Macon County, Georgia

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Macon County
Macon County Courthouse in Oglethorpe, Georgia
Macon County Courthouse in Oglethorpe, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Macon County
Location within the U.S. state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 32°21′N 84°02′W / 32.35°N 84.04°W / 32.35; -84.04
Country United States
State Georgia
FoundedDecember 14, 1837; 184 years ago (1837-12-14)
Named forNathaniel Macon
SeatOglethorpe
Largest cityMontezuma
Area
 • Total406 sq mi (1,050 km2)
 • Land401 sq mi (1,040 km2)
 • Water5.4 sq mi (14 km2)  1.3%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
13,143
 • Density37/sq mi (14/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district2nd
WebsiteMacon County government

Macon 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 14,740.[1] The county seat is Oglethorpe.[2][3]

The Macon County Courthouse is located in Oglethorpe.

History[edit]

Macon County was created in 1837 from parts of Houston ("house-ton") and Marion counties, effective December 14 of that year. The 91st county, it was named for the then-recently deceased General Nathaniel Macon[4] of North Carolina, who served in the U.S. Congress for 37 years and ran for U.S. vice president. The city of Macon, Georgia was also named for him, but the city of Macon, Georgia, is the seat of Bibb County, a different county. The county was later reduced when parts were separated to organize Taylor and Peach counties, in 1852 and 1924, respectively.

The first county seat was not chosen until 1838, when the county's inferior court selected Lanier. The Georgia General Assembly (state legislature) designated it on December 29 of that year and incorporated it as a town.

In the 1850s, the Central of Georgia Railroad was built through Oglethorpe, changing county dynamics. As a result, the Georgia Assembly called for a referendum on moving the Macon County seat to Oglethorpe in February of both 1854 and 1856. Little is known about the first vote, but the second vote resulted in approval for a change to the county seat, and Oglethorpe was designated the following year in 1857.

During the Civil War, 13,000 Union soldiers who were prisoners of war died at the Confederate camp in Andersonville, Georgia from starvation and disease. In the late period of the war, Georgia also had difficulty supplying its own troops and people with food. Throughout the Civil War, more men on both sides died of disease than of their wounds. Commandants of the camp were prosecuted after the war for poor treatment of prisoners. The Andersonville National Cemetery, established for the many Union dead, is at the southwestern tip of the county.[5]

The county has an active Mennonite community. The area code for Macon County is currently 478.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 406 square miles (1,050 km2), of which 401 square miles (1,040 km2) is land and 5.4 square miles (14 km2) (1.3%) is water.[6] The county is located in the upper Atlantic coastal plain region of the state.

Most of the southern half of Macon County, from west of Ideal to State Route 49 north of Montezuma, then running north along State Route 49 to Marshallville, and then running southeast in the direction of Unadilla, is located in the Middle Flint River sub-basin of the ACF River Basin (Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin). The northern and northwestern portion of the county, from north of Marshallville heading west, is located in the Upper Flint River sub-basin of the same ACF River Basin. The northeastern corner of Macon County, east of Marshallville, is located in the Lower Ocmulgee River sub-basin of the Altamaha River basin.[7]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18405,045
18507,05239.8%
18608,44919.8%
187011,45835.6%
188011,6751.9%
189013,18312.9%
190014,0936.9%
191015,0166.5%
192017,66717.7%
193016,643−5.8%
194015,947−4.2%
195014,213−10.9%
196013,170−7.3%
197012,933−1.8%
198014,0038.3%
199013,114−6.3%
200014,0747.3%
201014,7404.7%
2018 (est.)13,143[8]−10.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
1790-1960[10] 1900-1990[11]
1990-2000[12] 2010-2013[1]

2020 census[edit]

Macon County racial composition[13]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 4,078 33.75%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 7,150 59.18%
Native American 15 0.12%
Asian 156 1.29%
Pacific Islander 7 0.06%
Other/Mixed 204 1.69%
Hispanic or Latino 472 3.91%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 12,082 people, 4,696 households, and 3,033 families residing in the county.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 14,740 people, 4,999 households, and 3,363 families living in the county.[14] The population density was 36.8 inhabitants per square mile (14.2/km2). There were 6,136 housing units at an average density of 15.3 per square mile (5.9/km2).[15] The racial makeup of the county was 60.6% black or African American, 35.1% white, 1.3% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 1.6% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.6% of the population.[14] In terms of ancestry, and 7.1% were American.[16]

Of the 4,999 households, 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.5% were married couples living together, 24.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.7% were non-families, and 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.15. The median age was 38.2 years.[14]

The median income for a household in the county was $27,950 and the median income for a family was $37,218. Males had a median income of $27,274 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,902. About 24.1% of families and 33.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 44.8% of those under age 18 and 27.2% of those age 65 or over.[17]

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 census[18] of 2000, there were 14,074 people, 4,834 households, and 3,485 families living in the county. The population density was 35 people per square mile (13/km2). There were 5,495 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 59.48% Black or African American, 37.37% White or Caucasian, 0.22% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.52% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 2.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,834 households, out of which 34.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.70% were married couples living together, 24.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.90% were non-families. 25.20% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 27.60% under the age of 18, 9.70% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $24,224, and the median income for a family was $29,402. Males had a median income of $26,922 versus $18,611 for females. The per capita income for the county was $11,820. About 22.10% of families and 25.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.00% of those under age 18 and 22.60% of those age 65 or over.


Education[edit]

Communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

United States presidential election results for Macon County, Georgia[19]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 1,783 38.24% 2,858 61.29% 22 0.47%
2016 1,540 35.92% 2,705 63.10% 42 0.98%
2012 1,545 32.28% 3,211 67.09% 30 0.63%
2008 1,712 34.35% 3,251 65.23% 21 0.42%
2004 1,851 38.72% 2,906 60.79% 23 0.48%
2000 1,566 35.96% 2,757 63.31% 32 0.73%
1996 1,006 26.54% 2,618 69.06% 167 4.41%
1992 944 24.80% 2,491 65.45% 371 9.75%
1988 1,412 38.19% 2,268 61.35% 17 0.46%
1984 1,515 37.54% 2,521 62.46% 0 0.00%
1980 894 22.47% 3,025 76.02% 60 1.51%
1976 638 17.47% 3,013 82.53% 0 0.00%
1972 2,005 70.55% 837 29.45% 0 0.00%
1968 598 19.22% 954 30.67% 1,559 50.11%
1964 1,723 61.56% 1,076 38.44% 0 0.00%
1960 438 22.74% 1,488 77.26% 0 0.00%
1956 363 15.47% 1,984 84.53% 0 0.00%
1952 319 17.81% 1,472 82.19% 0 0.00%
1948 127 10.74% 675 57.11% 380 32.15%
1944 168 15.89% 889 84.11% 0 0.00%
1940 72 7.76% 852 91.81% 4 0.43%
1936 92 8.74% 958 90.98% 3 0.28%
1932 55 3.67% 1,438 96.06% 4 0.27%
1928 258 23.96% 819 76.04% 0 0.00%
1924 52 6.93% 649 86.53% 49 6.53%
1920 68 12.34% 483 87.66% 0 0.00%
1916 97 17.38% 440 78.85% 21 3.76%
1912 85 16.50% 411 79.81% 19 3.69%


In popular culture[edit]

Macon County has been an important setting for season 4 of AMC's hit TV show, The Walking Dead.
Macon County was a shooting place for the 2013 movie, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The Mountain Goats reference Macon County, Alabama in their song, "Going to Georgia".

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved February 16, 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 12, 2000. Retrieved August 7, 2005.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 195.
  5. ^ "Macon County". Georgia.gov. Archived from the original on October 12, 2008. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  7. ^ "Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission Interactive Mapping Experience". Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 31, 2019.
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  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  11. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  13. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  14. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  15. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  16. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  17. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  18. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  19. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved March 21, 2018.

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Coordinates: 32°21′N 84°02′W / 32.35°N 84.04°W / 32.35; -84.04