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Union County, Georgia
Union County Georgia Courthouse
Map of Georgia highlighting Union County
Location in the state of Georgia (U.S. state)
Map of USA GA
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded 1832
Seat Blairsville
Largest city Blairsville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

329 sq mi (852 km²)
322 sq mi (834 km²)
7.1 sq mi (18 km²), 2.2
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

21,356
66/sq mi (25/km²)
Congressional district 9th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website http://www.unioncountyga.gov/
Footnotes: Vanishing site of Kristi Cornwell

Union County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 21,356.[1] The county seat is Blairsville.[2]

Its Sole commissioner is Lamar Paris, who has served since 2001.[3] Template:Toclimit

HistoryEdit

Union County was carved from Cherokee County territory during the Georgia Land Lottery of 1832. Originally inhabited by Native Americans, the area became more desirable to white settlers with the discovery of gold in the 1820s.

The Union Party, a political group that supported removing the Indians and opening the area to white settlers, is the probable inspiration for the county’s name. Upon entering the town of Blairsville, Georgia, one can see a plaque crediting John Thomas (former Justice of the Inferior Court and serving Union County in the Georgia House of Representatives in 1833) for giving the county the name of Union. When asked to suggest a name, he is reported to have said, "Name it Union, for none but union-like men reside in it." Since the county was founded almost 30 years before the U.S. Civil War, Union County obviously was not named in sympathy for the North, as is sometimes thought. County residents, however, were largely pro-Union in the years leading up to the war, as was true of much of Georgia's mountainous north, and the county's delegates to the state convention of 1861 voted against secession. When the state seceded, most Union County residents supported the Confederacy, and the majority of its Civil War soldiers fought on the Confederate side, although a significant minority fought for the Union. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the county's memorial to its generations of war dead may be the only one in the South that specifically includes homage to Union soldiers and to American Indians who fought white settlement.

Union County is sometimes called "The Top of Georgia" because Brasstown Bald is partly in the county.

GeographyEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 329 square miles (850 km2), of which 322 square miles (830 km2) is land and 7.1 square miles (18 km2) (2.2%) is water.[4] Brasstown Bald, the highest mountain in Georgia, rises in southeast Union County, straddling the Towns County line. The central and northern portion of Union County is located in the Hiwassee River sub-basin of the Middle Tennessee-Hiwassee basin, while the southwestern portion of the county is located in the Ocoee River sub-basin of the same larger watershed. A very small portion of the county's southeastern corner is located in the Upper Chattahoochee River sub-basin of the ACF River Basin (Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, also listed as simply the Apalachicola Basin by USGS).[5] This is also where the source of the Chattahoochee is found.

Adjacent countiesEdit

National protected areaEdit

TransportationEdit

Major highwaysEdit

Other roadsEdit

DemographicsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 3,152
1850 7,234 129.5%
1860 4,413 −39.0%
1870 5,267 19.4%
1880 6,431 22.1%
1890 7,749 20.5%
1900 8,481 9.4%
1910 6,918 −18.4%
1920 6,455 −6.7%
1930 6,340 −1.8%
1940 7,680 21.1%
1950 7,318 −4.7%
1960 6,510 −11.0%
1970 6,811 4.6%
1980 9,390 37.9%
1990 11,993 27.7%
2000 17,289 44.2%
2010 21,356 23.5%
Est. 2016 22,928 [6] 32.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

2000 censusEdit

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 17,289 people, 7,159 households, and 5,211 families residing in the county. The population density was 54 people per square mile (21/km²). There were 10,001 housing units at an average density of 31 per square mile (12/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.94% White, 0.58% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. 0.88% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Union County was mentioned as an "Extreme Whitopia", a place with a high concentration of white residents, in Rich Benjamin's book, Searching for Whitopia.[12] (Because American Indians were forced out, and black slavery was virtually nonexistent in this part of the Georgia mountains, the county has had a minuscule nonwhite population for almost 200 years.)

There were 7,159 households out of which 24.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.90% were married couples living together, 7.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.20% were non-families. 24.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the county, the population was spread out with 20.00% under the age of 18, 6.60% from 18 to 24, 23.60% from 25 to 44, 28.20% from 45 to 64, and 21.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,893, and the median income for a family was $39,776. Males had a median income of $29,127 versus $20,871 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,845. About 9.30% of families and 12.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.10% 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 21,356 people, 9,116 households, and 6,382 families residing in the county.[13] The population density was 66.3 inhabitants per square mile (25.6 /km2). There were 14,052 housing units at an average density of 43.6 per square mile (16.8 /km2).[14] The racial makeup of the county was 96.8% white, 0.5% black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.9% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.4% of the population.[13] In terms of ancestry, 16.0% were English, 15.8% were Irish, 15.0% were American, and 13.2% were German.[15]

Of the 9,116 households, 22.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.8% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.0% were non-families, and 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.75. The median age was 50.7 years.[13]

The median income for a household in the county was $41,298 and the median income for a family was $50,772. Males had a median income of $42,330 versus $29,176 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,182. About 9.5% of families and 13.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.5% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.[16]

Cities and CommunitiesEdit

Incorporated CitiesEdit

Unincorporated CommunitiesEdit

PoliticsEdit

Previous Presidential Elections Results[17]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 81.7% 9,852 16.3% 1,963 2.1% 248
2012 79.0% 8,773 19.3% 2,139 1.8% 197
2008 75.0% 8,013 23.3% 2,486 1.8% 191
2004 74.1% 6,847 25.2% 2,327 0.8% 71
2000 65.7% 4,567 32.1% 2,230 2.3% 159
1996 48.7% 2,685 39.5% 2,175 11.8% 653
1992 44.8% 2,533 40.7% 2,304 14.5% 819
1988 65.4% 2,396 34.3% 1,258 0.3% 10
1984 63.3% 1,914 36.8% 1,112
1980 46.7% 1,546 51.3% 1,700 2.0% 65
1976 29.2% 1,154 70.8% 2,795
1972 75.7% 2,317 24.3% 742
1968 39.4% 1,221 31.4% 974 29.2% 906
1964 40.8% 1,473 59.2% 2,135
1960 56.5% 1,537 43.5% 1,185
1956 49.5% 1,360 50.5% 1,386
1952 49.4% 1,330 50.6% 1,360
1948 2.7% 75 51.1% 1,420 46.2% 1283
1944 37.1% 760 62.9% 1,288
1940 36.9% 557 63.0% 950 0.1% 2
1936 40.6% 783 59.5% 1,148
1932 37.6% 810 62.4% 1,344
1928 82.2% 2,873 17.8% 623
1924 45.9% 719 50.6% 793 3.5% 55
1920 54.5% 562 45.5% 469
1916 0.0% 0 50.4% 532 49.6% 523
1912 38.1% 250 48.6% 319 13.4% 88

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/13/13291.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. ^ Blairsville-Union County: Guiding Growth, Georgia Trend, January 2007.
  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 2015-11-17. 
  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. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder2.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  12. ^ "Searching for Whitopia ~ By Rich Benjamin". Richbenjamin.com. 2002-09-15. http://www.richbenjamin.com/whitopia.html. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  13. ^ 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/DPDP1/0500000US13291. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  14. ^ "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.CY07/0500000US13291. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  15. ^ "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/DP02/0500000US13291. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  16. ^ "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/DP03/0500000US13291. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  17. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

Coordinates: 34°50′N 83°59′W / 34.83, -83.99


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