Thursday, October 24, 2019

Population loss in Georgia: Hancock County/Sparta

It all started here.

Population loss as in major -- 50% or more.  First post in the series.

Source:  Wikipedia (Hancock County, Sparta)

Sparta is the county seat of Hancock County.  

Population loss by degrees:  80-90%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  •   8.7% - Hancock County
  • 29.9% - Georgia
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 23.3% - Hancock County
  • 13.9% - Georgia
  • 16.0% - U.S.
% of population living in poverty:
  • 30.3% - Hancock County
  • 14.3% - Georgia
  • 11.8% - U.S.

The last time Hancock County voted for a GOP presidential candidate was in 1972.  Clinton won 75.5% of the vote in 2016.  George Wallace won 30.3% of the vote in 1968.

Hancock County Public Library, Sparta

Related reading:
Critics See Efforts by Counties and Towns to Purge Minority Voters From Rolls.  (The New York Times, 8/1/2016)
The majority-white Hancock County Board of Elections and Registration was systematically questioning the registrations of more than 180 black Sparta citizens — a fifth of the city’s registered voters — by dispatching deputies with summonses commanding them to appear in person to prove their residence or lose their voting rights. “When I read that letter, I was kind of nervous,” Mr. Flournoy said in an interview. “I didn’t know what to do.”

Other Georgia population loss posts:
Wilkes County/Washington.  (10/21/2019)
Taliaferro County/Crawfordville.  (10/22/2019)
Warren County/Warrenton.  (10/23/2019)

Population loss series:

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