Harris County, Georgia

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Harris County, Georgia
Harris County Georgia Courthouse.JPG
County courthouse in Hamilton
Map of Georgia highlighting Harris County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded December 14, 1827
Seat Hamilton
Largest city West Point
Area
 • Total 473 sq mi (1,225 km2)
 • Land 464 sq mi (1,202 km2)
 • Water 9.1 sq mi (24 km2), 1.9%
Population
 • (2010) 32,024
 • Density 69/sq mi (27/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.harriscountyga.gov

Harris County is a county located in the west central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 32,024.[1] The county seat is Hamilton.[2] The county was created on December 14, 1827 and named for Charles Harris, a Georgia judge and attorney.[3]

Harris County is part of the Columbus, GA-AL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The County courthouse was designed by Edward Columbus Hosford.

By per capita income, the county is the sixth-wealthiest in the state of Georgia, and the wealthiest county in the state outside of Metro Atlanta.

Geography[edit]

View of Harris County on Pine Mountain.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 473 square miles (1,230 km2), of which 464 square miles (1,200 km2) is land and 9.1 square miles (24 km2) (1.9%) is water.[4]

The majority of Harris County is located in the Middle Chattahoochee River-Lake Harding sub-basin of the ACF River Basin (Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin), with the exception of the county's southeastern border area, south of Ellerslie, which is located in the Middle Chattahoochee River-Walter F. George Lake sub-basin of the same ACF River Basin.[5]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 5,105
1840 13,933 172.9%
1850 14,721 5.7%
1860 13,736 −6.7%
1870 13,284 −3.3%
1880 15,758 18.6%
1890 16,797 6.6%
1900 18,009 7.2%
1910 17,886 −0.7%
1920 15,775 −11.8%
1930 11,140 −29.4%
1940 11,428 2.6%
1950 11,265 −1.4%
1960 11,167 −0.9%
1970 11,520 3.2%
1980 15,464 34.2%
1990 17,788 15.0%
2000 23,695 33.2%
2010 32,024 35.2%
Est. 2014 32,876 [6] 2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 32,024 people, 11,823 households, and 9,268 families residing in the county.[11] The population density was 69.0 inhabitants per square mile (26.6/km2). There were 13,397 housing units at an average density of 28.9 per square mile (11.2/km2).[12] The racial makeup of the county was 79.3% white, 17.2% black or African American, 0.9% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 0.7% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.7% of the population.[11] In terms of ancestry, 13.5% were German, 13.4% were Irish, 11.5% were English, and 10.5% were American.[13]

Of the 11,823 households, 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.0% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 21.6% were non-families, and 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.04. The median age was 42.0 years.[11]

The median income for a household in the county was $67,018 and the median income for a family was $74,457. Males had a median income of $49,844 versus $37,103 for females. The per capita income for the county was $31,073. About 6.0% of families and 9.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.3% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.[14]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Education[edit]

The Harris County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of four elementary schools, an intermediate school, a middle school, and a high school.[15] The district headquarters is located in Hamilton, and has 274 full-time teachers and over 4,411 students spread out over 7 schools.[16]

  • Mulberry Creek Elementary School (Cataula)
  • New Mountain Hill Elementary School (Fortson)
  • Park Elementary School (Hamilton)
  • Pine Ridge Elementary School (Ellerslie)
  • Creekside Intermediate School (grades 5-6) (Cataula)
  • Harris County Carver Middle School (Hamilton)
  • Harris County High School (Hamilton)

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 150. 
  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 2015-11-20. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  12. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  13. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  14. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  15. ^ Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved June 19, 2010.
  16. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 19, 2010.

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Coordinates: 32°44′N 84°55′W / 32.74°N 84.91°W / 32.74; -84.91