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Muscogee County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Muscogee County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of USA GA
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded June 9, 1826
Seat Columbus
Largest city Columbus
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

221.00 sq mi (572 km²)
216.26 sq mi (560 km²)
4.74 sq mi (12 km²), 2.14%
PopulationEst.
 - (2009)
 - Density

190,414
841/sq mi (325/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.muscogeecounty.net

Muscogee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is part of the Columbus, Georgia-Alabama Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census, the population was 186,291. The 2009 Census Estimate shows a population of 190,414.[1] Its county seat and only city is Columbus,[2] with which it has been a consolidated city-county since the beginning of 1971. It is a part of the Columbus, Georgia-Alabama Metropolitan Area.

The only other city was Bibb City, which disincorporated in December 2000. Fort Benning takes up nearly one quarter of the county. The Chattahoochee River forms its western border with Alabama.

HistoryEdit

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, but they were not named until December 14 of 1826.

It was named for the native Muscogee or Creek people. Parts of the then-large county (which went all the way east to the Flint River) were later taken to create every other neighboring Georgia county, including Harris County to the north in 1827. [2]

GeographyEdit

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 221.00 square miles (572.4 km2), of which 216.26 square miles (560.1 km2) (or 97.86%) is land and 4.74 square miles (12.3 km2) (or 2.14%) is water.[3]

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 3,114
1850 5,942 90.8%
1860 9,621 61.9%
1870 7,401 −23.1%
1880 10,123 36.8%
1890 17,303 70.9%
1900 17,614 1.8%
1910 20,554 16.7%
1920 31,125 51.4%
1930 43,131 38.6%
1940 53,280 23.5%
1950 79,611 49.4%
1960 116,779 46.7%
1970 155,028 32.8%
1980 169,441 9.3%
1990 178,681 5.5%
2000 186,291 4.3%
Est. 2009 190,414 2.2%
Population 1840-2000.[4]


Population estimate 2007.[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 186,291 people, 69,819 households, and 47,686 families residing in the county. The population density was 861 people per square mile (333/km²). There were 76,182 housing units at an average density of 352 per square mile (136/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 50.42% White, 43.74% Black or African American, 0.38% Native American, 1.54% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 1.90% from other races, and 1.87% from two or more races. 4.49% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 69,819 households out of which 34.60% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.70% were married couples living together, 19.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.70% were non-families. 26.70% 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 2.54 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.80% under the age of 18, 11.90% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 19.70% from 45 to 64, and 11.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 94.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,798, and the median income for a family was $41,244. Males had a median income of $30,238 versus $24,336 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,262. 15.70% of the population and 12.80% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 22.00% of those under the age of 18 and 12.10% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

EducationEdit

Higher educationEdit

[7]

PublicEdit

PrivateEdit

Primary and secondary educationEdit

Public schoolsEdit

Columbus is home to 65 public schools,[10] all operated by the Muscogee County School District.

Private and religion-based schoolsEdit

  • Brookstone School (K-12)
  • Calvary Christian School (Christian, K-12)
  • Edgewood Christian School (Baptist, K-12)
  • Grace Christian School (Christian, K-12)
  • Hallie Turner Private School (9-12)
  • Kip Christian Academy‎ (Christian, K-8)
  • New Bethel Christian Academy (Seventh-day Adventist, K-8)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes School (Catholic, K-8)
  • Our Redeemer Christian Academy‎ (Christian, K-12)
  • Pinehurst Christian School (Baptist, K-8)
  • St. Anne‒Pacelli Catholic School (Catholic, K-12)
  • St. Luke School (Methodist, K-8)
  • Victory Academy (K-8)
  • Westminster Christian School (Christian, K-8)
  • Wynnbrook Christian School (Baptist, K-12)

HomeschoolingEdit

In regards to homeschooling, the Official Code of Georgia Annotated states the following:

Required Subjects: A basic academic educational program that includes, but is not limited to, reading, language arts, math, social studies, and science. [Ga. Code Ann. § 20-2-690(c)(4).]

Cities and towns Edit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Template:Columbus Auburn Opelika

Coordinates: 32°31′N 84°52′W / 32.51, -84.87


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