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Barrow County
Barrow County Courthouse in Winder
Barrow County Courthouse in Winder
Map of Georgia highlighting Barrow County
Location within the U.S. state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Georgia
Founded July 7, 1914; 108 years ago (1914)
Named for David Crenshaw Barrow Jr.
Seat Winder
Largest city Winder
Area
 • Total 163 sq mi (420 km2)
 • Land 160 sq mi (400 km2)
 • Water 2.6 sq mi (7 km2)  1.6%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2020)
85,588
 • Density 534.93/sq mi (110/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 10th

Barrow County is a county located in the north central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2020 Census, the population was 83,505. The county seat is Winder.

Barrow County is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

The Georgia General Assembly approved a joint resolution on July 7, 1914, to place an amendment on the November 3, 1914, election ballot that proposed the creation of Barrow County. The approval of the amendment by Georgia voters officially created the new county. The land for the county came from parts of Jackson, Gwinnett and Walton Counties.

Barrow County is named after David Crenshaw Barrow Jr., alumnus, professor and chancellor of the University of Georgia.

Barrow County's county seat Winder, Georgia is home of Georgia Senator Richard B. Russell

Barrow is home of the Bethlehem Christian Academy Knights, Winder-Barrow Bulldoggs, and Apalachee Wildcats. Barrow county is home to four middle schools, and recently built Bear Creek Middle School, a new middle school in the City of Statham.

Barrow county and Gwinnett county are the homes of world-famous Chateau Elan resort, winery, and estate, which is also Georgia's largest winery. Located in Braselton.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 163 square miles (420 km2), of which 160 square miles (410 km2) is land and 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2) (1.6%) is water. The entirety of Barrow County is located in the Upper Oconee River sub-basin of the Altamaha River basin.

Major highways

  • I-85.svg Interstate 85
  • US 29.svg U.S. Route 29
  • U.S. Route 29 Business
  • Georgia 8.svg State Route 8
  • Georgia 11.svg State Route 11
  • Georgia 53.svg State Route 53
  • Georgia 81.svg State Route 81
  • Georgia 82.svg State Route 82
  • Georgia 124.svg State Route 124
  • Georgia 211.svg State Route 211
  • Georgia 316.svg State Route 316
  • Georgia 330.svg State Route 330
  • Georgia 403.svg State Route 403 (unsigned designation for I-85)

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 13,188
1930 12,401 −6.0%
1940 13,064 5.3%
1950 13,115 0.4%
1960 14,485 10.4%
1970 16,859 16.4%
1980 21,354 26.7%
1990 29,721 39.2%
2000 46,144 55.3%
2010 69,367 50.3%
Est. 2020 85,588 23.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2019

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 69,367 people, 23,971 households, and 18,214 families living in the county. The population density was 432.7 inhabitants per square mile (167.1/km2). There were 26,400 housing units at an average density of 164.7 per square mile (63.6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 78.8% white, 11.4% black or African American, 3.4% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 3.7% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 8.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 20.6% were American, 10.7% were Irish, 9.1% were German, and 8.5% were English.

Of the 23,971 households, 42.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 24.0% were non-families, and 18.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.28. The median age was 33.6 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $48,958 and the median income for a family was $55,415. Males had a median income of $42,869 versus $33,175 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,882. About 9.4% of families and 12.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.0% of those under age 18 and 14.2% of those age 65 or over.

2020 census

Barrow County racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 55,582 66.56%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 10,141 12.14%
Native American 130 0.16%
Asian 3,233 3.87%
Pacific Islander 17 0.02%
Other/Mixed 3,842 4.6%
Hispanic or Latino 10,560 12.65%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 83,505 people, 27,765 households, and 20,948 families residing in the county.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated communities

Education

Winder-Barrow Cluster:

  • Winder-Barrow High School
  • Richard B. Russell Middle School
  • Winder-Barrow Middle School (1956-2013)
  • Bear Creek Middle School (WBMS replacement)
  • Holsenbeck Elementary School
  • Bramlett Elementary School
  • Statham Elementary School
  • County Line Elementary

Apalachee Cluster:

  • Apalachee High School
  • Westside Middle School
  • Haymon-Morris Middle School
  • Auburn Elementary School
  • Kennedy Elementary School
  • Bethlehem Elementary School
  • Yargo Elementary School

Barrow Arts & Sciences Academy

Transportation

Major highways

  • I-85.svg Interstate 85
  • US 29.svg U.S. Route 29
  • U.S. Route 29 Business
  • Georgia 8.svg State Route 8
  • Georgia 11.svg State Route 11
  • Georgia 53.svg State Route 53
  • Georgia 81.svg State Route 81
  • Georgia 82.svg State Route 82
  • Georgia 124.svg State Route 124
  • Georgia 211.svg State Route 211
  • Georgia 316.svg State Route 316
  • Georgia 324.svg State Route 324
  • Georgia 330.svg State Route 330
  • Georgia 403.svg State Route 403 (unsigned designation for I-85)
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