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Walker County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgiamarker. It was created on December 18, 1833. As of 2000, the population was 61,053. The 2007 Census Estimate shows a population of 64,554 [14555]. The county seat is LaFayettemarker, Georgiamarker .

Walker County is part of the Chattanoogamarker, TNmarker–GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 447 square miles (1,158 km²), of which, 447 square miles (1,157 km²) of it is land and 0 square miles (1 km²) of it (0.10%) is water.

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Civil War

At the outbreak of the War of Southern Independence the men and boys of Walker County left thier farms and went to fight for their homes and families. They joined Confederate units in surrounding counties as well as the following compaines raised from men in Walker County.

1st Confederate Regiment Georgia Volunteers, Company D

9th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company G, LaFayette Volunteers

23rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company H, Bartow Invincibles

39th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company E, Walker Light Guards

39th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company K, Walker County Volunteers

60th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company I

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 61,053 people, 23,605 households, and 17,467 families residing in the county. The population density was 137 people per square mile (53/km²). There were 25,577 housing units at an average density of 57 per square mile (22/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.43% White, 3.78% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. 0.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 23,605 households out of which 32.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.80% were married couples living together, 12.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.00% were non-families. 22.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.80% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 28.80% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 13.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,406, and the median income for a family was $39,034. Males had a median income of $29,448 versus $21,583 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,867. About 10.00% of families and 12.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.10% of those under age 18 and 11.70% of those age 65 or over.

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