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Towns County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Towns County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Seat Hiawassee
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

172 sq mi (446 km²)
167 sq mi (432 km²)
5 sq mi (14 km²),
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

9,319
Founded information needed
Named for George W. Towns
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Towns County Georgia Courthouse.jpg
Towns County courthouse in Hiawassee, Georgia

Towns County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. It was created on March 6, 1856. As of the 2000 census, the population was 9,319. The 2007 Census Estimate shows a population of 10,894.[1] Its county seat is Hiawassee.[2]

Contents

History

The County is named for United States lawyer, legislator, and politician George W. Towns.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 172 square miles (446 km²), of which, 167 square miles (432 km²) of it is land and 5 square miles (14 km²) of it (3.11%) is water.

Towns County is located amidst the Blue Ridge Mountains, (part of the Appalachian Mountains), some of which are protected by the Chattahoochee National Forest. Brasstown Bald, the highest mountain in Georgia, rises in southwest Towns County, straddling the Union County line. The source of the Hiwassee River is located in eastern Towns County, from which it flows northward into North Carolina. Chatuge Lake, an artificial reservoir created by the completion of Chatuge Dam by the Tennessee Valley Authority in the 1940s, dominates the northeastern section of Towns County. State Route 515 from north of Atlanta ends here at the North Carolina state line near Young Harris. An important facet of early life in Towns County was a road built upon a Cherokee trading path running north to south through the county and passing through Unicoi Gap. It served as a line between settlers and the Cherokees until after the Indian cessions, when it fell solely into the hands of the whites. When the Cherokees were expelled from their villages, they were forced into "removal forts," one of which was located in what is now Hiawassee, the county seat.

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Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 9,319 people, 3,998 households, and 2,826 families residing in the county. The population density was 56 people per square mile (22/km²). There were 6,282 housing units at an average density of 38 per square mile (15/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.80% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.18% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. 0.72% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,998 households out of which 20.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.90% were married couples living together, 6.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.30% were non-families. 26.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.61.

In the county the population was spread out with 16.30% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 20.50% from 25 to 44, 28.30% from 45 to 64, and 25.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 89.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,950, and the median income for a family was $37,295. Males had a median income of $28,657 versus $21,813 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,221. About 8.80% of families and 11.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.60% of those under age 18 and 10.40% of those age 65 or over. Towns County is inside the Bible Belt.

Government

Towns County's Sole Commissioner is Bill Kendall, who has served since 2005.[4]

Towns County's Sheriff, Chris Clinton, was elected in a special election in 2007. Sheriff Clinton was re-elected in the general election in 2008, where he ran unopposed after serving only four months in office.

Cities and towns

Notable natives

  • Zell Miller — former Georgia governor and U.S. senator.
  • Rylan Albach — recently famed locally as Mr. Towns County 2010.

References

Coordinates: 34°55′N 83°44′W / 34.92°N 83.74°W / 34.92; -83.74


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Towns County, Georgia
Map
File:Map of Georgia highlighting Towns County.png
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the USA highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded information needed
Seat Hiawassee
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²),
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

9319
Time zone Eastern : UTC-5/-4
Named for: George W. Towns

Towns County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. It was created on March 6, 1856. As of the 2000 census, the population is 9,319. The 2005 Census Estimate shows a population of 10,315 [1]. Its county seat is Hiawassee6.

Contents

History

The County is named for United States lawyer, legislator, and politician George W. Towns.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 446 km² (172 sq mi). 432 km² (167 sq mi) of it is land and 14 km² (5 sq mi) of it (3.11%) is water.

Geographic Features

Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia, is located in Towns County as well as part of the Blue Ridge Mountains. State Route 515 from north of Atlanta ends here at the North Carolina state line near Young Harris.

Major Highways

Adjacent Counties

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 9,319 people, 3,998 households, and 2,826 families residing in the county. The population density was 22/km² (56/sq mi). There were 6,282 housing units at an average density of 15/km² (38/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.80% White, 0. Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.18% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. 0.72% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,998 households out of which 20.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.90% were married couples living together, 6.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.30% were non-families. 26.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.61.

In the county the population was spread out with 16.30% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 20.50% from 25 to 44, 28.30% from 45 to 64, and 25.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 89.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,950, and the median income for a family was $37,295. Males had a median income of $28,657 versus $21,813 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,221. About 8.80% of families and 11.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.60% of those under age 18 and 10.40% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Coordinates: 34°55′N 83°44′W / 34.92, -83.74

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