Ben Hill County is located in south-central Georgia. The County Seat is Fitzgerald and the largest city is Fitzgerald. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.benhillcounty.com/. The 2014 population estimate is 17,464 and the 2010 census population was 17,634. The land area is 250.12 square miles and there are 70.5 persons per square mile.
62.2% of the population is White, 35.1% is Black or African American, 6.4% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.8% is Asian, 0.6% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.2% is two or more races. 76.9% have a high school degree or higher, and 9.8% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $79,700, there are 6,110 households, an average of 2.83 persons per household. The per capita income is $14,204, the median household income is $28,547, and 38.1% of the persons in Ben Hill County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 1,372. Retail sales (in $1000) were $224,967, and sales per capita were $12,693. The percentage of black-owned firms is 14.2%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 27.8%.
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