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Georgia Counties

Georgia is divided into 159 counties. Under the Georgia Constitution, Counties are granted home rule to deal with issues that are local in nature. Four consolidated city-Counties — Athens (Clarke County), Augusta (Richmond County), Columbus (Muscogee County), and Cusseta (Chattahoochee County) — exist.

Georgia has the second-highest number of Counties of any state in the United States, behind Texas (254). A few Georgia Counties have changed names over time. Jasper County was originally known as Randolph County. Later, the current Randolph County came into being. Webster County was once known as Kinchafoonee County, and Bartow County was formerly known as Cass County.


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Candler County, Georgia

Candler County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Metter
Year Organized: 1914
Square Miles: 247
Court House:

705 North Lewis Street
County Courthouse
Metter, GA 30439-3333

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Georgia's 48th county was named for former Governor Allen D. Candler who spent a great deal of his retirement years compiling the state's Colonial, Revolutionary, and Confederate records.

Demographics:

County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

The county was created from parts of Bulloch, Emanuel, and Tattnall counties. Georgia's 48th county was named for former Governor Allen D. Candler who spent a great deal of his retirement years compiling the state's Colonial, Revolutionary, and Confederate records.

The Candler County Courthouse, built in 1921, and the South Metter Residential Historic District, comprised of 75 late 19th and early 20th century homes on landscaped boulevards, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Points of Interest

Local attractions include the Charles C. Harrold Nature Preserve, home of the rare gopher tortoise and the Elliotta racemosa plant; and the George L. Smith State Park.

Notable Citizens

Metter is home to Michael Guido and the Guido Evangelical Association, familiar to radio and television audiences worldwide for its "Seeds from the Sower" programs. The Guidos' prayer chapel and garden are open to the public.

Neighboring Counties:

  • East: Bulloch County
  • Southeast: Evans County
  • South: Tattnall County
  • Southwest: Toombs County
  • Northwest: Emanuel County
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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"


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