revolutionary War to protect the extensive herds of cattle. It was placed under siege from Tories in 1777 and eventually surrendered.

Fort Mudge was built in the county at about the same time. This fort was immortalized by Walt Kelly in the Pogo comic strip.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 447 square miles (1,160 km2), of which 442 square miles (1,140 km2) is land and 4.8 square miles (12 km2) (1.1%) is water.[3] The Satilla River runs through Brantley County.

The bulk of Brantley County, from east of Hortense south to west of Waynesville and west to east of Waycross, is located in the Satilla River sub-basin of the St. Marys-Satilla basin. The county's eastern border area, east of Waynesville, is located in the Cumberland-St. Simons sub-basin of the St. Marys-Satilla River basin. A small northwestern corner, west of Hortense, is located in the Little Satilla sub-basin of the larger St. Marys-Satilla River basin, and a very small southwestern corner of Brantley County is located in the Upper Suwannee River sub-basin of the larger Suwannee River basin.[4]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 6,895
1940 6,871 −0.3%
1950 6,387 −7.0%
1960 5,891 −7.8%
1970 5,940 0.8%
1980 8,701 46.5%
1990 11,077 27.3%
2000 14,629 32.1%
2010 18,411 25.9%
Est. 2014 18,417 [5] 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 14,629 people, 5,436 households, and 4,153 families residing in the county. The population density was 33 people per square mile (13/km²). There were 6,490 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.36% White, 3.98% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 1.08% from two or more races. 1.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. According to the 2010 Census, the largest ancestry groups in Brantley County, were English (20.6%), Irish (18.7%), American (12.9%) and German (9.8%).[11]

There were 5,436 households out of which 38.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.90% were married couples living together, 10.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.60% were non-families. 20.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.30% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 29.90% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 10.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 100.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,361, and the median income for a family was $35,534. Males had a median income of $29,269 versus $20,709 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,713. About 12.10% of families and 15.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.70% of those under age 18 and 16.90% of those age 65 or over.



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  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 18, 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. ^ "Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission Interactive Mapping Experience". Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission. Retrieved 2015-11-27. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
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Coordinates: 31°12′N 81°59′W / 31.20°N 81.98°W / 31.20; -81.98