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Union County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Union County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Seat Blairsville
Largest city Blairsville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

329 sq mi (852 km²)
323 sq mi (835 km²)
6 sq mi (17 km²),
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

17,289
Founded 1832
Union County Georgia Courthouse.jpg
Union County courthouse in Blairsville, Georgia

Union County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of 2000, the population was 17,289. The 2007 Census Estimate shows a population of 20,968.[1] The county seat is Blairsville.[2]

It is currently a dry county. Its Sole commissioner is Lamar Paris, who has served since 2001.[3]

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 329 square miles (852 km²), of which, 323 square miles (835 km²) of it is land and 6 square miles (17 km²) of it (1.97%) is water. Brasstown Bald, the highest mountain in Georgia, rises in southeast Union County, straddling the Towns County line.

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State Highways

Secondary Highways

  • Blue Ridge Highway (Old U.S. 76/Old S.R. 2)
  • Skeenah Gap Road
  • Town Creek School Road
  • Mulky Gap Road
  • Owltown Road
  • Owltown Spur
  • Gumlog Road
  • Loving Road
  • Nottely Dam Road (Old S.R. 325). Not all of Nottely Dam Road remains a state route.
  • Pat Haralson Memorial Drive
  • Trackrock Gap Road

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 17,289 people, 7,159 households, and 5,211 families residing in the county. The population density was 54 people per square mile (21/km²). There were 10,001 housing units at an average density of 31 per square mile (12/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.94% White, 0.58% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. 0.88% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,159 households out of which 24.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.90% were married couples living together, 7.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.20% were non-families. 24.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the county the population was spread out with 20.00% under the age of 18, 6.60% from 18 to 24, 23.60% from 25 to 44, 28.20% from 45 to 64, and 21.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,893, and the median income for a family was $39,776. Males had a median income of $29,127 versus $20,871 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,845. About 9.30% of families and 12.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.10% of those under age 18 and 15.90% of those age 65 or over.

History

Union County was carved from Cherokee County territory during the Georgia Land Lottery of 1832. Originally inhabited by Native Americans, the area became more desirable to white settlers with the discovery of gold in the 1820s.

The Union Party, a political group that supported removing the Indians and opening the area to white settlers, is the probable inspiration for the county’s name. Since the county was founded almost 30 years before the U.S. Civil War, Union County obviously was not named in sympathy for the North, as is sometimes thought. County residents, however, were largely pro-Union in the years leading up to the war, as was true of much of Georgia's mountainous north, and the county's delegates to the state convention of 1861 voted against secession. When the state seceded, most Union County residents supported the Confederacy, and the majority of its Civil War soldiers fought on the Confederate side, although a significant minority fought for the Union. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the county's memorial to its generations of war dead may be the only one in the South that specifically includes homage to Union soldiers and to American Indians who fought white settlement.

Union County is sometimes called "The Top of Georgia," since the county is home to Brasstown Bald.[citation needed]

Cities and towns

External links

References

Coordinates: 34°50′N 83°59′W / 34.83°N 83.99°W / 34.83; -83.99


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Union County, Georgia
Map
File:Map of Georgia highlighting Union 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 Blairsville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

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

17289

Union County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of 2000, the population is 17,289. The 2005 Census Estimate shows a population of 19,782 [1]. The county seat is Blairsville6. It is currently a dry county.

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 852 km² (329 sq mi). 835 km² (323 sq mi) of it is land and 17 km² (6 sq mi) of it (1.97%) is water. The highest point in the county is the 4,458 foot summit of Blood Mountain, the sixth-highest peak in Georgia.

State Highways

Secondary Highways

Adjacent Counties

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 17,289 people, 7,159 households, and 5,211 families residing in the county. The population density was 21/km² (54/sq mi). There were 10,001 housing units at an average density of 12/km² (31/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.94% White, 0.58% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. 0.88% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,159 households out of which 24.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.90% were married couples living together, 7.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.20% were non-families. 24.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the county the population was spread out with 20.00% under the age of 18, 6.60% from 18 to 24, 23.60% from 25 to 44, 28.20% from 45 to 64, and 21.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,893, and the median income for a family was $39,776. Males had a median income of $29,127 versus $20,871 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,845. About 9.30% of families and 12.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.10% of those under age 18 and 15.90% of those age 65 or over.

History of Name

Union County was carved from Cherokee County territory during the Georgia Land Lottery of 1832. Originally inhabited by Native Americans, the area became more desirable to white settlers with the discovery of gold in the 1820’s.

The Union Party, a political group that supported removing the Indians and opening the area to white settlers, is the probable inspiration for the county’s name. Since it was founded almost 30 years before the Civil War, Union County obviously wasn’t named in sympathy for the North as is sometimes mistaken.

Interestingly, though, prior to the Civil War the county’s residents were largely pro-Union and the county delegates to the state convention of 1861 voted against secession. When the state seceded, however, the majority of Union County residents supported the Confederacy, though some fought and died for the Union.

Cities and towns

External links

Coordinates: 34°50′N 83°59′W / 34.83, -83.99

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