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Colquitt County
Colquitt County Courthouse in Moultrie
Colquitt County Courthouse in Moultrie
Map of Georgia highlighting Colquitt 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; 166 years ago (1856)
Named for Walter Terry Colquitt
Seat Moultrie
Largest city Moultrie
Area
 • Total 557 sq mi (1,440 km2)
 • Land 544 sq mi (1,410 km2)
 • Water 12 sq mi (30 km2)  2.2%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2019)
45,600
 • Density 84/sq mi (32/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 8th

Colquitt County is a county in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 45,498. The county seat is Moultrie. The county was created February 25, 1856 and is named for Walter Terry Colquitt, a U.S. senator. Colquitt County comprises the Moultrie, GA Micropolitan Statistical Area. It is the hometown of former U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss. Colquitt County is the home of the Colquitt County Packers and is home to the 1994 Class AAAA and the 2014 and 2015 AAAAAA State Championship Football teams, along with the 1997 and 2003 State Champion Baseball teams.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 557 square miles (1,440 km2), of which 544 square miles (1,410 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (2.2%) is water.

Most of the western portion of Colquitt County, west of Moultrie and State Route 33, is located in the Upper Ochlockonee River sub-basin of the larger Ochlockonee River basin, with the exception of the very northwestern corner of the county, between Sale City and west of Doerun, which is located in the Lower Flint River sub-basin of the ACF River Basin (Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin). A narrow central portion of Colquitt County, running from north to south of Moultrie, and then widening to occupy the gap between U.S. Route 319 and State Route 133, is located in the Withlacoochee River sub-basin of the Suwannee River basin. The eastern portion of the county is located in the Little River sub-basin of the same Suwannee River basin.

Lakes

  • Adams Lake
  • Beatles Lake North
  • Beatles Lake
  • Brewer Lake
  • Cardin Lake
  • Cobb Lake
  • Colquitt County Lake
  • Demott Lake
  • Giles Millpond
  • Gray Lake
  • Hall Lake
  • Indian Lake
  • Lindsey Lake
  • Lukes Pond
  • Mims Millpond
  • Moss Lake
  • Lake Murphy
  • Reed Bingham Park Lake
  • Rowell Lake
  • Sanders Lake
  • Sells Lake
  • Smith Lake
  • Sunset Lake
  • Vickers Lake
  • Willis Lake

Major highways

  • US 319.svg U.S. Route 319
  • U.S. Route 319 Business
  • Georgia 33.svg State Route 33
  • Georgia 35.svg State Route 35
  • Georgia 37.svg State Route 37
  • Georgia 111.svg State Route 111
  • Georgia 133.svg State Route 133
  • Georgia 202.svg State Route 202
  • Georgia 256.svg State Route 256
  • Georgia 270.svg State Route 270
  • Georgia 270 Spur.svg State Route 270 Spur

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,316
1870 1,654 25.7%
1880 2,527 52.8%
1890 4,794 89.7%
1900 13,636 184.4%
1910 19,789 45.1%
1920 29,332 48.2%
1930 30,622 4.4%
1940 33,012 7.8%
1950 33,999 3.0%
1960 34,048 0.1%
1970 32,200 −5.4%
1980 35,376 9.9%
1990 36,645 3.6%
2000 42,053 14.8%
2010 45,498 8.2%
2019 (est.) 45,600 0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2019

2008 estimates

According to Census Bureau estimates in 2008, Colquitt County had a population that was 75.3% whites, 22.9% African-American and 16.0% Latino.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 45,498 people, 16,317 households, and 11,696 families living in the county. The population density was 83.6 inhabitants per square mile (32.3/km2). There were 18,311 housing units at an average density of 33.7 per square mile (13.0/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 64.7% white, 22.4% black or African American, 0.6% Asian, 0.5% American Indian, 10.3% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 17.1% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 19.6% were American, 8.4% were Irish, and 6.8% were English.

Of the 16,317 households, 38.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 17.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.3% were non-families, and 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.21. The median age was 34.8 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,902 and the median income for a family was $39,086. Males had a median income of $28,912 versus $24,199 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,362. About 18.8% of families and 23.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.7% of those under age 18 and 16.8% of those age 65 or over.

2020 census

Colquitt County Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 25,588 55.75%
Black or African American 9,995 21.78%
Native American 83 0.18%
Asian 388 0.85%
Pacific Islander 15 0.03%
Other/Mixed 1,120 2.44%
Hispanic or Latino 8,709 18.97%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 45,898 people, 15,505 households, and 10,663 families residing in the county.

Communities

Cities

Unincorporated communities

  • Autreyville
  • Barbers
  • Bay
  • Bayboro
  • Center Hill
  • Cool Springs
  • Crosland
  • Ganor
  • Hartsfield
  • Kirkwood
  • Marble
  • Minnesota
  • Murphy
  • New Elm
  • Pineboro
  • Scheley
  • Sigsbee
  • Sunset
  • Terrace
  • Ticknor
  • Weldon

Education

Colquitt County Board of Education at former high school
Colquitt County School District headquarters

Colquitt County School District operates public schools, with Colquitt County High School being the high school.

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