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Bryan County, Georgia
Map
Map of Georgia highlighting Bryan County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the USA highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1793
Seat Pembroke
Largest City Richmond Hill
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

454 sq mi (1,176 km²)
436 sq mi (1,129 km²)
18 sq mi (47 km²), 4.1%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

35,137
69/sq mi (27/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: http://www.bryancountyga.org/

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.

Bryan County is separated into two parts (North Bryan and South Bryan) due to the location of Fort Stewart in the middle of the county. The Bryan County Courthouse (Pembroke, Georgia) 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%
Est. 2015 35,137 16.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 23,417 people, 8,089 households, and 6,511 families residing in the county. The population density was 53 people per square mile (20/km²). There were 8,675 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 82.79% White, 14.14% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.77% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.58% from other races, and 1.34% from two or more races. 1.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,089 households out of which 45.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.40% were married couples living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.50% were non-families. 16.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the county, the population was spread out with 31.10% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 31.90% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, and 7.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 98.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $48,345, and the median income for a family was $53,680. Males had a median income of $39,606 versus $25,830 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,794. About 10.70% of families and 11.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.70% of those under age 18 and 12.60% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 30,233 people, 10,738 households, and 8,462 families residing 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

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