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County Profile

Incorporated: December 17, 1793

Population: 10,076

Total Area: 473.3 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Sparta (County Seat)

Hancock County was created in 1793. Originally part of Greene and Washington counties, Georgia's 15th county was named for the first signer of the Declaration of Independence, John Hancock. Millmore Gristmill, which is located within the county, was the site of the historic 1786 peace treaty between the Georgia and the Creek Indian Nation.

Founded in 1795 during Georgia's Greek Revival Period, the City of Sparta was named for the classical Greek city.

Four Georgia governors have come from Hancock County: Nathaniel Harris, James McDonald, William Northen, and William Rabun.

The Oconee River makes up much of the western border of the county. Located on its banks are the Shoulderbone Indian Mounds, which date back to approximately the fourteenth and fifteenth century.

Lake Sinclair is formed by the impoundment of the Oconee River by the Sinclair Dam.

Hancock County is one of 159 counties in Georgia. It has 473.3 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 19.5 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 11.7%. On the 2000 census form, 99.6% of the population reported only one race, with 77.8% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 0.5% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.66 persons compared to an average family size of 3.22 persons.

In 2008 retail trade was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $22,285. Per capita income grew by 18.5% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).


People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 9,219 Covered Employment 1,275
   Growth (%) since 1990 3.5%    Average wage per job $25,955
Households (2000) 3,237 Manufacturing - % all jobs in County D
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 3,346    Average wage per job D
Unemployment Rate (2009) 18.7 Transportation & Warehousing - % all jobs in County 1.3%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $20,342    Average wage per job $42,977
Median Household Income (2008) $28,039 Health Care, Social Assist. - % all jobs in County D
Poverty Rate (2008) 31.4    Average wage per job D
H.S. Diploma or More - % of Adults 25+ (2000) 62.2 Finance and Insurance - % all jobs in County D
Bachelor's Deg. or More - % of Adults 25+ (2000) 9.8    Average wage per job D



Address: 11311 Ga Highway 15, Sparta, GA 31087
Phone: (706) 444-7009
County: Hancock County
Enrollment: 404
Grades: 9-12

Address: 11311 Ga Highway 15, Sparta, GA 31087
Phone: (706) 444-6652
County: Hancock County
Enrollment: 306
Grades: 6-8

3. HANCOCK County
Address: 11311 Ga Highway 15, Sparta, GA 31087
Phone: (706) 444-7418
County: Hancock County
Enrollment: N/A
Grades: 0

Address: 11145 Ga Highway 15, Sparta, GA 31087
Phone: (706) 444-7028
County: Hancock County
Enrollment: 587
Grades: PK-5

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