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County Profile

Incorporated: August 17, 1920

Population: 15,912

Total Area: 184.8 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Barnesville (County Seat)

• Aldora
• Milner

Lamar County was created in 1920 from portions of Monroe and Pike counties and is named for Lucius Quintus Cinncinatus Lamar, a Confederate Army colonel, Secretary of the Interior under Grover Cleveland, and a Supreme Court Justice. It was the 158th county created.

The history of Barnesville includes a period in which the city was designated "Buggy Capital of the World." Around the turn of the century, Barnesville had four buggy companies.

Also of historical note are several homes and buildings in Lamar County. These include the Brown-Kennedy home (1850), Jackson G. Smith home (1870), and Gachet House (1821) which is particularly notable because it was visited by three presidents.

Since its beginnings 20 years ago, the "Barnesville Buggy Days" festival has grown to become one of Georgia's largest community festivals. Held annually the third week in September, the festival attracts more than 50,000 people and features a parade of original Barnesville Buggies and some 200 horses.

Lamar County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 184.8 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 95.0 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 48.9%. On the 2000 census form, 99.1% of the population reported only one race, with 30.4% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 1.1% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.64 persons compared to an average family size of 3.05 persons.

In 2008 manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $37,256. Per capita income grew by 6.7% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).


People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 17,550 Covered Employment 3,743
   Growth (%) since 1990 34.6%    Average wage per job $29,401
Households (2000) 5,712 Manufacturing - % all jobs in County 17.3%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 7,976    Average wage per job $37,256
Unemployment Rate (2009) 13.1 Transportation & Warehousing - % all jobs in County 2.1%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $27,473    Average wage per job $38,610
Median Household Income (2008) $41,668 Health Care, Social Assist. - % all jobs in County 5.9%
Poverty Rate (2008) 15.5    Average wage per job $21,696
H.S. Diploma or More - % of Adults 25+ (2000) 71.3 Finance and Insurance - % all jobs in County 3.1%
Bachelor's Deg. or More - % of Adults 25+ (2000) 11.3    Average wage per job $38,314



1. LAMAR County
Address: 1 Trojan Way, Barnesville, GA 30204
Phone: (770) 358-8641
County: Lamar County
Enrollment: 723
Grades: 9-12

2. LAMAR County
Address: 228 Roberta Dr, Barnesville, GA 30204
Phone: (770) 358-5556
County: Lamar County
Enrollment: 553 3-5

3. LAMAR County
Address: 100 Burnette Rd, Barnesville, GA 30204
Phone: (770) 358-8652
County: Lamar County
Enrollment: 525
Grades: 6-8

4. LAMAR County
Address: 154 Burnette Rd, Barnesville, GA 30204
Phone: (770) 358-8661
County: Lamar County
Enrollment: 697
Grades: PK-2

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