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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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Echols County, Georgia

Echols County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Statenville
Year Organized: 1858
Square Miles: 404
Court House:

P.O. Box 190
County Courthouse
Statenville, GA 31648-0190

Etymology - Origin of County Name

It was named for Robert M. Echols, a member of the General Assembly for 24 years and a Senate President, who died fighting as a brigadier general in the Mexican War.

Demographics:

County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

Echols County, located on the Georgia/Florida border, was created in 1858 from portions of Clinch and Lowndes counties. It was named for Robert M. Echols, a member of the General Assembly for 24 years and a Senate President, who died fighting as a brigadier general in the Mexican War.

Statenville is named for Capt. James W. Staten, who built the first store in the town. Statenville was previously known as Troublesome.

Points of Interest

Echols County is one of Georgia's least populated counties. Over 90% of the county is forest and under contract to private companies.

Notable Citizens

Echols County is the home of newly published mystery writer Virginia Lanier.

Neighboring Counties:

  • Northeast: Clinch County
  • Southeast: Columbia County, Fla.
  • South: Hamilton County, Fla.
  • Northwest: Lowndes County; Lanier County

Cities and Towns:

- Statenville (County Seat)

County Resources:

Additional County Info

County Resources
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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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