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Echols County, Georgia (GA)

County population in 2014: 4,003 (all rural); it was 3,754 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 438
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 465
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 957
Renter-occupied apartments: 426 (it was 307 in 2000)
% of renters here:

24%
State:

34%

Land area: 404 sq. mi.

Water area: 16.7 sq. mi.

Population density: 10 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Echols County: 81.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (34.1%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (29.3%), Construction (22.0%), Educational, health and social services (14.6%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 76%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 24%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Echols County, Georgia:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (63.3%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (29.3%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (4.0%)
  • Two or more races (1.4%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (1.4%)
Median resident age:  31.0 years
Georgia median age:  35.0 years
Males: 2,024  (50.6%)
Females: 1,979  (49.4%)
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Echols County,GA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Echols County:

3.0 people
Georgia:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $30,513 ($25,851 in 1999)

This county:

$30513
Georgia:

$47829

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $439 (lower quartile is $401, upper quartile is $526)
This county:

$439
State:

$676


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $67,010 (it was $56,700 in 2000)
Echols:

$67,010
Georgia:

$141,600
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $33,374 - $126,866
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $894
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $273

Institutionalized population: 0
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 9 buildings, average cost: $120,500
  • 2008: 5 buildings, average cost: $144,000
  • 2009: 8 buildings, average cost: $133,300
  • 2010: 3 buildings, average cost: $109,000
  • 2011: 3 buildings, average cost: $81,000
  • 2012: 6 buildings, average cost: $141,200
  • 2013: 8 buildings, average cost: $138,800
  • 2014: 1 building, cost: $230,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $807 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $597 (1.3%)

Echols County household income distribution in 2009 Echols County home values distribution Echols County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 31.3%
(24.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 53.2% for Black residents, 49.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 44.1% for other race residents, 16.1% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 32.7%
Echols County:

32.7%
Georgia:

19.0%
(25.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 54.3% for Black residents, 47.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 38.0% for other race residents, 17.2% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 30 years old
(Males: 30 years old, Females: 32 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 39 years old, Black residents: 23 years old, Asian residents: 34 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 24 years old)

Area name: Valdosta, GA MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Echols County is $445 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $535 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $725 a month.

Cities in this county include: West Echols, East Echols, Statenville.

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

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Neighboring counties: Bastrop County, Texas , Hamilton County, Florida , Harrison County, Mississippi , Walton County, Florida , Jeff Davis County, Texas , Tyler County, Texas .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.7%
Georgia:

5.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 97
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 60.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 8.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 473 (11% naturalized citizens)

Echols County:

12.6%
Whole state:

7.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 318
  • 1990 to 1994: 51
  • 1985 to 1989: 82
  • 1980 to 1984: 17
  • 1975 to 1979: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 5
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 0

Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 15.0%

Echols County marital status for males Echols County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 626
  • Two: 6
  • 10 to 19: 5
  • Mobile homes: 840
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 5

Housing units in Echols County with a mortgage: 138 (0 second mortgage, 0 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 183

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

75.3% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Echols County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant6044
Mainline Protestant1722
None3,258-
Echols County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:




Number of convenience stores (with gas): 1
Echols County:

2.46 / 10,000 pop.
Georgia:

5.12 / 10,000 pop.


Adult diabetes rate:
Echols County:

9.2%
Georgia:

10.4%

Adult obesity rate:
Echols County:

28.8%
State:

27.8%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

19.4%
State:

14.6%

Agriculture in Echols County:

Average size of farms: 376 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $305,392
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $2868.69
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 1.84%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $226,245
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 27.78%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $72,948
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 94.87%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 2.79
Corn for grain: 660 harvested acres
Vegetables: 8,277 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 33 acres

Earthquake activity:

Echols County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Georgia state average. It is 95% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/10/2006 at 14:56:08, a magnitude 5.9 (5.9 MB, 5.5 MS, 5.8 MW, Depth: 8.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 381.3 miles away from Echols County center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 220.5 miles away from the county center
On 10/24/1997 at 08:35:17, a magnitude 4.9 (4.8 MB, 4.2 MS, 4.9 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 258.8 miles away from the county center
On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB) earthquake occurred 223.5 miles away from the county center
On 11/11/2002 at 23:39:29, a magnitude 4.4 (4.0 MB, 4.4 LG, Depth: 1.5 mi) earthquake occurred 212.3 miles away from Echols County center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi) earthquake occurred 305.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • GeorgiaSevere Storms, Flooding, Tornadoes, and Straight-line Winds, Incident Period: March 26, 2009 to April 13, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1833): April 23, 2009, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1833, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood, Wind
  • GeorgiaHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 27, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3218): September 5, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3218, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • GeorgiaTropical Storm Frances, Incident Period: September 3, 2004 to October 30, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1560): September 24, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1560, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • GeorgiaSevere Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding, Incident Period: February 14, 1998 to May 11, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1209): March 11, 1998, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1209, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • GeorgiaDrought, Incident Period: July 20, 1977, Emergency Declared (EM-3044): July 20, 1977, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3044, Natural disaster type: Drought

The number of natural disasters in Echols County (5) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (11%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Health care and social assistance (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
  • Manufacturing (4%)
  • Educational services (19%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (16%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (13%)
  • Health care and social assistance (10%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (14%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (12%)
  • Transportation occupations (10%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (10%)
  • Production occupations (10%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (17%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (16%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (11%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Sales and related occupations (7%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (7%)

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

  • Mexico (77%)
  • Chile (11%)
  • Guatemala (9%)
  • Pakistan (3%)
  • Honduras (1%)

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

  • United States or American (53%)
  • English (4%)
  • Irish (3%)
  • German (2%)
  • Italian (1%)
  • French Canadian (1%)
  • Dutch (1%)

Echols County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,167 (70%)
  • Carpooled: 358 (22%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 22 (1%)
  • Walked: 83 (5%)
  • Other means: 23 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 8 (0%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)

Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $34,764.

8.11% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($21,628 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.11%
Georgia average:

9.45%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
5.94% relocated from other counties in Georgia ($16,512 average AGI)
2.17% relocated from other states ($5,128 average AGI)
Echols County:

2.17%
Georgia average:

3.48%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Lowndes County, GA  3.77% ($20,450 average AGI)


8.19% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($19,862 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.19%
Georgia average:

9.32%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.65% relocated to other counties in Georgia ($13,023 average AGI)
2.54% relocated to other states ($6,839 average AGI)
Echols County:

2.54%
Georgia average:

3.33%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Lowndes County, GA  3.86% ($15,707 average AGI)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.6
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 5.9

Births per 1000 population in Echols County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 7.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 5.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 6.4

Deaths per 1000 population in Echols County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 23.0
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 20.0

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Echols County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 33.5%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 17.5%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Echols County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Echols County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 400 (312 aged, 88 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 238 (23%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Echols County, Georgia in 1999 - 2014:

  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (33)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (24)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (16)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (11)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 23%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 23%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 2468.850
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 423.230

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

Household type by relationship:

Households: 4,034
  • In family households: 3,591 (675 male householders, 354 female householders)
    741 spouses, 1,242 children (1,158 natural, 24 adopted, 60 stepchildren), 146 grandchildren, 74 brothers or sisters, 59 parents, 108 other relatives, 163 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 443 (157 male householders (106 living alone)), 143 female householders (116 living alone)), 143 nonrelatives

Size of family households: 378 2-persons, 217 3-persons, 190 4-persons, 150 5-persons, 42 6-persons, 52 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 222 1-person, 52 2-persons, 10 3-persons, 6 4-persons, 4 5-persons, 2 6-persons, 4 7-or-more-persons.

724 married couples with children.
226 single-parent households (51 men, 175 women).

77.6% of residents of Echols County speak English at home.
21.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (56% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 6% speak English not well, 18% don't speak English at all).
1.2% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (44% speak English very well, 34% speak English well, 22% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $10,344,000 ($2522 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $171,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $3,406,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $2,088,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $250,000
Federal grants: $4,442,000
Federal procurement contracts: $33,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $126,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $120,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $359,000
Federal Government insurance: $575,000

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

Births: 361
Here:

85 per 1000 residents
State:

79 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 138
Here:

32 per 1000 residents
State:

38 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +268
Here:

+63 per 1000 residents
State:

+21 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +28
Here:

+7 per 1000 residents
State:

+26 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Echols County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.06 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.6
State:

6.2

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 10
  • 2000 to 2004: 298
  • 1990 to 1999: 517
  • 1980 to 1989: 292
  • 1970 to 1979: 192
  • 1960 to 1969: 109
  • 1950 to 1959: 115
  • 1940 to 1949: 37
  • 1939 or earlier: 61
Rooms in houses/apartments in Echols County, Georgia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 12
  • 3 rooms: 68
  • 4 rooms: 114
  • 5 rooms: 265
  • 6 rooms: 227
  • 7 rooms: 134
  • 8 rooms: 119
  • 9+ rooms: 18
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 6
  • 3 rooms: 28
  • 4 rooms: 107
  • 5 rooms: 89
  • 6 rooms: 39
  • 7 rooms: 32
  • 8 rooms: 6
  • 9+ rooms: 0
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Echols County, Georgia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 48
  • 2 bedrooms: 213
  • 3 bedrooms: 581
  • 4 bedrooms: 111
  • 5+ bedrooms: 4
  • no bedroom: 3
  • 1 bedroom: 22
  • 2 bedrooms: 104
  • 3 bedrooms: 151
  • 4 bedrooms: 24
  • 5+ bedrooms: 3
Cars and other vehicles available in Echols County, Georgia in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 16
  • 1 vehicle: 290
  • 2 vehicles: 430
  • 3 vehicles: 151
  • 4 vehicles: 44
  • 5+ vehicles: 26
  • no vehicle: 38
  • 1 vehicle: 103
  • 2 vehicles: 148
  • 3 vehicles: 6
  • 4 vehicles: 0
  • 5+ vehicles: 12

63% of Echols County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 19% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 71% lived in Georgia.

Echols County:

62.8%
State average:

50.8%

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

  • This state: 2216
  • Northeast: 46
  • Midwest: 145
  • South: 779
  • West: 78

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $26,300


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 Echols County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (74.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (17.0%)
  • Wood (3.9%)
  • Utility gas (3.4%)
  • No fuel used (0.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.5%)
  • Electricity (59.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (38.8%)
  • Utility gas (1.0%)
  • No fuel used (1.0%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 0
Here:

0.0%
Georgia:

8.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 10
Here:

4.2%
Georgia:

8.5%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 4
Here:

4.8%
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Echols County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $251,000
    Regular Highways: $244,000
    Solid Waste Management: $205,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $169,000
    Central Staff Services: $169,000
    Financial Administration: $128,000
    Health Services - Other: $106,000
    General - Other: $80,000
    Corrections - Other: $77,000
    Welfare - Other: $48,000
    General Public Buildings: $36,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $33,000
    Parks & Recreation: $21,000
    Libraries: $16,000
    Fire Protection: $6,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $0
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Corrections: $60,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $55,000
    Regular Highways: $42,000
    Fire Protection: $19,000
    Parks & Recreation: $10,000
    Judicial: $9,000
    General - Other: $5,000
    Central Staff: $3,000
    Sewerage: $3,000
    Financial Administration: $1,000
    Natural Resource - Other: $1,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $603,000

Echols County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $4,000
    Parks & Recreation: $3,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $105,000
    Interest Earnings: $29,000
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $283,000
    Health & Hospitals: $80,000
  • Tax - Property: $1,031,000
    Total General Sales: $225,000
    Other Selective Sales: $121,000
    Public Utilities: $3,000

Echols County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $841,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 86
  • Number of aged recipients: 10
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 76
  • Number of recipients under 18: 14
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 49
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 23
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 37
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 40
Echols County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Echols County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Echols County on our top lists:

  • #40 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"