Fannin County, Georgia

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Fannin County, Georgia
Fannin County, Georgia Courthouse.JPG
Fannin County Courthouse in Blue Ridge
Map of Georgia highlighting Fannin County
Location in the U.S. state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded1854
Named forJames Fannin
SeatBlue Ridge
Largest cityBlue Ridge
Area
 • Total392 sq mi (1,015 km2)
 • Land387 sq mi (1,002 km2)
 • Water5.2 sq mi (13 km2), 1.3%
Population
 • (2010)23,682
 • Density61/sq mi (24/km2)
Congressional district9th
Time zoneEastern: UTC−5/−4
Websitefannincountyga.org

Fannin County is a county located in the north central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,682.[1] The county seat is Blue Ridge.[2] The county was created on January 21, 1854.

History[edit]

Fannin County was founded in 1854.[3] The county is named for Georgia native James W. Fannin,[4] who fought and died during the Texas Revolution.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 392 square miles (1,020 km2), of which 387 square miles (1,000 km2) is land and 5.2 square miles (13 km2) (1.3%) is water.[5] It has a mountainous terrain.[6]

The Toccoa River, which rises in adjacent Union County, flows northward across Fannin County into Tennessee, where it becomes the Ocoee River. Blue Ridge Lake, created in the 1930s by the completion of Blue Ridge Dam (now operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority), spans a substantial stretch of the river in the northern part of the county.

The vast majority of Fannin County is located in the Ocoee River sub-basin of the Middle Tennessee-Hiwassee basin. A very small northeastern portion of Fannin County is located in the Hiwassee River sub-basin of the same Middle Tennessee-Hiwassee basin. Illustrating that watershed boundaries and county boundaries have little in common, Fannin County's southernmost corner is located in the Etowah River sub-basin in the ACT River Basin (Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin), while two slivers of the county's southwestern area are located in the Coosawattee River sub-basin of the same larger ACT River Basin. Finally, a western portion of the county is located in the Conasauga River sub-basin of the ACT River Basin.[7]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Secondary highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18605,139
18705,4295.6%
18807,24533.4%
18908,72420.4%
190011,21428.5%
191012,57412.1%
192012,103−3.7%
193012,9697.2%
194014,75213.7%
195015,1923.0%
196013,620−10.3%
197013,357−1.9%
198014,74810.4%
199015,9928.4%
200019,79823.8%
201023,68219.6%
Est. 201624,900[8]5.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
1790-1960[10] 1900-1990[11]
1990-2000[12] 2010-2013[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[13] of 2000, there were 19,798 people, 8,369 households, and 6,008 families residing in the county. The population density was 51 people per square mile (20/km²). There were 11,134 housing units at an average density of 29 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.9% White, 0.2% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.0% from other races, and 0.0% from two or more races. 0.0% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,369 households out of which 25.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.80% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.20% were non-families. 25.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.80.

In the county, the population was spread out with 20.90% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 24.90% from 25 to 44, 28.20% from 45 to 64, and 19.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 93.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,612, and the median income for a family was $35,258. Males had a median income of $28,728 versus $21,246 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,269. About 10.20% of families and 12.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.10% of those under age 18 and 14.20% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 23,682 people, 10,187 households, and 7,016 families residing in the county.[14] The population density was 61.2 inhabitants per square mile (23.6/km2). There were 16,207 housing units at an average density of 41.9 per square mile (16.2/km2).[15] The racial makeup of the county was 97.1% white, 0.4% black or African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.8% of the population.[14] In terms of ancestry, 18.6% were Irish, 13.3% were American, 11.5% were English, and 9.5% were German.[16]

Of the 10,187 households, 25.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.1% were non-families, and 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.77. The median age was 48.3 years.[14]

The median income for a household in the county was $34,145 and the median income for a family was $41,422. Males had a median income of $34,875 versus $27,097 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,103. About 12.2% of families and 16.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.0% of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those age 65 or over.[17]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Other unincorporated communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Fannin County, as an entirely white highland county historically devoid of slaves and culturally more allied to East Tennessee than to the rest of Georgia, constitutes an anomaly in the state’s politics as a historically Republican county in a state that was overwhelmingly Democratic at a Presidential level until the 1960s and at other levels until the 1990s. During the Civil War, Fannin County fought for the Union and since the 1870s it has been solidly Republican. Fannin was the only county in the Deep South or West South Central States that never voted for Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the only two Democrats to win a majority in the county since the Civil War have been William Jennings Bryan in 1900 and Georgia native Jimmy Carter in 1976 when he carried every county in his home state.

Presidential elections results
Previous presidential elections results[18]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 81.1% 9,632 16.2% 1,923 2.7% 321
2012 78.1% 7,857 20.2% 2,028 1.7% 175
2008 73.4% 7,807 24.5% 2,611 2.1% 225
2004 71.0% 6,862 28.2% 2,727 0.8% 75
2000 65.1% 5,463 32.6% 2,736 2.3% 191
1996 48.7% 3,373 39.6% 2,741 11.8% 816
1992 45.2% 3,255 40.3% 2,902 14.4% 1038
1988 66.5% 4,271 33.0% 2,123 0.5% 33
1984 67.9% 4,159 32.1% 1,965
1980 54.8% 3,196 43.3% 2,526 1.8% 107
1976 43.8% 2,646 56.3% 3,402
1972 80.0% 3,783 20.1% 949
1968 59.0% 3,475 20.9% 1229 20.2% 1,188
1964 54.8% 3,433 45.2% 2,834 0.0% 1
1960 65.7% 3,022 34.3% 1,579
1956 64.4% 3,521 35.6% 1,945
1952 60.3% 2,904 39.7% 1,913
1948 57.3% 2,790 41.0% 1,998 1.7% 82
1944 60.4% 1,980 39.6% 1,298
1940 56.0% 2,256 44.0% 1,771
1936 55.1% 1,890 44.9% 1,540
1932 58.9% 1,967 41.1% 1,375 0.0% 0
1928 68.1% 1,730 31.9% 811
1924 60.4% 1,650 39.5% 1,079 0.1% 3
1920 66.4% 1,083 33.6% 549
1916 9.1% 166 39.6% 720 51.3% 933
1912 33.4% 309 48.8% 451 17.8% 164

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 10, 2011. Retrieved February 15, 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 76. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 123.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ Wikisource Ripley, George; Dana, Charles A., eds. (1879). "Fannin. I. A N. W. county of Georgia". The American Cyclopædia.
  7. ^ "Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission Interactive Mapping Experience". Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission. Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  11. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  13. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  14. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-29.
  15. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-29.
  16. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-29.
  17. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-29.
  18. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-03-19.

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Coordinates: 34°52′N 84°19′W / 34.86°N 84.32°W / 34.86; -84.32