Heard County
Heard County courthouse in Franklin
Heard County courthouse in Franklin
Map of Georgia highlighting Heard County
Location within the U.S. state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 33°18′N 85°08′W / 33.3°N 85.13°W / 33.3; -85.13
Country United States
State Georgia
FoundedDecember 22, 1830; 191 years ago (1830-12-22)
Named forStephen Heard
SeatFranklin
Largest cityFranklin
Area
 • Total301 sq mi (780 km2)
 • Land296 sq mi (770 km2)
 • Water5.1 sq mi (13 km2)  1.7%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
11,879
 • Density40/sq mi (20/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websiteheardcountyga.com

Heard County is a county located in the west central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. At the 2010 census, the population was 11,834.[1] The county seat is Franklin.[2] The county was created on December 22, 1830.

Heard County is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Heard County was created by Act of the Legislature on December 22, 1830.[3] It was named for Stephen Heard,[4] elected President of the Council on February 18, 1781, thus, in the absence of Governor Howley, becoming Governor de facto. Heard moved to Wilkes County from Hanover County, Virginia, and fought in the American Revolutionary War where he distinguished himself at Kettle Creek. The first Sheriff, Jonathan Mewsick, was commissioned in 1832.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 301 square miles (780 km2), of which 296 square miles (770 km2) is land and 5.1 square miles (13 km2) (1.7%) is water.[5]

The vast majority of Heard County is located in the Middle Chattahoochee River-Lake Harding sub-basin of the ACF River Basin (Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin), with just a very small northwestern corner of the county, west of Ephesus, located in the Upper Tallapoosa River sub-basin of the ACT River Basin (Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin).[6]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18405,329
18506,92329.9%
18607,80512.7%
18707,8660.8%
18808,76911.5%
18909,5579.0%
190011,17717.0%
191011,1890.1%
192011,126−0.6%
19309,102−18.2%
19408,610−5.4%
19506,975−19.0%
19605,333−23.5%
19705,3540.4%
19806,52021.8%
19908,62832.3%
200011,01227.6%
201011,8347.5%
2018 (est.)11,879[7]0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2013[1]

2000 census

At the 2000 census,[12] there were 11,012 people, 4,043 households and 3,040 families living in the county. The population density was 14/km2 (37/sq mi). There were 4,512 housing units at an average density of 6/km2 (15/sq mi). The racial make-up was 87.48% White, 10.82% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. 1.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,043 households, of which 37.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.90% were married couples living together, 12.10% had a female householder with no husband present and 24.80% were non-families. 21.30% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.12.

28.70% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 30.70% from 25 to 44, 22.00% from 45 to 64 and 11.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.10 males.

The median household income was $33,038 and the median family income was $39,306. Males had a median income of $31,900 and females $22,492. The per capita income was $15,132. About 10.50% of families and 13.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.60% of those under age 18 and 17.40% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 11,834 people, 4,400 households and 3,157 families living in the county.[13] The population density was 40.0 per square mile (15.4/km2). There were 5,148 housing units at an average density of 17.4 per square mile (6.7/km2).[14] The racial make-up was 86.9% white, 9.8% black or African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.8% from other races and 1.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.9% of the population.[13] In terms of ancestry, 16.2% were American, 11.6% were Irish, 9.0% were German, and 7.4% were English.[15]

Of the 4,400 households, 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.3% were non-families and 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.14. The median age was 39.1 years.[13]

The median household income was $42,685 and the median family income was $47,591. Males had a median income of $41,185 and females $31,507. The per capita income was $18,077. About 16.7% of families and 19.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.6% of those under age 18 and 16.4% of those age 65 or over.[16]

2020 census

Heard County racial composition[17]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 9,589 84.03%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 930 8.15%
Native American 33 0.29%
Asian 53 0.46%
Pacific Islander 4 0.04%
Other/Mixed 550 4.82%
Hispanic or Latino 253 2.22%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 11,412 people, 4,502 households, and 3,254 families residing in the county.

Communities

Politics

United States presidential election results for Heard County, Georgia[18][19]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 4,519 83.78% 824 15.28% 51 0.95%
2016 3,370 79.80% 743 17.59% 110 2.60%
2012 3,160 75.63% 948 22.69% 70 1.68%
2008 3,133 74.05% 1,042 24.63% 56 1.32%
2004 2,788 70.48% 1,148 29.02% 20 0.51%
2000 1,947 60.88% 1,178 36.84% 73 2.28%
1996 1,170 41.14% 1,248 43.88% 426 14.98%
1992 1,190 36.36% 1,456 44.49% 627 19.16%
1988 1,551 63.77% 874 35.94% 7 0.29%
1984 1,492 64.81% 810 35.19% 0 0.00%
1980 875 38.33% 1,348 59.05% 60 2.63%
1976 433 21.37% 1,593 78.63% 0 0.00%
1972 1,239 81.78% 276 18.22% 0 0.00%
1968 303 16.72% 356 19.65% 1,153 63.63%
1964 807 43.18% 1,061 56.77% 1 0.05%
1960 181 12.88% 1,224 87.12% 0 0.00%
1956 194 14.92% 1,106 85.08% 0 0.00%
1952 184 13.40% 1,189 86.60% 0 0.00%
1948 77 9.63% 670 83.75% 53 6.63%
1944 185 24.93% 557 75.07% 0 0.00%
1940 221 25.40% 647 74.37% 2 0.23%
1936 155 17.55% 725 82.11% 3 0.34%
1932 24 2.36% 989 97.34% 3 0.30%
1928 390 44.17% 493 55.83% 0 0.00%
1924 35 9.49% 327 88.62% 7 1.90%
1920 14 2.95% 461 97.05% 0 0.00%
1916 62 12.11% 439 85.74% 11 2.15%
1912 65 10.80% 526 87.38% 11 1.83%


See also

References

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Coordinates: 33°18′N 85°08′W / 33.30°N 85.13°W / 33.30; -85.13