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Walton County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Walton County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of USA GA
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded 1818
Seat Monroe
Largest city Monroe
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

330 sq mi (855 km²)
329 sq mi (852 km²)
1 sq mi (3 km²), 0.26%
Population
 - (2006)
 - Density

79,338
184/sq mi (71/km²)
Website www.waltoncountyga.org

Walton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of 2000, the population was 60,687. The 2006 Census Estimate shows a population of 79,388 [1]. The county seat is Monroe6.

This county is a part of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area (Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta Metropolitan Statistical Area).

HistoryEdit

Walton County was created on December 15, 1818. It is named for George Walton, one of the three men from Georgia who signed the United States Declaration of Independence. The other two were Button Gwinnett and Lyman Hall.

Walton County is located about 50 miles east of Fulton County. Monroe is the County Seat with other major towns being Loganville, Social Circle, Jersey, Between, Good Hope and Walnut Grove.

Walton County has been home to, birthplace of, or claimed 7 Georgia governors, to wit: James Boynton, Howell Cobb, Alfred Colquitt, Wilson Lumpkin, Henry McDaniel, Richard Russell, Jr., Clifford Walker.


The County has public and private schools.

GeographyEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 855 km² (330 sq mi). 853 km² (329 sq mi) of it is land and 2 km² (1 sq mi) of it (0.26%) is water.

The land is mostly undeveloped farm land but that is quickly changing. As more people move into Walton County developers are buying up large tracts of land and increasing the number of subdivisions, forever altering the bucolic landscape.

Major HighwaysEdit

Adjacent Counties Edit

DemographicsEdit

As of the census² of 2000, there were 60,687 people, 21,307 households, and 17,002 families residing in the county. The population density was 71/km² (184/sq mi). There were 22,500 housing units at an average density of 26/km² (68/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 83.03% White, 14.42% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.64% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. 1.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 21,307 households out of which 39.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.70% were married couples living together, 12.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.20% were non-families. 16.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.40% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 32.20% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 9.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 94.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $46,479 and the median income for a family was $52,386. Males had a median income of $37,482 versus $25,840 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,470. About 8.00% of families and 9.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.30% of those under age 18 and 10.60% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns Edit

ReferencesEdit

  • Camp, Lynn Robinson, and Jennifer E. Cheek-Collins. Walton County, Georgia (Black America Series; Charleston, S.C., 2003) (ISBN 0-7385-1528-0).
  • Sams, Anita B. Wayfarers in Walton: A History of Walton County, Georgia, 1818-1967 (Monroe, Ga., 1967).
  • Wexler, Laura. Fire in a Canebrake: The Last Mass Lynching in America (New York, 2003) (ISBN 0-684-86816-4).

External linksEdit

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Coordinates: 33°47′N 83°44′W / 33.78, -83.74

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