Meriwether County, Georgia

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Meriwether County, Georgia
MERIWETHER COUNTY, GA COURTHOUSE.JPG
Map of Georgia highlighting Meriwether County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded 1827
Named for David Meriwether
Seat Greenville
Largest city Manchester
Area
 • Total 505 sq mi (1,308 km2)
 • Land 501 sq mi (1,298 km2)
 • Water 4.2 sq mi (11 km2), 0.8%
Population
 • (2010) 21,992
 • Density 44/sq mi (17/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website meriwethercountyga.us

Meriwether County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 21,992.[1] The county seat is Greenville,[2] home of the Meriwether County Courthouse. The county was formed on December 14, 1827 as the 73rd county in Georgia. It was named for David Meriwether, a general in the American Revolutionary War and member of Congress from Georgia.[3]

Meriwether County is part of the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 505 square miles (1,310 km2), of which 501 square miles (1,300 km2) is land and 4.2 square miles (11 km2) (0.8%) is water.[4]

The eastern two-thirds of Meriwether County, going east from just west of U.S. Route 27 Alternate, is located in the Upper Flint River sub-basin of the ACF River Basin (Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin). The western third of the county is located in the Middle Chattahoochee River-Lake Harding sub-basin of the same ACF River Basin.[5]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 4,422
1840 14,132 219.6%
1850 16,476 16.6%
1860 15,330 −7.0%
1870 13,756 −10.3%
1880 17,651 28.3%
1890 20,740 17.5%
1900 23,339 12.5%
1910 25,180 7.9%
1920 26,167 3.9%
1930 22,437 −14.3%
1940 22,055 −1.7%
1950 21,055 −4.5%
1960 19,756 −6.2%
1970 19,461 −1.5%
1980 21,229 9.1%
1990 22,411 5.6%
2000 22,534 0.5%
2010 21,992 −2.4%
Est. 2014 21,198 [6] −3.6%
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 22,534 people, 8,248 households, and 6,012 families residing in the county. The population density was 45 people per square mile (17/km²). There were 9,211 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 58.9% White, 40.4% Black or African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. Of the population 0.85% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,248 households out of which 31.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.00% were married couples living together, 18.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.10% were non-families. 23.80% 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 2.68 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.60% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 27.20% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 13.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,870, and the median income for a family was $37,931. Males had a median income of $29,766 versus $21,444 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,708. About 13.60% of families and 17.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.90% of those under age 18 and 16.30% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 21,992 people, 8,522 households, and 5,906 families residing in the county.[12] The population density was 43.9 inhabitants per square mile (16.9/km2). There were 9,957 housing units at an average density of 19.9 per square mile (7.7/km2).[13] The racial makeup of the county was 57.9% white, 39.1% black or African American, 0.6% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.6% of the population.[12] In terms of ancestry, 14.3% were American, 12.7% were English, and 9.8% were Irish.[14]

Of the 8,522 households, 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 18.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.7% were non-families, and 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.09. The median age was 41.0 years.[12]

The median income for a household in the county was $37,845 and the median income for a family was $47,126. Males had a median income of $36,164 versus $28,873 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,295. About 12.8% of families and 16.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.5% of those under age 18 and 11.9% of those age 65 or over.[15]

Politics[edit]

Presidential Election Results 1960–2012
Year Democratic Republican
2012 46.73% 4,337 52.33% 4,856
2008 46.91% 4,465 52.34% 4,982
2004 45.48% 3,709 53.98% 4,402
2000 51.29% 3,441 47.13% 3,162
1996 55.85% 3,492 36.13% 2,259
1992 54.67% 4,002 32.30% 2,364
1988 48.54% 2.934 51.31% 3,101
1984 47.27% 2,864 52.73% 3,195
1980 66.77% 3,876 31.66% 1,838
1976 76.91% 4,830 23.09% 1,450
1972 26.18% 1,213 73.82% 3,420
1968 32.29% 1,760 20.55% 1,120
1964 52.85% 2,523 47.13% 2,250
1960 81.45% 3,100 18.55% 706

Media[edit]

The county is served by the Meriwether Vindicator newspaper.[1]

Communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 24, 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. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 206. 
  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 2015-11-19. 
  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 24, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 24, 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 2015-12-30. 
  13. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  14. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  15. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 

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Coordinates: 33°02′N 84°41′W / 33.04°N 84.69°W / 33.04; -84.69