Echols County, located on the Georgia/Florida border, is one of the state’s least populated, with more than 90% of its lands forested and under contract to private companies. Established in 1858 and developed from portions of Clinch and Lowndes counties, it owes its name to Robert M. Echols, a member of the General Assembly for 24 years and a Senate president, who died fighting as a brigadier general in the Mexican War. Previously known as “Troublesome,” Statenville, the county seat, remembers Capt. James W. Staten, the resident who built the first store in the town.
Echols County Demographics Summary
- With 4,040 people, Echols County is the 153rd most populated county in the state of Georgia out of 159 counties. But watch out, Echols County, because Baker County with 3,180 people and Clay County with 3,141 people are right behind you.
- The largest Echols County racial/ethnic groups are White (68.8%) followed by Hispanic (25.6%) and Two or More (2.7%).
- In 2015, the median household income of Echols County residents was $32,959. Echols County households made slightly more than Chattooga County households ($32,913) and Sumter County households ($32,758) . However, 29.0% of Echols County residents live in poverty.
- The median age for Echols County residents is 35.4 years young.
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