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Stephens County, Georgia
Stephens County, Georgia courthouse
Map of Georgia highlighting Stephens County
Location in the state of Georgia (U.S. state)
Map of USA GA
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded August 18, 1905
Named for Alexander Stephens
Seat Toccoa
Largest city Toccoa
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

184 sq mi (477 km²)
179 sq mi (464 km²)
5.1 sq mi (13 km²), 2.8%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

26,175
146/sq mi (56/km²)
Congressional district 9th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Stephens County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 26,175.[1] The county seat is Toccoa.[2]

Stephens County comprises the Toccoa, GA Micropolitan Statistical Area.

HistoryEdit

Originally inhabited by Mississippi Indian mound builders and then by Cherokee Indians, the first non-Indians in the area were Revolutionary War veterans who migrated up the Savannah River and the Tugaloo River after the war. Created on August 18, 1905 from parts of Franklin County and Habersham County, the county is named for Alexander Stephens, U.S. representative, Vice President of the Confederate States of America, and fifty-third governor of Georgia.

Two courthouses have served Stephens County. The first courthouse was built in 1908, and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The second was built in 2000.[3]

GeographyEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 184 square miles (480 km2), of which 179 square miles (460 km2) is land and 5.1 square miles (13 km2) (2.8%) is water.[4]

The northern half of Stephens County is located in the Tugaloo River sub-basin of the Savannah River basin, while the southern half of the county is located in the Broad River sub-basin of the same Savannah River basin.[5]

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit

National protected areaEdit

DemographicsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1910 9,728
1920 11,215 15.3%
1930 11,740 4.7%
1940 12,972 10.5%
1950 16,647 28.3%
1960 18,391 10.5%
1970 20,331 10.5%
1980 21,763 7.0%
1990 23,257 6.9%
2000 25,435 9.4%
2010 26,175 2.9%
Est. 2016 25,751 [6] 1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 26,175 people, 10,289 households, and 7,236 families residing in the county.[11] The population density was 146.1 inhabitants per square mile (56.4 /km2). There were 12,662 housing units at an average density of 70.7 per square mile (27.3 /km2).[12] The racial makeup of the county was 85.1% white, 10.9% black or African American, 0.7% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 1.0% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.4% of the population.[11] In terms of ancestry, 14.7% were American, 9.1% were Irish, 8.1% were German, and 7.4% were English.[13]

Of the 10,289 households, 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.8% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.7% were non-families, and 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.96. The median age was 40.7 years.[11]

The median income for a household in the county was $34,938 and the median income for a family was $41,768. Males had a median income of $35,814 versus $24,834 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,285. About 12.3% of families and 18.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.9% of those under age 18 and 16.0% of those age 65 or over.[14]

CommunitiesEdit

PoliticsEdit

Previous Presidential Elections Results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 78.3% 7,686 18.7% 1,837 3.0% 292
2012 75.7% 7,221 22.4% 2,131 1.9% 182
2008 72.9% 7,689 25.6% 2,705 1.5% 158
2004 71.4% 6,904 28.1% 2,714 0.6% 56
2000 64.1% 5,370 34.3% 2,869 1.6% 137
1996 48.8% 3,890 38.5% 3,072 12.7% 1015
1992 47.7% 4,047 35.0% 2,976 17.3% 1470
1988 66.1% 4,329 33.4% 2,185 0.6% 36
1984 64.1% 4,057 35.9% 2,272
1980 30.6% 2,045 67.7% 4,529 1.8% 118
1976 19.4% 1,340 80.6% 5,560
1972 81.2% 3,773 18.8% 871
1968 25.2% 1,295 20.2% 1035 54.6% 2,802
1964 28.2% 1,371 71.8% 3,483
1960 20.9% 815 79.1% 3,087
1956 20.9% 684 79.1% 2,595
1952 15.7% 661 84.3% 3,539
1948 9.8% 130 68.9% 912 21.2% 281
1944 15.5% 212 84.5% 1,158
1940 7.6% 90 91.7% 1,084 0.7% 8
1936 5.6% 68 94.2% 1,142 0.2% 2
1932 1.7% 18 97.5% 1,026 0.8% 8
1928 38.1% 270 61.9% 438
1924 6.7% 40 87.3% 523 6.0% 36
1920 37.8% 252 62.2% 415
1916 10.4% 60 87.0% 500 2.6% 15
1912 12.0% 57 85.1% 405 2.9% 14

Further readingEdit

  • Cooksey, Elizabeth B. "Stephens County." New Georgia Encyclopedia. 14 October 2014. Web. 18 May 2016.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/13/13257.html. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. pp. 250. https://books.google.com/books?id=REtEXQNWq6MC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA250#v=onepage&q&f=false. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ "Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission Interactive Mapping Experience". Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission. http://www.gaswcc.org/maps/. Retrieved 2015-11-18. 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/data/tables.2016.html. Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/prod/www/decennial.html. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/ga190090.txt. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  10. ^ "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 26, 2014. 
  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/DPDP1/0500000US13257. 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.CY07/0500000US13257. 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/DP02/0500000US13257. 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/DP03/0500000US13257. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  15. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

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