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Meriwether County
Meriwether County Courthouse in Greenville
Map of Georgia highlighting Meriwether County
Location within the U.S. state of Georgia
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Georgia's location within the U.S.
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Country  United States
State  Georgia
Founded 1827; 195 years ago (1827)
Named for David Meriwether
Seat Greenville
Largest city Manchester
Area
 • Total 505 sq mi (1,310 km2)
 • Land 501 sq mi (1,300 km2)
 • Water 4.2 sq mi (11 km2)  0.8%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2020)
21,164
 • Density 44/sq mi (17/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 3rd

Meriwether County is a county located in the west central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 21,992. The county seat is Greenville, home of the Meriwether County Courthouse. The county was formed on December 14, 1827 as the 73rd county in Georgia. It was named for David Meriwether, a general in the American Revolutionary War and member of Congress from Georgia.

Meriwether County is part of the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 505 square miles (1,310 km2), of which 501 square miles (1,300 km2) is land and 4.2 square miles (11 km2) (0.8%) is water.

The eastern two-thirds of Meriwether County, going east from just west of U.S. Route 27 Alternate, is located in the Upper Flint River sub-basin of the ACF River Basin (Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin). The western third of the county is located in the Middle Chattahoochee River-Lake Harding sub-basin of the same ACF River Basin.

Major highways

  • I-85.svg Interstate 85
  • Alternate plate.svg
    US 27.svg U.S. Route 27 Alternate
  • Georgia 18.svg State Route 18
  • Georgia 41.svg State Route 41
  • Georgia 54.svg State Route 54
  • Georgia 54 Spur.svg State Route 54 Spur
  • Georgia 74.svg State Route 74
  • Georgia 85.svg State Route 85
  • Georgia 85 Alternate.svg State Route 85 Alternate
  • Georgia 85 Spur.svg State Route 85 Spur
  • Georgia 100.svg State Route 100
  • Georgia 109.svg State Route 109
  • Georgia 109 Spur.svg State Route 109 Spur
  • Georgia 173.svg State Route 173
  • Georgia 190.svg State Route 190
  • Georgia 194.svg State Route 194
  • Georgia 362.svg State Route 362
  • Georgia 403.svg State Route 403 (unsigned designation for I-85)

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 4,422
1840 14,132 219.6%
1850 16,476 16.6%
1860 15,330 −7.0%
1870 13,756 −10.3%
1880 17,651 28.3%
1890 20,740 17.5%
1900 23,339 12.5%
1910 25,180 7.9%
1920 26,167 3.9%
1930 22,437 −14.3%
1940 22,055 −1.7%
1950 21,055 −4.5%
1960 19,756 −6.2%
1970 19,461 −1.5%
1980 21,229 9.1%
1990 22,411 5.6%
2000 22,534 0.5%
2010 21,992 −2.4%
2020 (est.) 21,164 −3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2013

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 21,992 people, 8,522 households, and 5,906 families living in the county. The population density was 43.9 inhabitants per square mile (16.9/km2). There were 9,957 housing units at an average density of 19.9 per square mile (7.7/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 57.9% white, 39.1% African American, 0.6% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.6% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 14.3% were American, 12.7% were English, and 9.8% were Irish.

Of the 8,522 households, 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 18.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.7% were non-families, and 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.09. The median age was 41.0 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,845 and the median income for a family was $47,126. Males had a median income of $36,164 versus $28,873 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,295. About 12.8% of families and 16.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.5% of those under age 18 and 11.9% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

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