County Snapshots Home
State of Georgia

  • Georgia's population increased from 6.478 million to 8.186 million during 1990 to 2000. The population increased by 26.4% or 1.708 million over this ten-year period. Based on the Census data, Georgia ranked 10th as one of the most populous states in the United States. The Office of Planning and Budget projected the State's 2010 population at 9.210 million.
  • In the period of 1990 to 2000, a total of 151 of Georgia's 159 counties experienced population growth. That figure is greater than the 116 Georgia counties that had increases in their population during the period of 1980-1990.
  • The 2000 Census reports 29.5% of Georgians were age 19 or younger, above the 28.6% national average; 9.6% of the state's 2000 population were 65 or older, compared with 12.4% nationally. The 2000 Census reported that 65.1% Georgians were white, 28.7% were black or African-American, and 2.1% were Asian. Nationally, the Census reported that 75.1% of U.S. residents were white, 12.3% were black, and 3.6% were Asian. Hispanics, who may be listed as white or black in the Census data, were 5.3% of Georgia's and 12.5% of the nation's residents in 2000.
  • Based on data from the American Medical Association, Georgia had 238 physicians per 100,000 population in 1998. This figure compares with the national rate of 288 per 100,000 population.
  • The Census Bureau reports that in 2000, 82.6% of Georgians 25 and older had completed high school and 23.1% had at least a bachelor's degree. Nationally, 84% of all adults ages 25 and older had completed high school and 26% had completed a bachelor's degree or more.
  • Georgia has 159 county school systems and 21 independent city school systems, with a combined enrollment of over 1.4 million students.
  • The University System of Georgia is overseen by the Board of Regents and includes 34 institutions: 4 research universities, 2 regional universities, 13 state universities, 2 state colleges, and 13 two-year colleges. The System had a Fall 2001 enrollment of over 217,000 students.
  • Georgia uses state lottery proceeds to benefit education in four ways: (1) the HOPE and other scholarship programs, (2) the pre-kindergarten program, (3) technology for educational facilities, and (4) construction of educational facilities. In 1999, lottery funds were appropriated to each category: $70.8 million for construction programs, $87.1 million for technology and $435.5 million to scholarships and pre-kindergarten programs.
  • Between the 1993 through 2002 school year, 607,184 students received HOPE scholarships. During that time almost $1.6 billion was appropriated to the HOPE program. The University of Georgia and Georgia Southern University had the greatest number of students who received HOPE scholarships during that time period.
  • The Federal Election Commission figures indicate that 65.5% of eligible Georgians were registered to vote in 2000. Of those registered, 66.9% voted in the general election that year. Nationwide, 76% of the eligible adult population (over the age of 18) were registered to vote in 2000, and 67.5% of those registered voted in the general election.
  • The FBI Uniform Crime Report indicated that in 1999 the crime index rate in Georgia was 5,148.5 per 100,000 population. Nationally, 4,266.8 crimes were reported per 100,000 during the same period. The crime index rate includes reported violent crimes and property crimes.

Return to top of page