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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.

Lanier County, Georgia

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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.

Etymology - Origin of Lanier County Name

The county was named in honor of Georgia state poet, Sidney Lanier.


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Lanier County History

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.

Points of Interest

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.

Notable Citizens

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.

Geography: Land and Water

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.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Atkinson County
  • Southeast: Clinch County; Echols County
  • Southwest: Lowndes County
  • Northwest: Berrien County


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