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County Profile

Incorporated: December 22, 1857

Population: 19,944

Total Area: 241.6 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Cleveland (County Seat)

• Helen

White County, the 123rd county formed in Georgia, was created in 1857 from a part of the original landlot county of Habersham. The county was named for Newton County Representative David T. White, who helped a Habersham representative successfully attain passage of an act creating the new county.

Gold was found in White County in the late 1820s on the Nacoochee River, then known as Duke's Creek. This area originally belonged to the Cherokee Indians. However, miners and settlers pressured the U.S. government to such a degree that eventually the Cherokee were totally removed from North Georgia to a reservation in Oklahoma.

During the gold mining years, nine gold mines operated in the county. Commercial gold operations remained profitable until as late as 1940.

Helen, in the northern part of the county, had formerly been a summer resort but was destroyed by fire. Later, the town was rebuilt and transformed into an alpine village. It has become a major North Georgia tourist attraction and thriving community.

Cleveland is the site of Babyland General Hospital where all of the Cabbage Patch Kids baby dolls are "born."

Helen is home to one of the nation's largest Oktoberfests, held in September and October of each year.

White County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 241.6 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 104.7 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 157.6%. On the 2000 census form, 98.9% of the population reported only one race, with 2.2% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 1.6% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.51 persons compared to an average family size of 2.91 persons.

In 2008 retail trade was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $21,444. Per capita income declined by 6.6% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).


People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 25,294 Covered Employment 6,306
   Growth (%) since 1990 94.5%    Average wage per job $27,710
Households (2000) 7,731 Manufacturing - % all jobs in County 9.8%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 12,282    Average wage per job $33,139
Unemployment Rate (2009) 9.5 Transportation & Warehousing - % all jobs in County 0.8%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $26,755    Average wage per job $39,492
Median Household Income (2008) $42,511 Health Care, Social Assist. - % all jobs in County D
Poverty Rate (2008) 14.3    Average wage per job D
H.S. Diploma or More - % of Adults 25+ (2000) 76.0 Finance and Insurance - % all jobs in County 2.9%
Bachelor's Deg. or More - % of Adults 25+ (2000) 15.4    Average wage per job $41,828



Address: 342 W Kytle St, Cleveland, GA 30528
Phone: (706) 865-6935
County: White County
Enrollment: 447
Grades: PK-2

Address: 3183 Westmoreland Rd, Cleveland, GA 30528
Phone: (706) 865-5000
County: White County
Enrollment: 575
Grades: KG-6

Address: 1161 Duncan Bridge Rd, Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571
Phone: (706) 865-3514
County: White County
Enrollment: 568
Grades: KG-6

Address: 2696 Tesnatee Gap Valley Rd, Cleveland, GA 30528
Phone: (706) 865-1037
County: White County
Enrollment: 560 3-6

5. WHITE County
Address: 328 Old Blairsville Rd, Cleveland, GA 30528
Phone: (706) 865-0727
County: White County
Enrollment: 277 9

6. WHITE County
Address: 676 Claude Sims Road, Cleveland, GA 30528
Phone: (706) 865-4947
County: White County
Enrollment: N/A
Grades: 0

7. WHITE County
Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 2600 Highway 129 N, Cleveland, GA 30528
Phone: (706) 865-2312
County: White County
Enrollment: 787
Grades: 10-12

8. WHITE County
Address: 283 Old Blairsville Rd, Cleveland, GA 30528
Phone: (706) 865-4060
County: White County
Enrollment: 638
Grades: 7-8

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