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Morgan County, Georgia
Map

Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the USA highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1807
Seat Madison
Largest City Madison
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

355 sq mi (919 km²)
347 sq mi (899 km²)
7.3 sq mi (19 km²), 2.1%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

18,046
51/sq mi (20/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Morgan County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,868. The county seat is Madison, Georgia.

History

Morgan County was created on December 10, 1807. During the American Civil War, the county provided the Panola Guards, which was a part of Cobb's Legion.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 355 square miles (920 km2), of which 347 square miles (900 km2) is land and 7.3 square miles (19 km2) (2.1%) is water. The entirety of Morgan County is located in the Upper Oconee River sub-basin of the Altamaha River basin.

Major highways

  • I-20.svg Interstate 20
  • US 129.svg U.S. Route 129
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    US 129.svg U.S. Route 129 Bypass
  • US 278.svg U.S. Route 278
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    US 278.svg U.S. Route 278 Truck
  • US 441.svg U.S. Route 441
  • By-pass plate.svg
    US 441.svg U.S. Route 441 Bypass
  • Georgia 12.svg State Route 12
  • Truck plate.svg
    Georgia 12.svg State Route 12 Truck
  • Georgia 24.svg State Route 24
  • Georgia 24 Bypass.svg State Route 24 Bypass
  • Georgia 83.svg State Route 83
  • Georgia 186.svg State Route 186
  • Georgia 402.svg State Route 402 (unsigned designation for I-20)

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Oconee National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 8,369
1820 13,520 61.5%
1830 12,046 −10.9%
1840 9,121 −24.3%
1850 10,744 17.8%
1860 9,997 −7.0%
1870 10,696 7.0%
1880 14,032 31.2%
1890 16,041 14.3%
1900 15,813 −1.4%
1910 19,717 24.7%
1920 20,143 2.2%
1930 12,488 −38.0%
1940 12,713 1.8%
1950 11,899 −6.4%
1960 10,280 −13.6%
1970 9,904 −3.7%
1980 11,572 16.8%
1990 12,883 11.3%
2000 15,457 20.0%
2010 17,868 15.6%
Est. 2015 18,046 1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 15,457 people, 5,558 households, and 4,301 families residing in the county. The population density was 17/km² (44/mi²). There were 6,128 housing units at an average density of 7/km² (18/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 69.69% White, 28.53% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. 1.60% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,558 households out of which 34.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.90% were married couples living together, 14.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.60% were non-families. 19.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.60% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 28.70% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,249, and the median income for a family was $46,146. Males had a median income of $34,634 versus $22,206 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,823. About 8.90% of families and 10.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.10% of those under age 18 and 9.60% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 17,868 people, 6,660 households, and 5,073 families residing in the county. The population density was 51.4 inhabitants per square mile (19.8/km2). There were 7,472 housing units at an average density of 21.5 per square mile (8.3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 72.7% white, 23.6% black or African American, 0.6% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 1.6% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 16.8% were American, 12.5% were English, 11.4% were Irish, and 9.0% were German.

Of the 6,660 households, 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 23.8% were non-families, and 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.06. The median age was 41.3 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,817 and the median income for a family was $57,724. Males had a median income of $44,101 versus $30,133 for females. The per capita income for the county was $27,732. About 13.5% of families and 15.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.9% of those under age 18 and 14.1% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Incorporated Cities

Unincorporated

  • Godfrey (ghost town)
  • Pennington

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