County population in 2012: 43,520 (41% urban, 59% rural); it was 35,902 in 2000 County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 7,177 County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 4,419 County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 10,107 Renter-occupied apartments: 3,876 (it was 3,152 in 2000)
% of renters here:
Land area: 278 sq. mi. Water area: 1.0 sq. mi.
Population density: 156 people per square mile
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Habersham County: 83.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Industries providing employment: Manufacturing (19.3%), Educational,health and social services (18.3%), Retail trade (13.7%).
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $873 (0.6%) Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $602 (0.4%)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 17.7%
(12.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 26.3% for Black residents, 49.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 7.1% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 51.6% for other race residents, 23.6% for two or more races residents) Median age of residents in 2010: 38 years old
(Males: 37 years old, Females: 39 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 41 years old, Black residents: 34 years old, American Indian residents: 30 years old, Asian residents: 34 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 21 years old, Other race residents: 21 years old)
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Habersham County is $452 a month. Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $541 a month. Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $648 a month.
Notable locations in this county outside city limits:
Notable locations in Habersham County: Lake Russell Campground (A), Boys Mountain View Camp (B), Panther Creek Campground (C), Toccoa Pumping Station (D), Cornelia Water Works (E), Chattooga Ranger Station (F), Mud Creek Camp Ground (G), Panther Creek Picnic Area (H), George W Carver Picnic Area (I), Seed (J), View (K), Fern Springs Picnic Area (L), Colson Store (M), Lake Russell Recreation Site (N), Habersham County Fire Department Station 13 Habersham Mills (O), Habersham County Fire Department Station 11 Fairview (P), Habersham County Fire Department Station 8 Batesville (Q), Habersham County Fire Department Station 16 Amy's Creek (R), Habersham County Fire Department Station 9 Deen Creek (S), Toccoa Pumping Station (T). Display/hide their locations on the map
Churches in Habersham County include: Turnerville Church of God (A), Shirley Grove Baptist Church (B), River Road Church (C), Providence Baptist Church (D), Oakey Mountain Baptist Church (E), Mount Zion Baptist Church (F), Stonepile Church (G), Hollywood Church (H), Community Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Cemeteries: Woodley Cemetery (1), Kollock Cemetery (2), Alleys Chapel Cemetery (3), Amys Creek Cemetery (4), Antioch Cemetery (5), B C Grant Cemetery (6), Bethel Temple Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map
Reservoirs: High Valley Boys Club Lake (A), Mathis Lake (B), Waters Lake (C), Haynie Lake (D), Hidden Valley Lake (E), Lower Taylor Lake (F), Barrett Pond (G), Reservoir Number 12 (H). Display/hide their locations on the map
Streams, rivers, and creeks: Walker Branch (A), Sutton Mill Creek (B), South Fork Mud Creek (C), South Fork Little Mud Creek (D), Soque Branch (E), Shoal Creek (F), Shoal Branch (G), Rogers Creek (H), Rock Ford Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Average size of farms: 75 acres Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $231,333 Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $157.52 The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 99.18% Average total farm production expenses per farm: $151,862 Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 16.21% Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $33,783 The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 94.78% Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 33.75 Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.03% Corn for grain: 85 harvested acres Vegetables: 56 harvested acres Land in orchards: 253 acres
Habersham County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly above Georgia state average. It is 6.0 times above overall U.S. average. Tornadoes in this county have caused 6 fatalities and 118 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004. On 3/27/1994, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado killed 3 people and injured 45 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.
Habersham County-area historical earthquake activity is above Georgia state average. It is 91% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 76.9 miles away from the county center On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 88.3 miles away from the county center On 7/5/1995 at 14:16:44, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 67.1 miles away from the county center On 10/12/2005 at 06:27:30, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 5.1 mi) earthquake occurred 86.4 miles away from Habersham County center On 3/18/2003 at 06:04:24, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 71.3 miles away from the county center On 7/19/1997 at 17:06:34, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 79.7 miles away from the county center Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)
Most recent natural disasters:
Georgia Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Associated Flooding, Incident Period: April 27, 2011 to April 28, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1973): April 29, 2011, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1973, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood, Wind
Georgia Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 27, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3218): September 5, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3218, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Georgia Hurricane Ivan, Incident Period: September 14, 2004 to October 30, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1554): September 18, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1554, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Georgia Winter Storm, Incident Period: January 22, 2000 to February 1, 2000, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1311): January 28, 2000, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1311, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
Georgia Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding, Incident Period: February 14, 1998 to May 11, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1209): March 11, 1998, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1209, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Georgia Hurricane Opal, Incident Period: October 4, 1995 to October 5, 1995, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1071): October 10, 1995, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1071, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Georgia Severe Storm, Tornadoes, Flooding, Incident Period: March 27, 1994 to April 10, 1994, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1020): March 31, 1994, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1020, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Georgia Severe Snowfall, Winter Storm, Incident Period: March 13, 1993 to March 17, 1993, Emergency Declared (EM-3097): March 15, 1993, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3097, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Snowfall
Georgia Drought, Incident Period: July 20, 1977, Emergency Declared (EM-3044): July 20, 1977, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3044, Natural disaster type: Drought
Georgia SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: June 11, 1976, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-507): June 11, 1976, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-507, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
The number of natural disasters in Habersham County (10) is near the US average (12). Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7 Emergencies Declared: 3
Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.2 Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 15.2
Births per 1000 population in Habersham County
Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.7 Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.8
Deaths per 1000 population in Habersham County
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.6 Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Habersham County
Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 6,091 (5,157 aged, 934 disabled) Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15% Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14%
Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 2.57 Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 6041.870 Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 407.920 Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 46128.59
General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1492.310 Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 820.640 Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 5.05
Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 34.53 Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 88.38
Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 5.05
Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 97.2. This is less than state average.
Household type by relationship:
In family households: 35,777 (8,305 male householders, 3,002 female householders)
8,940 spouses, 11,711 children (10,594 natural, 352 adopted, 765 stepchildren), 1,122 grandchildren, 381 brothers or sisters, 365 parents, 706 other relatives, 911 non-relatives
In nonfamily households: 4,880 (1,813 male householders (1,505 living alone)), 2,352 female householders (2,082 living alone)), 715 nonrelatives
In group quarters: 2,384 (1,797 institutionalized population)
Size of family households: 5,054 2-persons, 2,459 3-persons, 2,016 4-persons, 1,029 5-persons, 461 6-persons, 288 7-or-more-persons.
88.3% of residents of Habersham County speak English at home.
7.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (31% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 31% speak English not well, 15% don't speak English at all).
1.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (83% speak English very well, 13% speak English well, 4% speak English not well).
2.0% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (48% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 24% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (57% speak English very well, 11% speak English well, 27% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
In fiscal year 2004:
Federal Government expenditure: $170,576,000 ($4376 per capita) Department of Defense expenditure: $4,767,000 Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $88,835,000 Federal other direct payments to individuals: $40,434,000 Federal direct payments not to individuals: $168,000 Federal grants: $31,568,000 Federal procurement contracts: $2,354,000 ($13,000 Department of Defense) Federal salaries and wages: $7,216,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense) Federal Government direct loans: $18,600,000 Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $26,755,000 Federal Government insurance: $6,654,000
Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:
73 per 1000 residents
79 per 1000 residents
46 per 1000 residents
38 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: +782
+20 per 1000 residents
+21 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: +1,916
+48 per 1000 residents
+26 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Habersham County
Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 5.76 millions of gallons per day (12% from ground, 88% from surface)
Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Median number of rooms in apartments:
Year house built
2005 or later: 306
2000 to 2004: 1,314
1990 to 1999: 4,913
1980 to 1989: 3,627
1970 to 1979: 2,742
1960 to 1969: 1,735
1950 to 1959: 1,420
1940 to 1949: 777
1939 or earlier: 725
Rooms in houses/apartments in Habersham County, Georgia
57% of Habersham County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago. Out of people who lived in different houses, 48% lived in this county. Out of people who lived in different counties, 71% lived in Georgia.
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 24727
Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $95,500
Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%
Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%
Year Householders Moved Into Unit:
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Habersham County