Screven County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,593. The county seat is Sylvania.
The County was created on December 14, 1793, and was named after General James Screven, who served in the American Revolutionary War. Sylvania became the county seat in 1847, moved from Jacksonborough, by an act of State legislation. The Screven County Courthouse, built in 1964, is the fourth courthouse to serve Screven County.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 656 square miles (1,700 km²), of which 645 square miles (1,670 km²) is land and 11 square miles (28 km²) (1.6%) is water. The Savannah River borders the eastern side of the county, and the Ogeechee River borders the southwest portion. Elevation varies to around 40 feet on the Savannah river to 320 feet at the Bay Branch community, located a few miles west of Sylvania. Pine, oak, dogwood, and other trees prevalent to the South can be found in Screven County.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 14,593 people, 5,596 households, and 3,854 families residing in the county. The population density was 22.6 inhabitants per square mile (8.7/km²). There were 6,739 housing units at an average density of 10.4 per square mile (4.0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 54.6% white, 43.3% black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.2% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 14.5% were American, 9.3% were Irish, 8.9% were English, and 7.6% were German.
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