Butts County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. It was created on December 24, 1825. As of 2000, the population was 19,522. The 2006 Census Estimate shows a population of 23,561. The county seat is Jackson, Georgia, which is also the center of population of Georgia.
In 1825, the Georgia General Assembly named the County in honor of Captain Samuel Butts.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 190 square miles, of which, 187 square miles is land and 3 square miles is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 19,522 people, 6,455 households, and 4,867 families residing in the county. The population density was 105 people per square mile. There were 7,380 housing units at an average density of 40 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 69.22% White, 28.82% Black or African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. 1.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 6,455 households out of which 34.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.00% were married couples living together, 13.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.60% were non-families. 20.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.15.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.10% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 33.00% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 10.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 114.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 117.80 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $39,879, and the median income for a family was $44,937. Males had a median income of $33,155 versus $21,869 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,016. About 8.60% of families and 11.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.00% of those under age 18 and 16.70% of those age 65 or over.
Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison
In Georgia, the only legal method of execution has been lethal injection since the Georgia Supreme Court ruled electrocution cruel and unusual punishment in October of 2001. The Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Center is a maximum security prison opened in 1980 in Jackson. It is home to Georgia's death row and execution facility.
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