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Oglethorpe County, Georgia (GA)


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County population in 2012: 14,618 (1% urban, 99% rural); it was 12,635 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,919
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,592
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 4,000
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,136 (it was 849 in 2000)
% of renters here:

18%
State:

34%

Land area: 441 sq. mi.
Water area: 1.1 sq. mi.
Population density: 33 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Oglethorpe County: 82.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (28.6%), Retail trade (12.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 64%
  • Government: 27%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 9%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Oglethorpe County, Georgia:


Median resident age:  40.0 years
Georgia median age:  35.0 years

Males: 7,385  (41.2%)
Females: 7,514  (58.8%)

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Oglethorpe County,GA real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Oglethorpe County:

2.0 people
Georgia:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $39,901 ($35,578 in 1999)
This county:

$39901
Georgia:

$47589

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $420 (lower quartile is $331, upper quartile is $553)
This county:

$420
State:

$637


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $132,294 (it was $79,300 in 2000)
Oglethorpe County:

$132,294
Georgia:

$162,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $88,385 - $190,184

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $262,764
Here:

$262,764
State:

$224,856

Townhouses or other attached units: $931,210
Here:

$931,210
State:

$183,253

Mobile homes: $77,144
Here:

$77,144
State:

$44,353
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,317
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $281

Institutionalized population: 167

Oglethorpe 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: $734 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $596 (0.5%)


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


Oglethorpe County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 17.1%
(16.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 21.7% for Black residents, 7.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 13.3% for other race residents, 5.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 40 years old
(Males: 39 years old, Females: 40 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 41 years old, Black residents: 40 years old, American Indian residents: 45 years old, Asian residents: 34 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 22 years old, Other race residents: 21 years old)

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

13.2%
Whole state:

13.0%

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

5.9%
Whole state:

6.1%

Area name: Athens-Clarke County, GA MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Oglethorpe County is $509 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $639 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $851 a month.

Cities in this county include: Crawford, Arnoldsville, Lexington, Maxeys, Vesta-Enterprise.

Oglethorpe County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Oglethorpe County: Echols Mill (A), Jefferson Mill (B), Kennedys Gate (C), Philomath Volunteer Fire Department (D), Vesta Volunteer Fire Department (E), Glade Volunteer Fire Department (F), Devil's Pond Volunteer Fire Department (G), Beaverdam Volunteer Fire Department (H), Wesley Chapel Volunteer Fire Department (I), Wolfskin Volunteer Fire Department (J), Salem Volunteer Fire Department (K), Sandy Cross Volunteer Fire Department (L), Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department (M). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Oglethorpe County include: Arnold Grove Church (A), Anon Grove Church (B), Vesta Baptist Church (C), Sandy Cross Baptist Church (D), Philomath Presbyterian Church (E), Palmetto Church (F), Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church (G), Faithful Church (H), Collier Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Rocky Branch Cemetery (1), County Line Cemetery (2), Philomath Cemetery (3), Lester Cemetery (4), Beaverdam Cemetery (5), Mathews Cemetery (6), Chafin Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Twin Lakes (A), Devils Pond (B), Lake Oglethorpe (C), Lake George (D), Brooks Lake (E), Big Lake (F), Beaver Dam Lake (G), Benny Meyers Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Town Creek (A), Raiden Creek (B), Moss Creek (C), Goulding Creek (D), Falling Creek (E), Ellis Creek (F), Brooks Creek (G), Big Creek (H), Barrow Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Oglethorpe County include: Philomath Historic District (1), Scull Shoals Experimental Forest (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Clarke County , Elbert County , Greene County , Madison County , Oconee County , Taliaferro County , Wilkes County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 441
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 72.1%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 15.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 107 (50% naturalized citizens)

Oglethorpe County:

0.8%
Whole state:

7.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 31.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 21.8%

Oglethorpe County marital status for males
Oglethorpe County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Oglethorpe County with a mortgage: 1,193 (130 second mortgage, 123 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 589

Here:

66.9% with mortgage
State:

75.3% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 28.81%
Here28.8%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 3,640
Total congregations: 25

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchChristian Churches and Churches of ChristBaha'iOther
Adherents2,786 (76.5%)536 (14.7%)218 (6.0%)32 (0.9%)68 (1.9%)
Congregations14 (56.0%)7 (28.0%)1 (4.0%)-3 (12.0%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Oglethorpe County - Crawford, Arnoldsville, Lexington, Maxeys, Vesta-Enterprise

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1
This county:

0.72 / 10,000 pop.
Georgia:

1.91 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
This county:

5.03 / 10,000 pop.
Georgia:

5.12 / 10,000 pop.


Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

10.9%
Georgia:

10.4%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

29.0%
Georgia:

27.8%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Oglethorpe County:

15.4%
State:

14.6%


Agriculture in Oglethorpe County:

Average size of farms: 155 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $219,714
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $210.12
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 1.65%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 97.89%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $167,205
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 14.23%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 5.62%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $34,154
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 93.92%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 24.56
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 9.56%
All wheat for grain: 559 harvested acres
Vegetables: 24 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 52 acres

Tornado activity:

Oglethorpe County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is below Georgia state average. It is 1.2 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 2 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 2/13/1966, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured one person and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Oglethorpe County-area historical earthquake activity is above Georgia state average. It is 89% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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 35.8 miles away from the county center
On 3/18/2003 at 06:04:24, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 18.3 miles away from the county center
On 1/18/2000 at 22:19:31, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 61.4 miles away from the county center
On 1/3/1992 at 04:21:22, a magnitude 3.2 (3.2 MD, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 37.4 miles away from Oglethorpe County center
On 8/8/1993 at 09:24:31, a magnitude 3.2 (3.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 88.8 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Oglethorpe County (4) is a lot smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 2
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (15%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Electrical equipment, appliances, and components (4%)
  • Repair and maintenance (3%)
  • Motor vehicle and parts dealers (3%)
  • Educational services (19%)
  • Health care (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (4%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (9%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (8%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Cashiers (4%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (4%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (4%)

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




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





Oglethorpe County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 4,869 (82%)
  • Carpooled: 803 (14%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 26 (0%)
  • Walked: 73 (1%)
  • Other means: 28 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 129 (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $42,325.

10.20% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($33,358 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.20%
Georgia average:

10.98%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
8.51% relocated from other counties in Georgia ($28,698 average AGI)
1.69% relocated from other states ($4,660 average AGI)
Oglethorpe County:

1.69%
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 Clarke County, GA  3.85% ($30,795 average AGI)
from Madison County, GA  0.97% ($33,930)
from Oconee County, GA  0.74% ($40,485)
from Jackson County, GA  0.47% ($24,714)
from Gwinnett County, GA  0.34% ($47,733)
from Elbert County, GA  0.23% ($21,300)


8.63% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($27,536 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.63%
Georgia average:

9.55%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
7.08% relocated to other counties in Georgia ($22,273 average AGI)
1.56% relocated to other states ($5,260 average AGI)
Oglethorpe County:

1.56%
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 Clarke County, GA  2.93% ($23,930 average AGI)
to Madison County, GA  1.01% ($24,159)
to Oconee County, GA  0.41% ($64,722)
to Jackson County, GA  0.30% ($26,538)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.7
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.7

Births per 1000 population in Oglethorpe County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.8

Deaths per 1000 population in Oglethorpe County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 4.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 9.6

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Oglethorpe County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,196 (921 aged, 275 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1550.440
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 845.030

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 17.52
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 22.04

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 7.35

Household type by relationship:

Households: 14,722

Size of family households: 1,730 2-persons, 978 3-persons, 820 4-persons, 321 5-persons, 112 6-persons, 109 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,317 1-person, 224 2-persons, 21 3-persons, 10 4-persons, 4 5-persons, 1 6-persons.

97.6% of residents of Oglethorpe County speak English at home.
1.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (58% speak English very well, 10% speak English well, 20% speak English not well, 12% don't speak English at all).
0.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (86% speak English very well, 14% speak English well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (52% speak English very well, 30% speak English well, 17% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (11% speak English very well, 89% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $46,729,000 ($3447 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,512,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $19,285,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $10,156,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $314,000
Federal grants: $15,273,000
Federal procurement contracts: $633,000 ($351,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,068,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $175,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $3,983,000
Federal Government insurance: $93,000

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

Births: 886
Here:

65 per 1000 residents
State:

79 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 635
Here:

47 per 1000 residents
State:

38 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +14
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+21 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +737
Here:

+54 per 1000 residents
State:

+26 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Oglethorpe County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.19 millions of gallons per day (42% from ground, 58% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.0
State:

6.2

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.9
State:

4.2

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Oglethorpe County, Georgia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 35
  • 3 rooms: 137
  • 4 rooms: 491
  • 5 rooms: 875
  • 6 rooms: 949
  • 7 rooms: 757
  • 8 rooms: 417
  • 9+ rooms: 339
  • 1 room: 11
  • 2 rooms: 35
  • 3 rooms: 59
  • 4 rooms: 235
  • 5 rooms: 227
  • 6 rooms: 144
  • 7 rooms: 97
  • 8 rooms: 14
  • 9+ rooms: 27
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Oglethorpe County, Georgia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 11
  • 1 bedroom: 73
  • 2 bedrooms: 943
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,308
  • 4 bedrooms: 495
  • 5+ bedrooms: 170
  • no bedroom: 16
  • 1 bedroom: 86
  • 2 bedrooms: 368
  • 3 bedrooms: 321
  • 4 bedrooms: 42
  • 5+ bedrooms: 16
Cars and other vehicles available in Oglethorpe County, Georgia in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 216
  • 1 vehicle: 878
  • 2 vehicles: 1,485
  • 3 vehicles: 944
  • 4 vehicles: 317
  • 5+ vehicles: 160
  • no vehicle: 96
  • 1 vehicle: 377
  • 2 vehicles: 278
  • 3 vehicles: 88
  • 4 vehicles: 8
  • 5+ vehicles: 2

67% of Oglethorpe County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 34% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 82% lived in Georgia.

Oglethorpe County:

66.8%
State average:

50.8%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $58,800


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 4%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Oglethorpe County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (43.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (34.1%)
  • Utility gas (16.7%)
  • Wood (4.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.7%)
  • Electricity (40.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (29.9%)
  • Utility gas (20.1%)
  • Wood (5.3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (3.9%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 112
Here:

7.1%
Georgia:

8.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 69
Here:

9.9%
Georgia:

8.5%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 51
Here:

15.9%
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

Oglethorpe County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Oglethorpe County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Oglethorpe County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Oglethorpe County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Oglethorpe 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 Oglethorpe County, GA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary4777.6 years
William4772.8 years
James4569.6 years
John3974.5 years
George2676.0 years
Robert2673.7 years
Willie2575.6 years
Mattie2079.6 years
Annie2080.3 years
Walter1673.7 years
Most common last names in Oglethorpe County, GA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith4571.7 years
Mathews2275.3 years
Brooks2275.9 years
Harris1974.5 years
Howard1872.6 years
Bridges1880.0 years
Bray1767.4 years
Faust1680.0 years
Taylor1677.8 years
Harrison1471.6 years

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