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Baker County
Map of Georgia highlighting Baker County
Location within the U.S. state of Georgia
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Georgia's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Georgia
Founded 12 December, 1825
Seat Newton
Largest city Newton
Area
 • Total 349 sq mi (900 km2)
 • Land 342 sq mi (890 km2)
 • Water 7.2 sq mi (19 km2)  2.1%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 3,451
 • Density 10/sq mi (4/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Baker County is a county in Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 3,451. The county seat and only city is Newton. The county was created December 12, 1825 from the eastern portion of Early County by an act of the Georgia General Assembly and is named for Colonel John Baker, a hero of the American Revolutionary War.

Baker County is included in the Albany, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The Baker County Courthouse (Georgia) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Three other properties in Newton are also listed on the register: Notchaway Baptist Church and Cemetery, Pine Bloom Plantation, and Tarver Plantation.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 349 square miles (900 km2), of which 342 square miles (890 km2) is land and 7.2 square miles (19 km2) (2.1%) is water.

The eastern half of Baker County is located in the Lower Flint River sub-basin of the ACF River Basin (Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin). The western half of the county is located in the Ichawaynochaway Creek sub-basin of the same ACF River Basin.

Major highways

  • Georgia 37.svg State Route 37
  • Georgia 91.svg State Route 91
  • Georgia 200.svg State Route 200
  • Georgia 216.svg State Route 216
  • Georgia 253.svg State Route 253

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 1,253
1840 4,226 237.3%
1850 8,120 92.1%
1860 4,985 −38.6%
1870 6,843 37.3%
1880 7,307 6.8%
1890 6,144 −15.9%
1900 6,704 9.1%
1910 7,973 18.9%
1920 8,298 4.1%
1930 7,818 −5.8%
1940 7,344 −6.1%
1950 5,952 −19.0%
1960 4,543 −23.7%
1970 3,875 −14.7%
1980 3,808 −1.7%
1990 3,615 −5.1%
2000 4,074 12.7%
2010 3,451 −15.3%
2015 (est.) 3,180 −7.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 3,451 people, 1,372 households, and 892 families residing in the county. The population density was 10.1 inhabitants per square mile (3.9/km2). There were 1,652 housing units at an average density of 4.8 per square mile (1.9/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 48.5% white, 46.7% black or African American, 0.7% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 2.5% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 4.2% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 7.3% were English, and 0.0% were American.

Of the 1,372 households, 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.2% were married couples living together, 15.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.0% were non-families, and 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.14. The median age was 41.6 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,462 and the median income for a family was $42,585. Males had a median income of $25,954 versus $25,688 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,379. About 23.1% of families and 30.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 49.1% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

City

Unincorporated communities

Ghost Towns

  • Cheevertown
  • Dewsville
  • Fish Trap
  • Ledbetter

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