Worth County, Georgia

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Worth County, Georgia
Worth County Courthouse, (east face).JPG
Worth County courthouse in Sylvester
Map of Georgia highlighting Worth 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 20, 1853
Seat Sylvester
Largest city Sylvester
Area
 • Total 575 sq mi (1,489 km2)
 • Land 571 sq mi (1,479 km2)
 • Water 4.1 sq mi (11 km2), 0.7%
Population
 • (2010) 21,679
 • Density 38/sq mi (15/km2)
Congressional district 8th
Time zone Eastern: UTC−5/−4
Website worthcountyboc.com

Worth County is a county located in the south central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia.

As of the 2010 census, the population was 21,679.[1] The county seat is Sylvester.[2]

Worth County is included in the Albany, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Name[edit]

The county is called the "Peanut Capital" because of its massive peanut industry.

History[edit]

Worth County was created from Dooly and Irwin counties on December 20, 1853, by an act of the Georgia General Assembly, becoming Georgia's 106th county. It was named for Major General William J. Worth of New York.

In 1905, portions of Worth County were used to create Tift and Turner counties.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 575 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 571 square miles (1,480 km2) is land and 4.1 square miles (11 km2) (0.7%) is water.[3]

The eastern third of Worth County, from west of State Route 33 heading east, is located in the Little River sub-basin of the Suwannee River basin. The northern third of the county is located in the Middle Flint River sub-basin of the ACF River Basin (Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin). A narrow portion of the western edge of Worth County is located in the Lower Flint River sub-basin of the same ACF River basin. Finally, a portion of the southwest of the county, north of Doerun, is located in the Upper Ochlockonee River sub-basin of the larger Ochlockonee River basin.[4]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18602,763
18703,77836.7%
18805,89256.0%
189010,04870.5%
190018,66485.7%
191019,1472.6%
192023,86324.6%
193021,094−11.6%
194021,3741.3%
195019,357−9.4%
196016,682−13.8%
197014,770−11.5%
198018,06422.3%
199019,7459.3%
200021,96711.3%
201021,679−1.3%
Est. 201620,748[5]−4.3%
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 21,967 people, 8,106 households, and 6,120 families residing in the county. The population density was 39 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 9,086 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 68.69% White, 29.57% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.61% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. 1.09% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,106 households out of which 36.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.5% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9% 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 3.12.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.6% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 12% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,384, and the median income for a family was $38,887. Males had a median income of $31,668 versus $20,950 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,856. 18.50% of the population and 14.7% of families were below the poverty line. 25% of those under the age of 18 and 20.2% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 21,679 people, 8,214 households, and 6,032 families residing in the county.[11] The population density was 38.0 inhabitants per square mile (14.7/km2). There were 9,251 housing units at an average density of 16.2 per square mile (6.3/km2).[12] The racial makeup of the county was 70.3% white, 27.6% black or African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.5% of the population.[11] In terms of ancestry, 16.3% were American, 11.5% were Irish, 7.3% were German, and 6.9% were English.[13]

Of the 8,214 households, 35.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 17.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 26.6% were non-families, and 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.07. The median age was 39.7 years.[11]

The median income for a household in the county was $38,670 and the median income for a family was $46,791. Males had a median income of $35,829 versus $26,690 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,348. About 15.6% of families and 20.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.0% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over.[14]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Town[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

  • Acree
  • Anderson City
  • Bridgeboro
  • Doles
  • Doerun
  • Gordy
  • Oakfield
  • Scooterville
  • Tempy
  • Warwick

Politics[edit]

Presidential elections results
Previous presidential elections results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 74.2% 6,152 24.4% 2,020 1.5% 123
2012 69.6% 5,869 29.5% 2,487 1.0% 80
2008 69.0% 5,780 30.3% 2,542 0.7% 60
2004 69.4% 5,105 30.2% 2,219 0.4% 32
2000 62.6% 3,792 36.5% 2,214 0.9% 55
1996 48.1% 2,752 40.2% 2,300 11.8% 673
1992 40.2% 2,344 44.2% 2,578 15.7% 915
1988 66.6% 2,668 32.7% 1,311 0.8% 30
1984 63.3% 2,910 36.7% 1,685
1980 44.2% 2,076 54.7% 2,567 1.1% 52
1976 29.3% 1,156 70.7% 2,790
1972 84.4% 2,942 15.6% 542
1968 13.8% 603 16.5% 720 69.7% 3,049
1964 78.6% 3,157 21.5% 862
1960 13.8% 338 86.2% 2,110
1956 12.4% 293 87.6% 2,078
1952 18.3% 444 81.7% 1,986
1948 14.4% 216 77.1% 1,159 8.6% 129
1944 16.6% 218 83.4% 1,096
1940 16.8% 190 82.9% 936 0.3% 3
1936 10.5% 132 89.4% 1,124 0.1% 1
1932 1.7% 38 98.2% 2,269 0.1% 3
1928 24.6% 310 75.4% 952
1924 5.5% 40 84.3% 616 10.3% 75
1920 25.5% 214 74.5% 626
1916 8.6% 68 87.5% 690 3.9% 31
1912 13.1% 77 84.9% 500 2.0% 12

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. 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. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ "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. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-03-24. 

News and media[edit]

  • [1] Worthit2u.net Online News Source for Worth County

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 31°33′N 83°51′W / 31.55°N 83.85°W / 31.55; -83.85