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Lincoln County, Georgia
LINCOLN COUNTY COURTHOUSE
Lincoln County Courthouse in Lincolnton
Map of Georgia highlighting Lincoln County
Location in the state of Georgia (U.S. state)
Map of USA GA
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded February 20, 1796
Named for Benjamin Lincoln
Seat Lincolnton
Largest city Lincolnton
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

257 sq mi (666 km²)
210 sq mi (544 km²)
47 sq mi (122 km²), 18.2%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

7,996
38/sq mi (15/km²)
Congressional district 10th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.lincolncountyga.com

Lincoln County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,996.[1] The county seat is Lincolnton.[2] The county was created on February 20, 1796.

Lincoln County is included in the Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Savannah River forming its northeastern border. Located above the fall line, it is part of the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) and a member of the CSRA Regional Development Center.

HistoryEdit

On February 20, 1796 Lincoln County was established as the twenty-fourth county in the state of Georgia. Before then, its territory was part of Wilkes County, now on its western side. The new county was named after General Benjamin Lincoln (1733-1810), a Revolutionary War hero notable for receiving Gen. Cornwallis's Sword of Surrender at Yorktown, Virginia. In 1809 he retired from the military.

On January 22, 1852 the legislature changed the location of the line between Wilkes County and Lincoln County. There is no record as to why the legislature made these changes.

From before the American Revolutionary War until the 1950s, Lincoln County was primarily a farming and agricultural area. The development and creation of Clarke Hill Dam created a large reservoir that covered portions of Lincoln and nearby counties. Developers have created many residential neighborhoods and subdivisions in areas near the lake.

GeographyEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 257 square miles (670 km2), of which 210 square miles (540 km2) is land and 47 square miles (120 km2) (18.2%) is water.[3]

The bulk of Lincoln County, from just south of Lincolnton heading north, is located in the Upper Savannah River sub-basin of the Savannah River basin, with the exception of a tiny sliver of the northernmost section of the county, which is located in the Broad River sub-basin of the larger Savannah River basin. The southern portion of the county is located in the Little River sub-basin of the same Savannah River basin.[4]

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 4,766
1810 4,555 −4.4%
1820 6,458 41.8%
1830 6,145 −4.8%
1840 5,895 −4.1%
1850 5,998 1.7%
1860 5,466 −8.9%
1870 5,413 −1.0%
1880 6,412 18.5%
1890 6,146 −4.1%
1900 7,156 16.4%
1910 8,714 21.8%
1920 9,739 11.8%
1930 7,847 −19.4%
1940 7,042 −10.3%
1950 6,462 −8.2%
1960 5,906 −8.6%
1970 5,895 −0.2%
1980 6,716 13.9%
1990 7,442 10.8%
2000 8,348 12.2%
2010 7,996 −4.2%
Est. 2016 7,828 [5] −6.2%
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 8,348 people, 3,251 households, and 2,379 families residing in the county. The population density was 40 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 4,514 housing units at an average density of 21 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 64.25% White, 34.37% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. 0.97% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,251 households out of which 30.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.20% were married couples living together, 15.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.80% were non-families. 23.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.40% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 26.30% from 45 to 64, and 14.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,952, and the median income for a family was $36,657. Males had a median income of $27,165 versus $21,338 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,351. About 12.40% of families and 15.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.60% of those under age 18 and 15.90% of those age 65 or over.

2010 censusEdit

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 7,996 people, 3,281 households, and 2,252 families residing in the county.[11] The population density was 38.0 inhabitants per square mile (14.7 /km2). There were 4,786 housing units at an average density of 22.7 per square mile (8.8 /km2).[12] The racial makeup of the county was 65.7% white, 32.1% black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 0.4% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.2% of the population.[11] In terms of ancestry, 24.8% were American, 8.4% were English, and 6.3% were German.[13]

Of the 3,281 households, 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.3% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.4% were non-families, and 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.94. The median age was 45.0 years.[11]

The median income for a household in the county was $36,399 and the median income for a family was $43,872. Males had a median income of $38,200 versus $24,577 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,627. About 23.2% of families and 26.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.2% of those under age 18 and 28.5% of those age 65 or over.[14]

Recreation and historical sites Edit

Since the creation of Clarks Hill Lake, recreation has contributed to Lincoln County's growth. It is a main destination for tourists, providing fishing, boating, and other water sport opportunities for visitors and nearby residents.

Toward the eastern part of Lincoln County, just before the South Carolina line, is Elijah Clarke State Park. This park is roughly 447 acres (1.809 km2). In May of every year, Elijah Clarke holds a bluegrass festival which has become a major attraction in the last 20 years. Several well-known bluegrass musicians play at this event each year, including Lincoln County natives, The Lewis Family. Also held annually at Elijah Clarke is an Arts and Crafts Festival and a Log Cabin Christmas.

There are many historic places to visit in Lincoln County. They include:

EconomyEdit

Economic growth has been associated with development of the J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Clarks Hill Lake. In Lincoln County, logging is a multimillion-dollar industry. More than 20 logging businesses produce most of the jobs for Lincoln County residents. The county has attracted new companies, such as Hero Metal, LLC; Top Grill, LLC; and Charles Owen, Inc.

CommunitiesEdit

Notable peopleEdit

PoliticsEdit

Previous Presidential Elections Results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 67.3% 2,759 31.0% 1,273 1.7% 70
2012 63.4% 2,807 35.8% 1,586 0.8% 37
2008 61.7% 2,731 37.3% 1,650 1.0% 43
2004 63.1% 2,309 36.6% 1,337 0.3% 12
2000 58.2% 1,807 41.1% 1,275 0.7% 21
1996 47.3% 1,391 45.4% 1,334 7.3% 214
1992 38.8% 1,149 44.9% 1,327 16.3% 482
1988 61.0% 1,417 38.4% 893 0.6% 14
1984 54.9% 1,357 45.1% 1,115
1980 33.0% 806 66.3% 1,617 0.7% 17
1976 26.7% 576 73.3% 1,583
1972 78.6% 1,246 21.4% 340
1968 18.6% 408 22.4% 491 58.9% 1,290
1964 72.8% 943 27.2% 353
1960 22.8% 197 77.3% 669
1956 18.2% 155 81.8% 696
1952 33.7% 327 66.3% 644
1948 81.8% 596 13.6% 99 4.7% 34
1944 27.1% 165 72.9% 444
1940 12.5% 67 86.6% 466 0.9% 5
1936 13.2% 88 84.2% 561 2.6% 17
1932 0.5% 3 99.4% 660 0.2% 1
1928 48.1% 413 51.9% 445
1924 9.6% 121 67.0% 847 23.4% 296
1920 0.6% 3 99.4% 509
1916 14.2% 56 84.5% 333 1.3% 5
1912 9.3% 27 90.7% 264

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/13/13181.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 2015-11-19. 
  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. 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/DPDP1/0500000US13181. 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.CY07/0500000US13181. 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/DP02/0500000US13181. 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/DP03/0500000US13181. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  15. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

Further readingEdit

  • Perryman, Clinton J. History of Lincoln County, Georgia, Tignall, GA: 1985

External linksEdit

External linksEdit

Template:Central Savannah River Area

Coordinates: 33°47′N 82°27′W / 33.79, -82.45


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