Georgia Harris County Public Schools

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County Profile

Incorporated: December 14, 1827

Population: 23,695

Total Area: 463.8 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Hamilton (County Seat)

• Pine Mountain
• Shiloh
• Waverly Hall

Harris County was created in 1827 from portions of Muscogee and Troup counties. Georgia’s 71st county was named for Charles Harris, a lawyer who served as mayor of Savannah.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt State Park is located on Pine Mountain in Harris County. This 10,000-acre park features two lakes, hiking and backpacking trails, an FDR Museum, and warm springs famous for their curative powers.

The 500-acre Pine Mountain Animal Park allows visitors the opportunity to observe giraffes, camels, zebras, llamas, buffalo, elk and antelopes in natural habitats. Other attractions at the animal park include a monkey house, a serpentorium and an alligator pit.

The nationally known Callaway Gardens Resort is located in the county. The 12,000-acre resort features 63 holes of golf, a 1,000-acre hunting preserve and one of the largest botanical gardens in the world. The Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, featuring more than 50 species of tropical butterflies, and the John A. Sibley Horticultural Center are located within the resort.

Several events occur annually in Harris County. Callaway Gardens hosts the Masters Water Ski Tournament in May, the Buick Southern Open PGA Golf Tournament in September and an Antique Show and Sale in November. Hamilton is the site of the Harris County Cattleman’s Rodeo in September. Every October, Pine Mountain hosts the Pine Mountain Heritage Festival.

Harris County is one of 159 counties in Georgia. It has 463.7 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 65.0 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 105.7%. On the 2000 census form, 99.1% of the population reported only one race, with 19.5% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 1.1% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.66 persons compared to an average family size of 3.02 persons.

In 2008 educational services was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $32,043. Per capita income grew by 18.6% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 30,138 Covered Employment 3,993
Growth (%) since 1990 69.4% Average wage per job $26,513
Households (2000) 8,822 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 3.8%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 16,209 Average wage per job $36,087
Unemployment Rate (2009) 7.0 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 4.2%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $44,066 Average wage per job $50,740
Median Household Income (2008) $62,024 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County 0.7%
Poverty Rate (2008) 8.7 Average wage per job $24,269
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 79.0 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 1.8%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 21.1 Average wage per job $43,023

Address: 757 Carver Circle, Hamilton, GA 31811
Phone: (706) 628-9372
County: Harris County
Enrollment: N/A
Grades: 0

2. HARRIS County
Address: P.O. Box 408, Hamilton, GA 31811
Phone: (706) 628-4951
County: Harris County
Enrollment: 1,025
Grades: 6-8

3. HARRIS County
Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: P.O. Box 448, Hamilton, GA 31811
Phone: (706) 628-4278
County: Harris County
Enrollment: 1,599
Grades: 9-12

Address: P.O. Box 309, Cataula, GA 31804
Phone: (706) 320-9397
County: Harris County
Enrollment: 618
Grades: PK-5

Address: 13185 Us Highway 27 N, Hamilton, GA 31811
Phone: (706) 628-4997
County: Harris County
Enrollment: 534
Grades: PK-5

Address: 132 Barnes Mill Rd, Hamilton, GA 31811
Phone: (706) 628-7452
County: Harris County
Enrollment: N/A
Grades: 0

Address: P.O. Box 129, Ellerslie, GA 31807
Phone: (706) 568-6578
County: Harris County
Enrollment: 625
Grades: PK-5