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Lumpkin County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Lumpkin County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of USA GA
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded December 3, 1832
Seat Dahlonega
Largest city Dahlonega
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

285 sq mi (738 km²)
284 sq mi (737 km²)
1 sq mi (1 km²), 0.14%
 - (2005)
 - Density

74/sq mi (29/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Lumpkin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2000 census, the population is 21,016. The 2005 Census Estimate shows a population of 26,705 [1]. Its county seat is Dahlonega6.

History Edit

Lumpkin County was created on December 3, 1832. The county was named for former governor of Georgia Wilson Lumpkin. Lumpkin's daughter, Martha Atalanta Lumpkin Compton, was the source for the city name of Marthasville (which was the previous name for Atlanta).

Many also attribute Atlanta's name to Martha's middle name of Atalanta; however, there are conflicting accounts[1][2] which suggest the name Atlanta was derived as the feminine form of Atlantic (Atlanta being one end of the Western & Atlantic Railroad) by John Edgar Thomson, Chief Engineer of the Georgia Railroad.

Gold was discovered in the county near Auraria in the 1830s, and the U.S. government briefly had a mint in Dahlonega as a result until 1860. Gold from the county was later used on the roof of the Georgia State Capitol.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 738 km² (285 sq mi). 737 km² (284 sq mi) of it is land and 1 km² (0 sq mi) of it (0.14%) is water. The peak of Cowrock Mountain is the highest point in the county at 3,852 feet.

Major HighwaysEdit

Adjacent Counties Edit


As of the census² of 2000, there were 21,016 people, 7,537 households, and 5,366 families residing in the county. The population density was 29/km² (74/sq mi). There were 8,263 housing units at an average density of 11/km² (29/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 94.02% White, 1.46% Black or African American, 0.97% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 1.57% from other races, and 1.53% from two or more races. 3.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,537 households out of which 32.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.50% were married couples living together, 9.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.80% were non-families. 22.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.50% 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 3.04.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.30% under the age of 18, 15.40% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, and 9.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 96.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,167, and the median income for a family was $46,368. Males had a median income of $31,289 versus $23,955 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,062. About 9.00% of families and 13.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.50% of those under age 18 and 16.30% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ Atlanta History Center FAQ
  2. ^ City of Atlanta website

Coordinates: 34°34′N 84°00′W / 34.57, -84.00

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