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Dooly County
Dooly County Courthouse in Vienna
Dooly County Courthouse in Vienna
Map of Georgia highlighting Dooly 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 May 15, 1821; 203 years ago (1821-05-15)
Named for John Dooly
Seat Vienna
Largest city Vienna
 • Total 397 sq mi (1,030 km2)
 • Land 392 sq mi (1,020 km2)
 • Water 5.3 sq mi (14 km2)  1.3%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density 38/sq mi (15/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Dooly County is a county located in the central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,918. The county seat is Vienna. The county was created by an act of the Georgia General Assembly on May 15, 1821, and named for Colonel John Dooly, a Georgia American revolutionary war fighter. It was one of the original landlot counties created from land ceded from the Creek Nation.

The entire county of Crisp and parts of Macon, Pulaski, Turner, Wilcox and Worth counties were formed from Dooly's original borders.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 397 square miles (1,030 km2), of which 392 square miles (1,020 km2) is land and 5.3 square miles (14 km2) (1.3%) is water.

The western two-thirds of Dooly County, from west of Unadilla south to Pinehurst, then to the southeastern corner of the county, is located in the Middle Flint River sub-basin of the ACF River Basin (Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin). The northeastern and eastern portion of Dooly County is located in the Lower Ocmulgee River sub-basin of the Altamaha River basin. The very southeastern corner of the county is located in the Alapaha River sub-basin of the Suwannee River basin.

Major highways

  • I-75.svg Interstate 75
  • US 41.svg U.S. Route 41
  • Georgia 7.svg State Route 7
  • Georgia 27.svg State Route 27
  • Georgia 90.svg State Route 90
  • Georgia 215.svg State Route 215
  • Georgia 230.svg State Route 230
  • Georgia 230 Connector.svg State Route 230 Connector
  • Georgia 257.svg State Route 257
  • Georgia 329.svg State Route 329
  • Georgia 401.svg State Route 401 (unsigned designation for I-75)

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 2,135
1840 4,427 107.4%
1850 8,361 88.9%
1860 8,917 6.6%
1870 9,790 9.8%
1880 12,420 26.9%
1890 18,146 46.1%
1900 26,567 46.4%
1910 20,554 −22.6%
1920 20,522 −0.2%
1930 18,025 −12.2%
1940 16,886 −6.3%
1950 14,159 −16.1%
1960 11,474 −19.0%
1970 10,404 −9.3%
1980 10,826 4.1%
1990 9,901 −8.5%
2000 11,525 16.4%
2010 14,918 29.4%
2019 (est.) 13,390 −10.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2019

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 14,918 people, 5,286 households, and 3,576 families living in the county. The population density was 38.1 inhabitants per square mile (14.7/km2). There were 6,328 housing units at an average density of 16.1 per square mile (6.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 49.9% black or African American, 45.6% white, 0.6% Asian, 0.1% American Indian, 2.8% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 5.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 8.9% were American, and 8.7% were English.

Of the 5,286 households, 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 19.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.3% were non-families, and 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.99. The median age was 40.0 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,038 and the median income for a family was $39,622. Males had a median income of $36,344 versus $27,557 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,871. About 21.0% of families and 27.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.9% of those under age 18 and 22.3% of those age 65 or over.

2020 census

The 2020 United States Census indicated that the county lost 29% of its population in the preceding decade. This was the largest percentage loss of any county in the state.

Dooly County racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 4,611 41.14%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 5,540 49.43%
Native American 17 0.15%
Asian 51 0.46%
Pacific Islander 2 0.02%
Other/Mixed 190 1.7%
Hispanic or Latino 797 7.11%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 11,208 people, 5,020 households, and 3,350 families residing in the county.



The Big Pig Jig, Georgia's official State Barbecue Cooking Championship, is held annually in Fall in Dooly County and attracts a national audience. The county is also notable for cotton and peanut production.


Dooly County Elementary School Dooly County Middle school Dooly County High School

Notable people

  • John Dooly after whom the county was named
  • Rooney L. Bowen, Georgia businessman and politician
  • George Busbee, governor of Georgia
  • Walter F. George, U.S. Senator
  • Jody Powell, press secretary and aide to Jimmy Carter
  • Roger Kingdom, Olympic gold medalist in track and field
  • David Ragan, NASCAR driver
  • Keith Mumphery, NFL player
  • Julian Webb, judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals and member of the Georgia State Senate.

See also

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