This county is a part of the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan Area.
President of the United States James Madison was born in King George County.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 486 km² (188 mi²). 466 km² (180 mi²) of it is land and 20 km² (8 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 4.15% water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 16,803 people, 6,091 households, and 4,525 families residing in the county. The population density is 36/km² (93/mi²). There are 6,820 housing units at an average density of 15/km² (38/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 77.69% White, 18.73% Black or African American, 0.48% Native American, 1.01% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 1.57% from two or more races. 1.79% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 6,091 households out of which 38.00% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.50% are married couples living together, 10.50% have a female householder with no husband present, and 25.70% are non-families. 20.40% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.00% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.70 and the average family size is 3.12.
In the county, the population is spread out with 27.80% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 31.70% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, and 9.60% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 35 years. For every 100 females there are 101.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 99.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $49,882, and the median income for a family is $55,160. Males have a median income of $38,600 versus $26,350 for females. The per capita income for the county is $21,562. 5.60% of the population and 4.40% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 6.10% are under the age of 18 and 6.40% are 65 or older.