Jasper County, Georgia

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Jasper County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of 2000, the population was 11,426. The 2007 Census Estimate shows a population of 13,660.[1] The county seat is Monticello.[2]

This county is a part of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area (Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area).

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History

The County was created on December 10, 1807, by an act of the Georgia General Assembly with land that was originally part of Baldwin County, Georgia.[3]

Jasper County was originally named Randolph County (after Virginian John Randolph). Because of Randolph's opposition to U.S. entry into the War of 1812, the General Assembly changed the name of Randolph County to Jasper County on December 10, 1812 to honor Sergeant William Jasper, an American Revolutionary War hero. However, Randolph's reputation eventually was restored, and in 1828, the General Assembly created a new Randolph County.[4]

Newton County was created from a part of the original Jasper County in 1821.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 374 square miles (968.7 km2), of which 370 square miles (958.3 km2) is land and 3 square miles (7.8 km2) (0.85%) is water.

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