Lowndes County, Georgia

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Lowndes County (pronounced Lounds) is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia along the Florida border. It was created December 23, 1825. As of 2000, the population was 92,115; the 2007 Census estimates show a population of 101,790.[1] The county seat is Valdosta.

It is the largest county in the Valdosta, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The county is a major commercial, educational, and manufacturing center of south Georgia with considerable forest products including pulpwood and naval stores, such as turpentine and rosin. Part of Grand Bay, a 13,000-acre (53 km2) swamp is located in Lowndes County.

The county was named for William Jones Lowndes (1782–1822), a prominent South Carolina lawyer and Congressman whose father, South Carolina Governor Rawlins Lowndes, had been a Revolutionary War leader.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 511 square miles (1,323 km²), of which 504 square miles (1,306 km²) is land and 6 square miles (17 km²) (1.26%) is water.

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