Southwest Georgia is a fourteen-county region in the U.S. state of Georgia. It has a 2010 census population of 496,433, and is the least populated region in Georgia, just slightly behind Southeast Georgia. Additionally, the area has historically been the poorest region of the state since at least 1995, when over 25% of the residents were in poverty.
It is commonly referred to as SOWEGA, pronounced "Sow-WEE-guh".
Southwest Georgia is anchored by Albany, the most populous city and region's sole metropolitan area.
Southwest Georgia is part of Georgia's 2nd congressional district, which is represented in congress by Sanford Bishop (D) and has a CPVI of D+6. GA-02 has long been a Democratic stronghold, due partly to its large African-American population (it is a majority-minority district). It supported Stacey Abrams for governor in 2018 by a large margin.
- Albany Metropolitan Area- Pop. 157,688
Micropolitan Statistical Areas
- Moultrie Micropolitan Statistical Area- Pop. 45,498
- Thomasville Micropolitan Statistical Area- Pop. 44,720
- Bainbridge Micropolitan Statistical Area- Pop. 29,980
- Baker Pop. 3,451
- Calhoun Pop. 6,694
- Colquitt Pop. 45,498
- Decatur Pop. 29,980
- Dougherty Pop. 94,565
- Early Pop. 11,008
- Grady Pop. 25,011
- Lee Pop. 28,298
- Miller Pop. 6,125
- Mitchell Pop. 23,498
- Seminole Pop. 8,729
- Terrell Pop. 9,315
- Thomas Pop. 44,720
- Worth Pop. 21,679
Parks and preserves
The Parks at Chehaw, Dougherty County