According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,293 km² (1,271 mi²). 3,249 km² (1,254 mi²) of it is land and 44 km² (17 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.32% water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 64,790 people, 25,498 households, and 17,313 families residing in the county. The population density is 20/km² (52/mi²). There are 27,625 housing units at an average density of 8/km² (22/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 91.56% White, 2.88% Black or African American, 0.58% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.69% from other races, and 1.81% from two or more races. 5.65% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 25,498 households out of which 30.30% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.90% are married couples living together, 8.70% have a female householder with no husband present, and 32.10% are non-families. 27.90% of all households are made up of individuals and 12.10% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.41 and the average family size is 2.94.
In the county the population is spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, and 16.40% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 100.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 99.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $35,510, and the median income for a family is $42,643. Males have a median income of $31,495 versus $21,329 for females. The per capita income for the county is $18,520. 10.90% of the population and 8.10% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 13.90% are under the age of 18 and 8.50% are 65 or older.