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Banks County, Georgia
Courthouse of Banks County, Georgia.jpg
Banks County courthouse in Homer
Seal of Banks County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Banks County
Location in the state of Georgia (U.S. state)
Map of the U.S. highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded 1859
Named for Richard Banks
Seat Homer
Largest city Baldwin
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

234 sq mi (606 km²)
232 sq mi (601 km²)
1.8 sq mi (5 km²), 0.8%
 - (2010)
 - Density

79/sq mi (31/km²)
Congressional district 9th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Banks County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,395.[1] The county seat is Homer.[2] The Old Banks County Courthouse is located in Homer, Georgia and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A newer county courthouse was constructed in 1983


Banks County was established in 1858. It was named for Dr. Richard E. Banks.[3]

  • The Georgia General Assembly passed legislation to create Banks County on February 1, 1859, from Franklin and Habersham Counties.
  • Ty Cobb, a Baseball Hall of Famer, was born in Banks County in 1886 in an area of the county knows as The Narrows - a small farming community consisting of fewer than 100 people. The area and birthplace are on State Highway 105 in the northern part of the county near the Broad River.
  • The legal organ for the county is The Banks County News, a member of Mainstreet News, Inc.
  • One of the county's oldest church sites is the Hebron Presbyterian Church, established in 1796.
  • Banks County is the home of the Atlanta Dragway, located near Banks Crossing.
  • Also known for being the home of the former World's largest Easter Egg Hunt. (The 50th annual egg hunt in 2009 was the finale.)

Law and government[]

The County's commission is made up of a five-member group, with one being the Chairman of the Commission and four districts.

  • Jimmy Hooper is the Commission Chairman. (Elected)
  • David Duckett, Charles Turk, Danny Maxwell and Sammy Reece are the other commissioners representing Districts 1-4. (Elected)
  • The Sheriff is Carlton Speed. (Elected)
  • The Coroner is Mark Savage. (Elected)
  • The Probate Judge is Betty Thomas. (Elected)
  • The Clerk of Court is Timothy Harper. (Elected)
  • The Magistrate Judge is Ivan Mote. (Elected)
  • The Fire Chief is Robert Wilkins.
  • E-911 Director is Deidra Moore.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 234 square miles (610 km2), of which 232 square miles (600 km2) is land and 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) (0.8%) is water.[4]

Major highways[]

  • I-85.svg Interstate 85
  • US 441.svg U.S. Route 441
  • Georgia 15.svg State Route 15
  • Georgia 51.svg State Route 51
  • Georgia 52.svg State Route 52
  • Georgia 59.svg State Route 59
  • Georgia 63.svg State Route 63
  • Georgia 98.svg State Route 98
  • Georgia 105.svg State Route 105
  • Georgia 164.svg State Route 164
  • Georgia 184.svg State Route 184
  • Georgia 198.svg State Route 198
  • Georgia 323.svg State Route 323
  • Georgia 326.svg State Route 326
  • Georgia 403.svg State Route 403 (hidden designation for I-85)

Adjacent counties[]

National protected area[]

  • Chattahoochee National Forest (part)


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 4,707
1870 4,973 5.7%
1880 7,337 47.5%
1890 8,562 16.7%
1900 10,545 23.2%
1910 11,244 6.6%
1920 11,814 5.1%
1930 9,703 −17.9%
1940 8,733 −10.0%
1950 6,935 −20.6%
1960 6,497 −6.3%
1970 6,833 5.2%
1980 8,702 27.4%
1990 10,308 18.5%
2000 14,422 39.9%
2010 18,395 27.5%
Est. 2013 18,415 27.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 14,422 people, 5,364 households, and 4,162 families residing in the county. The population density was 62 people per square mile (24/km²). There were 5,808 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.16% White, 3.22% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.96% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. 3.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,364 households out of which 35.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.40% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.40% were non-families. 19.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 30.70% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 10.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 102.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,523, and the median income for a family was $43,136. Males had a median income of $29,986 versus $21,698 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,424. About 9.80% of families and 12.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.00% of those under age 18 and 16.30% of those age 65 or over.



  • Alto
  • Baldwin
  • Gillsville
  • Homer
  • Lula (partly in Hall County)
  • Maysville

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Banks County, Georgia


External links[]

Coordinates: 34°21′N 83°30′W / 34.35, -83.50

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