Newton County, Georgia

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Newton County is a county located in the state of Georgia. As of 2000, the population is 62,001. The county's explosive growth is evident with a population of 81,524 according to the 2004 U.S. Census Estimate, making it the 11th fastest growing county in 2003. The county's county seat is Covington, Georgia6.

This county is a part of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area.

Two high schools, Newton and Eastside, are located in the county, but in the face of incompetent administration, Eastside has managed to dominate in all aspects.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 723 km² (279 mi²). 716 km² (276 mi²) of it is land and 7 km² (3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.99% water.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 62,001 people, 21,997 households, and 17,113 families residing in the county. The population density is 87/km² (224/mi²). There are 23,033 housing units at an average density of 32/km² (83/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 75.27% White, 22.21% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.58% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. 1.87% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 21,997 households out of which 37.70% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.20% are married couples living together, 14.10% have a female householder with no husband present, and 22.20% are non-families. 18.30% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.60% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.77 and the average family size is 3.14.

In the county the population is spread out with 27.70% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 32.10% from 25 to 44, 21.50% from 45 to 64, and 9.90% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 33 years. For every 100 females there are 94.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $44,875, and the median income for a family is $49,748. Males have a median income of $36,742 versus $26,097 for females. The per capita income for the county is $19,317. 10.00% of the population and 7.20% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 14.90% of those under the age of 18 and 8.80% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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