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County Profile

Incorporated: December 3, 1832

Population: 17,289

Total Area: 322.7 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Blairsville (County Seat)

Union County, the 88th county formed in Georgia, was created in 1832 from the Cherokee Indian territory. Union County was not named for its support of the North in the Civil War. The county received its name from a then emerging political party called the "Union Party" that was in existence 28 years before the Civil War started.

The county seat of Union County is Blairsville, which is the only incorporated community in the county. Blairsville was named for Captain James Blair, a negotiater with the Indians.

The county is rich in Indian lore. Of particular note was a battle between Creek and Cherokee Indians near Blairsville, the site of which was given the name of Slaughter Gap.

The area increasingly has become a recreational destination since the Tennessee Valley Authority created Nottely Lake on the Nottely River; and the development of Vogel State Park, a popular vacation facility.

Much of Union County lies within the Chattahoochee National Forest and, thus, is under Federal ownership.

Georgia's highest point, Brasstown Bald at 4,784 feet, is in Union County. An observation platform offers a spectacular view of the surrounding Smoky Mountains.

The festivals in the county include the Sorghum Festival in October and the Indian Summer Festival.

Union County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 322.5 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 65.9 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 153.8%. On the 2000 census form, 99.3% of the population reported only one race, with 0.6% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 0.9% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.35 persons compared to an average family size of 2.77 persons.

In 2008 retail trade was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $23,911. Per capita income grew by 14.5% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).


People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 21,252 Covered Employment 6,177
   Growth (%) since 1990 77.2%    Average wage per job $29,627
Households (2000) 7,159 Manufacturing - % all jobs in County 4.4%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 10,949    Average wage per job $31,965
Unemployment Rate (2009) 9.2 Transportation & Warehousing - % all jobs in County 6.2%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $29,864    Average wage per job $35,425
Median Household Income (2008) $40,841 Health Care, Social Assist. - % all jobs in County D
Poverty Rate (2008) 13.8    Average wage per job D
H.S. Diploma or More - % of Adults 25+ (2000) 74.2 Finance and Insurance - % all jobs in County 2.1%
Bachelor's Deg. or More - % of Adults 25+ (2000) 12.5    Average wage per job $35,459



Address: 218 School Street, Blairsville, GA 30512
Phone: (706) 745-9575
County: Union County
Enrollment: N/A
Grades: 0

Address: 218 School Street, Blairsville, GA 30512
Phone: (706) 745-9575
County: Union County
Enrollment: N/A
Grades: 0

Address: 218 School St, Blairsville, GA 30512
Phone: (706) 745-9575
County: Union County
Enrollment: 753
Grades: 9-12

4. UNION County
Address: 446 Wellborn St, Blairsville, GA 30512
Phone: (706) 745-9615
County: Union County
Enrollment: 593 3-5

5. UNION County
Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 604 Panther Cir, Blairsville, GA 30512
Phone: (706) 745-2216
County: Union County
Enrollment: 694
Grades: 9-12

6. UNION County
Address: 401 Wellborn St, Blairsville, GA 30512
Phone: (706) 745-2483
County: Union County
Enrollment: 610
Grades: 6-8

7. UNION County
Address: 450 School Cir, Blairsville, GA 30512
Phone: (706) 745-5450
County: Union County
Enrollment: 574
Grades: KG-2

Address: 3736 State Highway 60, Suches, GA 30572
Phone: (706) 747-2401
County: Union County
Enrollment: 120
Grades: KG-12

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