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Heard County
Heard County courthouse in Franklin
Heard County courthouse in Franklin
Map of Georgia highlighting Heard County
Location within the U.S. state of Georgia
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Country  United States
State  Georgia
Founded December 22, 1830; 191 years ago (1830-12-22)
Named for Stephen Heard
Seat Franklin
Largest city Franklin
Area
 • Total 301 sq mi (780 km2)
 • Land 296 sq mi (770 km2)
 • Water 5.1 sq mi (13 km2)  1.7%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
11,879
 • Density 40/sq mi (20/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 3rd

Heard County is a county located in the west central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. At the 2010 census, the population was 11,834. The county seat is Franklin. The county was created on December 22, 1830.

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

History

Heard County was created by Act of the Legislature on December 22, 1830. It was named for Stephen Heard, elected President of the Council on February 18, 1781, thus, in the absence of Governor Howley, becoming Governor de facto. Heard moved to Wilkes County from Virginia and fought in the American Revolutionary War where he distinguished himself at Kettle Creek. The first Sheriff, Jonathan Mewsick, was commissioned in 1832.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 301 square miles (780 km2), of which 296 square miles (770 km2) is land and 5.1 square miles (13 km2) (1.7%) is water.

The vast majority of Heard County is located in the Middle Chattahoochee River-Lake Harding sub-basin of the ACF River Basin (Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin), with just a very small northwestern corner of the county, west of Ephesus, located in the Upper Tallapoosa River sub-basin of the ACT River Basin (Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin).

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Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 5,329
1850 6,923 29.9%
1860 7,805 12.7%
1870 7,866 0.8%
1880 8,769 11.5%
1890 9,557 9.0%
1900 11,177 17.0%
1910 11,189 0.1%
1920 11,126 −0.6%
1930 9,102 −18.2%
1940 8,610 −5.4%
1950 6,975 −19.0%
1960 5,333 −23.5%
1970 5,354 0.4%
1980 6,520 21.8%
1990 8,628 32.3%
2000 11,012 27.6%
2010 11,834 7.5%
2018 (est.) 11,879 0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2010 census

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 11,834 people, 4,400 households and 3,157 families living in the county. The population density was 40.0 per square mile (15.4/km2). There were 5,148 housing units at an average density of 17.4 per square mile (6.7/km2). The racial make-up was 86.9% white, 9.8% black or African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.8% from other races and 1.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.9% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 16.2% were American, 11.6% were Irish, 9.0% were German, and 7.4% were English.

Of the 4,400 households, 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.3% were non-families and 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.14. The median age was 39.1 years.

The median household income was $42,685 and the median family income was $47,591. Males had a median income of $41,185 and females $31,507. The per capita income was $18,077. About 16.7% of families and 19.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.6% of those under age 18 and 16.4% of those age 65 or over.

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