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Walton County, Georgia
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Location in the state of Georgia
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Georgia's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded December 22, 1818
Seat Monroe
Largest City Monroe
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

330 sq mi (855 km²)
326 sq mi (844 km²)
4.3 sq mi (11 km²), 1.3%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

88,399
257/sq mi (99/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: http://www.waltoncountyga.gov/
Named for: George Walton

Walton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 83,768. The county seat is Monroe.

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

History

Walton County was created on December 15, 1818. It is named for George Walton, one of the three men from Georgia who signed the United States Declaration of Independence. The other two were Button Gwinnett and Lyman Hall.

In July 1946, the county was the site of a lynching of two young black couples, including a veteran of World War II, four persons in total. The mob of 40 men tied them up and shot the two couples so many times that the bodies were difficult to identify. Nobody was ever prosecuted for the murders. In 2013 a new person talked to authorities, claiming his late uncle and at least 12 other members of the Ku Klux Klan had been among the killers, but it was not clear if the investigation could use his testimony.

Walton County is located about 30 miles east of the city of Atlanta. Monroe is the county seat, with other major towns being Loganville and other communities.

Walton County has been home to,the birthplace of, or claim to seven Georgia governors (in chronological order): Wilson Lumpkin, Howell Cobb, Alfred Colquitt, James Boynton, Henry McDaniel, Clifford Walker, and Richard Russell, Jr..

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 330 square miles (850 km2), of which 326 square miles (840 km2) is land and 4.3 square miles (11 km2) (1.3%) is water.

The western half of Walton County, in a half circle from Social Circle through Monroe to northeast of Loganville, is located in the Upper Ocmulgee River sub-basin of the Altamaha River basin. The eastern part of the county, east of that curve, is located in the Upper Oconee River sub-basin of the same Altamaha River basin.

Major highways

  • I-20.svg Interstate 20
  • US 78.svg U.S. Route 78
  • US 278.svg U.S. Route 278
  • Georgia 10.svg State Route 10
  • Georgia 10 Business.svg State Route 10 Business
  • Georgia 11.svg State Route 11
  • Georgia 12.svg State Route 12
  • Georgia 20.svg State Route 20
  • Georgia 81.svg State Route 81
  • Georgia 83.svg State Route 83
  • Georgia 138.svg State Route 138
  • Georgia 186.svg State Route 186
  • Georgia 402.svg State Route 402 (unsigned designation for I-20)

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 1,026
1820 4,192 308.6%
1830 10,929 160.7%
1840 10,209 −6.6%
1850 10,821 6.0%
1860 11,074 2.3%
1870 11,038 −0.3%
1880 15,622 41.5%
1890 17,467 11.8%
1900 20,942 19.9%
1910 25,393 21.3%
1920 24,216 −4.6%
1930 21,118 −12.8%
1940 20,777 −1.6%
1950 20,230 −2.6%
1960 20,481 1.2%
1970 23,404 14.3%
1980 31,211 33.4%
1990 38,586 23.6%
2000 60,687 57.3%
2010 83,768 38.0%
Est. 2015 88,399 5.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 60,687 people, 21,307 households, and 17,002 families residing in the county. The population density was 184 people per square mile (71/km²). There were 22,500 housing units at an average density of 68 per square mile (26/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 83.03% White, 14.42% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.64% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. 1.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 21,307 households out of which 39.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.70% were married couples living together, 12.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.20% were non-families. 16.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.40% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 32.20% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 9.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 94.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $46,479 and the median income for a family was $52,386. Males had a median income of $37,482 versus $25,840 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,470. About 8.00% of families and 9.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.30% of those under age 18 and 10.60% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 83,768 people, 29,583 households, and 22,921 families residing in the county. The population density was 257.2 inhabitants per square mile (99.3/km2). There were 32,435 housing units at an average density of 99.6 per square mile (38.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 80.1% white, 15.6% black or African American, 1.1% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 1.4% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.2% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 20.2% were American, 12.2% were Irish, 10.9% were English, and 8.9% were German.

Of the 29,583 households, 40.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.5% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 22.5% were non-families, and 18.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.19. The median age was 37.4 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $51,721 and the median income for a family was $58,750. Males had a median income of $45,669 versus $32,064 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,521. About 10.5% of families and 12.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.6% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.

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Unincorporated communities


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