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Spalding County
Spalding County Courthouse in Griffin
Spalding County Courthouse in Griffin
Map of Georgia highlighting Spalding County
Location within the U.S. state of Georgia
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Country  United States
State  Georgia
Founded 1851; 171 years ago (1851)
Named for Thomas Spalding
Seat Griffin
Largest city Griffin
Area
 • Total 200 sq mi (500 km2)
 • Land 196 sq mi (510 km2)
 • Water 3.1 sq mi (8 km2)  1.6%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
66,100
 • Density 326/sq mi (126/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 3rd

Spalding 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 64,073. The county seat is Griffin. The county was created December 20, 1851 and named for former United States representative and senator Thomas Spalding.

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

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 200 square miles (520 km2), of which 196 square miles (510 km2) is land and 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2) (1.6%) is water.

The western portion of Spalding County, west of a line from Sunny Side through Griffin to Orchard Hill, is located in the Upper Flint River sub-basin of the ACF River Basin (Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin). The eastern part of the county is located in the Upper Ocmulgee River sub-basin of the Altamaha River basin.

Major highways

  • I-75.svg Interstate 75
  • US 19.svg U.S. Route 19
  • Business plate.svg
    US 19.svg U.S. Route 19 Business
  • US 41.svg U.S. Route 41
  • Business plate.svg
    US 41.svg U.S. Route 41 Business
  • Georgia 3.svg State Route 3
  • Georgia 7.svg State Route 7
  • Georgia 16.svg State Route 16
  • Georgia 92.svg State Route 92
  • Georgia 155.svg State Route 155
  • Georgia 362.svg State Route 362
  • Georgia 401.svg State Route 401 (unsigned designation for I-75)

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 8,699
1870 10,205 17.3%
1880 12,585 23.3%
1890 13,117 4.2%
1900 17,619 34.3%
1910 19,741 12.0%
1920 21,908 11.0%
1930 23,495 7.2%
1940 28,427 21.0%
1950 31,045 9.2%
1960 35,404 14.0%
1970 39,514 11.6%
1980 47,899 21.2%
1990 54,457 13.7%
2000 58,417 7.3%
2010 64,073 9.7%
2018 (est.) 66,100 3.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 64,073 people, 23,565 households, and 16,869 families living in the county. The population density was 326.1 inhabitants per square mile (125.9/km2). There were 26,777 housing units at an average density of 136.3 per square mile (52.6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 62.7% white, 32.8% black or African American, 0.9% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 1.6% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 23.3% were American, 7.6% were Irish, and 6.9% were English.

Of the 23,565 households, 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 19.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.4% were non-families, and 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.12. The median age was 37.2 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,100 and the median income for a family was $49,640. Males had a median income of $37,976 versus $30,684 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,607. About 17.2% of families and 21.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.4% of those under age 18 and 14.0% of those age 65 or over.

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Education

The Griffin-Spalding County School District has 11 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 2 high schools, and 4 complementary programs.

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