Effingham County, Georgia

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Effingham County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. In the United States Census of 2000, the population was 37,535. The Census Bureau's 2008 estimate shows that this figure has grown to 52,060[1] The seat of Effingham County is Springfield.[2]

In 2008, Effingham County was ranked as the sixth fastest-growing midsize county in the nation from 2000 to 2007 by the U.S. Census Bureau. The county had a 35.1% growth rate over that period.

Effingham County is one of the three constituent counties of the Savannah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The three-county Savannah MSA is home to some 334,000 people.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 483 square miles (1,251.0 km2), of which 479 square miles (1,240.6 km2) is land and 3 square miles (7.8 km2) (0.70%) is water.

History

Effingham was among the original counties of the state of Georgia, created February 5, 1777 from the colonial parishes of St. Matthew and St. Phillip[3]. Its name honors Lord Effingham, an English champion of colonial rights.

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