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Cook County, Georgia (GA)


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County population in 2012: 16,923 (41% urban, 59% rural); it was 15,771 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,515
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,830
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 4,408
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,994 (it was 1,474 in 2000)
% of renters here:

25%
State:

34%

Land area: 229 sq. mi.
Water area: 4.2 sq. mi.
Population density: 75 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Cook County: 81.7 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (20.9%), Manufacturing (12.9%), Retail trade (11.8%), Construction (10.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 73%
  • Government: 18%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 9%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Cook County, Georgia:


Median resident age:  36.0 years
Georgia median age:  35.0 years

Males: 8,372  (43.9%)
Females: 8,840  (56.1%)

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Cook County,GA real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Cook County:

2.0 people
Georgia:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $30,934 ($27,582 in 1999)
This county:

$30934
Georgia:

$47589

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $358 (lower quartile is $287, upper quartile is $444)
This county:

$358
State:

$637


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $75,146 (it was $53,200 in 2000)
Cook County:

$75,146
Georgia:

$162,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $43,431 - $132,347

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $149,496
Here:

$149,496
State:

$224,856

Mobile homes: $60,110
Here:

$60,110
State:

$44,353

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $9,401
Here:

$9,401
State:

$74,556
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,168
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $244

Institutionalized population: 115

Cook County, GA map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $496 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $284 (0.5%)


Cook County household income distribution in 2009 Cook County home values distribution


Cook County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 21.2%
(14.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 34.0% for Black residents, 31.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 26.3% for other race residents, 84.4% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 36 years old
(Males: 35 years old, Females: 37 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 39 years old, Black residents: 32 years old, American Indian residents: 40 years old, Asian residents: 33 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 22 years old, Other race residents: 23 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

20.7%
Whole state:

13.0%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

8.3%
Whole state:

6.1%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Cook County is $388 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $458 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $623 a month.

Cities in this county include: Adel, Sparks, Lenox, Cecil.

Cook County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Cook County: Cecil Volunteer Fire Department (A), Pine Valley Fire Department (B), Chaserville - Massee Volunteer Fire Department (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Cook County include: New Hope Church (A), Massee Baptist Church (B), Greggs Baptist Church (C), Full Gospel Church (D), Beulah Church (E), Cross Roads Wesleyan Methodist Church (F), Community Church (G), County Line Church (H), Jerusalem Missionary Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Baker Cemetery (1), Antioch Cemetery (2), Mathis Cemetery (3), Money Cemetery (4), Sylvester Cemetery (5), Daniels Cemetery (6), Wilkes Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Daniels Pond (A), No Mans Friend Pond (B), Big Pond (C), Cecil Bay (D), Hutchinson Pond (E), Heart Pine Pond (F), Goose Pond (G), Giddens Pond (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Warrior Creek (A), Indian Trail Branch (B), Rosin Dam Branch (C), Gum Creek (D), Rock Branch (E), Reedy Creek (F), Giddens Mill Creek (G), Flat Branch (H), Doe Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Berrien County , Brooks County , Colquitt County , Lowndes County , Tift County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 530
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 64.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 8.1%

Number of foreign born residents: 365 (34% naturalized citizens)

Cook County:

2.3%
Whole state:

7.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 59.8%

Cook County marital status for males
Cook County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Cook County with a mortgage: 1,427 (128 second mortgage, 78 home equity loan, 9 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,006

Here:

58.7% with mortgage
State:

75.3% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 47.83%
Here47.8%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 7,543
Total congregations: 31

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchChurch of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Assemblies of GodOther
Adherents5,315 (70.5%)1,202 (15.9%)456 (6.0%)205 (2.7%)365 (4.8%)
Congregations14 (45.2%)4 (12.9%)2 (6.5%)1 (3.2%)10 (32.3%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Cook County - Adel, Sparks, Lenox, Cecil

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 6
This county:

3.65 / 10,000 pop.
Georgia:

1.91 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Cook County:

1.22 / 10,000 pop.
Georgia:

0.86 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 18
This county:

10.96 / 10,000 pop.
Georgia:

5.12 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 12
Cook County:

7.31 / 10,000 pop.
Georgia:

7.41 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

11.5%
Georgia:

10.4%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

29.8%
Georgia:

27.8%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Cook County:

9.2%
State:

14.6%


Agriculture in Cook County:

Average size of farms: 266 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $152,970
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $1086.98
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 3.43%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $109,532
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 51.10%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $71,372
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 85.83%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 7.99
Corn for grain: 1485 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 592 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 17170 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 113 harvested acres
Vegetables: 3,170 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 992 acres

Tornado activity:

Cook County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is above Georgia state average. It is 2.4 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused one injury recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 6/27/1972, a category 1 (max. wind speeds 73-112 mph) tornado injured one person and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Cook County (6) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 3

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (12%)
  • Wood products (8%)
  • Metal and metal products (8%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (8%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Truck transportation (4%)
  • Transportation equipment (3%)
  • Health care (14%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Food and beverage stores (6%)
  • Transportation equipment (4%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Metal and metal products (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (11%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Cashiers (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Registered nurses (4%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (3%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Cook County (%):





Cook County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 5,299 (80%)
  • Carpooled: 871 (13%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 30 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 3 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 22 (0%)
  • Walked: 123 (2%)
  • Other means: 101 (2%)
  • Worked at home: 167 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Cook County, Georgia in 2000:

People in group quarters in Cook County, Georgia in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $35,405.

7.89% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($33,529 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.89%
Georgia average:

10.98%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
5.20% relocated from other counties in Georgia ($24,265 average AGI)
2.69% relocated from other states ($9,265 average AGI)
Cook County:

2.69%
Georgia average:

4.40%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Lowndes County, GA  1.64% ($33,224 average AGI)
from Berrien County, GA  1.10% ($26,702)
from Tift County, GA  0.70% ($88,556)
from Colquitt County, GA  0.33% ($29,294)
from Brooks County, GA  0.23% ($15,917)


7.62% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($24,947 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.62%
Georgia average:

9.55%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.86% relocated to other counties in Georgia ($19,389 average AGI)
1.77% relocated to other states ($5,557 average AGI)
Cook County:

1.77%
Georgia average:

3.17%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Lowndes County, GA  2.19% ($25,540 average AGI)
to Berrien County, GA  0.72% ($18,459)
to Tift County, GA  0.66% ($29,794)
to Colquitt County, GA  0.56% ($22,552)
to Brooks County, GA  0.19% ($25,900)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 15.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 15.4

Births per 1000 population in Cook County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Cook County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.6
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 11.1

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Cook County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,448 (1,937 aged, 511 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 21%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 19%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 6.15
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 11276.53
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 953.550
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 48022.15

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1509.230
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1264.820

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 19.99
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 85.54

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 6.11

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1
Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 17,069

Size of family households: 1,806 2-persons, 1,091 3-persons, 921 4-persons, 461 5-persons, 193 6-persons, 122 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,496 1-person, 197 2-persons, 29 3-persons, 13 4-persons, 9 5-persons, 1 6-persons.

95.5% of residents of Cook County speak English at home.
3.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (48% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 17% speak English not well, 17% don't speak English at all).
0.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (51% speak English very well, 32% speak English well, 16% speak English not well).
0.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (42% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 19% speak English not well, 21% don't speak English at all).
0.3% of residents speak other language at home (33% speak English very well, 8% speak English well, 60% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $146,511,000 ($9013 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $2,758,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $37,363,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $20,250,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $4,568,000
Federal grants: $81,964,000
Federal procurement contracts: $480,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,887,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $562,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $3,694,000
Federal Government insurance: $15,110,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 1,278
Here:

78 per 1000 residents
State:

79 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 876
Here:

54 per 1000 residents
State:

38 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +149
Here:

+9 per 1000 residents
State:

+21 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +75
Here:

+5 per 1000 residents
State:

+26 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Cook County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 2.15 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.8
State:

6.2

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

4.2

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Cook County, Georgia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 2
  • 2 rooms: 74
  • 3 rooms: 184
  • 4 rooms: 429
  • 5 rooms: 1,144
  • 6 rooms: 1,331
  • 7 rooms: 658
  • 8 rooms: 325
  • 9+ rooms: 261
  • 1 room: 11
  • 2 rooms: 95
  • 3 rooms: 198
  • 4 rooms: 466
  • 5 rooms: 384
  • 6 rooms: 188
  • 7 rooms: 59
  • 8 rooms: 42
  • 9+ rooms: 31
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Cook County, Georgia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 41
  • 1 bedroom: 111
  • 2 bedrooms: 953
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,566
  • 4 bedrooms: 665
  • 5+ bedrooms: 72
  • no bedroom: 31
  • 1 bedroom: 207
  • 2 bedrooms: 707
  • 3 bedrooms: 444
  • 4 bedrooms: 85
  • 5+ bedrooms: 0
Cars and other vehicles available in Cook County, Georgia in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 242
  • 1 vehicle: 1,311
  • 2 vehicles: 1,705
  • 3 vehicles: 855
  • 4 vehicles: 188
  • 5+ vehicles: 107
  • no vehicle: 279
  • 1 vehicle: 691
  • 2 vehicles: 427
  • 3 vehicles: 71
  • 4 vehicles: 6
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

56% of Cook County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 57% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 59% lived in Georgia.

Cook County:

56.1%
State average:

50.8%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $51,900


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Cook County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (56.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (26.5%)
  • Utility gas (13.0%)
  • No fuel used (1.5%)
  • Wood (1.2%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.9%)
  • Electricity (53.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (23.7%)
  • Utility gas (13.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (4.3%)
  • No fuel used (4.3%)
  • Wood (0.9%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 34
Here:

1.6%
Georgia:

8.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 25
Here:

2.8%
Georgia:

8.5%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 18
Here:

4.0%
Georgia:

22.9%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Cook County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Cook County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Cook County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Cook County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Cook County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Cook County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Cook County, GA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James14568.5 years
John11673.4 years
William10672.1 years
Mary10477.7 years
Willie7869.9 years
Robert6770.8 years
George5370.7 years
Charles4469.5 years
Henry4270.8 years
Charlie3973.9 years
Most common last names in Cook County, GA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Bennett7873.6 years
Johnson6073.6 years
Jones5874.2 years
Smith5773.5 years
Taylor5575.5 years
Griffin5372.0 years
Moore5073.7 years
Williams4370.2 years
Carter3669.1 years
Lindsey3575.5 years
Businesses in Cook County, GA
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Nike1
Burger King1RadioShack1
Dairy Queen1Rite Aid1
Days Inn1Sears1
FedEx2Subway1
H&R Block1Super 82
Hardee's1Taco Bell1
IHOP1U-Haul4
La-Z-Boy1UPS3
Lane Furniture2Waffle House1
McDonald's1
Browse common businesses in Cook County, GA

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