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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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Echols County, Georgia

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Echols County is a county located in the state of Georgia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 4,034. The county was created in 1858. The county seat is Statenville.  Echols county is named in honor of Robert Milner Echols(1798-1847).

Echols County is part of the Valdosta, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Echols County Name

The county is 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:

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Echols 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.

Echols county and Webster county are the only two counties in Georgia to have no incorporated municipalities.

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.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 421 square miles (1,090 km2), of which 415 square miles (1,070 km2) is land and 5.8 square miles (15 km2) (1.4%) is water.

 Echols county is located in south Georgia. The county contains a notable swamp, Whitehead Bay. Echols is in the Suwannee River basin.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

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

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