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Liberty County, Georgia
Liberty County Court House.jpg
Liberty County Courthouse in Hinesville
Map of Georgia highlighting Liberty 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 February 5, 1777; 245 years ago (1777-02-05)
Seat Hinesville
Largest city Hinesville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

603 sq mi (1,562 km²)
490 sq mi (1,269 km²)
113 sq mi (293 km²), 18.7%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

65,256
130/sq mi (50/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website http://www.libertycountyga.com/

Liberty County is a county in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2020 census, the population is 65,256.[1] The county seat is Hinesville.[2]

Liberty County is part of the Hinesville, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Savannah-Hinesville-Statesboro, Georgia Combined Statistical Area.

History[]

Liberty County was established in 1777. It is named for the American ideal of liberty.[3] Sunbury was first designated the county seat in 1784. In 1797, the seat was transferred to Riceboro, and in 1837 it was transferred again to Hinesville.[4]

1922 lynching[]

On July 1, 1922, James Harvey and Joe Jordan, two African American men, were lynched by a mob of about 50 people in Liberty County during an escort by police from Jesup, Georgia to a jail in Savannah, Georgia. The event drew condemnation from both the local black community and from several prominent white citizens, with the preacher at Midway Methodist Church denouncing the acts and publishing a widely circulated letter condemning the Wayne County officials of being complicit in the murders. The incident prompted an investigation by the NAACP, and in total, 22 men were indicted, with four being convicted.[5]

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 603 square miles (1,560 km2), of which 490 square miles (1,300 km2) is land and 113 square miles (290 km2) (18.7%) is water.[6]

The eastern and southern portion of Liberty County is located in the Ogeechee Coastal sub-basin of the Ogeechee River basin. The northern and western portion of the county is located in the Canoochee River sub-basin of the Ogeechee River basin.[7]

Major highways[]

  • I-95.svg Interstate 95
  • US 17.svg U.S. Route 17
  • US 84.svg U.S. Route 84
  • Georgia 25.svg State Route 25
  • Georgia 38.svg State Route 38
  • Georgia 38 Connector.svg State Route 38 Connector
  • Georgia 119.svg State Route 119
  • Georgia 144.svg State Route 144
  • Georgia 196.svg State Route 196
  • Georgia 405.svg State Route 405 (unsigned designation for I-95)

Adjacent counties[]

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1790 5,355
1800 5,313 −0.8%
1810 6,228 17.2%
1820 6,695 7.5%
1830 7,233 8.0%
1840 7,241 0.1%
1850 7,926 9.5%
1860 8,367 5.6%
1870 7,688 −8.1%
1880 10,649 38.5%
1890 12,887 21.0%
1900 13,093 1.6%
1910 12,924 −1.3%
1920 12,707 −1.7%
1930 8,153 −35.8%
1940 8,595 5.4%
1950 8,444 −1.8%
1960 14,487 71.6%
1970 17,569 21.3%
1980 37,583 113.9%
1990 52,745 40.3%
2000 61,610 16.8%
2010 63,453 3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2020[1]

2000 census[]

At the 2000 census there were 61,610 people, 19,383 households, and 15,138 families living in the county. The population density was 119 people per square mile (46/km2). There were 21,977 housing units at an average density of 42 per square mile (16/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 46.64% White, 42.84% Black or African American, 0.52% Native American, 1.76% Asian, 0.43% Pacific Islander, 4.43% from other races, and 3.37% from two or more races. 8.15% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[12] According to 2005 Census Estimates Liberty County had a population that was 44.5% African-American, 44.4% Non-Hispanic white, 7.2% Latino, 3.1% non-Hispanics who reported multiple races, 1.9% Asian and 0.5% of both Native Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Of the 19,383 households 50.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.60% were married couples living together, 14.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.90% were non-families. 16.60% of households were one person and 3.20% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.29.

The age distribution was 32.00% under the age of 18, 17.90% from 18 to 24, 33.90% from 25 to 44, 12.20% from 45 to 64, and 3.90% 65 or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females, there were 111.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 115.10 males.

The median household income was $33,477 and the median family income was $35,031. Males had a median income of $25,305 versus $20,765 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,855. About 13.50% of families and 15.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.20% of those under age 18 and 19.90% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[]

At the 2010 census, there were 63,453 people, 22,155 households, and 16,566 families living in the county.[13] The population density was 129.5 inhabitants per square mile (50.0 /km2). There were 26,731 housing units at an average density of 54.6 per square mile (21.1 /km2).[14] The racial makeup of the county was 47.1% white, 42.2% black or African American, 2.0% Asian, 0.6% Pacific islander, 0.6% American Indian, 2.9% from other races, and 4.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 9.7% of the population.[13] In terms of ancestry, 8.8% were German, 6.9% were Irish, and 6.0% were American.[15]

Of the 22,155 households, 45.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 21.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 25.2% were non-families, and 20.7% of households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.18. The median age was 27.9 years.[13]

The median household income was $42,674 and the median family income was $46,818. Males had a median income of $35,881 versus $31,159 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,662. About 15.0% of families and 17.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.2% of those under age 18 and 13.4% of those age 65 or over.[16]

2020 census[]

Liberty County racial composition[17]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 24,004 36.78%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 27,309 41.85%
Native American 225 0.34%
Asian 1,325 2.03%
Pacific Islander 437 0.67%
Other/Mixed 4,170 6.39%
Hispanic or Latino 7,786 11.93%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 65,256 people, 23,485 households, and 16,657 families residing in the county.

Communities[]

Cities[]

  • Allenhurst
  • Flemington
  • Gumbranch
  • Hinesville (county seat)
  • Midway
  • Riceboro
  • Walthourville

Census-designated place[]

  • Fort Stewart

Unincorporated communities[]

  • Sunbury
  • Fleming
  • Limerick
  • McIntosh
  • Seabrook

Education[]

Liberty County School District headquarters

Liberty County School District operates public schools, including the comprehensive high school Liberty County High School and the Bradwell Institute, as well as its educative middle schools Midway Middle School, Lewis Frasier Middle School, and Snelson-Golden Middle School.

They also provide a career academy, Liberty College & Career Academy (LCCA), for extra academics where students study for a profession they could seek out in the future.

In the media[]

The 2014 independent film, A Promise, was filmed in Liberty County.[18][19]

Politics[]

United States presidential election results for Liberty County, Georgia[20]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 7,959 37.20% 13,104 61.25% 331 1.55%
2016 6,134 37.68% 9,556 58.70% 589 3.62%
2012 5,565 34.36% 10,457 64.57% 173 1.07%
2008 5,828 35.54% 10,474 63.87% 98 0.60%
2004 6,131 47.86% 6,619 51.67% 59 0.46%
2000 4,455 44.68% 5,347 53.62% 170 1.70%
1996 3,042 37.42% 4,462 54.89% 625 7.69%
1992 2,832 35.87% 3,853 48.80% 1,210 15.33%
1988 3,100 51.24% 2,906 48.03% 44 0.73%
1984 3,229 53.53% 2,803 46.47% 0 0.00%
1980 1,507 32.18% 3,099 66.18% 77 1.64%
1976 979 22.73% 3,328 77.27% 0 0.00%
1972 2,337 65.76% 1,217 34.24% 0 0.00%
1968 592 16.78% 1,572 44.55% 1,365 38.68%
1964 1,458 39.73% 2,212 60.27% 0 0.00%
1960 929 36.88% 1,590 63.12% 0 0.00%
1956 967 52.02% 892 47.98% 0 0.00%
1952 517 26.31% 1,448 73.69% 0 0.00%
1948 121 9.98% 820 67.66% 271 22.36%
1944 122 20.23% 481 79.77% 0 0.00%
1940 102 20.00% 407 79.80% 1 0.20%
1936 49 11.64% 369 87.65% 3 0.71%
1932 18 5.84% 289 93.83% 1 0.32%
1928 203 50.25% 201 49.75% 0 0.00%
1924 39 9.38% 334 80.29% 43 10.34%
1920 175 36.61% 303 63.39% 0 0.00%
1916 103 27.54% 245 65.51% 26 6.95%
1912 77 21.57% 251 70.31% 29 8.12%
1908 412 52.02% 219 27.65% 161 20.33%
1904 245 39.01% 242 38.54% 141 22.45%
1900 304 51.26% 248 41.82% 41 6.91%
1896 646 72.50% 237 26.60% 8 0.90%
1892 736 54.16% 419 30.83% 204 15.01%
1888 708 59.00% 477 39.75% 15 1.25%
1884 841 64.05% 472 35.95% 0 0.00%
1880 720 63.21% 419 36.79% 0 0.00%



Gallery[]

See also[]

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

References[]

General
  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/13/13179.html. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 186. https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_9V1IAAAAMAAJ. 
  4. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. pp. 233. ISBN 978-1135948597. https://books.google.com/books?id=REtEXQNWq6MC&pg=PA233. 
  5. ^ Harris, J. William (2001) (in en). Deep Souths: Delta, Piedmont, and Sea Island Society in the Age of Segregation. Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 288. ISBN 978-0-8018-6563-3. https://books.google.com/books?id=BGPzqTo8eZAC&q=joe+jordan+james+harvey&pg=PA288. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. https://www.census.gov/geographies/reference-files/time-series/geo/gazetteer-files.html. 
  7. ^ "Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission Interactive Mapping Experience". Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission. http://www.gaswcc.org/maps/. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census.html. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. 
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/ga190090.txt. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. 
  12. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov. 
  13. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/DEC/10_DP/DPDP1/0500000US13179. 
  14. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/DEC/10_SF1/GCTPH1.CY07/0500000US13179. 
  15. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/10_5YR/DP02/0500000US13179. 
  16. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/10_5YR/DP03/0500000US13179. 
  17. ^ "Explore Census Data". https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table?g=0500000US13179&tid=DECENNIALPL2020.P2. 
  18. ^ "Film company sets premieres". http://www.bryancountynews.com/archives/36774/. 
  19. ^ "Georgia hears about local film industry". http://coastalcourier.com/m/section/12/article/79861/. 
  20. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 
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Coordinates: 31°48′N 81°28′W / 31.80, -81.46


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