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Burke County is a county located along the eastern border of the state of Georgia in the Piedmont. Based on the 2010 census, the
population was 23,316. Burke County was
created on February 5, 1777 as one of seven original parishes
(Originally organized as St George Parish). The county
seat is Waynesboro. The county is named
in honor of Edmund Burke (1729-1797), British political philosopher and
Member of Parliament who was sympathetic to the cause of United States
Burke County is part of the Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The county is named for English political writer, member of the British Parliament and supporter of the colonies' interests, Edmond Burke.
Burke County was one of Georgia's original eight counties. Originally organized as the Parish of St. George, Burke County was named for English political writer, member of the British Parliament and supporter of the colonies' interests, Edmond Burke.
Known as the "Bird Dog Capital of the World," Waynesboro was named for General Anthony "Mad Anthony" Wayne, a famous Revolutionary soldier.
Georgia Power Company's Alvin W. Vogtle Nuclear Power Plant is located in the county on the Savannah River and began operation in the late 1980s.
Burke County claims ten Georgia Governors by birth, residence, or marriage. Lyman Hall, Georgia signer of the Declaration of Independence and member of the Continental Congress, had a plantation in the county. The other nine Governors with Burke County ties are John Houston, Samuel Elbert, Edward Telfair, Jared Irwin, James Jackson, David Emanuel, William Schley, Herschel V. Johnson and Hoke Smith.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 835 square miles (2,160 km2), of which 827 square miles (2,140 km2) is land and 8.0 square miles (21 km2) (1.0%) is water.
Burke county is located in east Georgia. The county is the second-largest county by area in Georgia. Burke county is in the Ogeechee River basin and the Savannah River basin.
Bordering counties are as follows: