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Georgia Counties

Georgia is divided into one hundred and fifty-nine counties. The original eight counties of the State of Georgia were Burke, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Richmond and Wilkes all created on February 5, 1777. The last new county to be established in Georgia was Peach County, established in 1924.

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Georgia Counties: History and Information

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There are 159 Counties in Georgia. Under the Georgia State Constitution, all of its counties are granted home rule to deal with problems that are purely local in nature. Georgia has the second largest number of counties of any state in the United States, following Texas, which has 254 counties. Also, seven consolidated city-counties have been established in Georgia: Athens - Clarke County, Augusta - Richmond County, Columbus - Muscogee County, Georgetown - Quitman County, Statenville - Echols County, Macon- Bibb County, and Cusseta - Chattahoochee County.

Georgia is 300 miles long and 230 miles wide. Georgia's land area of 57,906 square miles makes it the largest state east of the Mississippi River (24th overall). The total area of the state's three largest counties-Ware, Burke, and Clinch (2,565 square miles)-is greater than the area of the entire state of Delaware (1,954 square miles).

Over 60% of the state's land area is forested. The forests tend to modulate the flow of water, filter it, and decrease erosion and sedimentation.

All of Georgia's rivers are formed either within the state or along its boundaries; no river flows into Georgia from another state. The Altamaha, Savannah, and Chattahoochee have the highest average flow rates. Among other major rivers are the Flint, Oconee, Ocmulgee, Coosa, Ogeechee, and Satilla. Recently, there has been a growing concern regarding Georgia's water resources due to drought conditions and population growth.

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County 2000
Population
Square
Miles
County Seat Created
Appling County 17,419 509 Baxley
Athens-Clarke County 101,489 121 Athens 1801
Atkinson County 7,609 338 Pearson 1919
Augusta-Richmond County 199,775 324 Augusta 1777
Bacon County 10,103 285 Alma 1914
Baker County 4,074 343 Newton 1825
Baldwin County 44,700 258 Milledgeville 1803
Banks County 14,422 234 Homer 1858
Barrow County 46,144 162 Winder 1914
Bartow County 76,019 460 Cartersville 1832
Ben Hill County 17,484 252 Fitzgerald 1906
Berrien County 16,235 452 Nashville 1856
Bibb County 153,887 250 Macon 1822
Bleckley County 11,666 217 Cochran 1912
Brantley County 14,629 444 Nahunta 1920
Brooks County 16,450 494 Quitman 1858
Bryan County 23,417 442 Pembroke 1793
Bulloch County 55,983 683 Statesboro 1796
Burke County 22,243 831 Waynesboro 1777
Butts County 19,522 187 Jackson 1825
Calhoun County 6,320 280 Morgan 1854
Camden County 43,664 630 Woodbine 1777
Candler County 9,577 247 Metter 1914
Carroll County 87,268 499 Carrollton 1826
Catoosa County 53,282 162 Ringgold 1853
Charlton County 10,282 781 Folkston 1854
Chatham County 232,048 440 Savannah 1777
Chattooga County 25,470 314 Summerville 1838
Cherokee County 141,903 424 Canton 1832
Clay County 3,357 195 Fort Gaines 1854
Clayton County 236,517 143 Jonesboro 1858
Clinch County 6,878 809 Homerville 1850
Cobb County 607,751 340 Marietta 1832
Coffee County 37,413 599 Douglas 1854
Colquitt County 42,053 552 Moultrie 1856
Columbia County 89,288 290 Appling 1790
Columbus-Muscogee County 186,291 216 Columbus 1826
Cook County 15,771 229 Adel 1918
Coweta County 89,215 443 Newnan 1826
Crawford County 12,495 325 Knoxville 1822
Crisp County 21,996 274 Cordele 1905
Cusetta-Chattahoochee County 14,882 249 Cusseta 1854
Dade County 15,154 174 Trenton 1837
Dawson County 15,999 211 Dawsonville 1857
Decatur County 28,240 597 Bainbridge 1823
DeKalb County 665,865 268 Decatur 1822
Dodge County 19,171 501 Eastman 1870
Dooly County 11,525 393 Vienna 1821
Dougherty County 96,065 330 Albany 1853
Douglas County 92,174 199 Douglasville 1870
Early County 12,354 511 Blakely
Echols County 3,754 404 Statenville 1858
Effingham County 37,535 480 Springfield 1777
Elbert County 20,511 369 Elberton 1790
Emanuel County 21,837 686 Swainsboro 1812
Evans County 10,495 185 Claxton 1914
Fannin County 19,798 386 Blue Ridge 1854
Fayette County 91,263 197 Fayetteville 1821
Floyd County 90,565 513 Rome 1832
Forsyth County 98,407 226 Cumming 1832
Franklin County 20,285 263 Carnesville 1784
Fulton County 816,006 529 Atlanta 1853
Gilmer County 23,456 427 Ellijay 1832
Glascock County 2,556 144 Gibson 1857
Glynn County 67,568 422 Brunswick 1777
Gordon County 44,104 355 Calhoun 1850
Grady County 23,659 458 Cairo 1906
Greene County 14,406 388 Greensboro 1786
Gwinnett County 588,448 433 Lawrenceville
Habersham County 35,902 278 Clarkesville
Hall County 139,277 394 Gainesville
Hancock County 10,076 473 Sparta 1793
Haralson County 25,690 282 Buchanan 1856
Harris County 23,695 464 Hamilton 1827
Hart County 22,997 232 Hartwell 1853
Heard County 11,012 296 Franklin 1830
Henry County 119,341 323 McDonough 1821
Houston County 110,765 377 Perry 1821
Irwin County 9,931 357 Ocilla
Jackson County 41,589 342 Jefferson 1796
Jasper County 11,426 370 Monticello 1807
Jeff Davis County 12,684 333 Hazlehurst 1905
Jefferson County 17,266 528 Louisville 1796
Jenkins County 8,575 350 Millen 1905
Johnson County 8,560 304 Wrightsville 1858
Jones County 23,639 394 Gray 1807
Lamar County 15,912 185 Barnesville 1920
Lanier County 7,241 187 Lakeland 1920
Laurens County 44,874 813 Dublin 1807
Lee County 24,757 356 Leesburg 1826
Liberty County 61,610 519 Hinesville 1777
Lincoln County 8,348 211 Lincolnton 1796
Long County 10,304 401 Ludowici 1920
Lowndes County 92,115 504 Valdosta 1825
Lumpkin County 21,016 284 Dahlonega 1832
Macon County 14,074 403 Oglethorpe 1837
Madison County 25,730 284 Danielsville 1811
Marion County 7,144 367 Buena Vista 1827
McDuffie County 21,231 260 Thomson 1870
McIntosh County 10,847 434 Darien 1793
Meriwether County 22,534 503 Greenville 1827
Miller County 6,383 283 Colquitt 1856
Mitchell County 23,932 512 Camilla 1857
Monroe County 21,757 396 Forsyth 1821
Montgomery County 8,270 245 Mount Vernon 1793
Morgan County 15,457 350 Madison 1807
Murray County 36,506 344 Chatsworth 1832
Newton County 62,001 276 Covington 1821
Oconee County 26,225 186 Watkinsville 1875
Oglethorpe County 12,635 441 Lexington 1793
Paulding County 81,678 314 Dallas 1832
Peach County 23,668 151 Fort Valley 1824
Pickens County 22,983 232 Jasper 1853
Pierce County 15,636 343 Blackshear 1857
Pike County 13,688 218 Zebulon 1822
Polk County 38,127 311 Cedartown 1851
Pulaski County 9,588 247 Hawkinsville 1808
Putnam County 18,812 344 Eatonton 1807
Quitman County 2,598 152 Georgetown 1858
Rabun County 15,050 371 Clayton 1819
Randolph County 7,791 429 Cuthbert 1828
Rockdale County 70,111 131 Conyers 1870
Schley County 3,766 168 Ellaville 1857
Screven County 15,374 648 Sylvania 1793
Seminole County 9,369 238 Donalsonville 1920
Spalding County 58,417 198 Griffin 1851
Stephens County 25,435 179 Toccoa 1905
Stewart County 5,252 459 Lumpkin 1830
Sumter County 33,200 485 Americus 1831
Talbot County 6,498 393 Talbotton 1827
Taliaferro County 2,077 195 Crawfordville 1825
Tattnall County 22,305 484 Reidsville 1801
Taylor County 8,815 378 Butler 1852
Telfair County 11,794 441 McRae 1807
Terrell County 10,970 336 Dawson 1856
Thomas County 42,737 548 Thomasville 1825
Tift County 38,407 265 Tifton 1905
Toombs County 26,067 367 Lyons 1905
Towns County 9,319 166 Hiawassee 1856
Treutlen County 6,854 201 Soperton 1917
Troup County 58,779 414 Lagrange 1826
Turner County 9,504 286 Ashburn 1905
Twiggs County 10,590 360 Jeffersonville 1809
Union County 17,289 323 Blairsville 1832
Upson County 27,597 326 Thomaston 1824
Walker County 61,053 446 Lafayette 1833
Walton County 60,687 329 Monroe 1803
Ware County 35,483 903 Waycross 1824
Warren County 6,336 286 Warrenton 1793
Washington County 21,176 680 Sandersville 1784
Wayne County 26,565 645 Jesup 1803
Webster County 2,390 210 Preston 1853
Wheeler County 6,179 298 Alamo 1912
White County 19,944 242 Cleveland 1857
Whitfield County 83,525 290 Dalton 1851
Wilcox County 8,577 380 Abbeville 1857
Wilkes County 10,687 471 Washington 1777
Wilkinson County 10,220 447 Irwinton 1803
Worth County 21,967 570 Sylvester 1853
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