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Bryan County
Bryan County Courthouse in Pembroke
Bryan County Courthouse in Pembroke
Map of Georgia highlighting Bryan 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 1793; 228 years ago (1793)
Named for Jonathan Bryan
Seat Pembroke
Largest city Richmond Hill
Area
 • Total 454 sq mi (1,180 km2)
 • Land 436 sq mi (1,130 km2)
 • Water 18 sq mi (50 km2)  4.1%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2019)
39,627
 • Density 69/sq mi (27/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 1st

Bryan County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 30,233. The county seat is Pembroke.

Bryan County is part of the Savannah, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The Bryan County Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

History

Bryan County was created on December 19, 1793, named after Jonathan Bryan (1708–1788), an American Revolutionary War partisan.

South Bryan County is home to the earthen Civil War installation Fort McAllister (now Fort McAllister Historic Park) which Gen. William Sherman captured on his March to the Sea.

The first county seat was in Hardwick. In 1797, the Georgia General Assembly moved the county seat to Cross Roads near modern Richmond Hil. On November 18, 1814, the county seat was moved to Mansford on the Canoochee River. In 1860, the seat was known as Eden. By the 1880s the county seat was known as Bryan. By 1895 it was in Clyde, which may have been the same location formerly known as Eden and Mansford. Clyde served as the seat to 1935; in 1937 Pembroke took on that role. The only remaining sign of Clyde is a cemetery on the Fort Stewart military reservation.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 454 square miles (1,180 km2), of which 436 square miles (1,130 km2) is land and 18 square miles (47 km2) (4.1%) is water.

A triangular area in the northeast of Bryan County, from northwest of Pembroke to north of Richmond Hill, is located in the Lower Ogeechee River sub-basin of the Ogeechee River basin, as is the northern half of the remaining area in the county south of Richmond Hill. The northwestern portion of the county, from east of Daisy to Richmond Hill, is located in the Canoochee River sub-basin of the Ogeechee River basin. The rest of Bryan County is located in the Ogeechee Coastal sub-basin of the same Ogeechee River basin.

Bryan County is unique in that it is totally divided by the military installation at Ft. Stewart. Pembroke is in more rural north Bryan, while Richmond Hill in south Bryan county is a suburb of Savannah. To travel between the two on public roads, it is necessary to leave the county.

Major highways

  • I-16.svg Interstate 16
  • I-95.svg Interstate 95
  • US 17.svg U.S. Route 17
  • US 80.svg U.S. Route 80
  • US 280.svg U.S. Route 280
  • Georgia 25.svg State Route 25
  • Georgia 26.svg State Route 26
  • Georgia 30.svg State Route 30
  • Georgia 67.svg State Route 67
  • Georgia 119.svg State Route 119
  • Georgia 144.svg State Route 144
  • Georgia 144 Spur.svg State Route 144 Spur
  • Georgia 204.svg State Route 204

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 2,836
1810 2,827 −0.3%
1820 3,021 6.9%
1830 3,139 3.9%
1840 3,182 1.4%
1850 3,424 7.6%
1860 4,015 17.3%
1870 5,252 30.8%
1880 4,929 −6.2%
1890 5,520 12.0%
1900 6,122 10.9%
1910 6,702 9.5%
1920 6,343 −5.4%
1930 5,952 −6.2%
1940 6,288 5.6%
1950 5,965 −5.1%
1960 6,226 4.4%
1970 6,539 5.0%
1980 10,175 55.6%
1990 15,438 51.7%
2000 23,417 51.7%
2010 30,233 29.1%
2020 44,738 48.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2019

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 30,233 people, 10,738 households, and 8,462 families living in the county. The population density was 69.3 inhabitants per square mile (26.8/km2). There were 11,842 housing units at an average density of 27.2 per square mile (10.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 80.2% white, 14.2% black or African American, 1.6% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 1.1% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 4.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 17.1% were German, 13.9% were Irish, 10.6% were English, and 7.9% were American.

Of the 10,738 households, 44.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.3% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 21.2% were non-families, and 17.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.17. The median age was 35.7 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $63,244 and the median income for a family was $72,118. Males had a median income of $54,707 versus $32,245 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,365. About 8.8% of families and 11.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.0% of those under age 18 and 12.8% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Education

Notable people

  • Gregg Allman - musician, Allman Brothers Band
  • Mattie Belle Davis - first woman judge of Metropolitan Court of Dade County, Florida
  • Justin Smiley - pro football player, All-American at University of Alabama
  • John Smoltz - MLB pitcher, owned a summer home here while playing for the Atlanta Braves
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