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Location within the U.S. state of Georgia
Georgia's location within the U.S.
|Founded||February 25, 1784|
|Named for||George Washington|
|• Total||684 sq mi (1,770 km2)|
|• Land||678 sq mi (1,760 km2)|
|• Water||5.9 sq mi (15 km2) 0.9%%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||31/sq mi (12/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 21,187. The county seat is Sandersville. The county was established on February 25, 1784. It was named for Revolutionary War general (and afterward President of the United States) George Washington.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 684 square miles (1,770 km2), of which 678 square miles (1,760 km2) is land and 5.9 square miles (15 km2) (0.9%) is water.
The western portion of Washington County, west of a north-to-south line running through Sandersville, is located in the Lower Oconee River sub-basin of the Altamaha River basin. The northeastern portion of the county, north of Riddleville, is located in the Upper Ogeechee River sub-basin of the Ogeechee River basin, while the southeastern portion, centered on Harrison, is located in the Ohoopee River sub-basin of the Altamaha River basin.
- Glascock County (northeast)
- Jefferson County (east)
- Johnson County (south)
- Wilkinson County (southwest)
- Baldwin County (west)
- Hancock County (northwest)
|U.S. Decennial Census
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||10,698||53.52%|
|Hispanic or Latino||334||1.67%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 19,988 people, 7,503 households, and 5,315 families residing in the county.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 21,187 people, 7,547 households, and 5,269 families living in the county. The population density was 31.2 inhabitants per square mile (12.0/km2). There were 9,047 housing units at an average density of 13.3 per square mile (5.1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 52.7% black or African American, 45.0% white, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% American Indian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.9% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 10.4% were American.
Of the 7,547 households, 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.8% were married couples living together, 22.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.2% were non-families, and 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.10. The median age was 38.9 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $31,382 and the median income for a family was $41,055. Males had a median income of $35,699 versus $24,860 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,033. About 19.0% of families and 27.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.6% of those under age 18 and 18.2% of those age 65 or over.
In popular culture
The 1933 short story The People's Choice by Erskine Caldwell is set in Washington County, where the story's protagonist is a popular local politician elected again and again as the county's tax assesor.
The biography of one of the main characters (Grant Alexadner) in the 2011 console game "X-Men: Destiny" states that they were born in Sandersville, Georgia.
The county is served by the Washington County School District, which includes:
- Ridge Road Elementary School
- T.J. Elder Middle School
- Washington County High School.
The county is also the location of one privately run school:
- Brentwood School
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