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Coweta County, Georgia
Coweta County Courthouse
Historic Coweta County Courthouse in Newnan
Map of Georgia highlighting Coweta County
Location in the state of Georgia (U.S. state)
Map of USA GA
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded 1826
Seat Newnan
Largest city Newnan
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

446 sq mi (1,155 km²)
441 sq mi (1,142 km²)
4.9 sq mi (13 km²), 1.1%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

138,427
289/sq mi (112/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.coweta.ga.us

Coweta County is a county located in the west central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 127,317.[1] The county seat is Newnan.[2]

Coweta County is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History Edit

The land for Lee, Muscogee, Troup, Coweta and Carroll counties was ceded by the Creek people in the 1825 Treaty of Indian Springs. The counties' boundaries were created by the Georgia General Assembly on June 9, 1826, but they were not named until December 14, 1826. Coweta County was named for the Koweta Indians (a sub-group of the Creek people), who had several towns in and around the present-day county.

In the city of Newnan, on April 23, 1899, a notorious lynching occurred after an African-American man by the name of Sam Hose (born Tom Wilkes) was accused of killing his boss, Alfred Cranford. Hose was tortured and burned alive by a lynch mob of approximately 2,000 citizens of Coweta County.

Government and politics Edit

The legislative body of is the Coweta County Commission, which consists of five members elected from numbered districts. The chairmanship rotates among the members. Coweta County is the only county in Georgia that operates with a rotating chairmanship.

District Commissioner Party Term of office Seat up
District 1 Paul Poole (2017 Vice Chairman) Republican 2005–present 2020
District 2 Tim Lassetter Republican 2007–present 2018
District 3 Bob Blackburn Republican 2011–present 2018
District 4 Rodney Brooks Republican 2009–present 2020
District 5 Al Smith (2017 Chairman) Democratic 2009–present 2020

GeographyEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 446 square miles (1,160 km2), of which 441 square miles (1,140 km2) is land and 4.9 square miles (13 km2) (1.1%) is water.[3]

The eastern half of Coweta County, from Palmetto southwest to Newnan, then south to Luthersville, is in the Upper Flint River sub-basin of the ACF River Basin (Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin). The western half is in the Middle Chattahoochee River-Lake Harding sub-basin of the same ACF River Basin.[4]

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 5,003
1840 10,364 107.2%
1850 13,635 31.6%
1860 14,703 7.8%
1870 15,875 8.0%
1880 21,109 33.0%
1890 22,354 5.9%
1900 24,980 11.7%
1910 28,800 15.3%
1920 29,047 0.9%
1930 25,127 −13.5%
1940 26,972 7.3%
1950 27,786 3.0%
1960 28,893 4.0%
1970 32,310 11.8%
1980 39,268 21.5%
1990 53,853 37.1%
2000 89,215 65.7%
2010 127,317 42.7%
Est. 2016 140,526 [5] 57.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790–1960[7] 1900–1990[8]
1990–2000[9] 2010–2013[1]

2000 censusEdit

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 89,215 people, 31,442 households, and 24,713 families residing in the county. The population density was 202 people per square mile (78/km²). There were 33,182 housing units at an average density of 75 per square mile (29/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 78.86% White, 17.97% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.68% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.22% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. 3.14% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 31,442 households out of which 39.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.50% were married couples living together, 12.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.40% were non-families. Of all households 17.60% were made up of individuals and 5.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.70% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 33.40% from 25 to 44, 21.80% from 45 to 64, and 8.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 98.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $52,706, and the median income for a family was $58,750. Males had a median income of $41,369 versus $27,322 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,949. About 6.10% of families and 7.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.60% of those under age 18 and 10.50% of those age 65 or over.

2010 censusEdit

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 127,317 people, 45,673 households, and 34,737 families residing in the county.[11] The population density was 288.8 inhabitants per square mile (111.5 /km2). There were 50,171 housing units at an average density of 113.8 per square mile (43.9 /km2).[12] The racial makeup of the county was 75.9% white, 17.3% black or African American, 1.5% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 2.9% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 6.7% of the population.[11] In terms of ancestry, 22.2% were American, 10.4% were German, 10.4% were Irish, and 9.9% were English.[13]

Of the 45,673 households, 41.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.5% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 23.9% were non-families, and 19.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.18. The median age was 36.6 years.[11]

The median income for a household in the county was $61,550 and the median income for a family was $68,469. Males had a median income of $51,658 versus $36,535 for females. The per capita income for the county was $26,161. About 7.7% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.4% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.[14]

EducationEdit

The Coweta County School System holds pre-school to grade 12, and consists of nineteen elementary schools, six middle schools and three high schools.[15] The system has 1,164 full-time teachers and more than 18,389 students.[16] Private schools in the county include The Heritage School and Trinity Christian School.

Mercer University has a Regional Academic Center in Newnan. The center, opened in 2010, offers programs through the university's College of Continuing and Professional Studies. The University of West Georgia has a campus near downtown Newnan on the site of the old Newnan Hospital. This campus offers two undergraduate programs - bachelor of science in nursing and early childhood education.[17]

Newnan is also home to a campus of West Georgia Technical College.[18]

Notable peopleEdit

CommunitiesEdit

CitiesEdit

TownsEdit

Census-designated placeEdit

Other unincorporated communitiesEdit

PoliticsEdit

Previous Presidential Elections Results[19]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 68.4% 42,533 26.7% 16,583 5.0% 3094
2012 71.2% 39,653 27.2% 15,168 1.6% 897
2008 70.1% 37,571 28.9% 15,521 1.0% 543
2004 74.4% 31,682 25.0% 10,647 0.7% 280
2000 68.3% 21,327 29.0% 9,056 2.7% 843
1996 56.9% 13,058 33.9% 7,794 9.2% 2118
1992 47.8% 9,814 34.5% 7,093 17.7% 3646
1988 69.4% 9,668 30.2% 4,212 0.4% 49
1984 68.6% 7,981 31.4% 3,650
1980 43.0% 4,480 54.7% 5,697 2.4% 245
1976 33.0% 3,044 67.1% 6,195
1972 78.7% 5,751 21.3% 1,560
1968 32.8% 2,442 16.2% 1204 51.0% 3,791
1964 49.6% 3,656 50.4% 3,712
1960 23.1% 1,159 76.9% 3,855
1956 22.1% 850 77.9% 3,003
1952 14.5% 652 85.5% 3,837
1948 7.9% 209 83.6% 2,214 8.5% 226
1944 4.7% 130 95.3% 2,649
1940 3.5% 103 96.3% 2,846 0.3% 8
1936 3.1% 73 96.8% 2,260 0.1% 3
1932 2.1% 46 97.7% 2,183 0.3% 6
1928 12.2% 229 87.9% 1,656
1924 6.0% 67 90.4% 1,010 3.6% 40
1920 13.4% 169 86.6% 1,094
1916 2.0% 26 91.4% 1,179 6.6% 85
1912 4.1% 46 92.8% 1,044 3.1% 35

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/13/13077.html. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. https://web.archive.org/web/20110531210815/http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission Interactive Mapping Experience". Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission. http://www.gaswcc.org/maps/. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/data/tables.2016.html. Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. http://www.webcitation.org/6YSasqtfX?url=http://www.census.gov/prod/www/decennial.html. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/ga190090.txt. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. https://web.archive.org/web/20130911234518/http://factfinder2.census.gov/. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  11. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/DEC/10_DP/DPDP1/0500000US13077. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  12. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/DEC/10_SF1/GCTPH1.CY07/0500000US13077. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  13. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/10_5YR/DP02/0500000US13077. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  14. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/10_5YR/DP03/0500000US13077. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  15. ^ Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved August 2, 2014.
  16. ^ School Stats, Retrieved August 2, 2014.
  17. ^ "University of West Georgia- Newnan." University of West Georgia. N.p., 2011. Web. 24 Aug 2011. <http://www.westga.edu/newnan/>.
  18. ^ http://www.westgatech.edu/locations/coweta.htm>.
  19. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 33°21′N 84°46′W / 33.35, -84.76


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