Seminole County
Seminole County Courthouse in Donalsonville
Map of Georgia highlighting Seminole County
Location within the U.S. state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 30°56′N 84°52′W / 30.93°N 84.87°W / 30.93; -84.87
Country United States
State Georgia
FoundedNovember 2, 1920; 102 years ago (1920)
Named forSeminole tribe
SeatDonalsonville
Largest cityDonalsonville
Area
 • Total257 sq mi (670 km2)
 • Land235 sq mi (610 km2)
 • Water21 sq mi (50 km2)  8.3%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
8,315
 • Density37/sq mi (14/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district2nd
Websitewww.seminolecountyga.com

Seminole County is a county located in the southwestern corner of U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,729.[1] The county seat is Donalsonville.[2]

History

The state constitutional amendment to create the county was proposed July 8, 1920, and ratified November 2. The area for the new county was taken from land which was originally part of Decatur and Early counties. It is named for the Seminole tribe of Native Americans, who once lived in the Chattahoochee River basin within the county, before European settlement forced their move to the Florida everglades. According to legend, the celebrated Seminole chief Osceola was born in what is today Seminole County.[3]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 257 square miles (670 km2), of which 235 square miles (610 km2) is land and 21 square miles (54 km2) (8.3%) is water.[4]

The bulk of Seminole County is located in the Spring Creek sub-basin of the ACF River Basin (Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin). The county's entire western border with Florida is located in the Lower Chattahoochee River sub-basin of the same ACF River Basin. A tiny southeastern corner of Seminole County, all part of Lake Seminole, is located in the Lower Flint River sub-basin of the same larger ACF River Basin. It is the only county in Georgia that borders both Alabama and Florida.[5]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
19307,389
19408,49214.9%
19507,904−6.9%
19606,802−13.9%
19707,0593.8%
19809,05728.3%
19909,010−0.5%
20009,3694.0%
20108,729−6.8%
2018 (est.)8,315[6]−4.7%
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 9,369 people, 3,573 households, and 2,597 families living in the county. The population density was 39 people per square mile (15/km2). There were 4,742 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (8/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 61.75% White, 34.66% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 2.79% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. 3.70% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,573 households, out of which 29.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.10% were married couples living together, 17.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.30% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 26.20% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 15.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 91.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,094, and the median income for a family was $33,221. Males had a median income of $25,909 versus $20,194 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,635. About 15.80% of families and 23.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.10% of those under age 18 and 18.60% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 8,729 people, 3,509 households, and 2,471 families living in the county.[12] The population density was 37.1 inhabitants per square mile (14.3/km2). There were 4,797 housing units at an average density of 20.4 per square mile (7.9/km2).[13] The racial makeup of the county was 63.2% white, 33.1% black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% American Indian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.3% of the population.[12] In terms of ancestry, 34.8% were American, 12.6% were Irish, and 6.0% were English.[14]

Of the 3,509 households, 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.8% were married couples living together, 17.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.6% were non-families, and 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.95. The median age was 43.7 years.[12]

The median income for a household in the county was $32,666 and the median income for a family was $38,339. Males had a median income of $33,965 versus $23,896 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,263. About 19.3% of families and 25.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.2% of those under age 18 and 15.7% of those age 65 or over.[15]

2020 census

Seminole County Racial Composition[16]
Race Num. Perc.
White 5,617 61.41%
Black or African American 2,961 32.37%
Native American 6 0.07%
Asian 61 0.67%
Other/Mixed 274 3.0%
Hispanic or Latino 228 2.49%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 9,147 people, 3,363 households, and 2,162 families residing in the county.

Communities

Politics

United States presidential election results for Seminole County, Georgia[17]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 2,613 67.21% 1,256 32.30% 19 0.49%
2016 2,345 65.36% 1,189 33.14% 54 1.51%
2012 2,245 59.44% 1,478 39.13% 54 1.43%
2008 2,315 57.77% 1,660 41.43% 32 0.80%
2004 1,977 60.26% 1,278 38.95% 26 0.79%
2000 1,537 53.42% 1,313 45.64% 27 0.94%
1996 1,003 39.74% 1,265 50.12% 256 10.14%
1992 850 33.74% 1,193 47.36% 476 18.90%
1988 1,469 55.54% 1,171 44.27% 5 0.19%
1984 1,636 54.79% 1,350 45.21% 0 0.00%
1980 1,117 38.04% 1,794 61.10% 25 0.85%
1976 681 24.72% 2,074 75.28% 0 0.00%
1972 1,851 83.12% 376 16.88% 0 0.00%
1968 201 8.06% 370 14.84% 1,922 77.10%
1964 1,294 75.19% 427 24.81% 0 0.00%
1960 77 4.65% 1,579 95.35% 0 0.00%
1956 129 8.76% 1,343 91.24% 0 0.00%
1952 176 13.52% 1,126 86.48% 0 0.00%
1948 105 11.68% 722 80.31% 72 8.01%
1944 83 7.16% 1,076 92.84% 0 0.00%
1940 58 6.13% 884 93.45% 4 0.42%
1936 82 9.73% 761 90.27% 0 0.00%
1932 20 2.48% 776 96.28% 10 1.24%
1928 110 22.87% 371 77.13% 0 0.00%
1924 24 9.80% 201 82.04% 20 8.16%


See also

References

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  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 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: 30°56′N 84°52′W / 30.93°N 84.87°W / 30.93; -84.87