Meriwether County
Meriwether County Courthouse in Greenville
Map of Georgia highlighting Meriwether 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°02′N 84°41′W / 33.04°N 84.69°W / 33.04; -84.69
Country United States
State Georgia
Founded1827; 195 years ago (1827)
Named forDavid Meriwether
SeatGreenville
Largest cityManchester
Area
 • Total505 sq mi (1,310 km2)
 • Land501 sq mi (1,300 km2)
 • Water4.2 sq mi (11 km2)  0.8%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2020)
21,164
 • Density44/sq mi (17/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitemeriwethercountyga.us

Meriwether County is a county located in the west central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 21,992.[1] The county seat is Greenville,[2] home of the Meriwether County Courthouse. The county was formed on December 14, 1827, as the 73rd county in Georgia. It was named for David Meriwether, a general in the American Revolutionary War and member of Congress from Georgia.[3]

Meriwether County is part of the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 505 square miles (1,310 km2), of which 501 square miles (1,300 km2) is land and 4.2 square miles (11 km2) (0.8%) is water.[4]

The county is located in the Piedmont region of the state. Portions of the Pine Mountain Range are found in the southern parts of the county near the cities of Warm Springs and Manchester.

The eastern two-thirds of Meriwether County, going east from just west of U.S. Route 27 Alternate, is located in the Upper Flint River sub-basin of the ACF River Basin (Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin). The western third of the county is located in the Middle Chattahoochee River-Lake Harding sub-basin of the same ACF River Basin.[5]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18304,422
184014,132219.6%
185016,47616.6%
186015,330−7.0%
187013,756−10.3%
188017,65128.3%
189020,74017.5%
190023,33912.5%
191025,1807.9%
192026,1673.9%
193022,437−14.3%
194022,055−1.7%
195021,055−4.5%
196019,756−6.2%
197019,461−1.5%
198021,2299.1%
199022,4115.6%
200022,5340.5%
201021,992−2.4%
2020 (est.)21,164[6]−3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790–1960[8] 1900–1990[9]
1990–2000[10] 2010–2013[1]

2000 census

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 22,534 people, 8,248 households, and 6,012 families living in the county. The population density was 45 people per square mile (17/km2). There were 9,211 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 58.9% White, 40.4% Black or African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. Of the population 0.85% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,248 households, out of which 31.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.00% were married couples living together, 18.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.10% were non-families. 23.80% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 26.60% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 27.20% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 13.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,870, and the median income for a family was $37,931. Males had a median income of $29,766 versus $21,444 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,708. About 13.60% of families and 17.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.90% of those under age 18 and 16.30% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 21,992 people, 8,522 households, and 5,906 families living in the county.[12] The population density was 43.9 inhabitants per square mile (16.9/km2). There were 9,957 housing units at an average density of 19.9 per square mile (7.7/km2).[13] The racial makeup of the county was 57.9% white, 39.1% African American, 0.6% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.6% of the population.[12] In terms of ancestry, 14.3% were American, 12.7% were English, and 9.8% were Irish.[14]

Of the 8,522 households, 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 18.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.7% were non-families, and 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.09. The median age was 41.0 years.[12]

The median income for a household in the county was $37,845 and the median income for a family was $47,126. Males had a median income of $36,164 versus $28,873 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,295. About 12.8% of families and 16.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.5% of those under age 18 and 11.9% of those age 65 or over.[15]

2020 census

Meriwether County racial composition[16]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 12,084 58.62%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 7,273 35.28%
Native American 64 0.31%
Asian 78 0.38%
Pacific Islander 6 0.03%
Other/Mixed 633 3.07%
Hispanic or Latino 475 2.3%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 20,613 people, 8,051 households, and 5,504 families residing in the county.

Politics

Meriwether County is a moderately Republican county. The last Democrat to win the county was Al Gore in 2000.

United States presidential election results for Meriwether County, Georgia[17]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 6,524 59.96% 4,287 39.40% 69 0.63%
2016 5,222 56.66% 3,804 41.27% 191 2.07%
2012 4,856 52.36% 4,331 46.70% 87 0.94%
2008 4,982 52.34% 4,465 46.91% 71 0.75%
2004 4,402 53.98% 3,709 45.48% 44 0.54%
2000 3,162 47.13% 3,441 51.29% 106 1.58%
1996 2,259 36.13% 3,492 55.85% 502 8.03%
1992 2,364 32.30% 4,002 54.67% 954 13.03%
1988 3,101 51.31% 2,934 48.54% 9 0.15%
1984 3,195 52.73% 2,864 47.27% 0 0.00%
1980 1,838 31.66% 3,876 66.77% 91 1.57%
1976 1,450 23.09% 4,830 76.91% 0 0.00%
1972 3,420 73.82% 1,213 26.18% 0 0.00%
1968 1,120 20.55% 1760 32.29% 2,571 47.17%
1964 2,250 48.14% 2,423 51.84% 1 0.02%
1960 706 18.55% 3,100 81.45% 0 0.00%
1956 592 15.88% 3,137 84.12% 0 0.00%
1952 531 13.01% 3,551 86.99% 0 0.00%
1948 204 8.47% 1,967 81.65% 238 9.88%
1944 189 7.95% 2,187 92.05% 0 0.00%
1940 174 5.98% 2,726 93.74% 8 0.28%
1936 138 5.36% 2,438 94.61% 1 0.04%
1932 53 1.99% 2,604 97.82% 5 0.19%
1928 287 15.93% 1,515 84.07% 0 0.00%
1924 103 7.74% 886 66.57% 342 25.69%
1920 186 14.94% 1,059 85.06% 0 0.00%
1916 96 7.68% 1,118 89.44% 36 2.88%
1912 91 9.30% 862 88.05% 26 2.66%


Media

The county is served by the Meriwether Vindicator newspaper.[1]

Communities

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
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  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
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  13. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  14. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
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Coordinates: 33°02′N 84°41′W / 33.04°N 84.69°W / 33.04; -84.69