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Lanier County is a county located in the state of Georgia. Based on the 2010 census, the
population was 10,078. Lanier County was
created on August 7, 1920. The county seat and only
incorporated municipality is Lakeland. The county is named after the Georgia poet Sidney Lanier.
Lanier County is part of the Valdosta, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Lanier shares Moody Air Force Base with Lowndes County on its western boundary.
The county was named in honor of Georgia state poet, Sidney Lanier.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Lanier County, the 155th county formed in Georgia, was created in 1920. The county was named in honor of Georgia state poet, Sidney Lanier.
Lakeland, the county seat, is Lanier County's only incorporated municipality. Originally called Mill Town, Lakeland received its current name in 1925 in honor of its proximity to several lakes including Grand Bay Lake, Lake Irma and Banks Lake.
For many years, Lakeland owned and operated its own railroad.
The county is famous for its excellent fishing in the Alapaha River, as well as in its many small lakes. Banks Lake Wildlife Refuge, which includes a 3,900-acre lake, is located in the county.
Lanier shares Moody Air Force Base with Lowndes County on its western boundary.
One notable person from Lanier County was Eurith Dickinson "Ed" Rivers, a Georgia governor and speaker of the Georgia House. He was a strong proponent of the "New Deal" and an outspoken opponent of Eugene Talmadge.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 200 square miles (520 km2), of which 185 square miles (480 km2) is land and 15 square miles (39 km2) (7.3%) is water.
Lanier county is located in south Georgia. The county is in the Suwannee River basin.
Bordering counties are as follows: