Georgia Towns County Public Schools

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County Profile

Incorporated: March 6, 1856

Population: 9,319

Total Area: 166.5 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Hiawassee (County Seat)

• Young Harris

Towns County, the 117th county formed in Georgia, was created in 1856 from parts of Union and Rabun counties. It was named for George Washington Bonaparte Towns, who was governor of Georgia from 1847 to 1851.

Young Harris was originally named Young Harris College in honor of Judge Young Loftin Gerdine Harris of Athens. It was soon shortened to Young Harris, although there is still a Young Harris College located there.

Hiawassee is a Cherokee word meaning “meadow.”

Chatuge Lake is located in the northern part of the county and reaches into North Carolina. It is a storage facility for the Tennessee Valley Authority, and is also a public preserve.

Towns County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 166.7 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 66.0 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 104.1%. On the 2000 census form, 99.6% 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 2.20 persons compared to an average family size of 2.61 persons.

In 2008 accommodation and food services was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $15,100. Per capita income grew by 17.4% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 11,010 Covered Employment 3,498
Growth (%) since 1990 63.0% Average wage per job $25,967
Households (2000) 3,998 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 2.7%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 5,770 Average wage per job $25,792
Unemployment Rate (2009) 8.3 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 2.0%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $33,275 Average wage per job $28,371
Median Household Income (2008) $41,127 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County D
Poverty Rate (2008) 14.0 Average wage per job D
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 75.1 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 5.0%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 17.4 Average wage per job $42,563

1. TOWNS County
Address: 1150 Konahetah Rd, Hiawassee, GA 30546
Phone: (706) 896-4131
County: Towns County
Enrollment: 561
Grades: PK-5

2. TOWNS County
Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 1400 U.S. Highway 76, Hiawassee, GA 30546
Phone: (706) 896-4131
County: Towns County
Enrollment: 332
Grades: 9-12

3. TOWNS County
Address: 1400 Highway 76 E, Hiawassee, GA 30546
Phone: (706) 896-4131
County: Towns County
Enrollment: 274
Grades: 6-8