Ben Hill County, Georgia

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Ben Hill County, Georgia
Ben Hill County Courthouse.jpg
Map of Georgia highlighting Ben Hill County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded 1906
Named for Benjamin Harvey Hill
Seat Fitzgerald
Largest city Fitzgerald
Area
 • Total 254.03 sq mi (658 km2)
 • Land 251.79 sq mi (652 km2)
 • Water 2.23 sq mi (6 km2), 0.88%
Population
 • (2010) 17,634
 • Density 30/sq mi (12/km²)
Congressional district 8th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.benhillcounty.com

Ben Hill County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. The constitutional amendment to create the county was proposed July 31, 1906 and ratified November 6, 1906. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,634. The county seat is Fitzgerald.1

The county is named after Benjamin Harvey Hill, a former Confederate and United States Senator. Ben Hill County is the 146th out of 159 counties in Georgia.

Ben Hill County is part of the Fitzgerald Micropolitan Statistical Area. The Ben Hill County Courthouse and Ben Hill County Jail are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 254.03 square miles (657.9 km2), of which 251.79 square miles (652.1 km2) (or 99.12%) is land and 2.23 square miles (5.8 km2) (or 0.88%) is water.2

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Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 11,863
1920 14,599 23.1%
1930 13,047 −10.6%
1940 14,523 11.3%
1950 14,879 2.5%
1960 13,633 −8.4%
1970 13,171 −3.4%
1980 16,000 21.5%
1990 16,245 1.5%
2000 17,484 7.6%
2010 17,634 0.9%
Est. 2012 17,538 −0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census3
2012 Estimate4

As of the census5 of 2000, there were 17,484 people, 6,673 households, and 4,631 families residing in the county. The population density was 69 people per square mile (27/km²). There were 7,623 housing units at an average density of 30 per square mile (12/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 63.25% White, 32.64% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 2.85% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 4.58% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,673 households out of which 33.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.20% were married couples living together, 17.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.60% were non-families. 26.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.50% under the age of 18, 9.70% from 18 to 24, 27.00% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 13.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 91.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,100, and the median income for a family was $33,023. Males had a median income of $26,750 versus $19,547 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,093. 22.30% of the population and 18.70% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 33.30% are under the age of 18 and 17.60% are 65 or older.

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See also

References

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 31°46′N 83°13′W / 31.76°N 83.22°W / 31.76; -83.22








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