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Sumter County

Profile
Incorporated Date: 
December 26, 1831
Population: 
32,449
Total Area: 
485.3 sq mi
Contact Information
P.O. Box 295
Americus, GA 31709
Phone Number: 
(229) 928-4500
Fax Number: 
(229) 928-4503

Sumter County, created in 1831 from lands formerly part of Lee County, is named for General Thomas Sumter of South Carolina, a soldier of the Revolution and the earlier French and Indian War. With the region still producing cotton, wheat, peanuts and corn, Sumter County maintains its community-focused, rural roots. Yet, at the same time, the county also takes pride in its internationally-recognized political and humanitarian figures; former U.S. President Jimmy Carter grew up in Plains, a farming town in the county, and Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity, settled his organization's headquarters in Americus, his hometown and Sumter's county seat. Americus takes its name from a Latin term referring to "western hemisphere."