Richmond County, Georgia

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Richmond County is a county located in the United States state of Georgia. It is one of the original counties of Georgia, created February 5, 1777. As of 2000, the population was 199,775. The 2007 Census Estimate showed a population of 199,486.[1]

Following an election in 1995, the city of Augusta (the county seat) consolidated governments with Richmond County. The consolidated entity is known as Augusta-Richmond County, or simply Augusta. The cities of Hephzibah and Blythe in southern Richmond County voted to remain separate and not consolidate.

The county is part of the Augusta, Georgia metropolitan area of Georgia and South Carolina.

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History

The County is named for Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond, who was British Secretary of State and who was sympathetic to the cause of the American colonies. HRH Charles, 3rd duke of Richmond, also was a first cousin to King George III. Richmond County was erected in 1777, by the first Constitution of the (newly independent) State of Georgia. As such, it is one of the original counties of the state. It was formed out of a portion of the colonial Parish of St. Paul, after the Revolution disestablished the Church of England in the (former) Royal Province of Georgia.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 328 square miles (851 km²), of which 324 square miles (839 km²) is land and 4 square miles (11 km²) (1.34%) is water.

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