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County Profile

Incorporated: December 3, 1832

Population: 36,506

Total Area: 344.4 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Chatsworth (County Seat)

• Eton

Murray County, created in 1832 from part of Cherokee County, was named for Thomas Walton Murray, a Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives.

One version of how Chatsworth got its name, is that a sign fell off of a passing freight car. The sign was placed on a pole by the tracks and the name stuck.

Among the county's attractions are the Vann House Historic Site at Spring Place. Constructed in 1805 for James Vann, a Cherokee chief, the two-story red brick home was built alongside the Federal Road, a major early path in northwest Georgia.

Fort Mountain State Park, an 1,897 acre park in the Cohutta Mountains, is also a popular destination. This area was presented to Georgia in 1934 by Ivan Allen, Sr. for a state park. It includes possibly the oldest fortifications in North America, believed to have been built in 1530 to defend against DeSoto's men.

Another major asset is the Chattahoochee National Forest, which occupies a large portion of northeastern Murray County. Within the forest is the Cohutta Wilderness Area, a roadless, mountainous landscape featuring several of Georgia's premier backpacking trails.

Carter's Lake, on the Coosawatee River, was formed by the Carter Dam, which is the largest earth-rock dam east of the Mississippi. The 3,200 acre lake attracts fishermen, boaters and campers.

Annual events include the Red and Gold Leaf Festival, Murray County Spring Festival, Appalacian Wagon Train and Village Blackberry Festival. The County also hosts the Georgia State and Red Carpet Championship Mule-Draft Horse Frolic Show which crowns a state champion each year and highlights a wagon show, parade and mule pulling.

Murray County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 344.4 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 117.9 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 181.1%. On the 2000 census form, 99.1% of the population reported only one race, with 0.6% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 5.5% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.73 persons compared to an average family size of 3.10 persons.

In 2008 manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $33,204. Per capita income grew by 3.0% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).


People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 40,621 Covered Employment 11,362
   Growth (%) since 1990 55.4%    Average wage per job $30,890
Households (2000) 13,286 Manufacturing - % all jobs in County 48.7%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 19,455    Average wage per job $33,204
Unemployment Rate (2009) 12.6 Transportation & Warehousing - % all jobs in County 0.4%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $24,837    Average wage per job $40,574
Median Household Income (2008) $42,588 Health Care, Social Assist. - % all jobs in County D
Poverty Rate (2008) 13.7    Average wage per job D
H.S. Diploma or More - % of Adults 25+ (2000) 61.1 Finance and Insurance - % all jobs in County 1.6%
Bachelor's Deg. or More - % of Adults 25+ (2000) 7.2    Average wage per job $36,059



Address: P.O. Box K, Chatsworth, GA 30705
Phone: (706) 695-2434
County: Murray County
Enrollment: 823
Grades: PK-6

Address: 1733 Leonard Bridge Rd, Chatsworth, GA 30705
Phone: (706) 695-0888
County: Murray County
Enrollment: 868
Grades: PK-6

Address: P.O. Box 302, Eton, GA 30724
Phone: (706) 695-3207
County: Murray County
Enrollment: 695
Grades: PK-6

Address: 700 Old Dalton Ellijay Rd, Chatsworth, GA 30705
Phone: (706) 695-7448
County: Murray County
Enrollment: 554
Grades: 7-8

Address: P.O. Box 40, Eton, GA 30705
Phone: (706) 517-5355
County: Murray County
Enrollment: 72
Grades: 6-12

6. MURRAY County
Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 1001 Green Rd, Chatsworth, GA 30705
Phone: (706) 695-1414
County: Murray County
Enrollment: 1,997
Grades: 9-12

Address: P.O. Box 40, Chatsworth, GA 30705
Phone: (706) 695-1115
County: Murray County
Enrollment: 581
Grades: 7-8

Address: 110 Mcentire Cir, Chatsworth, GA 30705
Phone: (706) 695-2262
County: Murray County
Enrollment: 624
Grades: PK-6

Address: P.O. Box 769, Chatsworth, GA 30705
Phone: (706) 695-2525
County: Murray County
Enrollment: 704
Grades: PK-6

Address: 4580 Highway 225 N, Chatsworth, GA 30705
Phone: (706) 517-5213
County: Murray County
Enrollment: 910
Grades: PK-6

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