Turner County Courthouse (Built 1907), Ashburn
Location within the U.S. state of Georgia
Georgia's location within the U.S.
|Founded||August 18, 1905|
|Named for||Henry Gray Turner|
|• Total||290 sq mi (800 km2)|
|• Land||285 sq mi (740 km2)|
|• Water||4.6 sq mi (12 km2) 1.6%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||31/sq mi (12/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Turner County is a county located in the south central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,930. The county seat is Ashburn. The county was created on August 18, 1905, and named for Henry Gray Turner, U.S. representative and Georgia state Supreme Court justice.
The eastern two-thirds of Turner County, from just west of Interstate 75 heading east, are located in the Alapaha River sub-basin of the Suwannee River basin. The southern and western portion of the county are located in the Little River sub-basin of the same Suwannee River basin. The entire western edge of Turner County is located in the Middle Flint River sub-basin of the ACF River Basin (Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin).
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 8,930 people, 3,339 households, and 2,308 families residing in the county. The population density was 31.3 inhabitants per square mile (12.1/km2). There were 3,841 housing units at an average density of 13.5 per square mile (5.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 54.7% white, 41.6% black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 2.2% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.2% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 12.3% were American, 9.4% were English, and 6.1% were Irish.
Of the 3,339 households, 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 19.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.9% were non-families, and 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.10. The median age was 38.7 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $30,763 and the median income for a family was $40,446. Males had a median income of $33,536 versus $22,835 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,973. About 22.8% of families and 25.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.2% of those under age 18 and 15.4% of those age 65 or over.
Turner County is home to Paramedics Curtis Pylant and Brian Meadows who were awarded the Georgia Department of Public Health's first ever Medal of Honor for risking their lives to save a victim's life in a vehicle crash during a dramatic rescue.