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Grady County
Grady County Courthouse
Grady County Courthouse
Map of Georgia highlighting Grady 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 August 17, 1905; 117 years ago (1905)
Named for Henry W. Grady
Seat Cairo
Largest city Cairo
Area
 • Total 460 sq mi (1,200 km2)
 • Land 455 sq mi (1,180 km2)
 • Water 5.7 sq mi (15 km2)  1.2%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
24,748
 • Density 55/sq mi (21/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Grady County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 25,011. The county seat is Cairo.

History

Grady County was created by an act of the Georgia General Assembly on August 17, 1905, from portions of Decatur and Thomas counties.

The County is named for Henry W. Grady, editor of the Atlanta Constitution and noted orator.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 460 square miles (1,200 km2), of which 455 square miles (1,180 km2) is land and 5.7 square miles (15 km2) (1.2%) is water.

The bulk of Grady County, centered on Cairo, is located on the Upper Ochlockonee River sub-basin of the larger Ochlockonee River basin. The county's northwestern corner is located in the Lower Flint River sub-basin of the ACF River Basin (Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin). Grady County's western border, from Whigham south, and all of its southern border, is located in the Lower Ochlockonee River sub-basin of the same Ochlockonee River basin. Finally, a very small chunk of the county's southeastern portion, bisected by U.S. Route 319, is located in the Apalachee Bay-St, Marks sub-basin of the Ochlockonee River basin.

Grady County includes part of the Red Hills Region.

Major highways

  • US 84.svg U.S. Route 84
  • US 319.svg U.S. Route 319
  • Georgia 35.svg State Route 35
  • Georgia 38.svg State Route 38
  • Georgia 38 Spur.svg State Route 38 Spur
  • Georgia 93.svg State Route 93
  • Georgia 111.svg State Route 111
  • Georgia 112.svg State Route 112
  • Georgia 188.svg State Route 188
  • Georgia 262.svg State Route 262

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 18,457
1920 20,306 10.0%
1930 19,200 −5.4%
1940 19,654 2.4%
1950 18,928 −3.7%
1960 18,015 −4.8%
1970 17,826 −1.0%
1980 19,845 11.3%
1990 20,279 2.2%
2000 23,659 16.7%
2010 25,011 5.7%
Est. 2018 24,748 −1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 25,011 people, 9,418 households, and 6,730 families living in the county. The population density was 55.0 inhabitants per square mile (21.2/km2). There were 10,760 housing units at an average density of 23.7 per square mile (9.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 62.8% white, 28.7% black or African American, 0.7% American Indian, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 5.7% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 10.0% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 16.1% were American, 9.2% were English, and 8.6% were Irish.

Of the 9,418 households, 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 16.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.5% were non-families, and 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.10. The median age was 37.8 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,247 and the median income for a family was $39,159. Males had a median income of $32,396 versus $28,917 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,785. About 22.0% of families and 25.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.5% of those under age 18 and 18.7% of those age 65 or over.

2020 census

Grady County Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 14,715 56.09%
Black or African American 7,285 27.77%
Native American 89 0.34%
Asian 110 0.42%
Pacific Islander 6 0.02%
Other/Mixed 758 2.89%
Hispanic or Latino 3,273 12.48%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 26,236 people, 9,136 households, and 6,320 families residing in the county.

Communities

Cities

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

  • Beachton
  • Pine Park
  • Reno
  • Roddenberry
  • Spence

Education

Grady County Schools operates public schools.

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