Ben Hill County, Georgia

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Ben Hill County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. The constitutional amendment to create the county was proposed July 31, 1906 and ratified November 6, 1906. As of 2000, the population was 17,484. The 2007 Census Estimate placed the population at 17,650.[1] The county seat is Fitzgerald.[2]

Ben Hill County is part of the Fitzgerald Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

The county is named after Benjamin Harvey Hill, a former Confederate and United States Senator. Ben Hill County is the 146th out of 156 counties in Georgia.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 254 square miles (657.9 km2), of which 252 square miles (652.7 km2) is land and 2 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.88%) is water.

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Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 17,484 people, 6,673 households, and 4,631 families residing in the county. The population density was 69 people per square mile (27/km²). There were 7,623 housing units at an average density of 30 per square mile (12/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 63.25% White, 32.64% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 2.85% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 4.58% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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