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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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Laurens County, Georgia

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Laurens County is a county located in the state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 48,434. The county seat is Dublin. The county was founded on December 10, 1807, and named after Lieutenant Colonel John Laurens, an American soldier and statesman from South Carolina during the American Revolutionary War.

Laurens County is part of the Dublin, Georgia Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Laurens County Name

Named in honor of Colonel John Laurens, an aide-de-camp to General George Washington.


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Laurens County History

Taken from Wilkinson County in 1807 and absorbing part of Washington County in 1811, Laurens County was named in honor of Colonel John Laurens, an aide-de-camp to General George Washington.

Dublin was named at the request of an Irishman, Jonathan Sawyer, who donated the land for the town after stipulating its name. He wanted to please his wife, who was from Dublin.

The Ocute Indian Mounds at Blackshear's Ferry date back to 1000 B.C.

Points of Interest

In the Oconee River, on the Laurens County border, government biologists have discovered what seems to be a new species of fish.


According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 818 square miles (2,120 km2), of which 807 square miles (2,090 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (1.4%) is water. It is the third-largest county in Georgia by land area and fourth-largest by total area. Laurens is in the Ocmulgee River basin and the Oconee River basin.

Neighboring Counties:

  • Northeast: Johnson County
  • East: Emanuel County; Treutlen County
  • Southeast: Wheeler County
  • Southwest: Dodge County
  • West: Bleckley County
  • Northwest: Twiggs County; Wilkinson County


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