Pulaski County
Pulaski County Courthouse
Map of Georgia highlighting Pulaski 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°14′N 83°28′W / 32.24°N 83.47°W / 32.24; -83.47
Country United States
State Georgia
FoundedDecember 13, 1808; 213 years ago (1808-12-13)
Named forKazimierz Pułaski
SeatHawkinsville
Largest cityHawkinsville
Area
 • Total251 sq mi (650 km2)
 • Land249 sq mi (640 km2)
 • Water2.2 sq mi (6 km2)  0.9%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
11,069
 • Density48/sq mi (19/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district8th
Websitehawkinsville-pulaski.org

Pulaski County is a county located in the central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,010.[1] The county seat is Hawkinsville.[2]


History

Pulaski County was created by an act of the Georgia General Assembly on December 13, 1808, from a portion of Laurens County.[3] In the antebellum years, it was developed for cotton cultivation and is part of the Black Belt of Georgia, an arc of highly fertile soil.

In 1870, Dodge County was partially created from a section of Pulaski County by another legislative act. In 1912, the northwestern half of Pulaski County was used to create Bleckley County via a constitutional amendment approved by Georgia voters.

The county was named for Count Kazimierz Pułaski of Poland who fought and died for United States independence in the American Revolutionary War.

The county population fell by more than half from 1910 to 1930, as residents moved to cities. African Americans especially joined the Great Migration to northern and midwestern cities, both to gain work and to escape the Jim Crow racial oppression of the South.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 251 square miles (650 km2), of which 249 square miles (640 km2) is land and 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) (0.9%) is water.[4] The entirety of Pulaski County is located in the Lower Ocmulgee River sub-basin of the Altamaha River basin.[5]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18102,093
18205,283152.4%
18304,906−7.1%
18405,3899.8%
18506,62723.0%
18608,74431.9%
187011,94036.6%
188014,05817.7%
189016,55917.8%
190018,48911.7%
191022,83523.5%
192011,587−49.3%
19309,005−22.3%
19409,8299.2%
19508,808−10.4%
19608,204−6.9%
19708,066−1.7%
19808,95011.0%
19908,108−9.4%
20009,58818.3%
201012,01025.3%
2018 (est.)11,069[6]−7.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

2020 census

Pulaski County racial composition[11]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 6,022 61.11%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 3,161 32.08%
Native American 8 0.08%
Asian 92 0.93%
Pacific Islander 3 0.03%
Other/Mixed 242 2.46%
Hispanic or Latino 327 3.32%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 9,855 people, 3,687 households, and 2,479 families residing in the county.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 12,010 people, 4,475 households, and 3,010 families residing in the county.[12] The population density was 48.2 inhabitants per square mile (18.6/km2). There were 5,151 housing units at an average density of 20.7 per square mile (8.0/km2).[13] The racial makeup of the county was 63.9% white, 31.8% black or African American, 0.9% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 1.9% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.9% of the population.[12] In terms of ancestry, 21.3% were American, 11.3% were English, 7.6% were Irish, and 6.2% were German.[14]

Of the 4,475 households, 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 17.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.7% were non-families, and 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.96. The median age was 41.1 years.[12]

The median income for a household in the county was $36,262 and the median income for a family was $46,850. Males had a median income of $34,154 versus $21,073 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,621. About 8.5% of families and 11.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.6% of those under age 18 and 10.6% of those age 65 or over.[15]


Communities

Government and infrastructure

Pulaski County is one of only a handful of counties in Georgia with the sole commissioner form of county government, in which the county is governed by a single elected official. Georgia is the only state that permits this form of government. In 2018, Jenna Mashburn was elected to the office of sole commissioner.[16]

The Georgia Department of Corrections operates the Pulaski State Prison in Hawkinsville.[17]

Main Street in Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, GA circa 1908
Main Street in Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, GA circa 1908

Politics

United States presidential election results for Pulaski County, Georgia[18]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 2,815 68.98% 1,230 30.14% 36 0.88%
2016 2,437 67.60% 1,104 30.62% 64 1.78%
2012 2,444 66.32% 1,219 33.08% 22 0.60%
2008 2,553 64.44% 1,377 34.76% 32 0.81%
2004 2,202 62.61% 1,294 36.79% 21 0.60%
2000 1,922 57.44% 1,390 41.54% 34 1.02%
1996 1,196 39.47% 1,554 51.29% 280 9.24%
1992 1,075 31.15% 1,756 50.88% 620 17.97%
1988 1,400 48.48% 1,476 51.11% 12 0.42%
1984 1,509 51.17% 1,440 48.83% 0 0.00%
1980 1,153 35.67% 1,997 61.79% 82 2.54%
1976 485 17.30% 2,318 82.70% 0 0.00%
1972 1,966 81.58% 444 18.42% 0 0.00%
1968 595 22.22% 514 19.19% 1,569 58.59%
1964 1,768 64.86% 953 34.96% 5 0.18%
1960 334 22.42% 1,156 77.58% 0 0.00%
1956 171 10.73% 1,422 89.27% 0 0.00%
1952 165 9.50% 1,572 90.50% 0 0.00%
1948 64 8.06% 567 71.41% 163 20.53%
1944 55 8.50% 592 91.50% 0 0.00%
1940 38 7.31% 478 91.92% 4 0.77%
1936 38 4.45% 808 94.61% 8 0.94%
1932 14 1.42% 973 98.58% 0 0.00%
1928 105 14.11% 639 85.89% 0 0.00%
1924 29 5.89% 442 89.84% 21 4.27%
1920 57 14.43% 338 85.57% 0 0.00%
1916 23 5.49% 383 91.41% 13 3.10%
1912 39 3.43% 1,080 95.07% 17 1.50%


See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on December 5, 2015. Retrieved February 18, 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 182. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  5. ^ "Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission Interactive Mapping Experience". Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  11. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  12. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  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.
  15. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  16. ^ Garrett, Miles (December 4, 2018). "'Thank you so much': Mashburn to serve as Pulaski County's sole commissioner". WGXA. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  17. ^ "Pulaski State Prison Archived 2011-05-23 at the Wayback Machine." Georgia Department of Corrections. Retrieved on September 14, 2010.
  18. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved March 22, 2018.

Coordinates: 32°14′N 83°28′W / 32.24°N 83.47°W / 32.24; -83.47