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Coordinates: 31°10′N 83°26′W / 31.167°N 83.433°W / 31.167; -83.433

Cook County, Georgia
Map
Map of Georgia highlighting Cook County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the USA highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1918
Seat Adel
Largest City Adel
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

233 sq mi (603 km²)
227 sq mi (588 km²)
6.0 sq mi (16 km²), 2.6%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

17,212
76/sq mi (29/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.cookcountyga.us
Named for: Philip Cook

Cook County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,212. The county seat is Adel. The constitutional amendment to create the county was proposed July 30, 1918, and ratified November 5, 1918. It is named for former Civil War general Philip Cook of the Confederate States Army.

Reed Bingham State Park is in Cook County.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 233 square miles (600 km2), of which 227 square miles (590 km2) is land and 6.0 square miles (16 km2) (2.6%) is water.

The western half of Cook County, roughly west of Interstate 75, is located in the Little River sub-basin of the Suwannee River basin. The eastern half of the county is located in the Withlacoochee River sub-basin of the same Suwannee River basin.

Major highways

  • I-75.svg Interstate 75
  • US 41.svg U.S. Route 41
  • Georgia 7.svg State Route 7
  • Georgia 37.svg State Route 37
  • Georgia 76.svg State Route 76
  • Georgia 401.svg State Route 401 (unsigned designation for I-75)

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 11,180
1930 11,311 1.2%
1940 11,919 5.4%
1950 12,201 2.4%
1960 11,822 −3.1%
1970 12,129 2.6%
1980 13,490 11.2%
1990 13,456 −0.3%
2000 15,771 17.2%
2010 17,212 9.1%
Est. 2015 17,124 −0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 15,771 people, 5,882 households, and 4,282 families residing in the county. The population density was 69 people per square mile (27/km²). There were 6,558 housing units at an average density of 29 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 67.93% White, 29.09% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.53% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. 3.08% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,882 households out of which 34.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.30% were married couples living together, 15.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.20% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.20% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 21.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 92.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,582, and the median income for a family was $31,820. Males had a median income of $26,262 versus $19,703 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,465. About 16.50% of families and 20.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.90% of those under age 18 and 24.40% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 17,212 people, 6,339 households, and 4,594 families residing in the county. The population density was 75.8 inhabitants per square mile (29.3/km2). There were 7,287 housing units at an average density of 32.1 per square mile (12.4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 67.0% white, 27.3% black or African American, 0.7% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 3.4% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 5.9% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 21.5% were American, 9.9% were Irish, and 5.0% were German.

Of the 6,339 households, 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.8% were married couples living together, 16.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 27.5% were non-families, and 23.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.16. The median age was 36.4 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,390 and the median income for a family was $37,352. Males had a median income of $32,853 versus $25,122 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,528. About 21.3% of families and 23.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.9% of those under age 18 and 23.3% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

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