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Millen is a city in Jenkins Countymarker, Georgiamarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 3,492 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Jenkins Countymarker.

Geography

Millen is located at (32.805530, -81.942163).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.3 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,492 people, 1,321 households, and 854 families residing in the city. The population density was 966.9 people per square mile (373.5/km²). There were 1,567 housing units at an average density of 433.9/sq mi (167.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 59.31% African American, 37.92% White, 0.06% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 1.35% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.86% of the population.

There were 1,321 households out of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.9% were married couples living together, 27.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 80.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $18,701, and the median income for a family was $23,423. Males had a median income of $25,792 versus $17,330 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,851. About 30.0% of families and 35.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 45.2% of those under age 18 and 28.2% of those age 65 or over.

Civil War

During the Civil War (1861-65), a site for a prison camp to house Union soldiers was chosen just outside of Millen's Junction. Fort Lawton was built in what is today Magnolia Springs State Park; the location was favorable because of its easy access to water, which was supplied by the springs, and because of its proximity to the railroad. On December 3, 1864, Sherman's March to the Sea passed through Millen. Prior to the arrival of Union forces, Confederate soldiers evacuated the Fort Lawton prisoners to Savannahmarker. Union troops found the existence of the prison camp and the proximity of a train depot sufficient reason to destroy Millen's Junction.

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