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County Profile

Incorporated: August 18, 1905

Population: 25,435

Total Area: 179.3 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Toccoa (County Seat)

• Martin

Stephens County was created in 1905 from parts of Franklin and Habersham counties. The county is named for Alexander Stephens, who served as vice-president of the Confederacy (despite his having opposed secession) and governor of Georgia.

The county's first inhabitants were an Indian tribe known as the "Mound Builders." The tribe thrived in Toccoa, at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The Mound Builders were followed by the Cherokee tribe who, legend says, named the area "Toccoah," meaning "beautiful" in their language.

The City of Toccoa originated in 1874, and can be traced back to the development of a coaling station for the Atlanta to Charlotte Railroad after the Civil War.

Stephens County is characterized by its bucolic setting and spectacular natural wonders. Located on the campus of the college named for them, Toccoa Falls, which plunge 186 feet, are 19 feet higher than Niagara Falls. The Chattahoochee National Forest, Blue Ridge Parkway, Tugaloo State Park, Lake Hartwell and Yonah Lake beckon to outdoor sports enthusiasts.

Stephens County hosts several community events including the Harvest Festival, the Arts Festival, and the Taste of Toccoa.

Stephens County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 179.3 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 143.3 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 25.1%. On the 2000 census form, 99.1% of the population reported only one race, with 12.0% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 1.0% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.46 persons compared to an average family size of 2.94 persons.

In 2008 manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $36,766. Per capita income grew by 4.8% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).


People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 25,700 Covered Employment 9,907
   Growth (%) since 1990 9.7%    Average wage per job $31,465
Households (2000) 9,951 Manufacturing - % all jobs in County 23.2%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 13,481    Average wage per job $36,766
Unemployment Rate (2009) 10.6 Transportation & Warehousing - % all jobs in County 0.6%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $29,139    Average wage per job $46,400
Median Household Income (2008) $34,881 Health Care, Social Assist. - % all jobs in County D
Poverty Rate (2008) 17.8    Average wage per job D
H.S. Diploma or More - % of Adults 25+ (2000) 71.1 Finance and Insurance - % all jobs in County 2.4%
Bachelor's Deg. or More - % of Adults 25+ (2000) 14.1    Average wage per job $42,572



Address: Rr 2 Box 384, Eastanollee, GA 30538
Phone: (706) 886-2987
County: Stephens County
Enrollment: 537
Grades: PK-5

Address: 191 School Rd, Toccoa, GA 30577
Phone: (706) 886-3114
County: Stephens County
Enrollment: N/A
Grades: 0

Address: Rr 1 Box 448d, Eastanollee, GA 30538
Phone: (706) 779-2216
County: Stephens County
Enrollment: 531
Grades: PK-5

Address: 6118 Old Liberty Hill Rd, Toccoa, GA 30577
Phone: (706) 886-3934
County: Stephens County
Enrollment: 511
Grades: PK-5

5. STEPHENS County
Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 6438 White Pine Rd, Toccoa, GA 30577
Phone: (706) 886-6825
County: Stephens County
Enrollment: 1,169
Grades: 9-12

6. STEPHENS County
Address: 6270 Roselane, Toccoa, GA 30577
Phone: (706) 886-2880
County: Stephens County
Enrollment: 951
Grades: 6-8

Address: 400 N Pond St, Toccoa, GA 30577
Phone: (706) 886-3194
County: Stephens County
Enrollment: 506
Grades: PK-5

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