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Brantley County
Brantley County Courthouse in Nahunta
Map of Georgia highlighting Brantley 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 1920; 103 years ago (1920)
Named for William Gordon Brantley
Seat Nahunta
Largest city Nahunta
 • Total 447 sq mi (1,160 km2)
 • Land 442 sq mi (1,140 km2)
 • Water 4.8 sq mi (12 km2)  1.1%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density 42/sq mi (16/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 1st

Brantley County is a county located in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,411. The county seat is Nahunta. Brantley County is part of the Brunswick, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Georgia voters passed a state constitutional amendment on November 2, 1920, to form Brantley County from pieces of Charlton, Pierce, and Wayne counties. The younger Brantley served as a state representative, state senator, and eight-term United States representative.

Since the Okefenokee Swamp is to the south and west of the county, passage through Brantley County was essential to the railroads running from the coast through the southern part of the state.

Fort McIntosh was built in the early years of the American Revolutionary War to protect the extensive herds of cattle. It was placed under siege from Tories in 1777 and eventually surrendered.

Fort Mudge was built in the county at about the same time. This fort was immortalized by Walt Kelly in the Pogo comic strip.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 447 square miles (1,160 km2), of which 442 square miles (1,140 km2) is land and 4.8 square miles (12 km2) (1.1%) is water. The Satilla River runs through Brantley County.

The bulk of Brantley County, from east of Hortense south to west of Waynesville and west to east of Waycross, is located in the Satilla River sub-basin of the St. Marys-Satilla basin. The county's eastern border area, east of Waynesville, is located in the Cumberland-St. Simons sub-basin of the St. Marys-Satilla River basin. A small northwestern corner, west of Hortense, is located in the Little Satilla sub-basin of the larger St. Marys-Satilla River basin, and a very small southwestern corner of Brantley County is located in the Upper Suwannee River sub-basin of the larger Suwannee River basin.

Major highways

  • US 82.svg U.S. Route 82
  • US 301.svg U.S. Route 301
  • Georgia 15.svg State Route 15
  • Georgia 23.svg State Route 23
  • Georgia 32.svg State Route 32
  • Georgia 110.svg State Route 110
  • Georgia 121.svg State Route 121
  • Georgia 520.svg State Route 520

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 6,895
1940 6,871 −0.3%
1950 6,387 −7.0%
1960 5,891 −7.8%
1970 5,940 0.8%
1980 8,701 46.5%
1990 11,077 27.3%
2000 14,629 32.1%
2010 18,411 25.9%
2019 (est.) 19,109 3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2019

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 18,411 people, 6,885 households, and 5,075 families living in the county. The population density was 41.6 inhabitants per square mile (16.1/km2). There were 8,086 housing units at an average density of 18.3 per square mile (7.1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 94.4% white, 2.9% black or African American, 0.3% American Indian, 0.2% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.9% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 25.6% were English, 15.1% were Irish, 12.7% were American, and 8.9% were German.

Of the 6,885 households, 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.6% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 26.3% were non-families, and 22.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.08. The median age was 37.8 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,343 and the median income for a family was $43,028. Males had a median income of $39,260 versus $28,154 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,905. About 18.2% of families and 21.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.6% of those under age 18 and 10.7% of those age 65 or over.

2020 census

Brantley County racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 16,317 90.54%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 562 3.12%
Native American 45 0.25%
Asian 42 0.23%
Pacific Islander 3 0.02%
Other/Mixed 726 4.03%
Hispanic or Latino 326 1.81%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 18,021 people, 6,823 households, and 4,578 families residing in the county.



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