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Ball's Ferry Landing has been designated as a site on the March to the Sea Heritage Trail.
Ball's Ferry Landing has been designated as a site on the March to the Sea Heritage Trail.
Map of Georgia highlighting Wilkinson County
Location within the U.S. state of Georgia
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Georgia's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Georgia
Founded May 11, 1803; 219 years ago (1803)
Named for James Wilkinson
Seat Irwinton
Largest city Gordon
Area
 • Total 452 sq mi (1,170 km2)
 • Land 447 sq mi (1,160 km2)
 • Water 4.6 sq mi (12 km2)  1.0%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
9,036
 • Density 21/sq mi (8/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 8th

Wilkinson County is a county located in the central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,563. The county seat is Irwinton. The county was created on May 11, 1803, and named for General James Wilkinson (1757–1825).

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 452 square miles (1,170 km2), of which 447 square miles (1,160 km2) is land and 4.6 square miles (12 km2) (1.0%) is water. The entirety of Wilkinson County is located in the Lower Oconee River sub-basin of the Altamaha River basin.

Major highways

  • US 80.svg U.S. Route 80
  • US 441.svg U.S. Route 441
  • Georgia 18.svg State Route 18
  • Georgia 18 Spur.svg State Route 18 Spur
  • Georgia 19.svg State Route 19
  • Georgia 29.svg State Route 29
  • Georgia 57.svg State Route 57
  • Georgia 96.svg State Route 96
  • Georgia 112.svg State Route 112
  • Georgia 243.svg State Route 243
  • Georgia 540.svg State Route 540 (Fall Line Freeway) (future)

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 2,154
1820 6,992 224.6%
1830 6,513 −6.9%
1840 6,842 5.1%
1850 8,296 21.3%
1860 9,376 13.0%
1870 9,383 0.1%
1880 12,061 28.5%
1890 10,871 −9.9%
1900 11,440 5.2%
1910 10,078 −11.9%
1920 11,376 12.9%
1930 10,844 −4.7%
1940 11,025 1.7%
1950 9,781 −11.3%
1960 9,250 −5.4%
1970 9,393 1.5%
1980 10,368 10.4%
1990 10,228 −1.4%
2000 10,220 −0.1%
2010 9,563 −6.4%
2018 (est.) 9,036 −5.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 9,563 people, 3,666 households, and 2,638 families living in the county. The population density was 21.4 inhabitants per square mile (8.3/km2). There were 4,487 housing units at an average density of 10.0 per square mile (3.9/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 58.5% white, 38.4% black or African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 1.3% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.2% of the population. In terms of ancestry, and 14.7% were American.

Of the 3,666 households, 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.9% were married couples living together, 18.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.0% were non-families, and 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.06. The median age was 41.1 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,902 and the median income for a family was $49,138. Males had a median income of $39,009 versus $25,935 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,929. About 17.9% of families and 23.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.1% of those under age 18 and 21.9% of those age 65 or over.

2020 census

Wilkinson County racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 5,110 57.56%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 3,163 35.63%
Native American 30 0.34%
Asian 22 0.25%
Pacific Islander 3 0.03%
Other/Mixed 310 3.49%
Hispanic or Latino 239 2.69%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 8,877 people, 3,185 households, and 2,079 families residing in the county.

Communities

Education

Wilkinson County Primary/Elementary School

Wilkinson County Middle/High School

Wilkinson County is home of the 9-time state high school basketball class A champions.

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