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County Profile

Incorporated: December 10, 1790

Population: 20,511

Total Area: 368.8 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Elberton (County Seat)

• Bowman

Elbert County was formed in 1790 from parts of Wilkes County. Georgia’s 13th county and its county seat, Elberton, were named for Samuel Elbert, a Revolutionary War hero and an early Governor of Georgia.

The fork of the Broad and Savannah Rivers was the site of Fort James, built in the Revolutionary War to protect settlers in the nearby community of Dartmouth. After the war, the town of Petersburg was established near the fort and became a thriving tobacco farming center, eventually growing into the third most populous city in the state. Cotton’s rise to being the region’s primary crop saw Petersburg’s demise. The site is now covered by the waters of the Clark Hill Reservoir.

Elberton is known as the “Granite Capital of the World.” Elberton’s more than 45 quarries produce more granite monuments than any other area in the world.

In addition to mineral resources, Elbert County is rich in water resources. The Broad River forms the county’s western and southern border. The county’s eastern border with South Carolina is formed by the Savannah River, which has been dammed to create Lake Richard B. Russell and the Clark Hill Reservoir.

Elbert County is home to the Richard B. Russell and Bobby Brown State Parks, located on the fork of the Broad and Savannah Rivers at the Clark Hill Reservoir.

Several notable persons spent time in Elbert County. Nancy Morgan Hart and Stephen Heard, both heroes of the Revolutionary War, lived in Elbert County. Hart (for whom the neighboring county is named) served as a spy for Elijah Clarke and once captured six Tories who came to her home demanding food. Heard established a fort in Georgia in 1773, fought with Elijah Clarke at the Battle of Kettle Creek, and served as President of the Executive Council of Georgia for a short period.

Elbert County is one of 159 counties in Georgia. It has 368.8 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 55.2 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 18.8%. On the 2000 census form, 99.3% of the population reported only one race, with 30.9% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 2.4% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.53 persons compared to an average family size of 3.01 persons.

In 2008 manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $31,575. Per capita income grew by 10.3% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 20,372 Covered Employment 6,777
Growth (%) since 1990 7.5% Average wage per job $28,736
Households (2000) 8,004 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 33.5%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 10,189 Average wage per job $31,575
Unemployment Rate (2009) 11.7 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 2.0%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $27,886 Average wage per job $33,114
Median Household Income (2008) $34,986 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County 0.6%
Poverty Rate (2008) 18.6 Average wage per job $26,500
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 67.2 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 2.9%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 9.8 Average wage per job $38,917

Address: 1088 Ruckersville Rd, Elberton, GA 30635
Phone: (706) 213-4301
County: Elbert County
Enrollment: 372
Grades: PK-5

Address: 373 Campbell St, Elberton, GA 30635
Phone: (706) 213-4401
County: Elbert County
Enrollment: 320
Grades: PK-5

Address: P.O. Box 489, Bowman, GA 30624
Phone: (706) 213-4501
County: Elbert County
Enrollment: 249
Grades: PK-5

Address: 230 B W Tate St, Elberton, GA 30635
Phone: (706) 283-2294
County: Elbert County
Enrollment: N/A
Grades: 0

Address: 1150 Athens Tech Rd, Elberton, GA 30635
Phone: (706) 213-4601
County: Elbert County
Enrollment: 357
Grades: PK-5

6. ELBERT County
Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 600 Abernathy Cir, Elberton, GA 30635
Phone: (706) 213-4101
County: Elbert County
Enrollment: 1,039
Grades: 9-12

7. ELBERT County
Address: 1108 Athens Tech Rd, Elberton, GA 30635
Phone: (706) 213-4200
County: Elbert County
Enrollment: 727
Grades: 6-8

Address: 1019 Falling Creek Dr, Elberton, GA 30635
Phone: (706) 213-4700
County: Elbert County
Enrollment: 377
Grades: PK-5