Lamar County, GA

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Population

18,282

0.478% growth

Median Age

38.1


Median Household Income

$41,157

1.96% growth

Poverty Rate

20.8%


Number of Employees

6,951

2.48% growth

Median Property Value

$132,400

9.42% growth

About

In 2017, Lamar County, GA had a population of 18.3k people with a median age of 38.1 and a median household income of $41,157. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Lamar County, GA grew from 18,195 to 18,282, a 0.478% increase and its median household income grew from $40,364 to $41,157, a 1.96% increase.

The population of Lamar County, GA is 65% White Alone, 29% Black or African American Alone, and 2.92% Two or More Races. 2.73% of the people in Lamar County, GA speak a non-English language, and 98.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lamar County, GA are Gordon State College (617 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Lamar County, GA is $132,400, and the homeownership rate is 69.3%. Most people in Lamar County, GA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 28.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Lamar County, GA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Lamar County, GA employs 6.95k people. The largest industries in Lamar County, GA are Manufacturing (1,228 people), Retail Trade (863 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (813 people), and the highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($54,500), Utilities ($52,422), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,875).

Median household income in Lamar County, GA is $41,157. Males in Lamar County, GA have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,261. The income inequality in Lamar County, GA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$41,157

2017 value

± $4,775

1.96%

1 Year Growth

± 14.4%

Households in Lamar County, GA have a median annual income of $41,157, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $40,364 in 2016, which represents a 1.96% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,744

Average Male Salary

± $1,190

$46,261

Average Female Salary

± $830

In 2017, full-time male employees in Lamar County, GA made 1.36 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $58,486 ± $3,787

  2. White

    $53,819 ± $950

  3. Two or More Races

    $43,415 ± $4,855

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Lamar County, GA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.09 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lamar County, GA is from Georgia.

0.478

2017 Wage GINI

0.477

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Georgia was 0.478 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.233% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Georgia was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Georgia in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Georgia across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9701

  2. Census Tract 9703

  3. Census Tract 9702

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lamar County, GA was Census Tract 9701 with a value of $48,698, followed by Census Tract 9703 and Census Tract 9702, with respective values of $33,527 and $33,412.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Lamar County, GA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

20.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lamar County, GA (3.53k out of 17k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 65 - 74.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    1,677 ± 346

  2. White

    1,593 ± 324

  3. Two Or More

    239 ± 215

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lamar County, GA is Black, followed by White and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

6.95k

2017 Value

± 625

2.48%

1 Year growth

± 12.2%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lamar County, GA grew at a rate of 2.48%, from 6.78k employees to 6.95k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lamar County, GA, are Sales & Related Occupations (838 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (766 people), and Production Occupations (674 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lamar County, GA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lamar County, GA, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (838 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (766 people), and Production Occupations (674 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lamar County, GA has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.17 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.99 times), and Production Occupations (1.67 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lamar County, GA, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($66,250), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($56,058), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations ($55,568).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

6.95k

2017 Value

± 625

2.48%

1 Year growth

± 12.2%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lamar County, GA grew at a rate of 2.48%, from 6.78k employees to 6.95k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lamar County, GA, are Manufacturing (1,228 people), Retail Trade (863 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (813 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lamar County, GA, though some of these residents may live in Lamar County, GA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Lamar County, GA, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (1,228 people), Retail Trade (863 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (813 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lamar County, GA has an unusually high number of Utilities (1.75 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.74 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.48 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lamar County, GA, by median earnings, are Wholesale Trade ($54,500), Utilities ($52,422), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,875).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Georgia to other states, or from other states to Georgia.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $48.1B

  2. $38B

  3. $30.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $48.1B, followed by Motorized vehicles with $38B and Electronics and $30.6B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Georgia products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$430B

2015 Value

$628B

Projected 2045 Value

46.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Georgia trade was $430B. This is expected to increase 46.1% to $628B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Georgia trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Georgia to other states, or from other states to Georgia.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $39.4B

  2. $25.3B

  3. $20.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Florida with $39.4B, followed by South Carolina with $25.3B and North Carolina and $20.5B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Georgia shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

83.3% of the population of Lamar County, GA has health coverage, with 36.1% on employee plans, 16.1% on Medicaid, 10.8% on Medicare, 17.6% on non-group plans, and 2.59% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Lamar County, GA was $6,587 in 2014. This is a 5.41% increase from the previous year ($6,249).

Primary care physicians in Lamar County, GA see 2275 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0439% decrease from the previous year (2276 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 9234 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1679 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.2%). Additionally, Rockdale County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (38.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2275 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Lamar County, GA see an average of 2275 patients per year. This represents a 0.0439% decrease from the previous year (2276 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$6,587

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,406

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,199

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,429

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Georgia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.41%, from $6,249 to $6,587.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

16.7%

Uninsured

36.1%

Employer Coverage

16.1%

Medicaid

10.8%

Medicare

17.6%

Non-Group

2.59%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lamar County, GA declined by 7.34% from 18.1% to 16.7%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lamar County, GA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 18.2% prevalence

  2. 17.3% prevalence

  3. 16.9% prevalence

Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Georgia, at 18.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Georgia by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Lamar County, GA is home to a population of 18.3k people, from which 98.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.82% of Lamar County, GA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Lamar County, GA is composed of 11.9k White Alone residents (65%), 5.29k Black or African American Alone residents (29%), 533 Two or More Races residents (2.92%), 415 Hispanic or Latino residents (2.27%), 138 Asian Alone residents (0.755%), 16 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0875%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Lamar County, GA are Spanish or Spanish Creole (280 speakers), Tagalog (48 speakers), and Chinese (36 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 1

33

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 22.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Lamar County, GA was 38.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 33. But people in Lamar County, GA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Lamar County, GA residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.82%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.31%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 2.82% of Lamar County, GA residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lamar County, GA was 2.31%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    264,376 ± 12,459 people

  2. India

    85,239 ± 7,138 people

  3. Korea

    45,011 ± 5,197 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Lamar County, GA was Mexico, the natal country of 264,376 Lamar County, GA residents, followed by India with 85,239 and Korea with 45,011.

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Citizenship

98.7%

2017 Citizenship

98.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.7% of Lamar County, GA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Lamar County, GA was 98.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    11.9k ± 20

  2. Black or African American Alone

    5.29k ± 419

  3. Two or More Races

    533 ± 408

In 2017, there were 2.25 times more White Alone residents (11.9k people) in Lamar County, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.29k Black or African American Alone and 533 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Lamar County, GA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    280 speakers (1.64%)

  2. Tagalog

    48 speakers (0.281%)

  3. Chinese

    36 speakers (0.21%)

2.73% of Lamar County, GA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Lamar County, GA was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 1.64% of the overall population of Lamar County, GA are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.281% speak Tagalog and 0.21% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    501 ± 152

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    186 ± 87

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    154 ± 96

Lamar County, GA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.69 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Lamar County, GA awarded 617 degrees. The student population of Lamar County, GA is skewed towards women, with 1,316 male students and 2,585 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lamar County, GA are White (370 and 60.1%), followed by Black or African American (192 and 31.2%), Hispanic or Latino (21 and 3.41%), and Two or More Races (21 and 3.41%).

The largest universities in Lamar County, GA by number of degrees awarded are Gordon State College (617 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Lamar County, GA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (371 and 60.1%), Registered Nursing (104 and 16.9%), and General Human Services (32 and 5.19%).

The median tuition costs in Lamar County, GA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $2,451 and $9,058 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 371 degrees awarded

  2. 65 degrees awarded

  3. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Lamar County, GA was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 371 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Lamar County, GA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

617 degrees awarded

$2,451

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Lamar County, GA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Gordon State College with 617 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

142

Degrees Awarded to Men

475

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 142 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lamar County, GA, which is 0.299 times less than the 475 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    370 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    192 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    21 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Lamar County, GA were to White students. These 370 degrees mean that there were 1.93 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 192 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lamar County, GA was $132,400 in 2017, which is 0.608 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $121,000 to $132,400, a 9.42% increase. The homeownership rate in Lamar County, GA is 69.3%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lamar County, GA have an average commute time of 28.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lamar County, GA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$41,157

Median Household Income

± $4,775

6.26k

Number of Households

± 556

In 2017, the median household income of the 6.26k households in Lamar County, GA grew to $41,157 from the previous year's value of $40,364.

The following chart displays the households in Lamar County, GA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$132,400

2017 Median

± $10,717

$121,000

2016 Median

± $8,034

In 2017, the median property value in Lamar County, GA grew to to $132,400 from the previous year's value of $121,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Lamar County, GA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lamar County, GA the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Lamar County, GA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lamar County, GA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

69.3%

2017 Homeownership

71%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 69.3% of the housing units in Lamar County, GA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 71%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Lamar County, GA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Lamar County, GA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lamar County, GA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

28.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lamar County, GA have a longer commute time (28.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 5.4% of the workforce in Lamar County, GA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    79.7%

  2. Carpooled

    12.2%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.95%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Lamar County, GA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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