Brooks County, Georgia

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Brooks County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is part of the Valdosta, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2000, the population was 16,450. The 2007 Census Estimate shows a population of 16,340.[3] The county seat is Quitman.[1] Brooks County was created 11 December 1858 from portions of Lowndes and Thomas counties by an act of the Georgia General Assembly named in honor of Preston Brooks. The county is in the Valdosta, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 498 square miles (1,289.8 km2), of which 494 square miles (1,279.5 km2) is land and 4 square miles (10.4 km2) (0.83%) is water. The eastern boundary of the county is the Withlacoochee River which meanders along an estimated distance of 100 miles (160 km). The southern boundary of the county has a mutual east-west interface of about 25 miles (40 km) with Florida, although it is not continuous. The county is actually discontinuous along the Florida border with the easternmost section about a mile east of the rest of the county. This section presently consists of only one parcel recorded as 350 acres (1.4 km2) although it has a border with Florida of almost 2 miles (3.2 km). The county shares a north-south boundary with Thomas county to the west about 26 miles (42 km) in length. It also shares an east-west boundary of 10 miles (16 km) and a north-south boundary of 3 miles (4.8 km) with Colquitt county to the northwest. The county has over 10,000 parcels of land with 19 over 2,000 acres (8.1 km2) and two over 5,000 acres (20 km2). The county is home to several endangered plant and animal species including the Pond Spicebush, the Wood Stork, and the Eastern Indigo snake.

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