Toombs County
Toombs County Courthouse in Lyons
Toombs County Courthouse in Lyons
Map of Georgia highlighting Toombs 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°07′N 82°20′W / 32.12°N 82.34°W / 32.12; -82.34
Country United States
State Georgia
FoundedAugust 18, 1905; 117 years ago (1905)
Named forRobert Toombs
SeatLyons
Largest cityVidalia
Area
 • Total371 sq mi (960 km2)
 • Land364 sq mi (940 km2)
 • Water7.0 sq mi (18 km2)  1.9%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
26,887
 • Density75/sq mi (29/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district12th
Websitewww.toombscountyga.gov

Toombs County is a county located in the east central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 26,067.[1] The county seat is Lyons[2] and the largest city is Vidalia. The county was created on August 18, 1905.

Toombs County is part of the Vidalia, Georgia Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Toombs County was founded as the 144th county in Georgia by the State Legislature on August 18, 1905 and organized on October 9 of that year. The county was originally formed from portions of Tattnall and Montgomery Counties; a small piece of Emanuel County was added in 1907 to give Toombs County its present-day boundaries.

The County is named for Robert Toombs, United States representative and senator.[3] During the Civil War, Toombs also served in the Confederate Provisional Congress, as Secretary of State of the Confederate States, and a brigadier general in the Confederate Army.

Government

Toombs County is governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners, headed by David Sikes, the Chairman. It is also governed by Alvie Kight Jr., who has been Sheriff since 1997.

Politics

United States presidential election results for Toombs County, Georgia[4]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 7,873 72.14% 2,938 26.92% 103 0.94%
2016 6,615 72.39% 2,338 25.59% 185 2.02%
2012 6,524 69.72% 2,746 29.35% 87 0.93%
2008 6,658 68.61% 2,964 30.54% 82 0.85%
2004 6,196 70.25% 2,567 29.10% 57 0.65%
2000 4,487 62.23% 2,643 36.66% 80 1.11%
1996 3,646 51.81% 2,763 39.26% 628 8.92%
1992 3,609 48.18% 2,648 35.35% 1233 16.46%
1988 4,433 78.89% 1,152 20.50% 34 0.61%
1984 4,470 65.21% 2,385 34.79% 0 0.00%
1980 2,835 45.75% 3,255 52.53% 107 1.73%
1976 2,126 34.44% 4,047 65.56% 0 0.00%
1972 4,080 85.80% 675 14.20% 0 0.00%
1968 1,397 24.52% 896 15.72% 3,405 59.76%
1964 3,543 67.77% 1,685 32.23% 0 0.00%
1960 1,038 31.97% 2,209 68.03% 0 0.00%
1956 565 19.07% 2,397 80.93% 0 0.00%
1952 723 21.49% 2,641 78.51% 0 0.00%
1948 193 9.57% 1,161 57.59% 662 32.84%
1944 237 11.49% 1,825 88.51% 0 0.00%
1940 134 11.21% 1,061 88.79% 0 0.00%
1936 78 7.20% 1,001 92.43% 4 0.37%
1932 54 2.79% 1,868 96.49% 14 0.72%
1928 551 47.26% 615 52.74% 0 0.00%
1924 32 8.47% 314 83.07% 32 8.47%
1920 246 38.26% 397 61.74% 0 0.00%
1916 86 15.81% 425 78.13% 33 6.07%
1912 75 17.77% 327 77.49% 20 4.74%


Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 371 square miles (960 km2), of which 364 square miles (940 km2) is land and 7.0 square miles (18 km2) (1.9%) is water.[5]

The southern half of Toombs County, from south of Vidalia southeast to State Route 147, is located in the Altamaha River sub-basin of the larger river basin by the same name. The northern half of the county, centered on Lyons, is located in the Ohoopee River sub-basin of the Altamaha River basin.[6]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
191011,206
192013,89724.0%
193017,16523.5%
194016,952−1.2%
195017,3822.5%
196016,837−3.1%
197019,15113.7%
198022,59218.0%
199024,0726.6%
200026,0678.3%
201027,2234.4%
2018 (est.)26,887[7]−1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2013[1]

2000 census

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 26,067 people, 9,877 households, and 6,825 families living in the county. The population density was 71 people per square mile (27/km2). There were 11,371 housing units at an average density of 31 per square mile (12/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 69.16% White, 24.15% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 5.34% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 8.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,877 households, out of which 34.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.70% were married couples living together, 15.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.90% were non-families. 27.00% 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 2.59 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 28.60% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 27.80% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,811, and the median income for a family was $34,478. Males had a median income of $26,988 versus $18,051 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,252. About 17.80% of families and 23.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.80% of those under age 18 and 18.30% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 27,223 people, 10,375 households, and 7,109 families living in the county.[13] The population density was 74.8 inhabitants per square mile (28.9/km2). There were 12,144 housing units at an average density of 33.4 per square mile (12.9/km2).[14] The racial makeup of the county was 65.1% white, 24.9% black or African American, 0.7% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 7.4% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 11.2% of the population.[13] In terms of ancestry, 17.6% were English, 11.9% were American, and 5.9% were Irish.[15]

Of the 10,375 households, 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 18.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.5% were non-families, and 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.14. The median age was 36.0 years.[13]

The median income for a household in the county was $31,635 and the median income for a family was $44,266. Males had a median income of $35,335 versus $26,893 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,974. About 20.3% of families and 25.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.7% of those under age 18 and 21.7% of those age 65 or over.[16]

2020 census

Toombs County racial composition[17]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 16,007 59.22%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 6,980 25.82%
Native American 31 0.11%
Asian 207 0.77%
Pacific Islander 6 0.02%
Other/Mixed 755 2.79%
Hispanic or Latino 3,044 11.26%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 27,030 people, 10,030 households, and 6,537 families residing in the county.

Cities and communities

Notable people

See also

References

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  14. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
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Coordinates: 32°07′N 82°20′W / 32.12°N 82.34°W / 32.12; -82.34