Place:Echols, Georgia, United States

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Echols County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,034. The county seat is Statenville. Statenville is a disincorporated municipality, making Echols the only county in Georgia to have no incorporated towns. The county was established in 1858 and named in honor of Robert Milner Echols (1798–1847).

Echols County is part of the Valdosta, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Echols County has become notable in recent years as it has served as a place of banishment for many of Georgia's criminals. As the Georgia State Constitution forbids banishment beyond the borders of the state, officials instead ban the offender from 158 of Georgia's 159 counties, with Echols remaining as their only option. Few criminals have been documented as actually moving to Echols, because almost all banished criminals choose to leave the state instead.

Banishment, including 158 county banishment, has repeatedly been upheld by Georgia courts. The first case when banishment was upheld was in the 1974 case State v Collett, when the Ga Supreme Court upheld the banishment of a drug dealer from seven counties. The most recent time banishment was upheld, in 2011, the Ga Supreme Court ruled it was constitutional to banish David Nathan Thompson (a mentally ill man who was convicted of firing a gun into a home, although nobody was injured) from all but one county in Georgia.

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Timeline

Date Event Source
1858 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1860 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1860 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1897 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1897 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1898 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1898 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1860 1,491
1870 1,978
1880 2,553
1890 3,079
1900 3,209
1910 3,309
1920 3,313
1930 2,744
1940 2,964
1950 2,494
1960 1,876
1970 1,924
1980 2,297
1990 2,334

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External links

www.rootsweb.com/~gaechols/


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