Map of the many regions of Georgia. Southwest Georgia in black. The Atlanta Metropolitan Area in green, North Georgia in gray, The Chattahoochee Valley in brown, Central Georgia in yellow, The Central Savannah River Area in pink, Southeast Georgia in red, Coastal Georgia in blue.
Map of the many regions of Georgia. Southwest Georgia in black. The Atlanta Metropolitan Area in green, North Georgia in gray, The Chattahoochee Valley in brown, Central Georgia in yellow, The Central Savannah River Area in pink, Southeast Georgia in red, Coastal Georgia in blue.

Southwest Georgia is a fourteen-county region in the U.S. state of Georgia. It has a 2010 census population of 496,433, and is the least populated region in Georgia, just slightly behind Southeast Georgia. Additionally, the area has historically been the poorest region of the state since at least 1995, when over 25% of the residents were in poverty.

It is commonly referred to as SOWEGA, pronounced "Sow-WEE-guh".

Southwest Georgia is anchored by Albany, the most populous city and region's sole metropolitan area.

Politics

Southwest Georgia is part of Georgia's 2nd congressional district, which is represented in congress by Sanford Bishop (D) and has a CPVI of D+6. GA-02 has long been a Democratic stronghold, due partly to its large African-American population (it is a majority-minority district). It supported Stacey Abrams for governor in 2018 by a large margin.

Major cities

Metropolitan Areas

Micropolitan Statistical Areas

Counties

Parks and preserves

The Parks at Chehaw, Dougherty County

References