Georgia Fannin County Public Schools

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County Profile

Incorporated: January 21, 1854

Population: 21,000

Total Area: 385.8 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Blue Ridge (County Seat)

• McCaysville
• Morganton

Fannin County was created in 1854 from parts of Gilmer and Union counties. Georgia’s 106th county was named for Colonel James W. Fannin of Georgia, who, with approximately 350 volunteers, fought in Texas’ War of Independence from Mexico. Fannin and his regiment were captured and massacred in 1836. Fannin’s county seat, Blue Ridge, is named for the southern reach of the Appalachian Mountain Range which stretches into the county.

The last remnants of the Cherokee Nation found shelter in the mountains of Fannin County before their removal west along the “Trail of Tears” to Oklahoma in 1838.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service operates a cold water fish hatchery in Fannin County. The Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery raises rainbow trout to stock streams, lakes, and reservoirs throughout North Georgia.

Parts of the Chattahoochee National Forest and Cohutta National Wilderness Area are in Fannin County. The Cohutta Wilderness Area is the largest national wilderness area east of the Mississippi River.

Outdoor recreational opportunities are also plentiful within Fannin County. Campers, hikers, nature lovers, and anglers enjoy the Chattahoochee National Forest and Cohutta Wilderness Area. In addition to these federal facilities, local parks include the Horseshoe Bend Park, the Blue Ridge City Park, and the McCaysville City Park.

Water resources are plentiful in Fannin County. Blue Ridge Lake in the center of the county impounds part of the Toccoa River, which flows into Tennessee and becomes the Ocoee River, site of the 1996 Olympic whitewater events. Jacks River, Fightingtown Creek, and Rock Creek also flow through the county. The Blue Ridge Railway is a vintage passenger train running a 26-mile roundtrip along the Toccoa River.

Fannin County residents and visitors enjoy several annual events. Held each Memorial Day weekend, the Arts in the Park Festival in Blue Ridge attracts over 20,000 people. Several local churches in Blue Ridge host an interdenominational Labor Day Barbecue each year at the town’s historic railroad depot.

A Mountain Harvest Sale featuring handmade quilts, baskets, and pottery is held on the third and fourth weekends of October at the Blue Ridge State Farmer’s Market. Proceeds from booth fees go to local charities.

Fannin County is one of 159 counties in Georgia. It has 385.7 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 59.5 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 48.2%. On the 2000 census form, 99.0% of the population reported only one race, with 0.1% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 0.7% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.35 persons compared to an average family size of 2.80 persons.

In 2008 retail trade was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $21,247. Per capita income grew by 12.2% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 22,945 Covered Employment 5,432
Growth (%) since 1990 43.5% Average wage per job $26,981
Households (2000) 8,369 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County D
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 10,747 Average wage per job D
Unemployment Rate (2009) 10.1 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 0.8%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $28,141 Average wage per job $42,125
Median Household Income (2008) $36,134 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County 16.5%
Poverty Rate (2008) 15.2 Average wage per job $36,521
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 70.9 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 3.7%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 10.4 Average wage per job $35,298

Address: 224 E Highland St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Phone: (706) 632-5772
County: Fannin County
Enrollment: 565
Grades: PK-5

Address: 1 Elementary Cir, Morganton, GA 30560
Phone: (706) 374-6418
County: Fannin County
Enrollment: 433
Grades: KG-5

3. FANNIN County
Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 360 Rebels Cir, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Phone: (706) 632-2081
County: Fannin County
Enrollment: 938
Grades: 9-12

4. FANNIN County
Address: 4560 Old Highway 76, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Phone: (706) 632-6100
County: Fannin County
Enrollment: 742
Grades: 6-8

Address: P.O. Box 1140, Thomson, GA 30824
Phone: (706) 986-4400
County: Fannin County
Enrollment: 592 6-7

Address: 5060 Blue Ridge Dr, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Phone: (706) 492-3644
County: Fannin County
Enrollment: 481
Grades: KG-5