Brooks County, Georgia

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Brooks County, Georgia
Quitman GA crths01
Brooks County Courthouse in Quitman, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Brooks County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of USA GA
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded 1858
Seat Quitman
Largest city Quitman
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

497.77 sq mi (1,289 km²)
493.62 sq mi (1,278 km²)
4.15 sq mi (11 km²), 0.83%
 - (2006)
 - Density

33/sq mi (13/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Brooks County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is part of the Valdosta, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2010, the population was 16,243.[1] The county seat is Quitman.[2] Brooks County was created 11 December 1858 from portions of Lowndes and Thomas counties by an act of the Georgia General Assembly named in honor of Preston Brooks, famous and acclaimed throughout the South for having beaten to unconsciousness, Senator Charles Sumner in 1856 in Congress. The county is in the Valdosta, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography Edit

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 497.77 square miles (1,289.2 km2), of which 493.62 square miles (1,278.5 km2) (or 99.17%) is land and 4.15 square miles (10.7 km2) (or 0.83%) is water.[3] The eastern boundary of the county is the Withlacoochee River which meanders along an estimated distance of 100 miles (160 km). The southern boundary of the county has a mutual east-west interface of about 25 miles (40 km) with Florida, although it is not continuous. The county is actually discontinuous along the Florida border with the easternmost section about a mile east of the rest of the county. This section presently consists of only one parcel recorded as 350 acres (1.4 km2) although it has a border with Florida of almost 2 miles (3.2 km). The county shares a north-south boundary with Thomas county to the west about 26 miles (42 km) in length. It also shares an east-west boundary of 10 miles (16 km) and a north-south boundary of 3 miles (4.8 km) with Colquitt county to the northwest. The county has over 10,000 parcels of land with 19 over 2,000 acres (8.1 km2) and two over 5,000 acres (20 km2). The county is home to several endangered plant and animal species including the Pond Spicebush, the Wood Stork, and the Eastern Indigo snake.

Major highways Edit

U.S. 84 (GA 38) runs 17 miles east-west through central Brooks county and the city of Quitman (known as Screven St inside city limits). East of Washington St. in Quitman it is also U.S. 221 for 6.1 miles to the Withlacoochee River at the eastern border of the county. The highway in this area is also known as the Wiregrass Georgia Highway.

Major railroads Edit

Airport Edit

BROOKS CO (4J5) Runway length 3600' Lights, CTAF 122.9 FSS Macon 122.4 [5]

Adjacent counties Edit

Demographics Edit

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 16,450 people, 6,155 households, and 4,370 families residing in the county. The population density was 33 people per square mile (13/km²). There were 7,118 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 57.36% Caucasian, 39.34% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.76% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. 3.07% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,155 households out of which 31.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.30% were married couples living together, 18.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.00% were non-families. 25.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.90% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,911, and the median income for a family was $32,382. Males had a median income of $26,303 versus $18,925 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,977. About 19.10% of families and 23.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.40% of those under age 18 and 20.10% of those age 65 or over.


Government Edit

The Government consists of a five member Board of Commissioners. Under the guidelines of the Commissioners is a County Administrator, a Sheriff and Tax Commissioner, the Judicial System and other Boards and Authorities.

Recreation Edit

Brooks county is well known for its wildlife. Quail, dove, ducks, and deer abound in the fields and forests. Brooks county also offers excellent fishing in its many lakes and streams, which are open to the public.

GA Bike Route 10 Edit

Georgia State Bicycle Route 10 is one of 14 bike routes across Georgia. Route 10 is 246 miles (396 km) long and goes from Lake Seminole in the west to Jekyll Island in the east. It runs an west-east route, of approximately 27.3 miles (43.9 km), through the County and passes through downtown Quitman.

Hospital Edit

Brooks County Hospital, a part of Archbold Medical Services, a 35 bed facility was established in 1935 and has 24 hour emergency facilities.

History and Historical sites Edit

The first settlers, in what is now Brooks County, were Spanish missionaries from Florida who arrived around 1570. Brooks County was formed from parts of Lowndes and Thomas counties and was named for Preston Brooks, a member of Congress prior to the Civil War and an avid defender of state rights. During the Civil War, the county was the main producer of food for the confederacy and became known as the "Breadbasket of the South." Brooks County is in the Plantation Trace tourist region.

Brooks County Courthouse Edit

Located at 1 E. Screven St., Quitman, it was constructed in 1864 and designed by John Wind. The county's courthouse was constructed in 1864. Brooks County officials paid for the structure with $14,958 in Confederate money, a fortunate circumstance for the county, since this currency was soon to become useless

Brooks County Museum and Cultural Center Edit

Located at 121 N. Culpepper, Quitman, it was originally the Library. The Cultural Center provides a series of music, art, and culinary events throughout the year.

Cities and towns Edit

  • Barwick The town of 0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2). in area is partially in Brooks County, Georgia and Thomas County, Georgia
  • Morven The city has an area of 1.7 sq mi (4.4 km2).
  • Pavo The city of 1.8 sq mi (4.7 km2). in area is partially in Brooks County, Georgia and Thomas County, Georgia
  • Quitman The city has an area of 3.8 sq mi (9.8 km2).

Unincorporated Communities Edit

See alsoEdit


External linksEdit

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