Our Community Information

TAX
INFORMATION

Sales Tax
7% Sales Tax (4% State + 2% Board of Education + 1% County)

State Income Tax
Rates range from 1% – 6% of taxable income.
Income and deductions generally follow federal regulations.

Habersham County Millage

Outside City Limits
Inside City LimitsAlto
Baldwin
Clarkesville
Cornelia
Demorest
Mt. Airy
Tallulah Falls
$18.81 per $1000
$20.02 per $1000$5.90 per $1000
$4.75 per $1000
$4.95 per $1000
$8.60 per $1000
$9.20 per $1000
$3.91 per $1000
$0.60 per $1000
GENERAL
INFORMATIONGeography
Georgia’s mountains, lakes and rivers make it a nature lover’s paradise. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the county is crossed by parts of the Chattahoochee National Forest, and the Tallulah and Tugaloo Rivers.

Part of Tallulah Gorge, considered to be the Grand Canyon of the South, is located in Habersham County. Previously diverted underground for hydroelectric purposes by the Georgia Power Company, the Tallulah River is once again flowing through the gorge over a series of breathtaking waterfalls.

The Eastern Continental Divide runs through downtown Cornelia on South Main Street. Water falling on the north side of the street runs into the Chattahoochee River and the Gulf of Mexico; water draining to south of the street winds up in the Savannah River and the Atlantic Ocean.

History
Habersham County was created in 1818 from Indian treaty lands. Georgia’s 43rd county was named for Major Joseph Habersham. He fought in the Revolutionary War, was Mayor of Savannah, served in Congress and was President George Washington’s Postmaster General.
Clarkesville, the county seat, was named for Revolutionary War hero, and former governor, John Clarke. Other county municipalities are Alto, Baldwin, Cornelia, Demorest, Mount Airy, and Tallulah Falls.

A Civil War iron works in the county produced guns and cannons for the Confederacy. Most of Habersham County was spared from pillage after Confederate troops turned back Union calvary in a skirmish near Currahee Mountain.

Media
Habersham County is considered part of the Atlanta television market. The newspaper with the largest daily circulation in Habersham County is the Atlanta Journal/Constitution.

Noteworthy Citizens
Several famous individuals have roots in Habersham County.

– Johnny Mize, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, was born in Demorest.

– Robert Toombs was a U.S. Senator from 1848 to 1852 and lost the bid for president of the Confederacy to Jefferson Davis by one vote.


 

Habersham County, Georgia
Information provided by U.S. Census Bureau

GEOGRAPHY

QuickFacts
Land area, 2000 (square miles)
Persons per square mile, 2000
FIPS Code
Population 2000
Habersham Co.
278
129.1
137
35,902
Georgia
57,906
141.4
13


HOUSING UNITS

Total housing units (owner-occupied + renter-occupied) 14,634

OWNER-OCCUPIED HOUSING UNITS

Owner-occupied housing units
With mortgage or contract to purchase
With second mortgage, equity loan
Median year structure was built
Median year householder moved in
Median value ($)
Median price asked for vacant housing ($)
Monthly cost, with mortgage ($)
Monthly cost, without mortgage ($)
Average number of household members
Average number of rooms
Average number of vehicles
10,107
4,175
687
1982
1991
90,100
95,500
851
230
2.59
5.91
1.43
1982
1993
100,600
96,500
1,039
259
2.73
6.5
1.6


PEOPLE

QuickFacts
Population, 2004 estimate
Pop. percent change, April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2004
Population, 2000
Population, percent change, 1990 to 2000
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2000
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2000
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2000
Female persons, percent, 2000White persons, percent, 2000
Black or African American persons, percent, 2000
American Indian and Alaska Native, percent, 2000
Asian persons, percent, 2000
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, percent, 2000
Persons reporting some other race, percent, 2000
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2000
White persons, not of Hispanic/Latino, percent, 2000
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2000

Living in same house in 1995 and 2000
Foreign born persons, percent, 2000
Language other than English spoken at home, 2000
High school grad,, percent of persons age 25+, 2000
Bachelor’s or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2000
Persons with a disability, age 5+, 2000
Mean travel time to work (min), age 16+, 2000

Housing units, 2002
Homeownership rate, 2000
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2000
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2000

Households, 2000
Persons per household, 2000
Median household income, 1999
Per capita money income, 1999
Persons below poverty, percent, 1999

Habersham Co.
38,978
8.60%
35,902
30.00%
0
0
13.80%
48.70%88.90%
4.50%
0.30%
1.90%
0.10%
3.00%
1.40%
84.90%
7.70%

55.40%
7.80%
11.70%
70.90%
15.80%
7,548
23.8

15,510
76.20%
6.90%
$99,700

13,259
2.57
$36,321
$17,706
12.20%

Georgia
8,829,383
7.80%
8,186,453
26.40%
0
0
0
50.80%65.10%
28.70%
0.30%
2.10%
0.10%
2.40%
1.40%
62.60%
5.30%

49.20%
7.10%
9.90%
78.60%
24.30%
1,456,812
27.7

3,487,088
67.50%
20.80%
$111,200

3,006,369
2.65
$42,433
$21,154
13.00%

BUSINESS

QuickFacts
Private nonfarm est. with paid employees, 2001
Private nonfarm employment, 2001
Private nonfarm employ, percent change 2000-2001
Nonemployer establishments, 2000
Manufacturers shipments, 1997 ($1000)
Retail sales, 1997 ($1000)
Retail sales per capita, 1997
Minority-owned firms, percent of total, 1997
Women-owned firms, percent of total, 1997
Housing units authorized by building permits, 2002
Federal funds and grants, 2002 ($1000)
Habersham Co.
825
11,465
-4.20%
2,611
681,231
256,257
$8,207
4.40%
16.30%
422
152,035
Georgia
202,505
3,498,583
0.40%
468,430
124,526,834
72,212,484
$9,646
15.60%
25.60%
97,523
51,335,502

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 Census


HOSPITAL
INFORMATION

Habersham County Medical Center
• Affiliated with Emory University Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital, both in Atlanta
• 24-hour Emergency Room service
• Ambulance staffed by paramedics at all times
• Active medical staff of 25 physicians
• 53 beds
• Approved by Medicare and Medicaid
• Accepts all third party insurance for inpatient and outpatient services provided
• Nationally recognized cardiac rehabilitation program
• Chaplains on call 24 hours
• Nursing home auxiliary

Range of Specialists
– Orthopedics – Obstetrics – Ear, Nose, & Throat – Urology
– Ophthalmology – Facial plastic surgery – Neurosurgery – Psychiatry
– Family practice – Internal medicine – General surgery

In-house facilities
• Hearing and Speech Center
• Sleep Disorders Diagnostic Laboratory


 

ANNUAL EVENTS
IN HABERSHAM COUNTY
May
Mountain Laurel Festival & Parade
Mountain Laurel Pageant
Habersham Home & Garden Tour

June
Habersham Bank’s Homecoming Fireworks

July
Demorest July 4th Fireworks & Parade

August
Antique Car Show

September
Chattahoochee Mountain Fair

October
Big Red Apple Festival
Harvest of Habersham
Halloween Night in Clarkesville

December
Christmas Parade

EDUCATION
IN HABERSHAM COUNTY

Colleges
• Piedmont College
• North Georgia Technical Institute

Private Schools
• Central Heights Christian
• Tallulah Falls School

Public Schools
Habersham County Board of Education operates ten schools
• 7 Elementary Schools (grades K-5)
• 2 Middle Schools (grades 6-8)
• 1 High School (grades 9-12)

SAT Score Avg.
National
Georgia
Habersham County
(College Prep.)
Verbal
424
399
446
Math
478
445
505

Accreditation
Habersham County Schools are accredited with quality by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and by the Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC).

68% of the 379 certified staff members hold an advanced degree. 53% have Masters Degrees, 14% have Education Specialist Degrees and 1% have Doctorate Degrees.

Habersham Central High School has an interactive distance learning laboratory (GSAMS / Georgia Statewide Academic & Medical System). This is a state-of-the-art interactive audio-visual transmitting and receiving apparatus. It allows students connection to a worldwide learning network and includes a link that provides access to the nationwide information superhighway.

AREA
INFORMATION

Averages
Summer High temp.
Winter Low temp.
Annual temp.
Annual rainfall
Annual snowfall
73°F
43°F
60°F
61.1”
4.5”
Altitude
County elev. range
Alto
Baldwin
Clarkesville
Cornelia
Demorest
Mt. Airy
Tallulah Falls
1,300 – 3,600 ft.
1,395 ft.
1,470 ft.
1,361 ft.
1,523 ft.
1,346 ft.
1,535 ft.
1,570 ft.
Longitude
Clarkesville
Cornelia
Demorest
Mt. Airy
34° 37min.
34° 30min.
34° 34min.
34° 31min.
City Population
Alto
Baldwin
Clarkesville
Cornelia
Demorest
Mt. Airy
Tallulah Falls
477
1,241
1,120
3,261
1,099
581
150
Post Office Zip Code
Alto, GA
Baldwin, GA
Clarkesville, GA
Cornelia, GA
Demorest, GA
Mt. Airy, GA
Tallulah Falls, GA
30510
30511
30523
30531
30535
30563
30573
CITY HALL
PHONE NUMBERS

Alto
Baldwin
Clarkesville
Cornelia
Demorest
Mt. Airy
Tallulah Falls
706.778.8035
706.778.6341
706.754.4216
706.778.8585
706.778.4202
706.778.6990
706.754.6040

Each city has its own individual zoning and building codes. For specific information, call each community’s city hall.

Habersham County 706.776.8570

Habersham County, Georgia has zoning and building codes and the county has certified inspectors. For specific information, call the county.