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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,281 km² (495 mi²). 1,274 km² (492 mi²) of it is land and 7 km² (3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.52% water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 47,260 people, 17,843 households, and 12,882 families residing in the county. The population density is 37/km² (96/mi²). There are 20,364 housing units at an average density of 16/km² (41/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 66.00% White, 30.03% Black or African American, 0.44% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.29% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. 4.44% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 17,843 households out of which 33.50% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.50% are married couples living together, 13.10% have a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% are non-families. 23.50% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.40% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.58 and the average family size is 3.03.
In the county the population is spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 32.40% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, and 11.00% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 97.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 95.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $38,968, and the median income for a family is $44,540. Males have a median income of $31,543 versus $24,568 for females. The per capita income for the county is $17,562. 12.60% of the population and 10.00% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 16.10% are under the age of 18 and 16.70% are 65 or older.