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Dougherty County
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Map of Georgia highlighting Dougherty 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 1853; 169 years ago (1853)
Named for Charles Dougherty
Seat Albany
Largest city Albany
Area
 • Total 335 sq mi (870 km2)
 • Land 329 sq mi (850 km2)
 • Water 5.9 sq mi (15 km2)  1.8%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 85,790
 • Density 288/sq mi (111/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Dougherty County is located in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 94,565. The county seat and sole incorporated city is Albany.

Dougherty County is included in the Albany, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Historically dominated by cotton plantation agriculture in the nineteenth century, it is part of the Black Belt of the South.

History

The county was created by the Georgia General Assembly on December 15, 1853, from a part of Baker County and was named after Charles Dougherty, a respected judge and lawyer from Athens, Georgia. In 1854 and 1856 small areas were added from Worth County.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 335 square miles (870 km2), of which 329 square miles (850 km2) is land and 5.9 square miles (15 km2) (1.8%) is water.

The majority of Dougherty County is located in the Lower Flint River sub-basin of the ACF River Basin (Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin). The northeastern corner of the county, northeast of Albany, is located in the Middle Flint River sub-basin of the same ACF River basin. A very small portion of Dougherty County, north of Albany, is located in the Kinchafoonee-Muckalee sub-basin of the larger ACF River Basin. The remaining western portion of the county is located in the Ichawaynochaway Creek sub-basin of the same ACF River Basin.

Major highways

  • US 19.svg U.S. Route 19
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    US 19.svg U.S. Route 19 Business
  • US 82.svg U.S. Route 82
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    US 82.svg U.S. Route 82 Business
  • Georgia 3.svg State Route 3
  • Georgia 62.svg State Route 62
  • Georgia 91.svg State Route 91
  • Georgia 133.svg State Route 133
  • Georgia 234.svg State Route 234
  • Georgia 300.svg State Route 300
  • Georgia 520.svg State Route 520
  • Georgia 520 Business.svg State Route 520 Business

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 8,295
1870 11,517 38.8%
1880 12,622 9.6%
1890 12,206 −3.3%
1900 13,679 12.1%
1910 16,035 17.2%
1920 20,063 25.1%
1930 22,306 11.2%
1940 28,565 28.1%
1950 43,617 52.7%
1960 75,680 73.5%
1970 89,639 18.4%
1980 100,718 12.4%
1990 96,311 −4.4%
2000 96,065 −0.3%
2010 94,565 −1.6%
2020 85,790 −9.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2019

2020 census

Dougherty County racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 20,631 24.05%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 59,720 69.61%
Native American 128 0.15%
Asian 647 0.75%
Pacific Islander 20 0.02%
Other/Mixed 2,231 2.6%
Hispanic or Latino 2,413 2.81%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 85,790 people, 32,630 households, and 18,213 families residing in the county.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 94,565 people, 36,508 households, and 23,422 families living in the county. The population density was 287.7 inhabitants per square mile (111.1/km2). There were 40,801 housing units at an average density of 124.1 per square mile (47.9/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 67.1% black or African American, 29.6% white, 0.8% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 1.0% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.2% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 6.1% were English, 6.0% were American, and 5.3% were Irish.

Of the 36,508 households, 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.7% were married couples living together, 25.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.8% were non-families, and 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.08. The median age was 33.2 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,435 and the median income for a family was $39,951. Males had a median income of $34,444 versus $27,848 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,210. About 22.7% of families and 28.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.7% of those under age 18 and 15.5% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

City

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

  • Acree
  • Butler
  • Dosaga
  • Doublegate
  • Ducker
  • Five Points
  • Four Points
  • Gillionville
  • Hotalihuyana
  • Pecan City
  • Pretoria
  • Radium Springs
  • River Bend
  • Ruark
  • Turner City
  • Walker
  • Williamsburg

Ghost town

  • Ocmulgee

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