Worth County, Georgia

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Worth County is a county located in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of 2000, the population is 21,967. The county's county seat is Sylvester.6

The county is called the "Peanut Capital" because of its massive peanut industry.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,488 km² (575 mi²). 1,476 km² (570 mi²) of it is land and 13 km² (5 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.85 percent water.

History

Worth County was created from Dooly and Irwin counties on December 20, 1853, by an act of the Georgia General Assembly, becoming the Georgia's 106th county. It was named for Major General William J. Worth of New York.

In 1905, portions of Worth County were used to create Tift and Turner counties.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 21,967 people, 8,106 households, and 6,120 families residing in the county. The population density is 15/km² (39/mi²). There are 9,086 housing units at an average density of 6/km² (16/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 68.69 percent White, 29.57 percent Black or African American, 0.36 percent Native American, 0.22 percent Asian, 0.01 percent Pacific Islander, 0.61 percent from other races, and 0.55 percent from two or more races. 1.09 percent of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 8,106 households out of which 36.3 percent have children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7 percent are married couples living together, 15.7 percent have a female householder with no husband present, and 24.5 percent are non-families. 21.5 percent of all households are made up of individuals and 9 percent have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.68 and the average family size is 3.12.

In the county, the population is spread out with 28.6 percent under the age of 18, 8.1 percent from 18 to 24, 27.50 percent from 25 to 44, 23.90 percent from 45 to 64, and 12 percent who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 92.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 87.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $32,384, and the median income for a family is $38,887. Males have a median income of $31,668 versus $20,950 for females. The per capita income for the county is $15,856. 18.50 percent of the population and 14.7 percent of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 25 percent of those under the age of 18 and 20.2 percent of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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