Brooks County got its territory in 1858 from Lowndes and Thomas counties, but even earlier, those lands had been part of Irwin County. It is named for Preston Brooks, a defender of states’ rights and a member of Congress prior to the Civil War. Another states’ rights advocate, General John Quitman of Mexican War fame, lends his name to the county seat. Additional information for Quitman, GA and Brooks County.
Brooks County Demographics Summary
- With 15,658 people, Brooks County is the 107th most populated county in the state of Georgia out of 159 counties. But watch out, Brooks County, because Jeff Davis County with 14,920 people and Oglethorpe County with 14,871 people are right behind you.
- The largest Brooks County racial/ethnic groups are White (57.8%) followed by Black (34.7%) and Hispanic (5.5%).
- In 2015, the median household income of Brooks County residents was $32,663. Brooks County households made slightly more than Baldwin County households ($32,460) and Colquitt County households ($32,409) . However, 27.6% of Brooks County residents live in poverty.
- The median age for Brooks County residents is 41.4 years young.
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