Laurens County
Laurens County Courthouse in Dublin
Laurens County Courthouse in Dublin
Map of Georgia highlighting Laurens County
Location within the U.S. state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 32°28′N 82°56′W / 32.46°N 82.93°W / 32.46; -82.93
Country United States
State Georgia
FoundedDecember 10, 1807; 214 years ago (1807-12-10)
Named forJohn Laurens
SeatDublin
Largest cityDublin
Area
 • Total818 sq mi (2,120 km2)
 • Land807 sq mi (2,090 km2)
 • Water11 sq mi (30 km2)  1.4%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total49,570
 • Density60/sq mi (20/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district12th
Websitewww.laurenscoga.org

Laurens County is a county located in the central part of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 48,434.[1] The county seat is Dublin.[2] The county was founded on December 10, 1807, and named after Lieutenant Colonel John Laurens,[3] an American soldier and statesman from South Carolina during the American Revolutionary War.

Laurens County is part of the Dublin, Georgia Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Laurens County was formed on December 10, 1807, from portions of Wilkinson and Washington Counties.[4] During the Red Summer of 1919 there was increased racial tension in the area and in August there was the Laurens County, Georgia race riot of 1919.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 818 square miles (2,120 km2), of which 807 square miles (2,090 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (1.4%) is water.[5] It is the third-largest county in Georgia by land area and fourth-largest by total area.

The majority of Laurens County is located in the Lower Oconee River sub-basin of the Altamaha River basin. The southwestern corner of the county, defined by a line that runs west from Chester through Rentz to U.S. Route 441, and then southeast toward Glenwood, is located in the Little Ocmulgee River sub-basin of the same Altamaha River basin. A small and narrow sliver of the eastern edge of the county, from east of Lovett to northeast of Rockledge, is located in the Ohoopee River sub-basin of the larger Altamaha River basin.[6]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18102,210
18205,436146.0%
18305,5892.8%
18405,585−0.1%
18506,44215.3%
18606,9988.6%
18707,83411.9%
188010,05328.3%
189013,74736.7%
190025,90888.5%
191035,50137.0%
192039,60511.6%
193032,693−17.5%
194033,6062.8%
195033,123−1.4%
196032,313−2.4%
197032,7381.3%
198036,99013.0%
199039,9888.1%
200044,87412.2%
201048,4347.9%
202049,5702.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

2020 census

Laurens County racial composition[11]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 27,881 56.25%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 18,219 36.75%
Native American 80 0.16%
Asian 507 1.02%
Pacific Islander 14 0.03%
Other/Mixed 1,445 2.92%
Hispanic or Latino 1,424 2.87%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 49,570 people, 17,142 households, and 11,549 families residing in the county.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 48,434 people, 18,641 households, and 13,060 families living in the county.[12] The population density was 60.0 inhabitants per square mile (23.2/km2). There were 21,368 housing units at an average density of 26.5 per square mile (10.2/km2).[13] The racial makeup of the county was 60.6% white, 35.8% black or African American, 1.0% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 1.2% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.4% of the population.[12] In terms of ancestry, 14.9% were American, 7.0% were English, and 6.0% were Irish.[14]

Of the 18,641 households, 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 18.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.9% were non-families, and 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.05. The median age was 38.0 years.[12]

The median income for a household in the county was $38,280 and the median income for a family was $46,466. Males had a median income of $37,236 versus $27,406 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,387. About 16.8% of families and 21.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.7% of those under age 18 and 19.9% of those age 65 or over.[15]

2000 census

As of the census[16] of 2000, there were 44,874 people, 17,083 households, and 12,180 families living in the county. The population density was 55 people per square mile (21 per km2). There were 19,687 housing units at an average density of 24 per square mile (9 per km2). The racial makeup of the county was 63.44% White, 34.53% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.80% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. 1.18% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 17,083 households, out of which 33.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.30% were married couples living together, 17.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.70% were non-families. 25.70% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 26.80% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,010, and the median income for a family was $38,586. Males had a median income of $29,412 versus $21,711 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,763. About 14.70% of families and 18.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.30% of those under age 18 and 18.90% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Laurens County School District operates the county's public schools.

Notable people

Communities

Cities

Towns

Unincorporated communities

Politics

United States presidential election results for Laurens County, Georgia[17]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 14,493 63.76% 8,074 35.52% 164 0.72%
2016 12,411 63.55% 6,752 34.57% 367 1.88%
2012 11,950 60.85% 7,513 38.26% 176 0.90%
2008 12,052 60.37% 7,769 38.92% 142 0.71%
2004 10,883 63.05% 6,281 36.39% 97 0.56%
2000 8,133 57.94% 5,724 40.78% 179 1.28%
1996 6,118 47.79% 5,792 45.24% 893 6.97%
1992 6,146 43.72% 6,184 43.99% 1,729 12.30%
1988 6,929 57.89% 4,879 40.76% 162 1.35%
1984 7,181 56.76% 5,471 43.24% 0 0.00%
1980 4,392 35.07% 7,860 62.76% 271 2.16%
1976 3,281 27.58% 8,617 72.42% 0 0.00%
1972 7,350 77.53% 2,130 22.47% 0 0.00%
1968 2,738 21.33% 3451 26.88% 6,649 51.79%
1964 5,457 58.76% 3,828 41.22% 2 0.02%
1960 1,884 28.84% 4,648 71.16% 0 0.00%
1956 1,189 18.95% 5,085 81.05% 0 0.00%
1952 1,046 17.30% 5,001 82.70% 0 0.00%
1948 268 7.05% 2,325 61.12% 1,211 31.83%
1944 498 16.37% 2,544 83.63% 0 0.00%
1940 435 15.79% 2,316 84.07% 4 0.15%
1936 304 10.37% 2,620 89.39% 7 0.24%
1932 38 1.71% 2,188 98.25% 1 0.04%
1928 470 19.13% 1,987 80.87% 0 0.00%
1924 121 9.31% 1,127 86.76% 51 3.93%
1920 350 23.07% 1,167 76.93% 0 0.00%
1916 143 9.69% 1,269 85.98% 64 4.34%
1912 92 7.52% 1,107 90.52% 24 1.96%


See also

References

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Coordinates: 32°28′N 82°56′W / 32.46°N 82.93°W / 32.46; -82.93