Georgia Dade County Public Schools

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County Profile

Incorporated: December 25, 1837

Population: 15,154

Total Area: 173.9 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Trenton (County Seat)

Dade County, in Georgia’s extreme northwestern corner, was established in 1837, a year before the federal government began removing the original inhabitants, the Cherokee Indians. Carved from western Walker County, it was the 91st county created in the state.

Dade County was named for a Virginian, Major Francis Langhorne Dade, who was killed in 1835 while fighting the Seminoles. Trenton, the county seat, was named after the city in New Jersey.

Located on the “Backside of Lookout Mountain,” Dade County was for many years unknown to most Georgians. Until a long-delayed state highway over the mountain was completed in 1948, the only reliable route to the county by automobile was through Alabama or Tennessee. For this reason, the county was known as “The Independent State of Dade.”

Several annual events highlight life in Dade County. Dade County Days, held each May in Trenton, feature “down home” food, crafts, and entertainment. The New Salem Mountain Festival is held each May and October, and features hand-made arts and crafts, as well as music and dancing. The World’s Longest Yard Sale is held each May in Trenton. This event spans from Mississippi to Virginia.

Dade County is one of 159 counties in Georgia. It has 174.0 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 92.7 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 52.9%. On the 2000 census form, 99.2% 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 2.55 persons compared to an average family size of 2.97 persons.

In 2008 manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $33,212. Per capita income grew by 7.9% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 16,127 Covered Employment 3,357
Growth (%) since 1990 22.3% Average wage per job $28,586
Households (2000) 5,633 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 27.3%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 8,152 Average wage per job $33,212
Unemployment Rate (2009) 9.8 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 0.7%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $26,840 Average wage per job $40,219
Median Household Income (2008) $41,503 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County 5.9%
Poverty Rate (2008) 14.5 Average wage per job $29,500
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 67.0 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 3.1%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 10.9 Average wage per job $31,326

1. DADE County
Enrollment: CROSSROADS
Address: 300 Tradition Lane, Trenton, GA 30752
Phone: (706) 657-7517
County: Dade County
Enrollment: N/A
Grades: 0

2. DADE County
Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 300 Tradition Ln, Trenton, GA 30752
Phone: (706) 657-7517
County: Dade County
Enrollment: 777
Grades: 9-12

Address: 306 Wolverine Dr, Trenton, GA 30752
Phone: (706) 657-8253
County: Dade County
Enrollment: 888
Grades: PK-5

Address: 250 Pace Dr, Trenton, GA 30752
Phone: (706) 657-6491
County: Dade County
Enrollment: 560
Grades: 6-8

Address: 5491 Highway 301, Trenton, GA 30752
Phone: (706) 657-6300
County: Dade County
Enrollment: 320
Grades: PK-5