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De Kalb County, Georgia

DeKalb County is a county located in the U.S. State of Georgia. As of 2000, the population is 665,865. The county's county seat is Decatur, Georgia6. In 1984 DeKalb's state delegation created a CEO position (unique to DeKalb) who is the chief elected official. All employees report to the CEO, and do not report to the commissioners as in other counties.

DeKalb is a part of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 702 km² (271 mi²). 695 km² (268 mi²) of it is land and 7 km² (3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.00% water.


As of the census2 of 2000, there are 665,865 people, 249,339 households, and 156,584 families residing in the county. The population density is 959/km² (2,483/mi²). There are 261,231 housing units at an average density of 376/km² (974/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 35.82% White, 54.23% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 4.01% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 3.53% from other races, and 2.12% from two or more races. 7.89% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 249,339 households out of which 31.00% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.10% are married couples living together, 17.60% have a female householder with no husband present, and 37.20% are non-families. 26.90% of all households are made up of individuals and 5.20% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.62 and the average family size is 3.20.

In the county the population is spread out with 24.60% under the age of 18, 10.90% from 18 to 24, 36.70% from 25 to 44, 19.70% from 45 to 64, and 8.00% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 32 years. For every 100 females there are 94.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $49,117, and the median income for a family is $54,018. Males have a median income of $36,270 versus $31,653 for females. The per capita income for the county is $23,968. 10.80% of the population and 7.80% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 14.10% are under the age of 18 and 8.70% are 65 or older.

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