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Lanier County, Georgia
Lanier County Courthouse
Lanier County Courthouse in Lakeland
Map of Georgia highlighting Lanier County
Location in the state of Georgia (U.S. state)
Map of USA GA
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded 1920
Named for Sidney Lanier
Seat Lakeland
Largest city Lakeland
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

200 sq mi (518 km²)
185 sq mi (479 km²)
15 sq mi (39 km²), 7.3%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

10,373
54/sq mi (21/km²)
Congressional district 8th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Lanier County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,078.[1] The county seat and only incorporated municipality is Lakeland.[2] The county is named after the Georgia poet Sidney Lanier.

Lanier County is part of the Valdosta, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Lanier shares Moody Air Force Base with Lowndes County on its western boundary.

GeographyEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 200 square miles (520 km2), of which 185 square miles (480 km2) is land and 15 square miles (39 km2) (7.3%) is water.[3]

The vast majority of Lanier County is located in the Alapaha River sub-basin of the Suwannee River basin. Just a narrow section of the western border of the county, northeast and southeast of Ray City, is located in the Withlacoochee River sub-basin of the same Suwannee River basin, and a very narrow section of the eastern border of Lanier County is located in the Upper Suwannee River sub-basin of the same Suwannee River basin.[4]

Major highwaysEdit

Major waterwaysEdit

RailwaysEdit

PreviousEdit

DefunctEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit

National protected areaEdit

Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge Sign

Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge sign

The Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1985, hosts approximately 20,000 visitors annually. It provides hiking, fishing, and boating opportunities on more than 4,000 acres (16 km2) of water, Banks Lake marsh, and swamp. The Robert Simpson III Nature Trail, dedicated in August 2001, is located within the Lakeland, Georgia city limits on 75 acres (304,000 m2) of pine and hardwood forests. The county is famous for its excellent fishing in the Alapaha River, Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge as well as in its many small lakes.

DemographicsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1930 5,190
1940 5,632 8.5%
1950 5,151 −8.5%
1960 5,097 −1.0%
1970 5,031 −1.3%
1980 5,654 12.4%
1990 5,531 −2.2%
2000 7,847 41.9%
2010 10,078 28.4%
Est. 2016 10,399 [5] 32.5%
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 7,847 people, 2,893 households, and 1,931 families residing in the county. The population density was 39 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 3,011 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 76.61% White, 20.63% African American, 0.57% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. 1.74% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,593 households out of which 37.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.00% were married couples living together, 13.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.50% were non-families. 21.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.40% under the age of 18, 11.00% from 18 to 24, 30.50% from 25 to 44, 20.50% from 45 to 64, and 10.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 102.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $50,171, and the median income for a family was $54,512. Males had a median income of $46,023 versus $39,021 for females. The per capita income for the county was $43,690. About 5.30% of families and 8.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.90% of those under age 18 and 14.20% of those age 65 or over.

2010 censusEdit

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 10,078 people, 3,608 households, and 2,626 families residing in the county.[11] The population density was 54.4 inhabitants per square mile (21.0 /km2). There were 4,249 housing units at an average density of 22.9 per square mile (8.8 /km2).[12] The racial makeup of the county was 70.6% white, 23.7% black or African American, 1.0% Asian, 0.5% American Indian, 1.7% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 4.6% of the population.[11] In terms of ancestry, 14.0% were Irish, 11.5% were American, 11.0% were German, and 10.1% were English.[13]

Of the 3,608 households, 40.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.0% were married couples living together, 15.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 27.2% were non-families, and 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.18. The median age was 33.4 years.[11]

The median income for a household in the county was $37,522 and the median income for a family was $43,162. Males had a median income of $32,782 versus $21,712 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,894. About 18.0% of families and 20.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.8% of those under age 18 and 10.6% of those age 65 or over.[14]

EconomyEdit

The county's economy has remained rural in nature, but the educational, health, and social service sector was the largest employment category in 2006. Factors contributing to this economy include the presence of Moody Air Force Base (shared by adjoining Lowndes County), the several lakes and nature reserve, the hospital, and a large state correctional facility.

The top ten employers in Lanier County are:

  • Moody Air Force Base
  • Oscar Mayer Wiener, inc.
  • Farmers & Merchants Bank
  • Louis Smith Hospital
  • Patten Probation Detention Center
  • Georgia Department of Corrections
  • Patten Seed Company
  • City of Lakeland, Georgia
  • Wausau Homes, Inc
  • J.H. Harvey Co, LLC (parent company of Harveys Supermarkets)

MediaEdit

  • Lanier County News - Legal organ and hometown newspaper since 1913. The paper was originally named The Milltown Advocate, but changed its name after Lanier County was formed in 1920.
  • Lanier County Advocate (newspaper) - Legal organ newspaper as of January 1, 2015.

Historic sitesEdit

Historic sites include Governor Eurith D. Rivers' home, which was moved from its original spot on Banks Lake to West Main Street in Lakeland in the early 1980s; Union Baptist Church, located near Georgia Highway 135; and Fender Cemetery, located east of Lakeland at the junction of U.S. 221 and Georgia Highway 37 on land that once belonged to David Fender. The site of the cemetery, in which many of the area's first settlers are buried, was chosen so that mourners would not have to ferry their dead across the river for burial. Also, the "Murals of Milltown," which depict community life in the 1920s, grace the exteriors of buildings in downtown Lakeland.

CommunitiesEdit

CityEdit

Unincorporated communitiesEdit

  • Carter
  • Crisp
  • Darsey
  • Good Hope
  • Green Valley
  • Greenwood
  • Knights
  • Oak Grove
  • Reedy Creek
  • Sirmans
  • Stockton
  • Stone Hill
  • Teeterville
  • Thigpen

EducationEdit

Lanier County Board of Education

Lanier County School District headquarters

The Lanier County School District operates four schools: Lanier County Primary School, Lanier County Elementary School, Lanier County Middle School, and Lanier County High School.

PoliticsEdit

Previous Presidential Elections Results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 69.1% 1,984 28.1% 806 2.8% 81
2012 61.1% 1,820 37.4% 1,114 1.5% 44
2008 62.1% 1,787 36.9% 1,062 1.1% 31
2004 63.4% 1,641 36.0% 931 0.7% 17
2000 55.0% 1,048 43.7% 832 1.3% 24
1996 34.6% 519 54.5% 818 11.0% 165
1992 35.0% 600 47.3% 811 17.6% 302
1988 50.8% 725 48.9% 698 0.3% 4
1984 53.5% 852 46.5% 741
1980 29.3% 470 69.6% 1,116 1.1% 18
1976 14.0% 207 86.0% 1,269
1972 81.5% 850 18.5% 193
1968 15.6% 241 18.0% 277 66.4% 1,024
1964 52.1% 719 47.9% 661
1960 15.9% 198 84.1% 1,049
1956 14.6% 152 85.4% 890
1952 16.8% 170 83.3% 845
1948 14.7% 100 71.5% 486 13.8% 94
1944 6.0% 40 94.0% 625
1940 2.6% 16 97.1% 607 0.3% 2
1936 3.6% 30 95.8% 800 0.6% 5
1932 1.4% 3 97.2% 211 1.4% 3
1928 31.3% 138 68.7% 303
1924 11.4% 46 88.3% 356 0.3% 1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/13/13173.html. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. 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 2015-11-27. 
  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. http://www.census.gov/prod/www/decennial.html. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. Retrieved June 23, 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 23, 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 23, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. 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/DPDP1/0500000US13173. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  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.CY07/0500000US13173. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  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/DP02/0500000US13173. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  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/DP03/0500000US13173. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  15. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

See alsoEdit

Coordinates: 31°02′N 83°04′W / 31.04, -83.06


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