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Coweta County
Coweta County
Historic Coweta County Courthouse in Newnan
Historic Coweta County Courthouse in Newnan
Map of Georgia highlighting Coweta County
Location within the U.S. state of Georgia
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Georgia's location within the U.S.
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Country  United States
State  Georgia
Founded 1826; 196 years ago (1826)
Seat Newnan
Largest city Newnan
Area
 • Total 446 sq mi (1,160 km2)
 • Land 441 sq mi (1,140 km2)
 • Water 4.9 sq mi (13 km2)  1.1%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2020)
150,849
 • Density 327/sq mi (126/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 3rd

Coweta County is a county located in the west central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. It is part of Metro Atlanta. As of the 2010 census, the population was 127,317. The county seat is Newnan.

Coweta County is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

The land for Lee, Muscogee, Troup, Coweta and Carroll counties was ceded by the Creek people in the 1825 Treaty of Indian Springs. The counties' boundaries were created by the Georgia General Assembly on June 9, 1826, but they were not named until December 14, 1826. Coweta County was named for the Koweta Indians (a sub-group of the Creek people), who had several towns in and around the present-day county.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 446 square miles (1,160 km2), of which 441 square miles (1,140 km2) is land and 4.9 square miles (13 km2) (1.1%) is water.

The eastern half of Coweta County, from Palmetto southwest to Newnan, then south to Luthersville, is in the Upper Flint River sub-basin of the ACF River Basin (Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin). The western half is in the Middle Chattahoochee River-Lake Harding sub-basin of the same ACF River Basin.

Major highways

  • I-85.svg Interstate 85
  • Alt plate.svg
    US 27.svg U.S. Route 27 Alternate
  • US 29.svg U.S. Route 29
  • Georgia 14.svg State Route 14
  • Georgia 16.svg State Route 16
  • Georgia 34.svg State Route 34
  • Georgia 34 Bypass.svg State Route 34 Bypass
  • Georgia 41.svg State Route 41
  • Georgia 54.svg State Route 54
  • Georgia 70.svg State Route 70
  • Georgia 74.svg State Route 74
  • Georgia 85.svg State Route 85
  • Georgia 154.svg State Route 154
  • Georgia 403.svg State Route 403

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 5,003
1840 10,364 107.2%
1850 13,635 31.6%
1860 14,703 7.8%
1870 15,875 8.0%
1880 21,109 33.0%
1890 22,354 5.9%
1900 24,980 11.7%
1910 28,800 15.3%
1920 29,047 0.9%
1930 25,127 −13.5%
1940 26,972 7.3%
1950 27,786 3.0%
1960 28,893 4.0%
1970 32,310 11.8%
1980 39,268 21.5%
1990 53,853 37.1%
2000 89,215 65.7%
2010 127,317 42.7%
2020 (est.) 150,849 18.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2019

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 127,317 people, 45,673 households, and 34,737 families living in the county. The population density was 288.8 inhabitants per square mile (111.5/km2). There were 50,171 housing units at an average density of 113.8 per square mile (43.9/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 76.8% white, 18.4% black or African American, 2.2% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 2.9% from other races, and 2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 6.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 22.2% were Various European, 10.4% were German, 10.4% were Irish, and 9.9% were English.

Of the 45,673 households, 41.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.5% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 23.9% were non-families, and 19.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.18. The median age was 36.6 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $61,550 and the median income for a family was $68,469. Males had a median income of $51,658 versus $36,535 for females. The per capita income for the county was $26,161. About 7.7% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.4% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated communities

Education

The Coweta County School System holds pre-school to grade 12, and consists of nineteen elementary schools, six middle schools and three high schools. The system has 1,164 full-time teachers and more than 18,389 students. Private schools in the county include The Heritage School and Trinity Christian School.

Mercer University has a Regional Academic Center in Newnan. The center, opened in 2010, offers programs through the university's College of Continuing and Professional Studies. The University of West Georgia has a campus near downtown Newnan on the site of the old Newnan Hospital. This campus offers two undergraduate programs - bachelor of science in nursing and early childhood education.

Newnan is also home to a campus of West Georgia Technical College.

Notable people

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