Rich Mountain, Georgia

Submit your own pictures of this place and show them to the world

  • OSM Map
  • General Map
  • Google Map
  • MSN Map
Population in July 2007: 4,263.
Males: 2,161  (50.7%)
Females: 2,102  (49.3%)
Median resident age:

42.6 years
Georgia median age:

33.4 years

Zip code: 30540

Estimated median household income in 2017: $55,283 (it was $39,640 in 2000)
Rich Mountain:

$55,283
GA:

$56,183

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $32,007 (it was $21,878 in 2000)

Rich Mountain CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $189,862 (it was $91,900 in 2000)
Rich Mountain:

$189,862
GA:

$173,700
March 2019 cost of living index in Rich Mountain: 86.3 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
  • Races in Rich Mountain, GA (2000)
    • 3,40796.2%White alone
    • 852.4%Hispanic
    • 280.8%Two or more races
    • 90.3%Black alone
    • 70.2%American Indian alone
    • 30.08%Asian alone
    • 30.08%Other race alone

Races in Rich Mountain detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Recent articles from our blog. Our writers, many of them Ph.D. graduates or candidates, create easy-to-read articles on a wide variety of topics.

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Land area: 138.2 square miles.

Population density: 31 people per square mile   (very low).

Rich Mountain, Georgia map
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Rich Mountain CCD:

0.6% ($554)
Georgia:

0.9% ($919)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Roswell, GA (45.3 miles , pop. 79,334).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Atlanta, GA (64.4 miles , pop. 416,474).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (526.8 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Cherry Log, GA (2.7 miles),
East Ellijay, GA (2.8 miles ),
Cartecay, GA (2.8 miles ),
Ellijay, GA (2.9 miles ),
Blue Ridge, GA (3.5 miles ),
Carters Lake, GA (3.6 miles ),
Morganton, GA (3.7 miles ),
Talking Rock, GA (4.0 miles)

Latitude: 34.69 N, Longitude: 84.34 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 706

Distribution of median household income in Rich Mountain, GA in 2017
Rich Mountain satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.9%
Georgia:

3.7%
Most common industries in Rich Mountain, GA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Construction (12.5%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (8.3%)
  • Educational services (6.8%)
  • Food (5.5%)
  • Public administration (5.0%)
  • Health care (4.8%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.7%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (18.4%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (8.2%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (6.5%)
  • Truck transportation (6.4%)
  • Food (5.9%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (5.6%)
  • Public administration (4.5%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (13.2%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.8%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (8.3%)
  • Health care (7.5%)
  • Food & beverage stores (5.8%)
  • Public administration (5.8%)
  • Food (4.8%)
Most common occupations in Rich Mountain, GA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (7.2%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6.8%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.0%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (3.9%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.0%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (2.9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (2.9%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (11.3%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (9.6%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (4.7%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (4.2%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (3.5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.2%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (7.9%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.5%)
  • Customer service representatives (5.5%)
  • Child care workers (5.3%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.5%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (4.2%)

Average climate in Rich Mountain, Georgia

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Rich Mountain, Georgia average temperatures Rich Mountain, Georgia average precipitation Rich Mountain, Georgia humidity Rich Mountain, Georgia wind speed Rich Mountain, Georgia snowfall Rich Mountain, Georgia sunshine Rich Mountain, Georgia clear and cloudy days
Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI SO2 Ozone
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 56.8. This is better than average.

City:

56.8
U.S.:

74.2
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2007 was 1.61. This is about average. Closest monitor was 17.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

1.61
U.S.:

1.79
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 36.7. This is about average. Closest monitor was 17.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

36.7
U.S.:

33.3

Tornado activity:

Rich Mountain-area historical tornado activity is near Georgia state average. It is 35% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/3/1974, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 16.5 miles away from the Rich Mountain place center killed 6 people and injured 30 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 3/27/1994, a category F4 tornado 18.0 miles away from the place center killed 3 people and injured 20 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Rich Mountain-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Georgia state average. It is 80% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 74.8 miles away from the city center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 119.8 miles away from the city center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 79.7 miles away from Rich Mountain center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 244.2 miles away from the city center
On 1/18/1999 at 07:00:53, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 189.3 miles away from Rich Mountain center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 326.5 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Gilmer County (10) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Winter Storms: 4, Hurricanes: 3, Floods: 2, Storms: 2, Tornadoes: 2, Snowfall: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Rich Mountain:

  • DAVITA ELLIJAY DIALYSIS (Dialysis Facility, about 9 miles away; ELLIJAY, GA)
  • NORTH GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER Acute Care Hospitals (about 9 miles away; ELLIJAY, GA)
  • FMC DIALYSIS SERVICES ELLIJAY (Dialysis Facility, about 10 miles away; ELLIJAY, GA)
  • HERITAGE HEALTHCARE OF BLUE RIDGE (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; BLUE RIDGE, GA)
  • UNITED HOSPICE, INC BLUE RIDGE (Hospital, about 14 miles away; BLUE RIDGE, GA)
  • GRANDVIEW HEALTH CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; JASPER, GA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Rich Mountain:

  • University of North Georgia (about 23 miles; Dahlonega, GA; Full-time enrollment: 12,445)
  • Dalton State College (about 39 miles; Dalton, GA; FT enrollment: 3,846)
  • Brenau University (about 40 miles; Gainesville, GA; FT enrollment: 2,341)
  • Lanier Technical College (about 42 miles; Oakwood, GA; FT enrollment: 2,435)
  • Lee University (about 45 miles; Cleveland, TN; FT enrollment: 4,422)
  • Piedmont College (about 46 miles; Demorest, GA; FT enrollment: 2,251)
  • Cleveland State Community College (about 47 miles; Cleveland, TN; FT enrollment: 2,500)

Points of interest:

Click to draw/clear place borders

Notable locations in Rich Mountain: Protection (A), Camp Patoka (B), Gilmer County Fire Department Station 4 (C), Gilmer County Fire Department Station 3 (D), Gilmer County Fire Department Station 2 (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Rich Mountain include: Tickanetley Primitive Baptist Church (A), Pisgah Church (B), Christian Church (C), East Liberty Church (D), Pisgah Church (E), Mount Pleasant Church (F), Little Ebenezer Church (G), Macedonia Church (H), Scrougetown Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: River Hill Baptist Church Cemetery (1), Rock Creek Baptist Church Cemetery (2), Tickanetley Primitive Baptist Church (3), Cartecay United Methodist Church Cemetery (4), Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery (5), Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery (6), Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery Number 2 (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Clotfelter Lake (A), Sailors Lake (B), Little Turniptown Creek Lake (C), Powell Lake (D), Dakwa Lake (E), Diamond Lake (F), Lovejoy Lake (G), Johnson Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Weaver Creek (A), Vandegriff Creek (B), Turnpike Branch (C), Tickanetley Creek (D), Stover Creek (E), Simons Branch (F), Rolston Creek (G), Roger Laurel Branch (H), Pink Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Rich Mountain: Rich Mountain Wildlife Management Area (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Gilmer County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Average household size:
This place:

2.3 people
Georgia:

2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

69.8%
Whole state:

68.5%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

6.1%
Whole state:

5.9%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.7% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.5% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

8.9%
Whole state:

13.0%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

2.6%
Whole state:

6.1%
59 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups) in 2000

For population 15 years and over in Rich Mountain:

Marital status in Rich Mountain, GA
  • Never married: 15.7%
  • Now married: 68.0%
  • Separated: 0.5%
  • Widowed: 7.1%
  • Divorced: 9.2%

For population 25 years and over in Rich Mountain:

  • High school or higher: 69.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 15.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 8.1%
  • Unemployed: 2.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 31.6 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2000
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2000
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

14.8
Georgia average:

13.3

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Rich Mountain, GA (based on Gilmer County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant9,15236
Mainline Protestant2,0438
Catholic1,1201
Other3813
None15,596-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
Gilmer County:

1.77 / 10,000 pop.
Georgia:

1.91 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Gilmer County:

0.35 / 10,000 pop.
Georgia:

0.15 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Gilmer County:

0.71 / 10,000 pop.
Georgia:

0.86 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 15
Gilmer County:

5.30 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.12 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 22
Here:

7.77 / 10,000 pop.
Georgia:

7.41 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Gilmer County:

10.3%
State:

10.4%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

25.2%
State:

27.8%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Gilmer County:

20.9%
State:

14.6%

8.59% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($54,056 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.59%
Georgia average:

9.49%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Pickens County, GA  0.59% ($41,000 average AGI)
from Cherokee County, GA  0.55% ($53,018)
from Fannin County, GA  0.47% ($33,298)


6.75% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($42,264 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.75%
Georgia average:

9.04%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Pickens County, GA  0.71% ($32,314 average AGI)
to Cherokee County, GA  0.67% ($47,470)
to Fannin County, GA  0.57% ($36,518)

Strongest AM radio stations in Rich Mountain:

  • WCNN (680 AM; 50 kW; NORTH ATLANTA, GA; Owner: DICKEY BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WFTD (1080 AM; daytime; 50 kW; MARIETTA, GA; Owner: PRIETO ENTERPRISES, INC.)
  • WSB (750 AM; 50 kW; ATLANTA, GA; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WGST (640 AM; 50 kW; ATLANTA, GA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WDGR (1210 AM; daytime; 10 kW; DAHLONEGA, GA; Owner: SMALL TOWN RADIO OF GEORGIA, INC.)
  • WFLI (1070 AM; 50 kW; LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, TN; Owner: WFLI, INC.)
  • WMLB (1160 AM; 50 kW; EAST POINT, GA; Owner: ATLANTA AREA BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WDUN (550 AM; 10 kW; GAINESVILLE, GA; Owner: JWJ PROPERTIRS, INC.)
  • WAZX (1550 AM; 50 kW; SMYRNA, GA; Owner: GA-MEX BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WGUN (1010 AM; 50 kW; ATLANTA, GA; Owner: WGUN, INC.)
  • WPGY (1560 AM; daytime; 1 kW; ELLIJAY, GA; Owner: TRI-STATE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WWAM (820 AM; daytime; 50 kW; JASPER, TN; Owner: SHELTON BROADCASTING SYSTEM)
  • WQXI (790 AM; 28 kW; ATLANTA, GA; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY OF GEORGIA)

Strongest FM radio stations in Rich Mountain:

  • WNSY (100.1 FM; TALKING ROCK, GA; Owner: CHARLES A. MCCLURE)
  • W234AG (94.7 FM; CHATSWORTH, GA; Owner: IMMANUEL BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • W221AW (92.1 FM; NORTH CANTON, GA; Owner: IMMANUEL BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • W214AS (90.7 FM; WALESKA, GA; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • WLJA-FM (93.5 FM; ELLIJAY, GA; Owner: TRI-STATE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WPPL (103.9 FM; BLUE RIDGE, GA; Owner: FANNIN COUNTY BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WFQS (91.3 FM; FRANKLIN, NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WCVP-FM (95.9 FM; ROBBINSVILLE, NC; Owner: CHEROKEE BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WFOX (97.1 FM; GAINESVILLE, GA; Owner: COX RADIO, INC.)
  • WWEV-FM (91.5 FM; CUMMING, GA; Owner: CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION)
  • WYAY (106.7 FM; GAINESVILLE, GA; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WNGC (106.1 FM; TOCCOA, GA; Owner: SOUTHERN BROADCASTING OF PENSACOLA, INC)
  • WQMT (98.9 FM; CHATSWORTH, GA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WNGU (89.5 FM; DAHLONEGA, GA; Owner: GEORGIA PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION)
  • WKHC (104.3 FM; DAHLONEGA, GA; Owner: WILLIAMS COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WCCV (91.7 FM; CARTERSVILLE, GA; Owner: IMMANUEL BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WCON-FM (99.3 FM; CORNELIA, GA; Owner: HABERSHAM BROADCASTING CO.)

TV broadcast stations around Rich Mountain:

  • W50AB (Channel 50; HIAWASSEE, GA; Owner: GEORGIA PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION)
  • WFLI-TV (Channel 53; CLEVELAND, TN; Owner: CHATTANOOGA MEDIA HOLDINGS, L.L.C.)
  • WPXA (Channel 14; ROME, GA; Owner: PAXSON ATLANTA LICENSE, INC.)
  • WCLP-TV (Channel 18; CHATSWORTH, GA; Owner: GEORGIA PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION)
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Rich Mountain, GA
  • 64.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 14.6%Electricity
  • 11.0%Wood
  • 6.6%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 3.8%Utility gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Rich Mountain, GA
  • 61.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 21.3%Electricity
  • 12.8%Wood
  • 4.3%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.


Rich Mountain compared to Georgia state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
Cost of Living Calculator