Lanier County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is part of the Valdosta, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2000, the population is 7,241. The 2007 Census Estimate shows a population of 7,947 The county seat is Lakeland, Georgia.
Part of Grand Bay, a swamp is located in Lanier County.
Lanier County was created by passage of a state constitutional amendment by the voters of Georgia on November 2nd, 1920. The county was created from parts of Berrien, Clinch, and Lowndes counties. Lanier County is also home to Georgia Democratic Governor Eurith Dickenson (ED) Rivers (December 5, 1895– June 11, 1967) who served as Governor from 1937 to 1941.
There were 2,593 households out of which 37.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.00% were married couples living together, 13.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.50% were non-families. 21.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the county the population was spread out with 27.40% under the age of 18, 11.00% from 18 to 24, 30.50% from 25 to 44, 20.50% from 45 to 64, and 10.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 102.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.80 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $29,171, and the median income for a family was $34,512. Males had a median income of $26,023 versus $20,021 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,690. About 15.30% of families and 18.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.90% of those under age 18 and 24.20% of those age 65 or over.