Brantley County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,411. The county seat is Nahunta. Brantley County is part of the Brunswick, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Georgia voters passed a state constitutional amendment on November 2, 1920, to form Brantley County from pieces of Charlton, Pierce, and Wayne counties. Although the precise origin of the county name is unknown, it is believed that it honors either prominent landowner Benjamin Daniel Brantley or his son and U.S. congressman William Gordon Brantley.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 447 square miles (1,160 km²), of which 442 square miles (1,140 km²) is land and 4.8 square miles (12 km²) (1.1%) is water. The Satilla River runs through Brantley County. The bulk of Brantley County, from east of Hortense south to west of Waynesville and west to east of Waycross, is located in the Satilla River sub-basin of the St. Marys-Satilla basin. The county's eastern border area, east of Waynesville, is located in the Cumberland-St. Simons sub-basin of the St. Marys-Satilla River basin. A small northwestern corner, west of Hortense, is located in the Little Satilla sub-basin of the larger St. Marys-Satilla River basin, and a very small southwestern corner of Brantley County is located in the Upper Suwannee River sub-basin of the larger Suwannee River basin.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 18,411 people, 6,885 households, and 5,075 families residing in the county. The population density was 41.6 inhabitants per square mile (16.1/km²). There were 8,086 housing units at an average density of 18.3 per square mile (7.1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.4% white, 2.9% black or African American, 0.3% American Indian, 0.2% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.9% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 25.6% were English, 15.1% were Irish, 12.7% were American, and 8.9% were German.
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