Pierce County, Georgia

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Pierce County, Georgia
Pierce County Courthouse, Blackshear, GA, US.jpg
Pierce County Courthouse in Blackshear
Map of Georgia highlighting Pierce 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 18, 1857
Named for Franklin Pierce
Seat Blackshear
Largest city Blackshear
Area
 • Total 343 sq mi (888 km2)
 • Land 316 sq mi (818 km2)
 • Water 27 sq mi (70 km2), 7.8%
Population
 • (2010) 18,758
 • Density 59/sq mi (23/km2)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Eastern: UTC−5/−4
Website pc.pcgeorgia.com

Pierce County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,758.[1] The county seat is Blackshear.[2]

Pierce County is part of the Waycross, GA Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Pierce County is named for Franklin Pierce, fourteenth President of the United States. It was created December 18, 1857, from Appling and Ware counties.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 343 square miles (890 km2), of which 316 square miles (820 km2) is land and 27 square miles (70 km2) (7.8%) is water.[3]

The northeastern third of Pierce County, bordered by a line from just west of Mershon to just south of Bristol, then south to just north of Blackshear, and then heading due east, is located in the Little Satilla River sub-basin of the St. Marys River-Satilla River basin. The southern two-thirds of the county is located in the Satilla River sub-basin of the St. Marys-Satilla River basin.[4]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18601,973
18702,77840.8%
18804,53863.4%
18906,37940.6%
19008,10027.0%
191010,74932.7%
192011,93411.0%
193012,5224.9%
194011,800−5.8%
195011,112−5.8%
19609,678−12.9%
19709,281−4.1%
198011,89728.2%
199013,32812.0%
200015,63617.3%
201018,75820.0%
Est. 201619,171[5]2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 15,636 people, 5,958 households, and 4,438 families residing in the county. The population density was 46 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 6,719 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 86.90% White, 10.91% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.97% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. 2.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

As of the census[10] of 2000, the largest ancestry groups were: 71.14% of people in Pierce County were of English descent, 11.37% were of Scots-Irish descent and 10.91% were of African descent.

There were 5,958 households out of which 34.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.00% were married couples living together, 11.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.50% were non-families. 23.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.70% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,895, and the median income for a family was $35,903. Males had a median income of $28,331 versus $19,771 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,230. About 14.40% of families and 18.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.50% of those under age 18 and 22.40% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 18,758 people, 7,083 households, and 5,268 families residing in the county.[11] The population density was 59.3 inhabitants per square mile (22.9/km2). There were 7,986 housing units at an average density of 25.2 per square mile (9.7/km2).[12] The racial makeup of the county was 86.9% white, 8.9% black or African American, 0.4% American Indian, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 2.1% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 4.7% of the population.[11] In terms of ancestry, 18.6% were American, 14.9% were Irish, 12.8% were English, and 7.2% were German.[13]

Of the 7,083 households, 37.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 25.6% were non-families, and 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.05. The median age was 38.4 years.[11]

The median income for a household in the county was $37,062 and the median income for a family was $47,157. Males had a median income of $38,770 versus $26,510 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,283. About 13.6% of families and 15.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.3% of those under age 18 and 14.9% of those age 65 or over.[14]

Media[edit]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

  • Blackshear
  • Offerman
  • Patterson
  • Waycross (a small part) Effective July 1, 2015, Waycross is no longer located nor allowed to be located in Pierce County, Georgia. Rep. Chad Nimmer[15] introduced HB 523 during the 2015 Legislative Session without providing the required statutory notice to the City of Waycross. HB 523 de-annexed the portion of Waycross located in Pierce County and prevents the City of Waycross from coming back into Pierce County.[16] Effective March 24, 2017, Waycross is located in part of Pierce County.[17]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential elections results
Previous presidential elections results[18]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 86.2% 6,302 12.4% 903 1.5% 106
2012 82.7% 5,667 16.4% 1,124 0.9% 64
2008 80.9% 5,500 18.4% 1,253 0.7% 44
2004 79.0% 4,680 20.8% 1,234 0.2% 11
2000 71.5% 3,348 27.8% 1,300 0.7% 33
1996 56.7% 2,319 34.7% 1,420 8.5% 349
1992 42.5% 1,899 41.4% 1,852 16.1% 721
1988 55.5% 1,947 44.4% 1,558 0.1% 4
1984 56.9% 1,978 43.1% 1,501
1980 34.4% 1,027 64.3% 1,918 1.3% 40
1976 17.2% 544 82.9% 2,628
1972 88.1% 1,982 12.0% 269
1968 17.9% 579 15.7% 507 66.4% 2,144
1964 66.9% 1,981 33.1% 982
1960 27.3% 544 72.7% 1,449
1956 14.4% 298 85.6% 1,766
1952 23.7% 592 76.3% 1,903
1948 32.5% 492 60.0% 908 7.5% 114
1944 13.4% 165 86.6% 1,069
1940 8.2% 84 91.6% 943 0.3% 3
1936 2.9% 45 96.5% 1,494 0.7% 10
1932 2.6% 29 96.9% 1,094 0.5% 6
1928 35.3% 285 64.7% 523
1924 16.6% 83 79.2% 397 4.2% 21
1920 23.1% 122 76.9% 407
1916 4.2% 25 81.6% 489 14.2% 85
1912 18.1% 104 71.0% 408 11.0% 63

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission Interactive Mapping Experience". Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission. Retrieved 2015-11-27. 
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  12. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  13. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  14. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  15. ^ "Representative Chad Nimmer". www.house.ga.gov. Retrieved 2018-03-22. 
  16. ^ Nimmer (July 1, 2015). "House Bill 523 (General Assembly of Georgia)" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-03-22. 
  17. ^ "HB 348 2017-2018 Regular Session". www.legis.ga.gov. Retrieved 2018-08-11. 
  18. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-03-22. 

Coordinates: 31°22′N 82°13′W / 31.36°N 82.22°W / 31.36; -82.22