Carroll County, Georgia


Carroll County, Georgia

Infobox U.S. County
county = Carroll County
state = Georgia


seallink =


map size = 225
founded = 1826
seat = Carrollton
largest city = Carrollton
area_total_sq_mi = 504
area_total_km2 = 1305
area_land_sq_mi = 499
area_land_km2 = 1292
area_water_sq_mi = 5
area_water_km2 = 13
area percentage = .97%
census estimate yr = 2006
pop = 107325
density_sq_mi = 175
density_km2 = 68
time zone = Eastern
UTC offset = -5
DST offset = -4
web = www.carrollcountyga.com

Carroll County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 87,268. The 2007 Census Estimate shows a population of 111,954 [http://www.census.gov/popest/counties/tables/CO-EST2007-01-13.xls] . The county seat is Carrollton, GeorgiaGR|6.

Carroll County is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 504 square miles (1,305 km²), of which, 499 square miles (1,292 km²) of it is land and 5 square miles (13 km²) of it (0.97%) is water.

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Adjacent counties

*Paulding County, Georgia - north
*Douglas County, Georgia - east
*Fulton County, Georgia - east
*Coweta County, Georgia - southeast
*Heard County, Georgia - south
*Randolph County, Alabama - southwest
*Cleburne County, Alabama - west
*Haralson County, Georgia - northwest

Demographics

As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 87,268 people, 31,568 households, and 23,013 families residing in the county. The population density was 175 people per square mile (68/km²). There were 34,067 housing units at an average density of 68 per square mile (26/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 80.52% White, 16.32% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.12% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. 2.57% of the population were Hispanic or Latino)of any race.

There were 31,568 households out of which 35.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.30% were married couples living together, 12.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.10% were non-families. 21.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.90% under the age of 18, 12.90% from 18 to 24, 29.90% from 25 to 44, 21.20% from 45 to 64, and 10.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 95.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,799, and the median income for a family was $44,642. Males had a median income of $33,102 versus $22,538 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,656. About 10.00% of families and 13.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.40% of those under age 18 and 16.00% of those age 65 or over.

History

The land for Lee, Muscogee, Troup, Coweta, and Carroll counties was ceded by the Creek people in the 1825 Treaty of Indian Springs. This land was the last remaining portion of the Creek's Georgia territory, and was ceded by William McIntosh, chief of the Lower Creeks or White Sticks. This cession resulted in his murder at McIntosh Reserve near present day Whitesburg by fellow Creeks from northern Alabama called Red Sticks or Upper Creeks.

The county's boundaries were created by the Georgia General Assembly on June 9, but they were not named until December 14 of 1826. Carroll County was named for Charles Carroll of Maryland, at that time the last surviving signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence when the county was created in 1826. Carrollton, the county seat, was also named for this reason.

The county originally extended from the Chattahoochee River to the Alabama state line on the East and West with the northern boundary just north of present day I-20 with the Cherokees. This land was carved up over time to become Carroll, Douglas, Heard, parts of Haralson and Troup counties. A portion that became Douglas was once Campbell County which no longer exists (divided between Douglas and Fulton counties).

Because of the small slave population the county was known as the Free State of Carroll in the 1850s.

Even before the cession of the territory some white settlers were in the northern part of the county in the Villa Rica area.

During the American Civil War, the county provided the Bowdon Volunteers and the Carroll Boys, which were a part of Cobb's Legion.

In late August 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Gulf Coast and spawned numerous tornadoes throughout the county that shredded dozens of mobile homes and killed several.

Cities and towns

*Bowdon
*Bremen
*Carrollton
*Mount Zion
*Roopville
*Temple
*Villa Rica
*Whitesburg


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