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Berrien County
Berrien County courthouse in Nashville
Berrien County courthouse in Nashville
Map of Georgia highlighting Berrien 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 1856; 167 years ago (1856)
Named for John M. Berrien
Seat Nashville
Largest city Nashville
 • Total 458 sq mi (1,190 km2)
 • Land 452. sq mi (1,171 km2)
 • Water 6.0 sq mi (16 km2)  1.3%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density 43/sq mi (17/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 8th

Berrien County is a county located in the south central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 19,286. The county seat is Nashville. The county was created February 25, 1856 out of portions of Coffee, Irwin and Lowndes Counties by an act of the Georgia General Assembly. It is named after Georgia senator John M. Berrien.



The citizens of the area of Lowndes County and Irwin County that would become Berrien County had to travel long distances to get the county courthouse at Franklinville, Georgia and later Troupville, Georgia for those in Lowndes County, and Irwinville, Georgia for those in Irwin County. By at least June 1853, citizens had petitioned to form a new county. The 1853 attempt of a new county failed. By 1856, a renewed attempt at the creation of a new county was successful.

World War I

Berrien County lost a disproportionate number of men in World War I in part because companies at that time were organized by militia districts at home. Eight weeks before the Armistice, 25 Berrien County men were among the 200 recently enlisted soldiers who perished at sea off the coast of Scotland. Many of the bodies were returned to the soldiers' hometowns for burial, and the names of the dead were engraved on a memorial located on the courthouse grounds in Nashville. The memorial was the first in a series of pressed copper sculptures by artist E. M. Viquesney entitled The Spirit of the American Doughboy.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 458 square miles (1,190 km2), of which 452 square miles (1,170 km2) is land and 6.0 square miles (16 km2) (1.3%) is water.

The western portion of Berrien County, from just north of U.S. Route 82 and roughly west of U.S. Route 129 heading south, is located in the Withlacoochee River sub-basin of the Suwannee River basin. The eastern portion of the county is located in the Alapaha River sub-basin of the larger Suwannee River basin.

Major highways

  • US 82.svg U.S. Route 82
  • US 129.svg U.S. Route 129
  • Georgia 11.svg State Route 11
  • Georgia 37.svg State Route 37
  • Georgia 64.svg State Route 64
  • Georgia 76.svg State Route 76
  • Georgia 125.svg State Route 125
  • Georgia 135.svg State Route 135
  • Georgia 158.svg State Route 158
  • Georgia 168.svg State Route 168
  • Georgia 520.svg State Route 520

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 3,475
1870 4,518 30.0%
1880 6,619 46.5%
1890 10,694 61.6%
1900 19,440 81.8%
1910 22,722 16.9%
1920 15,573 −31.5%
1930 14,646 −6.0%
1940 15,370 4.9%
1950 13,966 −9.1%
1960 12,038 −13.8%
1970 11,556 −4.0%
1980 13,525 17.0%
1990 14,153 4.6%
2000 16,235 14.7%
2010 19,286 18.8%
2019 (est.) 19,397 0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2019

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 19,286 people, 7,443 households, and 5,254 families living in the county. The population density was 42.7 inhabitants per square mile (16.5/km2). There were 8,709 housing units at an average density of 19.3 per square mile (7.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 84.7% white, 10.7% black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 2.6% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 4.6% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 28.8% were American, 14.4% were Irish, 8.2% were English, and 6.6% were German.

Of the 7,443 households, 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.4% were non-families, and 25.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.05. The median age was 38.0 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,202 and the median income for a family was $40,869. Males had a median income of $30,847 versus $22,277 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,049. About 18.2% of families and 23.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.8% of those under age 18 and 17.1% of those age 65 or over.

2020 census

Berrien County racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 14,396 79.27%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,934 10.65%
Native American 22 0.12%
Asian 80 0.44%
Pacific Islander 10 0.06%
Other/Mixed 673 3.71%
Hispanic or Latino 1,045 5.75%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 18,160 people, 7,367 households, and 5,055 families residing in the county.




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