Harris County, Georgia

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Harris County, Georgia
Harris County Georgia Courthouse.JPG
Map of Georgia highlighting Harris County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded December 14, 1827
Seat Hamilton
Largest city West Point
Area
 • Total 472.93 sq mi (1,225 km2)
 • Land 463.69 sq mi (1,201 km2)
 • Water 9.24 sq mi (24 km2), 1.95%
Population (Est.)
 • (2010) 32,024
 • Density 51/sq mi (20/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.harriscountyga.gov

Harris County is located in the U.S. state of Georgia. It was created on December 14, 1827. As of the 2010 census, the population was 32,024.1 The county seat is Hamilton.2 The County courthouse was designed by Edward Columbus Hosford.

Harris County is part of the Columbus, Georgia-Alabama Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

A historic marker in front of the Harris County Courthouse erected in 1954 by the Georgia Historical Commission reads as follows: "This county, created by Acts of the Legislature December 14, 1827, is named for Charles Harris, eminent Savannah jurist. Born in England and educated in France, he served Savannah as alderman or mayor for 20 years, refusing higher offices. The first Courthouse was built in 1831 and the present one in 1908. First election was held 1828. First county officers were: Sheriff Lewis Wynn, Superior Court Clerk Clark Blandford, Inferior Court Clerk Josiah W. Batchelder, Surveyor Absalom Beddell, Coroner F.A.B. Wheeler, Tax Receiver Burrell Blackmon, and Tax Collector John D. Johnson."

Geography

View of Harris County on Pine Mountain.

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 472.93 square miles (1,224.9 km2), of which 463.69 square miles (1,201.0 km2) (or 98.05%) is land and 9.24 square miles (23.9 km2) (or 1.95%) is water.3

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Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 5,105
1840 13,933 172.9%
1850 14,721 5.7%
1860 13,736 −6.7%
1870 13,284 −3.3%
1880 15,758 18.6%
1890 16,797 6.6%
1900 18,009 7.2%
1910 17,886 −0.7%
1920 15,775 −11.8%
1930 11,140 −29.4%
1940 11,428 2.6%
1950 11,265 −1.4%
1960 11,167 −0.9%
1970 11,520 3.2%
1980 15,464 34.2%
1990 17,788 15.0%
2000 23,695 33.2%
2010 32,024 35.2%
Est. 2012 32,550 1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census4
2012 Estimate5

As of the census6 of 2000, there were 23,695 people, 8,822 households, and 6,987 families residing in the county. The population density was 51 people per square mile (20/km²). There were 10,288 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 78.43% White, 19.47% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. 1.10% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,822 households out of which 34.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.80% were married couples living together, 10.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.80% were non-families. 17.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.70% 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 3.02.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.60% under the age of 18, 6.30% from 18 to 24, 29.30% from 25 to 44, 26.90% from 45 to 64, and 11.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,763, and the median income for a family was $54,834. Males had a median income of $37,955 versus $27,095 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,680. About 6.50% of families and 8.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.60% of those under age 18 and 13.60% of those age 65 or over.

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Notable Residents

See also

References

  1. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 32°44′N 84°55′W / 32.74°N 84.91°W / 32.74; -84.91








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