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Fannin County, Georgia

Fannin County, Georgia
Fannin County Courthouse in Blue Ridge

Location in the state of Georgia

Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded 1854
Named for James Fannin
Seat Blue Ridge
Largest city Blue Ridge
 • Total 392 sq mi (1,015 km2)
 • Land 387 sq mi (1,002 km2)
 • Water 5.2 sq mi (13 km2), 1.3%
 • (2010) 23,682
 • Density 61/sq mi (24/km²)
Congressional district 9th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Fannin County is a Blue Ridge.[2] The county was created on January 21, 1854.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Adjacent counties 2.1
    • National protected area 2.2
  • Transportation 3
    • Major highways 3.1
    • Secondary Highways 3.2
  • Demographics 4
  • Cities 5
  • Unincorporated Communities 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Fannin County was founded in 1854. The county is named for Georgia native James W. Fannin,[3] who fought and died during the Texas Revolution.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 392 square miles (1,020 km2), of which 387 square miles (1,000 km2) is land and 5.2 square miles (13 km2) (1.3%) is water.[4] It has a mountainous terrain.[5]

The Union County, flows northward across Fannin County into Tennessee, where it becomes the Ocoee River. Blue Ridge Lake, created in the 1930s by the completion of Blue Ridge Dam (now operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority), spans a substantial stretch of the river in the northern part of the county.

Fannin is mostly in the Tennessee River basin and western Fannin is in the Coosa River basin.

Adjacent counties

National protected area


Major highways

  • U.S. Route 76
  • State Route 2
  • State Route 5
  • State Route 60
  • State Route 60 Spur
  • State Route 515

Secondary Highways


As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 19,798 people, 8,369 households, and 6,008 families residing in the county. The population density was 51 people per square mile (20/km²). There were 11,134 housing units at an average density of 29 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.9% White, 0.2% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.0% from other races, and 0.0% from two or more races. 0.0% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,369 households out of which 25.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.80% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.20% were non-families. 25.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.80% 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 2.80.

In the county the population was spread out with 20.90% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 24.90% from 25 to 44, 28.20% from 45 to 64, and 19.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 93.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,612, and the median income for a family was $35,258. Males had a median income of $28,728 versus $21,246 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,269. About 10.20% of families and 12.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.10% of those under age 18 and 14.20% of those age 65 or over.


  • Blue Ridge
  • McCaysville
  • Morganton

Unincorporated Communities

  • Mineral Bluff (Incorporated until 1995)
  • Epworth
  • Lakewood
  • Margret
  • Dial
  • Sugar Creek
  • Hemptown (Also known as Hemp)
  • Deep Gap (Also known as Due)
  • Colwell (Also known as Higdon)
  • Fry
  • Margret
  • Wilscot

See also

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Fannin County, Georgia


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External links

  • Fannin County Chamber of Commerce
  • North Georgia Cabin Rentals
  • Fly Fishing in Georgia
  • The News Observer

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