Georgia Gilmer County Public Schools

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County Profile

Incorporated: December 3, 1832

Population: 23,456

Total Area: 426.7 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Ellijay (County Seat)

• East Ellijay

Gilmer County was created in 1832 from part of Cherokee County. Georgia’s 84th county was named for George Rockingham Gilmer, a State Legislator, member of Congress, and Georgia Governor from 1829 to 1831 and from 1837 to 1839. Ellijay was the site of an Indian village and bears an Indian name meaning “earth green there.” Cherokee Indians lived in this area until their removal in 1838 to Oklahoma via the “Trail of Tears.”

Nearly half the territory of Gilmer County is within the Chattahoochee National Forest and is protected from development by the Federal Government.

Carters Lake provides a major recreational area in the county. Carters Lake is formed from the Coosawatee River, which is formed from the Cartecay and Ellijay Rivers. The rivers were formerly used for timber operations in the area. Gilmer County boasts to be the “Apple Capital of Georgia”. Over 600,000 bushels of apples in 25 varieties are produced annually and sold at numerous roadside stands throughout the county.

Some of the local festivals include the Georgia Apple Festival, the Cherry Log Festival, the Apple Classic Auto Show, and the Gilmer County Fair.

Gilmer County is one of 159 counties in Georgia. It has 426.7 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 68.0 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 161.9%. On the 2000 census form, 98.6% of the population reported only one race, with 0.3% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 7.7% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.57 persons compared to an average family size of 2.96 persons.

In 2008 manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $26,762. Per capita income grew by 5.5% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 29,021 Covered Employment 8,618
Growth (%) since 1990 117.1% Average wage per job $28,094
Households (2000) 9,071 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 25.7%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 13,539 Average wage per job $26,762
Unemployment Rate (2009) 9.9 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 0.6%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $27,240 Average wage per job $40,766
Median Household Income (2008) $40,665 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County 5.9%
Poverty Rate (2008) 17.1 Average wage per job $33,661
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 66.0 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 5.2%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 12.9 Average wage per job $45,831

Address: 1020 Clear Creek Rd, Ellijay, GA 30536
Phone: (706) 276-5150
County: Gilmer County
Enrollment: 560
Grades: 6-8

Address: 32 Mccutchen St, Ellijay, GA 30540
Phone: (706) 276-5020
County: Gilmer County
Enrollment: 592 3-5

Address: 196 Mccutchen St, Ellijay, GA 30540
Phone: (706) 276-5010
County: Gilmer County
Enrollment: 546
Grades: PK-2

Address: 408 Bobcat Trl, Ellijay, GA 30540
Phone: (706) 276-5080
County: Gilmer County
Enrollment: 1,202
Grades: 9-12

Address: 1860 S Main St, Ellijay, GA 30540
Phone: (706) 276-5030
County: Gilmer County
Enrollment: 458
Grades: 6-8

Address: 350 Calvin Jackson Dr, Ellijay, GA 30540
Phone: (706) 276-5100
County: Gilmer County
Enrollment: 542
Grades: KG-5

Address: 8264 Highway 52 E, Ellijay, GA 30536
Phone: (706) 276-5040
County: Gilmer County
Enrollment: 326
Grades: KG-5