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Monroe County, Georgia
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Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the USA highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1826
Seat Forsyth
Largest City Forsyth
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

398 sq mi (1,031 km²)
396 sq mi (1,026 km²)
2.2 sq mi (6 km²), 0.5%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

26,424
67/sq mi (26/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: http://www.monroecountygeorgia.com/

Monroe County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 26,424. The county seat is Forsyth. The county was created on May 15, 1821. The county was named for James Monroe.

Monroe County is included in the Macon, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 398 square miles (1,030 km2), of which 396 square miles (1,030 km2) is land and 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) (0.5%) is water.

The vast majority of Monroe County is located in the Upper Ocmulgee River sub-basin of the Altamaha River basin, with just a tiny southwestern corner of the county, west of a line between Yatesville and Culloden, located in the Upper Flint River sub-basin of the ACF River Basin (Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin).

Major highways

  • I-75.svg Interstate 75
  • I-475.svg Interstate 475
  • US 23.svg U.S. Route 23
  • US 41.svg U.S. Route 41
  • US 341.svg U.S. Route 341
  • Georgia 7.svg State Route 7
  • Georgia 18.svg State Route 18
  • Georgia 19.svg State Route 19
  • Georgia 42.svg State Route 42
  • Georgia 74.svg State Route 74
  • Georgia 83.svg State Route 83
  • Georgia 87.svg State Route 87
  • Georgia 401.svg State Route 401 (unsigned designation for I-75)
  • Georgia 408.svg State Route 408 (unsigned designation for I-475)

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 16,202
1840 16,275 0.5%
1850 16,985 4.4%
1860 15,953 −6.1%
1870 17,213 7.9%
1880 18,808 9.3%
1890 19,137 1.7%
1900 20,682 8.1%
1910 20,450 −1.1%
1920 20,138 −1.5%
1930 11,606 −42.4%
1940 10,749 −7.4%
1950 10,523 −2.1%
1960 10,495 −0.3%
1970 10,991 4.7%
1980 14,610 32.9%
1990 17,113 17.1%
2000 21,757 27.1%
2010 26,424 21.5%
Est. 2015 27,103 2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 21,757 people, 7,719 households, and 6,005 families residing in the county. The population density was 21/km² (55/mi²). There were 8,425 housing units at an average density of 8/km² (21/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 70.36% White, 27.93% Black, 0.35% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. 1.29% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,719 households out of which 35.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.60% were married couples living together, 13.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.20% were non-families. 18.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 30.40% from 25 to 44, 24.70% from 45 to 64, and 10.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 99.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $44,195, and the median income for a family was $51,093. Males had a median income of $34,433 versus $22,146 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,580. About 7.30% of families and 9.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.00% of those under age 18 and 13.30% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 26,424 people, 9,662 households, and 7,157 families residing in the county. The population density was 66.8 inhabitants per square mile (25.8/km2). There were 10,710 housing units at an average density of 27.1 per square mile (10.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 73.3% white, 23.7% black or African American, 0.8% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.9% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.0% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 14.7% were American, 13.1% were English, 9.9% were German, and 9.5% were Irish.

Of the 9,662 households, 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.2% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 25.9% were non-families, and 21.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.03. The median age was 41.3 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $48,297 and the median income for a family was $61,110. Males had a median income of $41,409 versus $32,810 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,656. About 9.8% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.3% of those under age 18 and 12.9% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Unincorporated communities


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