Hancock County, Georgia
|Hancock County, Georgia|
Location in the state of Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
|Founded||December 17, 1793|
478.76 sq mi (1,240 km²)
473.28 sq mi (1,226 km²)
5.48 sq mi (14 km²), 1.14%
21/sq mi (8/km²)
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Hancock County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. It was created on December 17, 1793 and was named for John Hancock.1 As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,429.2 The county seat is Sparta.3
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 478.76 square miles (1,240.0 km2), of which 473.28 square miles (1,225.8 km2) (or 98.86%) is land and 5.48 square miles (14.2 km2) (or 1.14%) is water.4
- Taliaferro County, Georgia - north
- Warren County, Georgia - northeast
- Glascock County, Georgia - east
- Washington County, Georgia - southeast
- Baldwin County, Georgia - southwest
- Putnam County, Georgia - west
- Greene County, Georgia - northwest
||Greene County||Taliaferro County||Warren County|
|Putnam County||Glascock County|
|Baldwin County||Washington County|
As of the census5 of 2000, there were 10,076 people, 3,237 households, and 2,311 families residing in the county. The population density was 21 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 4,287 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 21.46% White, 77.76% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 0.38% from two or more races. 0.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 3,237 households out of which 31.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.00% were married couples living together, 28.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.60% were non-families. 26.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.22.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.10% under the age of 18, 9.90% from 18 to 24, 31.00% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 12.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 114.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 118.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $22,003, and the median income for a family was $27,232. Males had a median income of $26,062 versus $19,328 for females. The per capita income for the county was $10,916. About 26.10% of families and 29.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 45.40% of those under age 18 and 25.30% of those age 65 or over. Hancock County is the poorest county in Georgia and the 55th poorest in the country according the per capita income.
- James Abercrombie, (1795–1861), born in Hancock County, later member of the United States House of Representatives from Alabama.
- Hiram George Runnels), (December 15, 1796 – December 17, 1857) born in Hancock County, Ga., later Mayor of Houston , TX 1880-1886
- William Terrell, (1778 - July 4, 1855), member of Georgia House of Representatives, his house still stands in Sparta today.6
- Biddy Mason, (August 15, 1818 - January 16, 1891), a slave, she won her freedom when she challenged the constitutionality of her slave status in California, a free state. She went on to become a landowner, humanitarian and philanthropist. A founding member of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1872, Los Angeles, California.7
- Central Savannah River Area
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Hancock County, Georgia
- Glen Mary Plantation
- United States Census Bureau. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "New Georgia Encyclopedia entry for William Terrell". Retrieved 2006-12-25.
- Beneath Los Angeles. Biddy Mason Verified 2011-02-03.
- New Georgia Encyclopedia. Hancock County