Founded in 1910, George County is named for James Z. George, a United States Senator from Mississippi. Senator George (October 20, 1826 – August 14, 1897) was an American military officer, lawyer, writer, and politician. He was one of the Mississippians who signed the Ordinance of Secession and was a Confederate colonel in the Civil War. He was known as Mississippi’s “Great Commoner” and represented Mississippi in the senate from 1881 until his death in 1897. The county is just under 284 square miles, with 98.9% of that being land. The county seat and largest city is Lucedale. In 1910, the population was 6,599.
In 2010, the county had a population of 22,578 according to the United States Census. George County is included in the Pascagoula, Mississippi, Metropolitan Statistical Area. Exactly 11% of the population over the age of twenty-five had a Bachelor’s degree or higher. The income per capita was $19,452 and the median income was $45,492 in 2010. The 2011 census estimated that the county was 89.9% white, 8.7% black or African American, 2.1% Hispanic or Latino, and less than 1% Native American, Asian, Pacific Islander, and multiracial.
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“State and County Quickfacts: George County, Mississippi,” United States Census Bureau, 18 September 2012, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/28/28039.html.