Hart County, Georgia

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Hart County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Hart County
Location in the U.S. state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded December 7, 1853
Named for Nancy Hart
Seat Hartwell
Largest city Hartwell
Area
 • Total 257 sq mi (666 km2)
 • Land 232 sq mi (601 km2)
 • Water 25 sq mi (65 km2), 9.6%
Population
 • (2010) 25,213
 • Density 108/sq mi (42/km²)
Congressional district 9th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.hartcountyga.gov

Hart County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 25,213.[1] The county seat is Hartwell.[2]

Hart County was created December 7, 1853 and named for Nancy Hart. Of Georgia's 159 counties, Hart County is the only one named after a woman. Lake Hartwell is also named for her.[3]

Letters to Miss Celie in the movie The Color Purple (film) by Steven Spielberg, based on the novel The Color Purple by Alice Walker, are addressed to "Hartwell County, Georgia" suggesting that the movie is set either in Hartwell or Hart County.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 257 square miles (670 km2), of which 232 square miles (600 km2) is land and 25 square miles (65 km2) (9.6%) is water.[4]

Most of the southern three-quarters of Hart County is located in the Upper Savannah River sub-basin of the larger Savannah River basin, with the exception of two slivers of the county, south of Royston and west of Bowersville, which are located in the Broad River sub-basin of the Savannah River basin. The northern quarter of the county is located in the Tugaloo River sub-basin of the same Savannah River basin.[5]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 6,137
1870 6,783 10.5%
1880 9,094 34.1%
1890 10,887 19.7%
1900 14,492 33.1%
1910 16,216 11.9%
1920 17,944 10.7%
1930 15,174 −15.4%
1940 15,512 2.2%
1950 14,495 −6.6%
1960 15,229 5.1%
1970 15,814 3.8%
1980 18,585 17.5%
1990 19,712 6.1%
2000 22,997 16.7%
2010 25,213 9.6%
Est. 2015 25,534 [6] 1.3%
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 2000, there were 22,997 people, 9,106 households, and 6,610 families residing in the county. The population density was 99 people per square mile (38/km²). There were 11,111 housing units at an average density of 48 per square mile (18/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 79.09% White, 19.36% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.24% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. 0.85% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,106 households out of which 29.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.80% were married couples living together, 12.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.40% were non-families. 24.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.50% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 27.30% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 16.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,833, and the median income for a family was $39,600. Males had a median income of $30,652 versus $21,233 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,714. About 12.20% of families and 14.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.10% of those under age 18 and 16.50% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 25,213 people, 10,121 households, and 6,998 families residing in the county.[12] The population density was 108.5 inhabitants per square mile (41.9/km2). There were 13,007 housing units at an average density of 56.0 per square mile (21.6/km2).[13] The racial makeup of the county was 77.4% white, 18.7% black or African American, 0.9% Asian, 0.1% American Indian, 1.7% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.1% of the population.[12] In terms of ancestry, 13.6% were American, 8.4% were English, 7.4% were Irish, and 6.6% were German.[14]

Of the 10,121 households, 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.9% were non-families, and 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.94. The median age was 42.6 years.[12]

The median income for a household in the county was $36,109 and the median income for a family was $44,451. Males had a median income of $35,172 versus $26,836 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,124. About 17.4% of families and 22.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.4% of those under age 18 and 13.4% of those age 65 or over.[15]

Attractions[edit]

  • Lake Hartwell, a man-made lake covering 56,000 acres built for flood control and recreation
  • The Scarecrow festival occurs in Hartwell every year during the month of October. This is when the downtown gets "invaded" by scarecrows, which are handmade scarecrows placed in front of local shops and businesses.
  • Cateechee is one of the state's finest golf courses. It has 380 acres of land and 18 holes.

Communities[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. ^ Georgia.gov - Hart County info page
  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 2015-11-18. 
  6. ^ "County Totals Dataset: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  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. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. 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 2015-12-29. 
  13. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  14. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  15. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 

Coordinates: 34°21′N 82°58′W / 34.35°N 82.96°W / 34.35; -82.96