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Jasper County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Jasper County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of USA GA
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded December 10, 1807
Seat Monticello
Largest city Monticello
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

374 sq mi (968 km²)
370 sq mi (959 km²)
3 sq mi (8 km²), 0.85%
PopulationEst.
 - (2006)
 - Density

13,624
31/sq mi (12/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Jasper County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of 2000, the population is 11,426. The 2006 Census Estimate shows a population of 13,624 [1]. The county seat is Monticello6.


HistoryEdit

The County was created on December 10, 1807, by an act of the Georgia General Assembly with land that was originally part of Baldwin County.[1]

Jasper County was originally named Randolph County (after Virginian John Randolph). Because of Randolph's opposition to U.S. entry into the War of 1812, the General Assembly changed the name of Randolph County to Jasper County on December 10, 1812 to honor Sergeant William Jasper, an American Revolutionary War hero. However, Randolph's reputation eventually was restored, and in 1828, the General Assembly created a new Randolph County.[2]

Newton County was created from a part of the original Jasper County in 1821.

GeographyEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 968 km² (374 sq mi). 959 km² (370 sq mi) of it is land and 8 km² (3 sq mi) of it (0.85%) is water.

Major HighwaysEdit

Adjacent Counties Edit

DemographicsEdit

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 11,426 people, 4,175 households, and 3,122 families residing in the county. The population density was 12/km² (31/sq mi). There were 4,806 housing units at an average density of 5/km² (13/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 70.95% White, 27.26% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.61% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. 2.07% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,175 households out of which 34.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.80% were married couples living together, 13.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.20% were non-families. 21.40% 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 2.72 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.20% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, and 11.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,890, and the median income for a family was $43,271. Males had a median income of $32,351 versus $21,785 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,249. About 10.90% of families and 14.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.20% of those under age 18 and 13.50% of those age 65 or over.

Random Facts Edit

  • Country singer Trisha Yearwood is from Jasper County, Georgia
  • The movie My Cousin Vinny was filmed here in 1992
  • Jasper County is known as the "Deer Capital" of Georgia for its immense deer population and has its annual "Deer Festival" every November (held the first weekend of November which is not a University of Georgia home game).
  • Trisha Yearwood's Gold-Selling, Grammy-Nominated 2005 release is named after her childhood home of Jasper County. The debut single off of the album, "Georgia Rain," features a line that Yearwood had changed to directly mention Jasper County.
  • NFL player Odell Thurman is from Jasper County, Georgia.

Cities and towns Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ - GeorgiaInfo Jasper County Courthouse history
  2. ^ GeorgiaInfo.com - Georgia Counties in Order of Creation

Coordinates: 33°19′N 83°41′W / 33.32, -83.69

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