is a county
located in the southwestern part of the U.S. state
. As of 2000, the population was 21,967. The 2007 Census Estimate shows a population of 21,285
The county seat
Worth County is included in the Albany, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Worth County was created from Dooly
counties on December 20
, by an act of the Georgia General Assembly
, becoming Georgia's 106th county. It was named for Major General
William J. Worth of New York
In 1905, portions of Worth County were used to create Tift and Turner counties.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau
, the county has a total area of 575 square miles
), of which, 570 square miles (1,476 km²) of it is land and 5 square miles (13 km²) of it is water. The total area is 0.85 % water.
The county is called the "Peanut Capital" because of its massive peanut
As of the census
of 2000, there were 21,967 people, 8,106 households, and 6,120 families residing in the county. The population density
was 39 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 9,086 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 68.69 % White
, 29.57 % Black
or African American
, 0.36 % Native American
, 0.22 % Asian
, 0.01 % Pacific Islander
, 0.61 % from other races
, and 0.55 % from two or more races. 1.09 % of the population were Hispanic
of any race.
There were 8,106 households out of which 36.3 % have children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7 % were married couples living together, 15.7 % had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.5 % were non-families. 21.5 % of all households were made up of individuals and 9 % had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the county, the population was spread out with 28.6 % under the age of 18, 8.1 % from 18 to 24, 27.50 % from 25 to 44, 23.90 % from 45 to 64, and 12 % who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.80 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $32,384, and the median income for a family was $38,887. Males had a median income of $31,668 versus $20,950 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,856. 18.50 % of the population and 14.7 % of families were below the poverty line. 25 % of those under the age of 18 and 20.2 % of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.