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Jeff Davis County
County
Jeff Davis County
County courthouse
County courthouse
Map of Georgia highlighting Jeff Davis 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 18, 1905; 117 years ago (1905)
Named for Jefferson Davis
Seat Hazlehurst
Largest city Hazlehurst
Area
 • Total 335 sq mi (870 km2)
 • Land 331 sq mi (860 km2)
 • Water 4.7 sq mi (12 km2)  1.4%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
15,029
 • Density 46/sq mi (18/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 12th

Jeff Davis County is a county located in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,068. The county seat is Hazlehurst. The county was created on August 18, 1905, and named for Jefferson Davis, the only Confederate president.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 335 square miles (870 km2), of which 331 square miles (860 km2) is land and 4.7 square miles (12 km2) (1.4%) is water.

Most of the northern border area, as well as part of the western border of Jeff Davis County, from northeast of Hazlehurst to west of Denton, is located in the Lower Ocmulgee River sub-basin of the Altamaha River basin. Most of the eastern corner of the county, east of Hazlehurst and north of Graham, is located in the Altamaha River sub-basin of the larger basin by the same name. The central and southeastern portion of Jeff Davis County, south of Hazlehurst, is located in the Little Satilla River sub-basin of the St. Marys-Satilla River basin. The remaining central and southern portion of the county is located in the Satilla River sub-basin of the St. Marys-Satilla River basin.

Major highways

  • US 23.svg U.S. Route 23
  • US 221.svg U.S. Route 221
  • US 341.svg U.S. Route 341
  • Georgia 19.svg State Route 19
  • Georgia 19 Connector.svg State Route 19 Connector
  • Georgia 27.svg State Route 27
  • Georgia 107.svg State Route 107
  • Georgia 135.svg State Route 135
  • Georgia 135 Connector.svg State Route 135 Connector
  • Georgia 268.svg State Route 268

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 6,050
1920 7,322 21.0%
1930 8,118 10.9%
1940 8,841 8.9%
1950 9,299 5.2%
1960 8,914 −4.1%
1970 9,425 5.7%
1980 11,473 21.7%
1990 12,032 4.9%
2000 12,684 5.4%
2010 15,068 18.8%
2018 (est.) 15,029 −0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 15,068 people, 5,689 households, and 4,079 families living in the county. The population density was 45.6 inhabitants per square mile (17.6/km2). There were 6,488 housing units at an average density of 19.6 per square mile (7.6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 76.1% white, 14.8% black or African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 7.3% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 10.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 14.2% were American, 7.5% were Irish, and 5.7% were English.

Of the 5,689 households, 38.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 15.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.3% were non-families, and 24.2% 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 36.0 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,928 and the median income for a family was $40,313. Males had a median income of $33,340 versus $27,126 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,730. About 14.9% of families and 24.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.2% of those under age 18 and 19.5% of those age 65 or over.

2020 census

Jeff Davis County racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 9,950 67.33%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,293 15.52%
Native American 26 0.18%
Asian 50 0.34%
Pacific Islander 7 0.05%
Other/Mixed 406 2.75%
Hispanic or Latino 2,047 13.85%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 14,779 people, 5,279 households, and 3,790 families residing in the county.

Communities

Cities

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated communities

  • Roper
  • Snipesville
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