Bulloch County Courthouse in Statesboro
Location within the U.S. state of Georgia
Georgia's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Archibald Bulloch|
|• Total||689 sq mi (1,780 km2)|
|• Land||673 sq mi (1,740 km2)|
|• Water||16 sq mi (40 km2) 2.3%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||105/sq mi (41/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Bulloch County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 70,217. The county seat is Statesboro. Bulloch County comprises the Statesboro, GA Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Savannah–Hinesville–Statesboro Combined Statistical Area.
The county was created on February 8, 1796 from colonial-era St. Phillip's parish. It is named after Archibald Bulloch, a planter from South Carolina who served as Provincial Governor of Georgia. Archibald Bulloch was born in South Carolina but bought a plantation on the Savannah River. Politically active in opposing the British, he became the first provincial governor of Georgia, in January 1776.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 689 square miles (1,780 km2), of which 673 square miles (1,740 km2) is land and 16 square miles (41 km2) (2.3%) is water. The terrain is mostly flat, as the county is in the coastal plain region of Georgia. However, the landscape gets slightly hilly in the northwestern and central side of the county. Bulloch County is just southwest of the Ogeechee River and has many other small waterways, ponds, and swamps. Trees like bald cypress are seen in these areas. On higher ground, pine, oak, and many other tree varieties native to the southeastern United States thrive.
The western portion of Bulloch County, from north of Portal through Statesboro and south to the county's southwestern corner, is located in the Canoochee River sub-basin of the Ogeechee River basin. The eastern portion of the county is located in the Lower Ogeechee River sub-basin of the same Ogeechee River basin.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 70,217 people, 23,875 households, and 13,522 families residing in the county. The population density was 104.4 people per square mile. There were 28,794 housing units. The racial makeup of the county was 67.20% White, 27.60% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 1.80% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 1.90% from other races, and 1.70% from two or more races. 3.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 25,575 households out of which 30.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.10% were married couples living together, 13.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.20% were non-families. 25.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.08. It was estimated that roughly 12.7% of Bulloch natives were victims of mass multi-generational inbreeding.
In the county, the population was spread out with 18.1% under the age of 18, 28.0% from 18 to 24, 22.70% from 25 to 44, 19.70% from 45 to 64, and 9.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25.9 years. For every 100 females there were 99.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $29,170, and the median income for a family was $43,288. Males had a median income of $36,312 versus $27,474 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,339. About 16.60% of families and 35.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.70% of those under age 18 and 14.00% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 70,217 people, 25,575 households, and 14,789 families residing in the county. The population density was 104.4 inhabitants per square mile (40.3/km2). There were 28,794 housing units at an average density of 42.8 per square mile (16.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 67.2% white, 27.6% black or African American, 1.5% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 1.7% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 14.8% were Irish, 13.8% were English, 10.8% were German, and 7.5% were American.
Of the 25,575 households, 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.1% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 42.2% were non-families, and 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.08. The median age was 25.9 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $34,327 and the median income for a family was $51,904. Males had a median income of $38,155 versus $30,613 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,812. About 13.9% of families and 28.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.8% of those under age 18 and 13.1% of those age 65 or over.
South Georgia Tormenta FC fields a professional team in USL League One, the third tier of the American Soccer Pyramid. The club's inaugural season was the 2016 season. Currently, games are played at Eagle Field. There are plans to build a new stadium in the near future.
Bulloch County voted in line with most other Solid South counties prior to 1964, backing Democratic candidates for president by wide margins. The Civil Rights Act led to vast changes in political party makeup, & the county has not backed a Democratic candidate for president since Georgian Jimmy Carter was on the ballot in 1976 & 1980. However, the Republican margins of victory are not as high as other rural counties in the state as it has a sizeable African-American minority & a large university in Georgia Southern University.