List of Counties in Georgia (U.S. State)
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List of Counties in Georgia U.S. State
Counties of Georgia
Location State of Georgia
Number 159
Populations Greatest: 1,010,562 (Fulton)
Least: 1,680 (Taliaferro)
Average: 64,845 (2016)
Areas Largest: 903 square miles (2,340 km2) (Ware)
Smallest: 121 square miles (310 km2) (Clarke)
Average: 374 square miles (970 km2)
Government County government
Subdivisions Cities, towns, unincorporated communities, census designated place

The U.S. State of Georgia is divided into 159 counties, more than any other state except for Texas, which has 254 counties. Under the Georgia State Constitution, all of its counties are granted home rule to deal with problems that are purely local in nature. Also, eight consolidated city-counties have been established in Georgia: Athens-Clarke County, Augusta-Richmond County, Columbus-Muscogee County, Georgetown-Quitman County, Statenville-Echols County, Macon-Bibb County, Cusseta-Chattahoochee County, Preston-Webster County.


From 1732 until 1758, the minor civil divisions were districts and towns. In 1758, the Province of Georgia was divided into eight parishes, and another four parishes were partitioned in 1765; in 1777, the original eight counties of the state were created. These were Burke, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Richmond and Wilkes, all created on February 5, 1777.

Georgia has the second largest number of counties of any state in the United States, following Texas, which has 254 counties.[1] One traditional reasoning for the creation and location of so many counties in Georgia was that a country farmer, rancher, or lumberman should be able to travel to the legal county seat town or city, and then back home, in one day on horseback or via wagon. However, about 25 counties in Georgia were created in the first quarter of the 20th century, after the use of the railroad, automobile, truck, and bus had become possible. The last new county to be established in Georgia was Peach County, established in 1924.

The proliferation of counties in Georgia led to multiple state constitutional amendments attempting to establish a limit on the number of counties in the state. The most recent such amendment, ratified in 1945, limited the number to 159 counties, although there had been 161 counties from 1924 to 1931. In a very rare consolidation of counties, both Campbell County and Milton County were annexed into Fulton County in 1932 as a financial move during the Great Depression, since those two county governments were nearly bankrupt.

Fulton County contains Atlanta, and it was thought that tax revenues from Atlanta and its suburbs would help to support the rural areas of the discarded counties, which had very little tax income of their own--mostly from property taxes on farms and forests, which did not amount to much.

Georgia is the only state which still allows sole commissioner county government. Currently only nine of the state's 159 counties operate under that system.

Changed names of counties

A few counties in Georgia have had their names changed. Jasper County was originally named "Randolph County". Later, the present-day Randolph County was founded. Webster County was once named "Kinchafoonee County", and the former Cass County was renamed Bartow County.

Defunct counties

  • St. George, St. Mary's, St. Thomas, St. Phillip, Christ Church, St. David, St. Matthews, St. Andrew, St. James, St. Johns, and St. Paul parishes were all dissolved in 1777 with the establishment of the charter counties.
  • Campbell (1828-1932): Formed from Carroll and Coweta in 1828, half northwest of Chattahoochee River became Douglas in 1870, remainder was merged into southwest Fulton in 1932.
  • Milton (1857-1932): Formed from northeast Cobb, southeast Cherokee, and southwest Forsyth in 1857 (and later northern DeKalb), was merged into north Fulton in 1932.

There was a previous Walton County in Georgia, which was actually located in what is now western North Carolina. A brief skirmish, the so-called Walton War, was fought between North Carolina and Georgia in 1810, before Georgia relinquished its claim on that area after the 1811 survey of Ellicott Rock.

Fictional counties


  • Deliverance (1972) is set in a North Georgia county marked on the sheriff's car as Aintry.
  • Diggstown (1992) takes place in the fictional Olivera County.
  • Gator (1976) takes place in the fictional Dunston County.
  • Ghost Fever (1987) takes place in the county of Greendale, likely inspired by Greene County.
  • Tank takes place in the fictional Clemmons County. Although set as a county bordering Tennessee, the filming location was at or near Fort Benning much closer to Alabama than to Tennessee.



Counties listing

FIPS code[2] County seat[3] Established[3] Origin[4] Etymology[4] Density
Population[5] Area[3] Map
Appling County 001 Baxley 1818 Land ceded by the Creek Indians in the Treaty of Fort Jackson in 1814 and the Treaty of the Creek Agency in 1818 Colonel Daniel Appling (1787-1818), a hero of the War of 1812 36.09 18,368 509 sq mi
(1,318 km2)
State map highlighting Appling County
Atkinson County 003 Pearson 1917 Clinch and Coffee Counties William Yates Atkinson (1854-99), governor of Georgia (1894-98) and speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives 24.51 8,284 338 sq mi
(875 km2)
State map highlighting Atkinson County
Bacon County 005 Alma 1914 Appling, Pierce and Ware Counties Augustus Octavius Bacon (1839-1914), U.S. Senator (1895-1914); President pro tempore of the United States Senate 39.29 11,198 285 sq mi
(738 km2)
State map highlighting Bacon County
Baker County 007 Newton 1825 Early County Colonel John Baker (died 1792), a hero of the American Revolutionary War 9.81 3,366 343 sq mi
(888 km2)
State map highlighting Baker County
Baldwin County 009 Milledgeville 1803 Creek cessions of 1802 and 1805 Abraham Baldwin (1754-1807), a Founding Father; U.S. Senator (1799-1807); one of the Georgia delegates who signed the U.S. Constitution 179.72 46,367 258 sq mi
(668 km2)
State map highlighting Baldwin County
Banks County 011 Homer 1859 Franklin and Habersham Counties Dr. Richard Banks (1784-1850), local physician noted for treating natives with smallpox 78.27 18,316 234 sq mi
(606 km2)
State map highlighting Banks County
Barrow County 013 Winder 1914 Gwinnett, Jackson and Walton counties "Uncle Dave" David Crenshaw Barrow Jr. (1852-1929), chancellor of the University of Georgia (1906-29) 433.14 70,169 162 sq mi
(420 km2)
State map highlighting Barrow County
Bartow County 015 Cartersville 1832 Created from a portion of Cherokee County in 1832 and originally called Cass County after General Lewis Cass General Francis S. Bartow (1816-61), Confederate political leader; first Confederate general killed in the American Civil War 218.83 100,661 460 sq mi
(1,191 km2)
State map highlighting Bartow County
Ben Hill County 017 Fitzgerald 1906 Irwin and Wilcox counties Benjamin Harvey Hill (1823-82), U.S. Senator (1877-82) 69.60 17,538 252 sq mi
(653 km2)
State map highlighting Ben Hill County
Berrien County 019 Nashville 1856 Coffee, Irwin, and Lowndes counties John MacPherson Berrien (1781-1856), U.S. Senator; U.S. Attorney General 42.13 19,041 452 sq mi
(1,171 km2)
State map highlighting Berrien County
Bibb County 021 Macon 1822 portions of Houston, Jones, Monroe, and Twiggs counties Dr. William Wyatt Bibb (1780-1820), first Governor of Alabama; U.S. Senator 625.85 156,462 250 sq mi
(647 km2)
State map highlighting Bibb County
Bleckley County 023 Cochran 1912 Pulaski County Logan Edwin Bleckley (1827-1907), Georgia State Supreme Court Chief Justice 59.51 12,913 217 sq mi
(562 km2)
State map highlighting Bleckley County
Brantley County 025 Nahunta 1920 Charlton, Pierce, and Wayne counties William Gordon Brantley (1860-1934), U.S. Congressman 41.86 18,587 444 sq mi
(1,150 km2)
State map highlighting Brantley County
Brooks County 027 Quitman 1858 Lowndes and Thomas counties Captain Preston S. Brooks (1819-57), a hero of the Mexican-American War; Congressman from South Carolina 31.18 15,403 494 sq mi
(1,279 km2)
State map highlighting Brooks County
Bryan County 029 Pembroke 1793 Chatham County Jonathan Bryan (1708-88), colonial settler; famous state representative 72.88 32,214 442 sq mi
(1,145 km2)
State map highlighting Bryan County
Bulloch County 031 Statesboro 1796 Bryan and Screven Counties Archibald Bulloch (1729-77), Revolutionary War soldier; Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives; acting governor of Georgia (1775-77) 106.43 72,694 683 sq mi
(1,769 km2)
State map highlighting Bulloch County
Burke County 033 Waynesboro 1777 Originally organized as St George Parish Edmund Burke (1729-97), British political philosopher and Member of Parliament who was sympathetic to the cause of US independence 27.83 23,125 831 sq mi
(2,152 km2)
State map highlighting Burke County
Butts County 035 Jackson 1825 Henry and Monroe counties Captain Samuel Butts (1777-1814), a hero of the Creek War 125.80 23,524 187 sq mi
(484 km2)
State map highlighting Butts County
Calhoun County 037 Morgan 1854 Early and Baker counties John C. Calhoun (1782-1850), U.S. Congressman; U.S. Senator; Vice President of the United States from South Carolina 23.23 6,504 280 sq mi
(725 km2)
State map highlighting Calhoun County
Camden County 039 Woodbine 1777 St Mary and St Thomas Parishes Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden (1714-94), Lord Chancellor of Great Britain who was sympathetic to the cause of the Revolution 81.59 51,402 630 sq mi
(1,632 km2)
State map highlighting Camden County
Candler County 043 Metter 1914 Bulloch, Emanuel and Tattnall counties Allen Daniel Candler (1834-1910), state legislator; U.S. Congressman; Governor of Georgia (1898-1902) 45.01 11,117 247 sq mi
(640 km2)
State map highlighting Candler County
Carroll County 045 Carrollton 1826 Created by the state legislature from lands ceded by the Creek Indians in 1825 in the Treaty of Indian Springs Charles Carroll (1737-1832), the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence 223.61 111,580 499 sq mi
(1,292 km2)
State map highlighting Carroll County
Catoosa County 047 Ringgold 1853 Walker and Whitfield counties Chief Catoosa, a Cherokee chief 401.52 65,046 162 sq mi
(420 km2)
State map highlighting Catoosa County
Charlton County 049 Folkston 1854 Camden County Robert Milledge Charlton (1807-54), jurist; U.S. Senator (1852-54); mayor of Savannah 17.02 13,295 781 sq mi
(2,023 km2)
State map highlighting Charlton County
Chatham County 051 Savannah 1777 Christ Church and St Philip Parishes William Pitt, Earl of Chatham (1708-78), British Prime Minister sympathetic to the Revolutionary cause 628.26 276,434 440 sq mi
(1,140 km2)
State map highlighting Chatham County
Chattahoochee County 053 Cusseta 1854 Muscogee and Marion counties Chattahoochee River, which forms the county's (and the state's) western border 52.36 13,037 249 sq mi
(645 km2)
State map highlighting Chattahoochee County
Chattooga County 055 Summerville 1838 Walker and Floyd counties Chattooga River 81.93 25,725 314 sq mi
(813 km2)
State map highlighting Chattooga County
Cherokee County 057 Canton 1831 Cherokee Cession of 1831 Cherokee Nation, which controlled this part of the state autonomously until 1831 521.97 221,315 424 sq mi
(1,098 km2)
State map highlighting Cherokee County
Clarke County 059 Athens 1801 Jackson County Elijah Clarke (1733-99), a Revolutionary War hero 993.93 120,266 121 sq mi
(313 km2)
State map highlighting Clarke County
Clay County 061 Fort Gaines 1854 Randolph and Early counties Henry Clay (1777-1852), Secretary of State; Speaker of the House of Representatives; U.S. Senator from Kentucky 15.98 3,116 195 sq mi
(505 km2)
State map highlighting Clay County
Clayton County 063 Jonesboro 1858 Fayette and Henry counties Augustin Smith Clayton (1783-1839), a local jurist and U.S. Congressman 1,859.36 265,888 143 sq mi
(370 km2)
State map highlighting Clayton County
Clinch County 065 Homerville 1850 Lowndes and Ware counties General Duncan Lamont Clinch (1784-1849), a hero of the War of 1812 and the Seminole War; U.S. Congressman 8.30 6,718 809 sq mi
(2,095 km2)
State map highlighting Clinch County
Cobb County 067 Marietta 1832 Cherokee County Colonel Thomas Willis Cobb (1784-1835), a hero of the War of 1812; U.S. Congressman 2,080.71 707,442 340 sq mi
(881 km2)
State map highlighting Cobb County
Coffee County 069 Douglas 1854 Clinch, Irwin, Telfair and Ware counties General John E. Coffee (1782-1836), a hero of the War of 1812 72.07 43,170 599 sq mi
(1,551 km2)
State map highlighting Coffee County
Colquitt County 071 Moultrie 1856 Thomas and Lowndes counties Walter Terry Colquitt (1799-1855), Methodist pastor; U.S. Senator 83.58 46,137 552 sq mi
(1,430 km2)
State map highlighting Colquitt County
Columbia County 073 Appling (de jure) and Evans (de facto) 1790 Richmond County Christopher Columbus (1446-1506), explorer 453.89 131,627 290 sq mi
(751 km2)
State map highlighting Columbia County
Cook County 075 Adel 1918 Berrien County General Philip Cook (1817-94), Confederate general; secretary of state 73.90 16,923 229 sq mi
(593 km2)
State map highlighting Cook County
Coweta County 077 Newnan 1826 Created on Creek lands ceded in 1825 in the treaty of Indian Springs and Creek Cessions of 1826 Coweta tribe of the Creek Nation and their village near Columbus 295.55 130,929 443 sq mi
(1,147 km2)
State map highlighting Coweta County
Crawford County 079 Knoxville 1822 Houston County William Harris Crawford (1772-1834), U.S. Senator; ambassador to France; Secretary of the Treasury 38.77 12,600 325 sq mi
(842 km2)
State map highlighting Crawford County
Crisp County 081 Cordele 1905 Dooly County Charles Frederick Crisp (1845-96), Speaker of the House of Representatives 86.15 23,606 274 sq mi
(710 km2)
State map highlighting Crisp County
Dade County 083 Trenton 1837 Walker County Major Francis L. Dade (1793-1835), a hero of the Seminole War 94.77 16,490 174 sq mi
(451 km2)
State map highlighting Dade County
Dawson County 085 Dawsonville 1857 Gilmer and Lumpkin counties William Crosby Dawson (1798-1857), U.S. Senator (1849-55); state legislator 206.27 22,422 211 sq mi
(546 km2)
State map highlighting Dawson County
Decatur County 087 Bainbridge 1823 Early County Commodore Stephen Decatur (1779-1820), a naval hero of the actions against the Barbary Pirates in the early 19th century 46.08 27,509 597 sq mi
(1,546 km2)
State map highlighting Decatur County
DeKalb County 089 Decatur 1822 Henry, Gwinnett, and Fayette counties "Baron" Johann DeKalb (1721-80) a German who accompanied Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette, and was inspector general of the Colonial Army 2,638.39 707,089 268 sq mi
(694 km2)
State map highlighting DeKalb County
Dodge County 091 Eastman 1870 Montgomery, Pulaski and Telfair counties William Earle Dodge (1805-1883), temperance leader; businessman from New York; a co-founder of Phelps, Dodge, and Company, a mining and metals company 42.57 21,329 501 sq mi
(1,298 km2)
State map highlighting Dodge County
Dooly County 093 Vienna 1821 Creek Cession of 1821 Colonel John Dooly (1740-80), a hero of the American Revolution 36.43 14,318 393 sq mi
(1,018 km2)
State map highlighting Dooly County
Dougherty County 095 Albany 1853 Baker County Charles Dougherty (1801-53), judge from Athens, Georgia 286.37 94,501 330 sq mi
(855 km2)
State map highlighting Dougherty County
Douglas County 097 Douglasville 1870 Campbell and Carroll counties Stephen Arnold Douglas (1813-61), an Illinois Democratic Congressman who ran against Abraham Lincoln in the United States presidential election, 1860 and lost 673.22 133,971 199 sq mi
(515 km2)
State map highlighting Douglas County
Early County 099 Blakely 1818 Creek Cession of 1814 Peter Early (1773-1817), tenth governor of Georgia 20.73 10,594 511 sq mi
(1,323 km2)
State map highlighting Early County
Echols County 101 Statenville 1858 Clinch and Lowndes Counties General Robert M. Echols (1798-1847), a state legislator and a hero of the Mexican-American War 9.87 3,988 404 sq mi
(1,046 km2)
State map highlighting Echols County
Effingham County 103 Springfield 1777 St Mathew and St Philip Parishes Thomas Howard, Earl of Effingham (1746-1791), who was sympathetic with the independence movement 111.03 53,293 480 sq mi
(1,243 km2)
State map highlighting Effingham County
Elbert County 105 Elberton 1790 Wilkes County Samuel Elbert (1740-88), a general in the Revolutionary War; became the governor of Georgia in 1785 53.34 19,684 369 sq mi
(956 km2)
State map highlighting Elbert County
Emanuel County 107 Swainsboro 1812 Bulloch and Montgomery Counties Colonel David Emanuel (1744-1808), became the governor of Georgia in 1801 33.38 22,898 686 sq mi
(1,777 km2)
State map highlighting Emanuel County
Evans County 109 Claxton 1914 Bulloch and Tattnall County General Clement Anselm Evans (1832-1911), a hero of the American Civil War; the commander in chief of the United Confederate Veterans 57.78 10,689 185 sq mi
(479 km2)
State map highlighting Evans County
Fannin County 111 Blue Ridge 1854 Gilmer and Union Counties Colonel James Walker Fannin Jr. (1809-36), a hero of the Texas Revolution 60.86 23,492 386 sq mi
(1,000 km2)
State map highlighting Fannin County
Fayette County 113 Fayetteville 1821 Creek Cession of 1821 Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834), a French hero of the Revolutionary War 545.81 107,524 197 sq mi
(510 km2)
State map highlighting Fayette County
Floyd County 115 Rome 1832 Cherokee County General John Floyd (1769-1839), soldier, U.S. Congressman 187.48 96,177 513 sq mi
(1,329 km2)
State map highlighting Floyd County
Forsyth County 117 Cumming 1832 Cherokee County John Forsyth (1780-1841), Secretary of State under President Martin Van Buren 831.54 187,928 226 sq mi
(585 km2)
State map highlighting Forsyth County
Franklin County 119 Carnesville 1784 Cherokee and Creek Cessions of 1783 Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), writer, inventor, publisher, and a Founding Father of the United States 83.25 21,894 263 sq mi
(681 km2)
State map highlighting Franklin County
Fulton County 121 Atlanta 1853 DeKalb County + the former Campbell and Milton Counties and a portion of Cobb County Robert Fulton, an engineer and the inventor of the steamboat. 1,848.34 977,773 529 sq mi
(1,370 km2)
State map highlighting Fulton County
Gilmer County 123 Ellijay 1832 Cherokee County George Rockingham Gilmer (1780-1859), 16th governor of Georgia 66.02 28,190 427 sq mi
(1,106 km2)
State map highlighting Gilmer County
Glascock County 125 Gibson 1857 Warren County General Thomas Glascock (1780-1841), a hero of the War of 1812 and the Seminole War of 1817; U.S. Congressman 21.82 3,142 144 sq mi
(373 km2)
State map highlighting Glascock County
Glynn County 127 Brunswick 1777 St David and St Patrick Parishes John Glynn (1722-79), British Member of Parliament and Serjeant-at-law, who was sympathetic with the cause of American independence 192.00 81,022 422 sq mi
(1,093 km2)
State map highlighting Glynn County
Gordon County 129 Calhoun 1850 Cass (now Bartow) and Floyd Counties William Washington Gordon (1796-1842), first president of the Central of Georgia Railroad 157.09 55,766 355 sq mi
(919 km2)
State map highlighting Gordon County
Grady County 131 Cairo 1905 Decatur and Thomas Counties Henry Woodfin Grady (1850-89), orator; managing editor of the Atlanta Constitution 55.55 25,440 458 sq mi
(1,186 km2)
State map highlighting Grady County
Greene County 133 Greensboro 1786 Washington County General Nathanael Greene (1742-86), a hero of the Revolutionary War 41.47 16,092 388 sq mi
(1,005 km2)
State map highlighting Greene County
Gwinnett County 135 Lawrenceville 1818 Cherokee Cession of 1817 and Creek Cession of 1818 Button Gwinnett (1735-1777), one of Georgia's delegates to the Continental Congress who signed the Declaration of Independence 1,944.68 842,046 433 sq mi
(1,121 km2)
State map highlighting Gwinnett County
Habersham County 137 Clarkesville 1818 Cherokee Cessions of 1817 and 1819 Colonel Joseph Habersham (1751-1815), a hero of the Revolutionary War; U.S. Postmaster General in the Cabinet of George Washington 156.55 43,520 278 sq mi
(720 km2)
State map highlighting Habersham County
Hall County 139 Gainesville 1818 Cherokee Cessions of 1817 and 1819 Dr. Lyman Hall (1724-90), one of Georgia's delegates to the Continental Congress who signed the Declaration of Independence; became the governor of Georgia in 1783 470.60 185,416 394 sq mi
(1,020 km2)
State map highlighting Hall County
Hancock County 141 Sparta 1793 Greene and Washington counties John Hancock (1737-93), President of the Continental Congress; first signer of the Declaration of Independence 19.02 8,996 473 sq mi
(1,225 km2)
State map highlighting Hancock County
Haralson County 143 Buchanan 1856 Carroll and Polk Counties General Hugh Anderson Haralson (1805-54), U.S. Congressman 100.71 28,400 282 sq mi
(730 km2)
State map highlighting Haralson County
Harris County 145 Hamilton 1827 Muscogee and Troup counties Charles Harris (1772-1827), prominent attorney from Savannah 70.15 32,550 464 sq mi
(1,202 km2)
State map highlighting Harris County
Hart County 147 Hartwell 1853 Elbert and Franklin counties Nancy Morgan Hart (1735-1830), a heroine of the Revolutionary War 110.00 25,518 232 sq mi
(601 km2)
State map highlighting Hart County
Heard County 149 Franklin 1830 Carroll, Coweta and Troup Counties Stephen Heard (1740-1815), a hero of the Revolutionary War 39.30 11,633 296 sq mi
(767 km2)
State map highlighting Heard County
Henry County 151 McDonough 1821 Creek Cession of 1821 Patrick Henry (1736-99), prominent lawyer, orator, and a Founding Father of the United States 647.22 209,053 323 sq mi
(837 km2)
State map highlighting Henry County
Houston County 153 Perry 1821 Creek Cession of 1821 John Houstoun (1744-1796), member of the Continental Congress; became governor of Georgia in 1778 387.63 146,136 377 sq mi
(976 km2)
State map highlighting Houston County
Irwin County 155 Ocilla 1818 Creek Cessions of 1814 and 1818 Jared Irwin (1751-1818), the governor who rescinded the Yazoo Act in 1796 26.89 9,600 357 sq mi
(925 km2)
State map highlighting Irwin County
Jackson County 157 Jefferson 1796 Franklin County General James Jackson (1757-1806), a hero of the Revolutionary War 177.11 60,571 342 sq mi
(886 km2)
State map highlighting Jackson County
Jasper County 159 Monticello 1807 Baldwin (FKA Randolph County 1807-12) Sergeant William Jasper (1750-1779), a hero of the Revolutionary War 36.84 13,630 370 sq mi
(958 km2)
State map highlighting Jasper County
Jeff Davis County 161 Hazlehurst 1905 Appling and Coffee counties Jefferson Davis (1808-89), the first and only President of the Confederate States of America 45.51 15,156 333 sq mi
(862 km2)
State map highlighting Jeff Davis County
Jefferson County 163 Louisville 1796 Burke and Warren Counties Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), third President of the United States 31.12 16,432 528 sq mi
(1,368 km2)
State map highlighting Jefferson County
Jenkins County 165 Millen 1905 Bulloch, Burke, Emanuel, and Screven Counties Charles Jones Jenkins (1805-83), governor of Georgia, who was the author of the famous Georgia Platform of 1850 26.32 9,213 350 sq mi
(906 km2)
State map highlighting Jenkins County
Johnson County 167 Wrightsville 1858 Emanuel, Laurens and Washington counties Herschel Vespasian Johnson (1812-80), U.S. Senator; Governor of Georgia 32.56 9,897 304 sq mi
(787 km2)
State map highlighting Johnson County
Jones County 169 Gray 1807 Baldwin County James Jones (1769-1801), U.S. Congressman 72.53 28,577 394 sq mi
(1,020 km2)
State map highlighting Jones County
Lamar County 171 Barnesville 1920 Monroe and Pike Counties Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar (1825-93), U.S. Senator; Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 97.61 18,057 185 sq mi
(479 km2)
State map highlighting Lamar County
Lanier County 173 Lakeland 1920 Berrien, Clinch and Lowndes Countries Sidney Lanier (1842-1881), attorney, linguist, mathematician,[] and musician 55.61 10,400 187 sq mi
(484 km2)
State map highlighting Lanier County
Laurens County 175 Dublin 1807 Wilkinson County Colonel John Laurens (1754-82), aide to George Washington during the Revolutionary War 59.09 48,041 813 sq mi
(2,106 km2)
State map highlighting Laurens County
Lee County 177 Leesburg 1826 Creek Cessions of 1826 General Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794), a hero of the Revolutionary War 80.75 28,746 356 sq mi
(922 km2)
State map highlighting Lee County
Liberty County 179 Hinesville 1777 St Andrew, St James, and St John Parishes Named in honor of the noted patriotism of the citizens of Midway in their support of the cause of colonial independence 126.15 65,471 519 sq mi
(1,344 km2)
State map highlighting Liberty County
Lincoln County 181 Lincolnton 1796 Wilkes County General Benjamin Lincoln (1733-1810), a hero of the Revolutionary War; was later assigned to the suppression of Shays' Rebellion 36.67 7,737 211 sq mi
(546 km2)
State map highlighting Lincoln County
Long County 183 Ludowici 1920 Liberty County Dr. Crawford Williamson Long (1815-78), in 1842 the first man to use diethyl ether as an anesthetic for dental surgery 40.02 16,048 401 sq mi
(1,039 km2)
State map highlighting Long County
Lowndes County 185 Valdosta 1825 Irwin County William Jones Lowndes (1782-1822), prominent figure in the affairs of South Carolina throughout the formative years of the United States 227.29 114,552 504 sq mi
(1,305 km2)
State map highlighting Lowndes County
Lumpkin County 187 Dahlonega 1832 Cherokee, Habersham, and Hall Counties Wilson Lumpkin (1783-1870), Governor of Georgia; U.S. Senator 107.79 30,611 284 sq mi
(736 km2)
State map highlighting Lumpkin County
Macon County 193 Oglethorpe 1837 Houston and Marion Counties General Nathaniel Macon (1758-1837), Speaker of the House of Representatives; U.S. Senator 35.39 14,263 403 sq mi
(1,044 km2)
State map highlighting Macon County
Madison County 195 Danielsville 1811 Clarke, Elbert, Franklin, Jackson and Oglethorpe Counties James Madison (1751-1836), fourth President of the United States; chief writer of the U.S. Constitution 98.32 27,922 284 sq mi
(736 km2)
State map highlighting Madison County
Marion County 197 Buena Vista 1827 Lee and Muscogee Counties General Francis Marion (1732-95), the "Swamp Fox"; a hero of the Revolutionary War 23.74 8,711 367 sq mi
(951 km2)
State map highlighting Marion County
McDuffie County 189 Thomson 1870 Columbia and Warren George McDuffie (1790-1851), orator and governor of South Carolina 83.32 21,663 260 sq mi
(673 km2)
State map highlighting McDuffie County
McIntosh County 191 Darien 1793 Liberty County General Lachlan McIntosh (1727-1806), a hero of the Revolutionary War 31.89 13,839 434 sq mi
(1,124 km2)
State map highlighting McIntosh County
Meriwether County 199 Greenville 1827 Formed from Troup County General David Meriwether (1755-1822), a hero of the Revolutionary War; U.S. Congressman 42.29 21,273 503 sq mi
(1,303 km2)
State map highlighting Meriwether County
Miller County 201 Colquitt 1856 Baker and Early Counties Andrew Jackson Miller (1806-56), president of the Medical College of Georgia 21.09 5,969 283 sq mi
(733 km2)
State map highlighting Miller County
Mitchell County 205 Camilla 1857 Baker County Gen. Henry Mitchell (1760-1839), a hero of the Revolutionary War 45.20 23,144 512 sq mi
(1,326 km2)
State map highlighting Mitchell County
Monroe County 207 Forsyth 1821 Creek Cession of 1821 James Monroe (1758-1831), the fifth President of the United States and the creator of the Monroe Doctrine of 1823 67.27 26,637 396 sq mi
(1,026 km2)
State map highlighting Monroe County
Montgomery County 209 Mount Vernon 1793 Washington County General Richard Montgomery (1738-75), hero of the Revolutionary War 36.38 8,913 245 sq mi
(635 km2)
State map highlighting Montgomery County
Morgan County 211 Madison 1807 Baldwin County General Daniel Morgan (1736-1802), a hero of the Revolutionary War; U.S. Congressman 51.09 17,881 350 sq mi
(906 km2)
State map highlighting Morgan County
Murray County 213 Chatsworth 1832 Cherokee County Thomas W. Murray (1790-1832), famous state legislator 114.51 39,392 344 sq mi
(891 km2)
State map highlighting Murray County
Muscogee County 215 Columbus 1826 Creek Cession of 1826 Muskogee ethnic group, to which the Creek and Seminole Nations belong 918.58 198,413 216 sq mi
(559 km2)
State map highlighting Muscogee County
Newton County 217 Covington 1821 Henry, Jasper, and Walton Counties Sergeant John Newton (1755-80), a hero of the Revolutionary War 367.77 101,505 276 sq mi
(715 km2)
State map highlighting Newton County
Oconee County 219 Watkinsville 1875 Clarke County Oconee River, which forms its eastern boundary 180.74 33,619 186 sq mi
(482 km2)
State map highlighting Oconee County
Oglethorpe County 221 Lexington 1793 Wilkes County General James Edward Oglethorpe (1696-1785), the founder of the Colony of Georgia 33.15 14,618 441 sq mi
(1,142 km2)
State map highlighting Oglethorpe County
Paulding County 223 Dallas 1832 Cherokee County John Paulding (1759-1818), a hero of the Revolutionary War 461.15 144,800 314 sq mi
(813 km2)
State map highlighting Paulding County
Peach County 225 Fort Valley 1924 Houston and Macon Counties Its location in Central Georgia is one of the richest peach-producing regions in the country. 182.93 27,622 151 sq mi
(391 km2)
State map highlighting Peach County
Pickens County 227 Jasper 1853 Cherokee and Gilmer counties General Andrew Pickens (1739-1817), a hero of the Revolutionary War; U.S. Congressman 126.16 29,268 232 sq mi
(601 km2)
State map highlighting Pickens County
Pierce County 229 Blackshear 1857 Appling and Ware Counties Franklin Pierce (1804-1869), fourteenth President of the United States 54.94 18,844 343 sq mi
(888 km2)
State map highlighting Pierce County
Pike County 231 Zebulon 1822 Monroe County General Zebulon Pike (1779-1813), explorer and a hero of the War of 1812 81.70 17,810 218 sq mi
(565 km2)
State map highlighting Pike County
Polk County 233 Cedartown 1851 Floyd and Paulding Counties James Knox Polk (1795-1849), eleventh President of the United States 132.44 41,188 311 sq mi
(805 km2)
State map highlighting Polk County
Pulaski County 235 Hawkinsville 1808 Laurens County Count Kazimierz Pu?aski of Poland (1748-79), a hero of the Revolutionary War 47.45 11,720 247 sq mi
(640 km2)
State map highlighting Pulaski County
Putnam County 237 Eatonton 1807 Baldwin County General Israel Putnam (1718-90), a hero of the Revolutionary War 61.62 21,198 344 sq mi
(891 km2)
State map highlighting Putnam County
Quitman County 239 Georgetown 1858 Randolph and Stewart counties General John Anthony Quitman (1799-1858), a hero of the Mexican-American War 15.82 2,404 152 sq mi
(394 km2)
State map highlighting Quitman County
Rabun County 241 Clayton 1819 Cherokee Cession of 1819 William Rabun (1771-1819), Governor of Georgia (1817-19) 43.93 16,297 371 sq mi
(961 km2)
State map highlighting Rabun County
Randolph County 243 Cuthbert 1828 Lee County John Randolph of Roanoke (1773-1833), U.S. Congressman 17.08 7,327 429 sq mi
(1,111 km2)
State map highlighting Randolph County
Richmond County 245 Augusta 1777 St Paul Parish Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond (1735-1806), who was sympathetic to the cause of colonial independence 625.27 202,587 324 sq mi
(839 km2)
State map highlighting Richmond County
Rockdale County 247 Conyers 1870 Henry and Newton counties Rockdale Church, which was so named for the subterranean bed of granite that underlies this region of the state 655.11 85,820 131 sq mi
(339 km2)
State map highlighting Rockdale County
Schley County 249 Ellaville 1857 Marion and Sumter counties William Schley (1786-1858), governor of Georgia (1835-37) 29.70 4,990 168 sq mi
(435 km2)
State map highlighting Schley County
Screven County 251 Sylvania 1793 Burke and Effingham Counties General James Screven (1744-1778), a hero of the Revolutionary War 21.92 14,202 648 sq mi
(1,678 km2)
State map highlighting Screven County
Seminole County 253 Donalsonville 1920 Decatur and Early Counties Seminole Nation 37.59 8,947 238 sq mi
(616 km2)
State map highlighting Seminole County
Spalding County 255 Griffin 1851 Fayette, Henry, and Pike County Thomas Spalding (1774-1851), U.S. Congressman, state legislator, and agriculturalist 322.55 63,865 198 sq mi
(513 km2)
State map highlighting Spalding County
Stephens County 257 Toccoa 1905 Franklin and Habersham Counties Alexander Stephens (1812-83), U.S. Congressman; Governor of Georgia; first and only Vice President of the Confederate States of America 144.64 25,891 179 sq mi
(464 km2)
State map highlighting Stephens County
Stewart County 259 Lumpkin 1830 Randolph County General Daniel Stewart (1759-1829), a hero of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 13.16 6,042 459 sq mi
(1,189 km2)
State map highlighting Stewart County
Sumter County 261 Americus 1831 Lee County General Thomas Sumter (1734-1832), the "Fighting Gamecock," a hero of the Revolutionary War 65.06 31,554 485 sq mi
(1,256 km2)
State map highlighting Sumter County
Talbot County 263 Talbotton 1827 Muscogee County Matthew Talbot (1762-1827), served in the Georgia State Senate for 15 years, including two years as the President of the Senate, and Governor of Georgia for two weeks in 1819 16.58 6,517 393 sq mi
(1,018 km2)
State map highlighting Talbot County
Taliaferro County 265 Crawfordville 1825 Greene, Hancock, Oglethorpe, Warren, and Wilkes Counties Colonel Benjamin Taliaferro (1750-1821), U.S. Congressman; a hero of the Revolutionary War 8.62 1,680 195 sq mi
(505 km2)
State map highlighting Taliaferro County
Tattnall County 267 Reidsville 1801 Montgomery County Josiah Tattnall (1764-1803), U.S. Senator; Governor of Georgia 52.45 25,384 484 sq mi
(1,254 km2)
State map highlighting Tattnall County
Taylor County 269 Butler 1852 Macon, Marion and Talbot Counties Zachary Taylor (1784-1850), the twelfth President of the United States 22.28 8,420 378 sq mi
(979 km2)
State map highlighting Taylor County
Telfair County 271 McRae 1807 Wilkinson County Edward Telfair (1735-1807), the second Governor of Georgia following the establishment of the United States 37.07 16,349 441 sq mi
(1,142 km2)
State map highlighting Telfair County
Terrell County 273 Dawson 1856 Lee and Randolph Counties Dr. William Terrell (1778-1855), U.S. Congressman 26.92 9,045 336 sq mi
(870 km2)
State map highlighting Terrell County
Thomas County 275 Thomasville 1825 Decatur and Irwin Counties General Jett Thomas (1776-1817), a hero of the War of 1812 81.61 44,724 548 sq mi
(1,419 km2)
State map highlighting Thomas County
Tift County 277 Tifton 1905 Berrien, Irwin and Worth Counties Colonel Nelson Tift (1810-91), a captain in the Confederate States Navy; U.S. Congressman 154.96 41,064 265 sq mi
(686 km2)
State map highlighting Tift County
Toombs County 279 Lyons 1905 Emanuel, Tattnall, and Montgomery Counties General Robert Toombs (1810-85), U.S. Senator; Confederate States Secretary of State 74.43 27,315 367 sq mi
(951 km2)
State map highlighting Toombs County
Towns County 281 Hiawassee 1856 Rabun and Union Counties George Washington Towns (1801-54), governor of Georgia during the antebellum period 63.22 10,495 166 sq mi
(430 km2)
State map highlighting Towns County
Treutlen County 283 Soperton 1918 Emanuel and Montgomery Counties John A. Treutlen (1726-82), the first elected Governor of Georgia (1777-78) 33.68 6,769 201 sq mi
(521 km2)
State map highlighting Treutlen County
Troup County 285 LaGrange 1826 Creek Cession of 1826 George M. Troup (1780-1856), Governor of Georgia (1823-27); U.S. Senator 165.38 68,468 414 sq mi
(1,072 km2)
State map highlighting Troup County
Turner County 287 Ashburn 1905 Dooly, Irwin, Wilcox and Worth Counties Captain Henry Gray Turner (1839-1904), U.S. Congressman; a hero of the American Civil War 29.41 8,410 286 sq mi
(741 km2)
State map highlighting Turner County
Twiggs County 289 Jeffersonville 1809 Wilkinson County General John Twiggs (1750-1816), a hero of the Revolutionary War; Governor of Georgia 23.46 8,447 360 sq mi
(932 km2)
State map highlighting Twiggs County
Union County 291 Blairsville 1832 Cherokee County Federal union of the states 66.41 21,451 323 sq mi
(837 km2)
State map highlighting Union County
Upson County 293 Thomaston 1824 Crawford and Pike Counties Stephen Upson (1786-1824), state legislator 81.69 26,630 326 sq mi
(844 km2)
State map highlighting Upson County
Walker County 295 Lafayette 1833 Murray County Major Freeman Walker (1780-1827), U.S. Senator (1819-1821) 152.68 68,094 446 sq mi
(1,155 km2)
State map highlighting Walker County
Walton County 297 Monroe 1818 Creek Cession of 1818 George Walton (1749-1804), one of Georgia's delegates to the Continental Congress who signed the Declaration of Independence 257.07 84,575 329 sq mi
(852 km2)
State map highlighting Walton County
Ware County 299 Waycross 1824 Appling County Nicholas Ware (1769-1824), U.S. Senator (1821-24) 39.67 35,821 903 sq mi
(2,339 km2)
State map highlighting Ware County
Warren County 301 Warrenton 1793 Columbia, Hancock, Richmond, and Wilkes Counties General Joseph Warren (1741-75), a hero of the Revolutionary War 19.50 5,578 286 sq mi
(741 km2)
State map highlighting Warren County
Washington County 303 Sandersville 1784 Creek Cession of 1783 George Washington (1732-99), the first President of the United States, although named after him as a general 30.70 20,879 680 sq mi
(1,761 km2)
State map highlighting Washington County
Wayne County 305 Jesup 1803 Creek Cession of 1802 General Anthony Wayne (1745-96), known as "Mad Anthony Wayne"; U.S. Congressman; a hero of the Revolutionary War and the Northwest Indian War 46.98 30,305 645 sq mi
(1,671 km2)
State map highlighting Wayne County
Webster County 307 Preston 1853 Stewart County (Formally Kinchafoonee) Daniel Webster (1782-1852), U.S. Secretary of State; supported Henry Clay's Compromise of 1850 13.30 2,793 210 sq mi
(544 km2)
State map highlighting Webster County
Wheeler County 309 Alamo 1912 Montgomery County General Joseph Wheeler (1836-1906), U.S. Congressman; a hero of the American Civil War and the Spanish-American War 26.47 7,888 298 sq mi
(772 km2)
State map highlighting Wheeler County
White County 311 Cleveland 1857 Habersham County Colonel John White, a hero of the Revolutionary War 113.87 27,556 242 sq mi
(627 km2)
State map highlighting White County
Whitfield County 313 Dalton 1851 Murray County George Whitefield (1714-70), pastor; established the Bethesda Orphanage near Savannah 356.41 103,359 290 sq mi
(751 km2)
State map highlighting Whitfield County
Wilcox County 315 Abbeville 1857 Dooly, Irwin, and Pulaski counties General Mark Wilcox (1800-50), a noted soldier and state legislator 23.86 9,068 380 sq mi
(984 km2)
State map highlighting Wilcox County
Wilkes County 317 Washington 1777 Cherokee and Creek Cessions of 1773 John Wilkes (1727-97), a British Member of Parliament who sympathized with the cause of American independence 21.39 10,076 471 sq mi
(1,220 km2)
State map highlighting Wilkes County
Wilkinson County 319 Irwinton 1803 Creek Cessions of 1802 and 1805 General James Wilkinson (1757-1825), veteran of the Revolutionary War and of the War of 1812; Senior Officer of the U.S. Army; turned out to be an agent of the Spanish government 21.43 9,577 447 sq mi
(1,158 km2)
State map highlighting Wilkinson County
Worth County 321 Sylvester 1853 Dooly and Irwin Counties General William J. Worth (1794-1849), a hero of the Mexican-American War 38.14 21,741 570 sq mi
(1,476 km2)
State map highlighting Worth County

See also


  1. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 215. Retrieved 2013. 
  2. ^ "EPA County FIPS Code Listing". Retrieved . 
  3. ^ a b c National Association of Counties. "NACo - Find a county". Archived from the original on 2008-05-18. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ a b "New Georgia Encyclopedia". Archived from the original on 2011-05-26. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. Retrieved 2014. 

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