Demographic of Fort Gaines, GA
According to 2000 Census, the City of Fort Gaines had a population of 1,110 persons. Between 1990 and 2000, the city experienced a population decrease of -11.1%, compared to the state growth during this period of 26.4%.
In Fort Gaines, 31.1% of the residents were white and 67.9% were black, according to 2000 Census. Hispanics, who may be identified as either white or black, represented 1.4% of the city’s residents. Statewide, 65.1% of the population were white, 28.7% were black, and 5.3% were Hispanic.
According to the 2000 Census, 28.7% of the city’s residents were age 18 or younger, while 22% were age 65 or older. Statewide, 26.5% of the population were age 18 or younger and 9.6% were age 65 or older.
The 1990 Census indicates that in Fort Gaines, 54.8% of the adult population (25 years of age and older) were high school graduates or higher and 11% of the adult population held a bachelor’s degree or higher. Statewide, 70.9% of the adult population were high school graduates or higher and 19.3% held a bachelor’s degree or higher.
School-age children in the City of Fort Gaines attend schools in the Clay County school system. The dropout rates for this system are not available at this time.
The Joint Board of Family Practice reports that in 1996 the number of physicians in Clay County was 1.5 per 1,000 population compared to the state rate of 1.9. According to the State Health Planning Agency, there were no hospital beds in the county. Statewide, there was a rate of 3.2 hospital beds per 1,000 population in 1998.
Data on the infant mortality rate for this city is unavailable. The statewide rate between 1992 and 1996 was 9.8 per 1,000 infants.
The 2000 Census indicates that 17.2% of the total households in Fort Gaines were headed by females with children under 18 years of age, compared with a statewide figure of 8.6%. Also, 14.9% of the heads of households in Fort Gaines were 65 years or older in age, compared with the statewide figure of 7%.
According to the 1990 Census, the percentage of the population with incomes below the poverty level in Fort Gaines was 42%. Georgia’s poverty rate for the same year was 11.5% and the national rate was 13.5%. In addition, 60.6% of the children under 18 years of age and 37.9% of the elderly, persons age 65 years and over, lived below the poverty level in Fort Gaines.
Based on 1990 Census data, 58.8% of the housing units in Fort Gaines were owner-occupied. The median value of these units was $31,100. Statewide, 64.9% of the housing units were owner-occupied, with a median value of $71,300.