Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 25,556 people, 9,821 households, and 7,169 families residing in the county. The population density is 24/km² (62/mi²). There are 10,681 housing units at an average density of 10/km² (26/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 85.85% White, 12.94% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. 0.69% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 9,821 households out of which 33.70% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.30% are married couples living together, 12.60% have a female householder with no husband present, and 27.00% are non-families. 24.90% of all households are made up of individuals and 12.00% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.52 and the average family size is 3.00.
In the county the population is spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 11.60% from 18 to 24, 27.10% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 13.90% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 35 years. For every 100 females there are 94.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 89.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $28,446, and the median income for a family is $35,125. Males have a median income of $26,862 versus $19,766 for females. The per capita income for the county is $14,131. 16.50% of the population and 13.10% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 18.60% are under the age of 18 and 22.40% are 65 or older.