Dooly County, Georgia

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Dooly County, Georgia
Dooly County Georgia Courthouse.jpg
Dooly County Courthouse in Vienna, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Dooly County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded May 15, 1821
Named for John Dooly
Seat Vienna
Largest city Vienna
Area
 • Total 397.07 sq mi (1,028 km2)
 • Land 392.88 sq mi (1,018 km2)
 • Water 4.19 sq mi (11 km2), 1.06%
Population
 • (2010) 14,918
 • Density 29/sq mi (11/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Dooly County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,918.1 The county seat is Vienna.2 The county was created by an act of the Georgia General Assembly on May 15, 1821 and named for Colonel John Dooly,3 a Georgia American revolutionary war fighter. It was one of the original landlot counties created from land ceded from the Creek Nation.

The entire county of Crisp and parts of Macon, Pulaski, Turner, Wilcox and Worth counties were formed from Dooly's original borders.

Notable Dooly County residents include former governor George Busbee; former U.S. senator Walter F. George; the late Jody Powell, press secretary and aide to Jimmy Carter during his governorship and U.S. presidency; and Roger Kingdom, an Olympic gold medalist in track and field.

Recently, Dooly County has enjoyed some measure of fame due to the success of NASCAR driver David Ragan, who originally hails from Unadilla. Ragan presently drives the #6 UPS Ford car in the Sprint Cup NASCAR circuit for Jack Roush's Roush-Fenway Racing team.

Geography

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 397.07 square miles (1,028.4 km2), of which 392.88 square miles (1,017.6 km2) (or 98.94%) is land and 4.19 square miles (10.9 km2) (or 1.06%) is water.4

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Economy

The Big Pig Jig, Georgia's official State Barbecue Cooking Championship, is held annually in Fall in Dooly county and attracts a national audience. The county is also notable for cotton and peanut production.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 2,135
1840 4,427 107.4%
1850 8,361 88.9%
1860 8,917 6.6%
1870 9,790 9.8%
1880 12,420 26.9%
1890 18,146 46.1%
1900 26,567 46.4%
1910 20,554 −22.6%
1920 20,522 −0.2%
1930 18,025 −12.2%
1940 16,886 −6.3%
1950 14,159 −16.1%
1960 11,474 −19.0%
1970 10,404 −9.3%
1980 10,826 4.1%
1990 9,901 −8.5%
2000 11,525 16.4%
2010 14,918 29.4%
Est. 2012 14,318 −4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census5
2012 Estimate6

As of the census7 of 2000, there were 11,525 people, 3,909 households, and 2,767 families residing in the county. The population density was 29 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 4,499 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 45.97% White, 49.54% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 2.88% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. 4.66% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,909 households out of which 33.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.10% were married couples living together, 20.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.20% were non-families. 25.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.60% under the age of 18, 10.30% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 11.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 109.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,980, and the median income for a family was $35,337. Males had a median income of $26,670 versus $19,076 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,628. About 18.00% of families and 22.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.50% of those under age 18 and 21.20% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Education

Dooly County Elementary School Dooly County Middle school Dooly County High School

Private Schools

See also

References

  1. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 15, 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. Govt. Print. Off. p. 108. 
  4. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 32°10′N 83°48′W / 32.16°N 83.80°W / 32.16; -83.80








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