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Towns County, Georgia (GA)


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County population in 2012: 10,495 (all rural); it was 9,319 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,792
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,821
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,407
Renter-occupied apartments: 897 (it was 591 in 2000)
% of renters here:

15%
State:

34%

Land area: 167 sq. mi.
Water area: 5.3 sq. mi.
Population density: 64 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Towns County: 84.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Construction (24.3%), Educational,health and social services (24.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 71%
  • Government: 16%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 13%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Towns County, Georgia:


Median resident age:  51.0 years
Georgia median age:  35.0 years

Males: 4,996  (42.1%)
Females: 5,475  (57.9%)

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Towns County,GA real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Towns County:

2.0 people
Georgia:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $35,832 ($31,950 in 1999)
This county:

$35832
Georgia:

$47589

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $425 (lower quartile is $352, upper quartile is $621)
This county:

$425
State:

$637


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $201,543 (it was $113,600 in 2000)
Towns County:

$201,543
Georgia:

$162,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $116,493 - $370,573

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $318,791
Here:

$318,791
State:

$224,856

Townhouses or other attached units: $481,572
Here:

$481,572
State:

$183,253

Mobile homes: $37,657
Here:

$37,657
State:

$44,353

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $8,719
Here:

$8,719
State:

$74,556
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,125
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $277

Institutionalized population: 151

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Towns County, GA map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $625 (0.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $599 (0.3%)


Towns County household income distribution in 2009 Towns County home values distribution


Towns County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 9.6%
(9.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents, 19.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 37.8% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 51 years old
(Males: 49 years old, Females: 53 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 51 years old, Black residents: 20 years old, American Indian residents: 38 years old, Asian residents: 21 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 27 years old, Other race residents: 21 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

11.8%
Whole state:

13.0%

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

3.4%
Whole state:

6.1%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Towns County is $464 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $539 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $692 a month.

Cities in this county include: Hiawassee, Young Harris, Macedonia.

Towns County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Towns County: FAA Tracking Station (A), Department of Natural Resources Work Center (B), High Shoals Falls Scenic Area (C), Montgomery Corner (D), Sky Hawk Mountain (E), Dicks Creek Gap Recreation Site (F), Tate Branch Campground (G), Camp Pioneer (H), Plumorchard Gap Shelter (I), Towns County Fire and Rescue Station 6 (J), Towns County Emergency Medical Service (K), Towns County Fire and Rescue Station 3 (L), Towns County Fire and Rescue Station 5 (M), Towns County Fire and Rescue Station 4 (N). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Towns County include: Pine Grove Church (A), Hiwassee Church (B), Victory Church (C), Deliverance Church (D), Woods Grove Church (E), Pleasant Hill Church (F), West Union Church (G), Lower Bell Creek Church (H), Lower Hightower Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Woods Grove Memorial Cemetery (1), Burch Cemetery (2), Hunt Cemetery (3), Boyd Chapel Cemetery (4), Carter Cemetery (5), Corn Cemetery (6), Enotah Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Berrong Lake (A), Hall Creek Lake (B), Sanders Pond (C), Eagle Mountain Reservoir (D), Scataway Creek Watershed Number 18 L (E), Eagle Mountain Trout Farm Lake (F), Hightower Creek Watershed Number 13 Lake (G), Shoal Branch Watershed Number 11 Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Watkins Branch (A), Tripp Branch (B), Taylor Branch (C), Tate Branch (D), Swallow Creek (E), Sutton Branch (F), Stroud Creek (G), Stillhouse Branch (H), Stable Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Towns County include: Lake Chatuge Recreation Area (1), Swallow Creek Wildlife Management Area (2), Chatuge State Park (3), Towns County Park (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Clay County, North Carolina , Habersham County , Rabun County , Union County , White County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 582
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 75.1%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 17.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 249 (49% naturalized citizens)

Towns County:

2.7%
Whole state:

7.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 28.5 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 58.2%

Towns County marital status for males
Towns County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Towns County with a mortgage: 1,168 (35 second mortgage, 92 home equity loan, 7 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,201

Here:

49.3% with mortgage
State:

75.3% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 52.08%
Here52.1%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 4,853
Total congregations: 23

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchChurch of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)LDS (Mormon) ChurchOther
Adherents3,375 (69.5%)693 (14.3%)397 (8.2%)246 (5.1%)142 (2.9%)
Congregations14 (60.9%)3 (13.0%)2 (8.7%)1 (4.3%)3 (13.0%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Towns County - Hiawassee, Young Harris, Macedonia

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
This county:

2.76 / 10,000 pop.
Georgia:

1.91 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Towns County:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.
Georgia:

0.86 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 11
This county:

10.12 / 10,000 pop.
Georgia:

5.12 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 21
Towns County:

19.32 / 10,000 pop.
Georgia:

7.41 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

12.0%
Georgia:

10.4%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

25.9%
Georgia:

27.8%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Towns County:

15.8%
State:

14.6%


Agriculture in Towns County:

Average size of farms: 74 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $13,529
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $294.94
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 26.87%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 66.65%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $13,530
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 20.77%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.31%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $25,765
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 85.14%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 27.73

Tornado activity:

Towns County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Georgia state average. It is 1.4 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Towns County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Georgia state average. It is 77% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 61.1 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 39.5 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 59.6 miles away from the county center
On 6/17/1998 at 08:00:23, a magnitude 3.6 (3.3 MB, 3.6 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 77.8 miles away from Towns County center
On 7/19/1997 at 17:06:34, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 60.1 miles away from the county center
On 8/25/2005 at 03:09:42, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 MW, Depth: 5.0 mi) earthquake occurred 85.0 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Towns County (5) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (29%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Health care (5%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (4%)
  • Utilities (4%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Health care (16%)
  • Accommodation and food services (12%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
  • Construction (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (8%)
  • Carpenters (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Construction laborers (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (5%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (4%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Towns County (%):





Towns County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 2,714 (74%)
  • Carpooled: 604 (16%)
  • Railroad: 6 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 2 (0%)
  • Walked: 166 (5%)
  • Other means: 21 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 167 (5%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Towns County, Georgia in 2000:

People in group quarters in Towns County, Georgia in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $48,592.

10.38% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($65,937 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.38%
Georgia average:

10.98%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.43% relocated from other counties in Georgia ($23,683 average AGI)
5.96% relocated from other states ($42,251 average AGI)
Towns County:

5.96%
Georgia average:

4.40%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Union County, GA  1.08% ($43,026 average AGI)
from Clay County, NC  0.62% ($47,364)
from Gwinnett County, GA  0.34% ($65,083)
from Broward County, FL  0.28% ($91,200)
from Lee County, FL  0.28% ($62,800)
from Palm Beach County, FL  0.28% ($55,500)
from Fulton County, GA  0.28% ($47,800)


7.44% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($50,594 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.44%
Georgia average:

9.55%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.52% relocated to other counties in Georgia ($26,339 average AGI)
3.93% relocated to other states ($24,256 average AGI)
Towns County:

3.93%
Georgia average:

3.17%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Union County, GA  1.14% ($25,641 average AGI)
to Clay County, NC  0.88% ($35,767)
to Cherokee County, NC  0.35% ($21,833)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.1

Births per 1000 population in Towns County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.7

Deaths per 1000 population in Towns County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.0
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.8

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Towns County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,730 (2,422 aged, 308 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 9.87
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 5338.990
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 1352.020
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 53715.58

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 707.710
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1386.330
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 9.69

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 11.72
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 58.17

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 9.69

Household type by relationship:

Households: 9,773

Size of family households: 1,873 2-persons, 514 3-persons, 357 4-persons, 154 5-persons, 50 6-persons, 33 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,358 1-person, 150 2-persons, 17 3-persons, 1 4-persons, 1 5-persons, 1 6-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

95.9% of residents of Towns County speak English at home.
2.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (47% speak English very well, 13% speak English well, 31% speak English not well, 8% don't speak English at all).
1.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (87% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 2% speak English not well).
0.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (47% speak English very well, 53% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $69,610,000 ($6870 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $2,697,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $41,893,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $13,974,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $33,000
Federal grants: $10,854,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,203,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,653,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $2,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $259,000
Federal Government insurance: $4,987,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 431
Here:

42 per 1000 residents
State:

79 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 693
Here:

67 per 1000 residents
State:

38 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +59
Here:

+6 per 1000 residents
State:

+21 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +1,220
Here:

+118 per 1000 residents
State:

+26 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Towns County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.95 millions of gallons per day (15% from ground, 85% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.5
State:

6.2

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.8
State:

4.2

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Towns County, Georgia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 68
  • 3 rooms: 225
  • 4 rooms: 529
  • 5 rooms: 869
  • 6 rooms: 744
  • 7 rooms: 420
  • 8 rooms: 336
  • 9+ rooms: 216
  • 1 room: 4
  • 2 rooms: 30
  • 3 rooms: 77
  • 4 rooms: 140
  • 5 rooms: 151
  • 6 rooms: 95
  • 7 rooms: 61
  • 8 rooms: 13
  • 9+ rooms: 20
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Towns County, Georgia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 6
  • 1 bedroom: 169
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,003
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,770
  • 4 bedrooms: 408
  • 5+ bedrooms: 51
  • no bedroom: 4
  • 1 bedroom: 88
  • 2 bedrooms: 252
  • 3 bedrooms: 199
  • 4 bedrooms: 42
  • 5+ bedrooms: 6
Cars and other vehicles available in Towns County, Georgia in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 172
  • 1 vehicle: 971
  • 2 vehicles: 1,441
  • 3 vehicles: 599
  • 4 vehicles: 151
  • 5+ vehicles: 73
  • no vehicle: 101
  • 1 vehicle: 237
  • 2 vehicles: 175
  • 3 vehicles: 47
  • 4 vehicles: 18
  • 5+ vehicles: 13

57% of Towns County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 29% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 53% lived in Georgia.

Towns County:

56.6%
State average:

50.8%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $90,300


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 Towns County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (55.7%)
  • Electricity (30.3%)
  • Wood (6.0%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (4.6%)
  • Utility gas (2.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (40.1%)
  • Electricity (38.2%)
  • Wood (9.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (8.1%)
  • Utility gas (3.4%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 40
Here:

5.7%
Georgia:

8.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 2
Here:

0.5%
Georgia:

8.5%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 367
Here:

68.6%
Georgia:

22.9%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Towns County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Towns County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Towns County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Towns County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Towns County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Towns County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Towns County, GA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James9875.0 years
William8876.5 years
John7976.0 years
Mary5781.6 years
Robert4774.7 years
George3078.8 years
Charles2771.6 years
Frank2778.5 years
Ruth2684.0 years
Dorothy2282.2 years
Most common last names in Towns County, GA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Garrett5078.0 years
Shook4976.2 years
Brown4078.0 years
Ledford3976.3 years
Nichols3878.0 years
Smith3677.8 years
Nicholson3677.0 years
Gibson3269.7 years
Taylor3177.3 years
Rogers2875.4 years
Businesses in Towns County, GA
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1Lane Furniture1
Ace Hardware1MasterBrand Cabinets3
Curves1McDonald's1
Dairy Queen1RadioShack1
FedEx2Rite Aid1
H&R Block1Subway1
Hardee's1U-Haul1
Holiday Inn1UPS3

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